Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun   

Happy Diwali!  Tomorrow will mark the beginning of Diwali (दिवाली), the “festival of lights”, a 5-day Indian festival that celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.  Light is the symbol of the celebrations and many clay lamps filled with oil are lit during the 5 days of the festival.  As you know, even though my husband is of Indian origin, we are not hindus, but we think that the meaning of this festival is “universal”, so we too like to celebrate Diwali.  As part of our celebrations, I made some Indian sweets like Jalebi, Gajar ka Halwa, Shankarpali and… these Gulab Jamun (गुलाब जामुन).  These are probably the most well known Indian sweet outside of India and you can find it in all Indian restaurants, so if you like Indian food, I am sure you have tasted them at least once.  The term Gulab (गुलाब) means “rose” in Hindi and the dessert’s name comes from the fact that the syrup used to soak the Jamuns in, is scented with rosewater.  Gulab Jamun are always served at festivals, celebrations and weddings in India, with or without vanilla ice cream. This is my daughters’ (and hubby’s) favourite Indian dessert and one that never lasts long enough in my house!
Follow the recipe below to make some delicious Gulab Jamun at home and join in the celebration of light!  दिवाली की शुभकामनाएं to everyone who celebrates!…

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