Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Food Blog : How to Eat Gulab Jamun

Food Blog : How to Eat Gulab Jamun by Vikram Karve

Let me delve deep into my Foodie Archives and pull out for you this Mouthwatering Memory

This is probably my first Foodie Blog Post and features in my book of Foodie Adventures  APPETITE FOR A STROLL

I wrote this around 15 years ago – in the year 2000 – after relishing some delicious Gulab Jamuns.

Read on and Enjoy Your Gulab Jamun

Musings on The Art of Eating

I spent 6 of the best years of my life  from 2000 to 2006  in Mumbai.

I lived in a wonderful building called Empress Court opposite the Oval near Churchgate.

Every evening I went on long walks – mostly on Marine Drive to Chowpatty and back  and sometimes towards Colaba.

The highlight of my Colaba Causeway walk was a visit to Kailash Parbat for their succulent Gulab Jamuns.

I wrote this mouthwatering foodie memoir in the year 2000  immediately after I returned after relishing Gulab Jamuns at Kailas Parbat in Colaba in Mumbai  while the taste of the delicious delicacy still lingered on my tongue.
Even now  I can visualize those delicious soft succulent juicy tempting hot Gulab Jamuns and my mouth waters in anticipation. 

Sadly  I am in Pune and hence I will have to relish those sumptuous Gulab Jamuns in my imagination.

So  Dear Reader  let me recall one of my first lip smacking blog posts  a mouthwatering Mumbai memory  written more than 15 years ago on: HOW TO EAT A GULAB JAMUN 


The Art of Eating comprises 3 cardinal steps:

1. First you come to know about good food

You hear from someone about a a good foodie place and its signature dish  you read about it somewhere  or come across it while browsing the internet  or from TV  or while watching a foodie show on TV – or read a food review on the media  or from a foodie group on the social media  or even from a menu card dropped in your home along with your newspaper.

2. Next you go there and observe people eating

Yes – you go to the foodie place and observe foodies relishing the delectable cuisine you have heard about so much – and you see the way they are eating and enjoying themselves. 

You watch the heavenly expression of divine pleasure on their faces. 

This tempts you to taste and savor the cuisine yourself.

3. Then you actually order the food and eat it

Yes – you order the dish of your dreams  which you have been yearning for so much – and delicately put a piece of the yummy food in your mouth  and experience the pleasures of eating the delicacy  firsthand.


One evening I suddenly feel an urge 
 a craving  a desperate sort of yearning  for my favourite sweet  GULAB JAMUN.

I believe that if you want to be happy 
 you must fulfill any feasible and viable desire  at once  here and now.

So  I put on my walking shoes – I cross the Oval as the Rajabai Tower Clock is striking 6 oclock.

I turn right at the Mumbai University gate – and then I turn left – and I walk towards Kalaghoda.

At Kalaghoda – I turn right towards Colaba Causeway  which is a Foodies Delight  and soon  I reach my destination  Kailas Parbat – at the southern end of Colaba Causeway.

I have heard from my friends that Kailas Parbat is the best place in Mumbai for Gulab Jamuns

I have enjoyed delectable Gulab Jamuns at many places in India  at Pachkuin Road in Delhi (on the way from CP to Karol Bagh)  at the inimitable Pehelwan Doodhwala at the end of Lanka in Banaras (Varanasi)  and even in a place called Dumka  in the back of the beyond  located  in what is now Jharkhand (then Bihar).

Now  among the people eating Gulab Jamun at Kailas Parbat  I see a veteran  a true connoisseur  relishing delicious piping hot soft succulent juicy Gulab Jamuns with such satisfaction  that I go to the counter  and order a plate of Gulab Jamuns myself.

I look endearingly at the hot mouth-watering Gulab Jamuns dunked in a liberal amount of thick syrup.

Sadly – I do not take a picture – since there were no smartphones those days – but – I will post a few pictures of Gulab Jamuns from the internet below  for you to drool over.

The Gulab Jamuns are nice  juicy soft and hot.

Gulab Jamuns must be eaten hot

The Gulab Jamuns are very soft and juicy.

I spoon a small luscious piece of the Gulab Jamun – and I place it delicately on my tongue.

I close my eyes to enhance the quality of the gustatory experience.

Whenever you want to enjoy good food – just close your eyes  focus all your attention on your tongue  and notice the feeling.

I just leave that succulent Gulab Jamun piece on my tongue for a while 
– and let the hot sweet viscous syrup permeate deep into my taste-buds.

Then  I gently roll my tongue  and the Gulab Jamun disintegrates.

You must never chew Gulab Jamun – just keep in on your tongue  and let it melt in your mouth.

The delicious Gulab Jamun dissolves and melts in my mouth  releasing its delicious cardamom tinged flavor  and its soothing rose fragrance within me.

I eat slowly  deliberately  eyes closed  savoring every moment  relishing the divine taste – prolonging the heavenly experience its epicurean delight of the highest order.

As I walk back home in state of supreme bliss 
 the lingering taste of the delicious Gulab Jamun remains within me for a long long time.

Even now as I write this 
 I can almost sense the delicious taste and enchanting fragrance of the heavenly Gulab Jamun. 

And my mouth begins to water!

But alas 
 I am in Pune right now  and I am yearning and craving for a hot syrupy juicy succulent heavenly sweet Gulab Jamun. 

Dear Reader  Do tell us about your favorite Gulab Jamun  where you get it  and how you eat it
Happy Eating

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This foodie article was written by me in the year 2000 and posted online earlier a number of times including at url: http://food.sulekha.com/gulab-jamun-how-to-relish-it-id433-3673-recipe.htm  and  http://creative.sulekha.com/my-favourite-luscious-gulab-jamun_329992_blog  and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2013/05/how-to-eat-gulab-jamun.html  etc

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