Gulab jamun is a traditional Asian dessert that is most common in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. It’s a dairy-based sweet that consists of soft, deep-fried balls of dough that are soaked in an aromatic sugar syrup. In the United States, you may find gulab jamun at Indian restaurants or grocery stores.
A single gulab jamun ball is about the size of a ping-pong ball. Depending upon recipe variations, calories and nutrition facts may vary, but each ball generally has about 150 calories. In a version of gulab jamun published on AllRecipes.com, one ball has 142 calories, 8 g fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 40 mg sodium, 16.5 g carbohydrates, no fiber and 2 g protein. Since the balls are made using milk, they’re also rich in calcium; a single dessert ball has close to 10 percent of the recommended daily value.