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Indian Festival in Yoyogi: Indian sweets and other treats

I am not a festival-goer. I mean, I wasn’t before coming to Japan. Therefore, the thought of not visiting each day of Indian Festival in Tokyo this year September was simply unbearable. It is held in Tokyo since 1992. Trying finger-licking Indian sweets was one of the reasons I was so eager to come back on the second day. I think they should sell more sweets like Gulab Jamun, Burfi or Jalebi on a daily basis.Indian sweetsGulab Jamun (brown and light-brown colored balls) is popular in many countries of South Asia and it can be found at Nissin World Delicatessen in Nishi-Azabu. However, I prefer fresh sweets without preservatives and other undesirable components over commercially available ones. Actually, Gulab Jamun is not eaten daily. It is often prepared as a dessert for festivals and marriages.Indian sweetsBurfi (white squares) is my personal favorite. Served in India all year round, this dessert has a pleasant, slightly chewy texture and is less sweet than Gulab Jamun. Samosa, a pastry with savory filling, was also a popular and affordable treat (200 – 300 yen per piece).FullSizeRender (15)I have already started watching Youtube videos with various recipes in order to make them at home (someday). But opening an Indian tea house or a sweets shop would be a great solutions for those like me.Indian sweetsMy treat was a 500 yen box with 5 pieces of Indian sweets sitting inside. Well, actually there were 4 pieces, but smiling Indian guys who sold it added one more piece especially for me.Indian sweets

The staff at one stall was deep-frying lots of fresh Jalebi, another popular kind of Indian sweets.Indian sweets

Information

Namaste India, the annual Indian Festival

Address: Tokyo, Shibuya Ward, Jinnan 2-chome Yoyogi Park Event Square

Access 1: 3 min. walk from Harajuku St.

Access 2: 3 min. walk from Yoyogi Koen St.

Official website: http://www.indofestival.com

Distance from airport: About 76 km from Narita Airport.

Article by Olga Kaneda

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