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The sweetly-secret history of Gulab Jamun

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According to ancient folklore, the Mughal Emperor Sha Jahan’s personal chef created these deep-fried milk spheres dipped in treacly syrup.

In a stroke of divine inspiration, this nameless royal cook mixed together thickened water buffalo milk along with dough balls made from whole wheat flour. These were then kneaded into small globes and fried until they turned into a perfect shade of golden-brown.

Afterward, these pillows of creamy dough were dipped in melted sugar, creating a rosy glaze that gave this timeless dessert its name. “Gulab” in Hindi means “rose” and “Jamun” is a term for the Malabar plum, which, when combined, means “rosy fruit.”

Have a taste of this Taj Mahal of sweets at the Serene Cuisine of India, where we serve Denver diners with a dazzling array of Indian dishes prepared in traditional methods honed over the centuries. We look forward to your first visit with us.

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