Pronunciation: [goo-LAHB JA-muhn]
A favorite dessert in India and Pakistan consisting of fried milk balls (typically a mixture of dried milk, flour and cream) soaked in a sugar syrup flavored with rosewater and sometimes cardamom and/or saffron. The dough is formed into small balls and deep-fried to a deep golden brown before being immersed in the flavored syrup for several hours. In Hindi, gulab means "rosé," and jamun is a dark crimson berry from an evergreen tree native to India. Gulab jamun mixes are available in Indian groceries and some gourmet markets.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.