Gulab Jaman, the National Sweet of Pakistan

It is difficult to think of an event formal or informal without having the desserts.  Although there are many desserts coming from all over the world, the traditional sweets of the South Asian region have no match. They are made both at home as well as on comments: the people of Pakistan and those visiting Pakistan fall in love with these mouth-watering sweets. The black Gulab jamans, the labyrinth-like jalebi, the milky barfi, the juicy ras Gulla all are a great treat for the sweet tooth people.

These sweets are served almost everywhere. Considering the consumption of the sweets all over the country the government of Pakistan surveyed to find out which of these yummy delights should be declared as the national sweet of Pakistan.

The sweet survey was conducted on 1st January 2019. The three sweets that were included in the survey were barfi, jalebi, and the Gulab jaman. The people were asked to participate in the poll. The sources reported that a total of 15,000 votes were cast in the survey to make the final decision. After the survey closed, the results that appeared were very interesting. Barfi was the least voted sweet to qualify as the national sweet.


Only 19 per cent of the total voters wanted barfi as the national sweet. With 37 per cent votes on the board, the milk and flour made dark brown Gulab Jaman qualified as the national sweet of Pakistan.  Gulab jamans are round sweets that are made with flour, eggs, khoya, and milk. All the ingredients are kneaded into the dough. A suitably sized ball like mass is then made out of the dough which is deep fried until it gets the right colour and then dipped in the sugar syrup.  The unique flavour and the smooth texture make it a great sweet.

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Noor Mani is senior tech correspondent and renowned professional writer from Pakistani local Newspaper Weekly Multan. She is a P.E.C accredited Electronics Engineer and has wide vision over technology and local media industry scope. She is now a Managing Editor at Web.PK. You can email her at noor @ web.pk.

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