Food in Nepal: Silver coated Gulab Jamun

by Dave from The Longest Way Home ~ September 25th, 2013. Updated on July 16th, 2018. Published in: Travel blog » Food around the world » Nepali food.
Gulab jamun in Nepal

Silver coated Gulab jamun in Nepal

Silver coated Gulab Jamun in Nepal

It’s a super sweet desert known all over the Indian subcontinent. I even found gulab jamun in Malaysia. In Nepal I was hoping for the same thing, what I got was quite different in many senses!

What is Gulab Jamun?

Inside Gulab jamun

Inside a gulab jamun

Deep fried flour made with milk and sugar which is then rolled into little spheres before being soaked in a syrup. Many flavor the little spheres lightly with cardamom.

In Nepal there are two types of gulab jamun. The traditional light brown one that is soaked in a sugar syrup or saffron syrup. Or this one where it’s slightly darker and given an edible silver foil topping!

The red dot is simply a little food coloring to represent what I can only assume is a tikka as there were no taste differences or other colors involved.

Which tastes better: silver or traditional Gulab Jamun?

I have to give a hands down winner to traditional (Nepali) gulab jamun for this one. The silver version is very moist. But lacks that little extra flavor from the sugar syrup the traditional version has.

That said the silver gulab jamun in Nepal goes down a treat at a party or festival. What’s more it’s really quite cheap and makes a great gift if you are ever invited to a Nepali home.

Tips on eating gulab jamun in Nepal

You’ll find it in many local Nepalese sweet shops and bakeries. Not so much in the touristy ones in Thamel so look inside the bakeries outside of this area.

If eating at the bakery you can ask for a small dish of syrup. If at all possible try to find a chilled version of gulab jamun as it’s especially good when eaten cold. You can also get a take-away box which makes it even greater as an excellent gift or thank you present.

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17 Great responses to Food in Nepal: Silver coated Gulab Jamun

  1. Amir says:

    So which is better Nepali or Indian? :)

  2. Elaine says:

    This was one of my addictions in India. Great to see it’s alive and well in Nepal.

    By the way I didn’t get this delivered to my inbox as I usually do?

  3. Craig says:

    Great coverage again Dave. I wonder how easy would be to make these at home? Someone has to have tried!

  4. Karen says:

    I’ve never seen anything like this before. Looks just like a Christmas tree decoration!!

  5. Arianwen says:

    These sound intriguing. I’d love to try one.

  6. Malcom says:

    Dare I ask if Nepal copied India or India copied Nepal on this one? (Please moderate this comment from over zealous Indians :))

  7. Susanna says:

    It’s amazing how sweets like this never caught on outside the Indian subcontinent. Everyone likes sweet things, but it never seems to have caught on.

    • That’s a really good point Susanna. I’ve not seen Indian sweets outside of the Indian sub continent and or in Little India’s. Not sure why. Then again I haven’t seen Turkish or Mid East sweets in many places out of that region either!

  8. maryann says:

    I cannot express how much I enjoyed your travels in thailand, the lantern festivals are an all time dream for me personally, thank you so very much for taking me traveling with you thru this blog it is amazing, thank you again!