Jalebi is a popular Indian sweet. The flour batter is deep fried into circles and then soaked in sugar syrup, can be served warm or cold. It is also popular in the middle east and the sub continent. I tried a few recipes before I settled down to this combination of ingredients to get it right! You can add a little lemon juice to the syrup to give it a little tang. I recall treating on these as a child. How we loved the smell of the Jalebis frying, and the waits, that then seemed very long, to let them cool a little before starting to munch on them!! These are soaked in sugar syrup straight after coming out of the deep fryer, and so are very very hot immediately! I so miss those days…
Here is a simplified recipe to a great treat!
Cuisine: Indian | Cooking time: 30 mins | Serving: 4-6 people
For the batter:
Maida (all purpose flour) – 1 1/2 cup
Yoghurt – 1/4 cup
Baking soda – 1/4 tsp
for the syrup:
Sugar – 1 1/2 cup
Water – 1 1/2 cup
Mix Maida and yoghurt to form a thick paste. Add saffron food color if you prefer. Add in just enough water to make it into a smooth batter.
Let it set and ferment overnight.
Just before frying add baking soda and mix well.
Combine sugar and water for the syrup and boil for 20 mins until a single-thread consistency is achieved.
Heat oil or ghee enough for deep fry in a pan. Pour the batter into a pastry bag and squeeze out holding with both hands in a circular motion in the oil.
Remove from oil just when golden in color and soak into the syrup for 2 mins.
Serve warm or cold. Just yumm!