Jalebi is a popular Indian dessert made with maida and sugar syrup. Served during festivals and special occasions, this dessert recipe is loved not just by kids but adults too.The jalebis are sweets having crispy, chewy texture with a crystallized sugary coating. Bengalis usually enjoy these juicy jalebis hot in their daily breakfast. You can enjoy this hot or cold as a dessert. Jalebis are popularly served during Ramadan and Diwali. Try some of my Diwali sweets recipes from my Experts Kitchen .
To get are crispy, sugary, tasty, juicy and crunchy jalebis is not difficult but need a trick. Traditionally to make jalebis it was a long process. Firstly, the batter was allowed to well ferment. And the next day batter is poured into the cone made with cloth and round spirals are made in hot oil and deep fried. Later jalebis are soaked in sugar syrup for a few minutes and then served.
Jalebi Recipe :
All purpose flour (maida) – 1 cup
Yogurt – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 3 cups
Saffron (kesar) – few
Oil for deep-frying
In a large bowl, whisk flour, yogurt and sufficient water to a smooth and pouring consistency batter. Cover and keep in a warm place to ferment for 24 hours.
Beat the batter with your hands again for 15 minutes. Boil sugar with 2 cups water in a deep non-stick pan on high heat, stirring continuously, till the sugar dissolves.
Add saffron and cook, stirring, till the syrup reaches one string consistency. Keep the syrup warm.
Heat sufficient oil in a kadai on medium heat. Pour some batter onto a jalebi cloth, gather the edges and make a tight potli else you can use ketchup bottle.
Squeeze round spirals into the hot oil and deep fry, turning them over gently a few times, till they are evenly golden and crisp.
Drain and soak in sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes. Take them out of the syrup and serve hot.