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Dussehra Special: Jalebi


Can you make sweet, juicy and crispy Jalebi at home? The answer is yes! This easy Jalebi recipe is so simple that you would have a plate of perfect jalebis before you know it. The batter will not spread in the pan and the Jalebi would turn crispy, delicious and syrupy just like those you buy from the best shops of your town. You should follow this Jalebi recipe because it just takes 30 minutes to make. Just go through the steps and brace for the best instant Jalebis ever! It is perhaps one of the simplest and most delicious Indian sweets. Jalebi is not just a dessert, but even part of morning breakfast and evening snacks in several parts of India. For example, in Bihar it is served with Poori and Aloo ki Subzee as breakfast. In the evening, it is served as a snack with samosa and kachori. In Bhopal, it is relished with poha! There is no single recipe for Jalebi. Made with a variety of ingredients like sooji, maida, urad dal, moong dal and even cottage cheese, it has several versions and most of them have their own unique taste! As per historical texts, the origin of Jalebi is traced to West Asia and it got its unique name from an Arabic word-zulabiya, also known as the Persian zolbiya. It is often used as an anecdote by calling complex people, ‘Jalebi ki tarah tedha’ or complicated like a jalebi!

All you need is-

3 cup all purpose flour

1/2 cup corn flour

2 cup hung curd

1 1/2 pinch baking soda

1/2 cup ghee

2 cup sunflower oil

3 cup sugar

3 cup water

5 strand saffron

4 drops rose essence

1/2 teaspoon powdered green cardamom

1/2 teaspoon edible food color


Prepare The Jalebi Batter And Let It Ferment Overnight

To make this easy Jalebi recipe, mix together all-purpose flour, cornflour and baking soda in a bowl. Now, add ghee and food colour in the above mixture. To make a thick batter add hung curd and water. Mix well until it is thick but has a slightly flowing consistency. Keep it aside for 8-10 hours to ferment. This step is important to give that unique “khatta” taste to Jalebi. To make the sugar syrup, heat water in a pan over medium flame. Add sugar and mix until fully dissolved. Simmer the syrup until it attains one string consistency. Add saffron, cardamom powder and rose essence. Stir well.

Deep Fry The Jalebis

Now, heat oil in a pan over medium flame for deep frying. Fill the jalebi batter in a muslin cloth and pierce a small hole in the cloth. Squeeze the muslin cloth to make concentric circles. Move from inside to outside to make perfect circles. Fry till jalebis are crisp and golden.

Soak The Jalebis In Sugar Syrup And 2-3 Minutes And Serve Warm With Rabri

Soak the jalebis in sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes. Ensure that the sugar syrup is warm and not very hot. Now, remove from the syrup and place on a tray lined with butter paper or foil. Decorate with silver foil (optional) and serve the jalebis hot, warm or at room temperature with creamy Rabri. Note: To make the jalebi even more delicious, add a little bit of ghee to the batter, this will give your jalebi that perfect aroma. To the crispy Jalebi, don’t forget to ferment the batter overnight.

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