Jalebis

Jalebis – it’s a dessert made from flour batter in the form of circular discs and soaked in sugar syrup. Its shape is circular somewhat like a pretzel.

After coming to US, my sweet tooth is growing sweeter and I crave for sweets specially Indian more than ever, the reason being as they are not readily available out here. I was a little skeptical though to try them at home.

I explored a few recipes and was satisfied with my first attempt. However, I had not clicked pictures during the process.

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Recipe :

Ingredients :

  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tbsp chickpeas flour
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp melted butter or ghee
  • pinch of turmeric powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • few strands of saffron (optional)
  • 1/4 cup yoghurt
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water (for batter)
  • 1/4 cup water (for sugar syrup)
  • yellow food color
  • melted butter or ghee/oil for deep-frying
  • 1 zip lock bag

Method :

  1. Mix the flour, lemon juice, butter, turmeric powder, yoghurt and water. Whisk till the batter is smooth and lump-free.
  2. Allow the batter to ferment for at least 24 hrs.
  3. In a glass bowl, mix sugar,water, food color and microwave for 30-60secs. Allow the sugar to dissolve. You can also add few strands of saffron if you like for flavor.
  4. In a thick bottom pan, heat ghee. Depth of ghee level needs to be around 2 inches from bottom.
  5. Take a ziplock bag and put the fermented batter into it and seal. Twist the top of the bag just as you do for a pastry or piping bag. Cut the tip of the cone formed slightly.
  6. Pipe out circular discs directly into the hot ghee.IMG_20160817_122147 (1)
  7. Allow them to be fried on either side for about a min. They ideally should not be brown.
  8. Remove the fried jalebi and put it in the sugar syrup. Allow it to be soaked.
  9. Remove and keep it on a cooling rack to allow the excess syrup to be drained.

 

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