How to Make Jalebi at Home: A Delicious Indian sweet

 

Jalebi is a popular Indian dessert made with a deep-fried dough batter that is shaped into spiral shapes and soaked in a sweet syrup. The dough is typically made with flour, water, and yogurt, and the syrup is made with sugar and water flavored with saffron and cardamom. These crispy and sweet treats are a favorite during festivals and celebrations and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make jalebi at home:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon food coloring (optional)
  • Oil for deep-frying

For the syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2-3 strands saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder

Instructions:

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, water, and yogurt to form a smooth batter. If using food coloring, add a few drops to the batter and mix well to combine.

  2. Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the batter rest for at least 30 minutes.

  3. Heat the oil in a deep fryer or a heavy-bottomed pan over medium heat. To test if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of batter into the oil. If it sizzles and rises to the surface immediately, the oil is ready.

  4. Pour the batter into a squeeze bottle or a piping bag fitted with a small round tip.

  5. Squeeze the batter into the hot oil in a circular motion to form spiral shapes. Be sure not to overcrowd the pan.

  6. Fry the jalebi until they are golden brown on all sides, about 5-7 minutes.

  7. Remove the fried jalebi from the oil using a slotted spoon and transfer them to a plate lined with paper towels to drain any excess oil.

  8. While the jalebi are frying, make the syrup by combining the sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.

  9. Add the saffron and cardamom powder to the syrup and simmer for 5 minutes.

  10. Once the syrup is ready, add the fried jalebi to the syrup and let them soak for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Serve the jalebi hot or cold, garnished with a sprinkle of chopped nuts if desired. Enjoy!

 
 
 

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