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Barfi, jalebi, mysore-pak, laddu, gulab-jamun, rosgolla etc etc : in short, anything that's not cake or wrapped candy.
It was sacrilege to bring Indian sweets to school (St. Francis Xavier's, Bangalore) on your birthday. Never mind that you stood for an hour in line at Bhagatram's on Commercial Street and got them hot-hot. Your classmates turn away disdainfully while the class-teacher would inspect the box carefully and declare, "Indian sweets, chile?" and call you later to the staff-room, grab a handful and pack it into her lunch box.

Usage

Cheryl: See the fun, chile. That Laxmi in my class, no manners, she brought off Indian sweets for her birthday.
Added 2011-08-10 by Su Lee

Root

English

Categories

Food and Drink

Related Terms

bonda, jalebi bai, samosa