Story of Gulab Jamun

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Gulab jamun is one of the most popular sweet dishes of India that is enjoyed best on special occasions and festivals.

 

Do you know that these sinful, small fried balls were first prepared by Shah Jahan’s royal chef, who took inspiration from Persian/Turkish traditions.

 

This delicacy is very much similar to an Arabic dessert named Luqmat-Al-Qadi. They modified the recipe using khoya mixed with flour and knead into a dough. Then it is formed into small balls and deep fried. This dessert got popularity during the Mughal era and was later called Gulab Jamun, and was renamed using Persian words gul (flower), ab (water), and jamun (Indian fruit with similar shape & size).