gulab jamun

[ goo-lobjo-moon ]

  1. a dessert originating in South Asia, typically made from a dough of milk solids, flour, and ghee that is shaped into small balls and deep-fried, then soaked in a sugar syrup flavored with cardamom and rose water.

Origin of gulab jamun

First recorded in 1915–20; from Hindi gulāb jāmun, jāman, literally “rose berry, rose water berry,” ultimately from Persian gol “flower” + āb “water” + Hindi jāmun “black plum”; cf. julep

Words Nearby gulab jamun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024