The Perfect Indian Dessert – Jalebis !!

A popular Indian sweet introduced by the Mugals more than 500 years ago…

It’s a very common thing to see Jalebis piled up on a tray at any Indian sweet stores. There wouldn’t be a single food outlet without jalebis. It has been one of the most demanding sweets as a dessert at the Copper Chimney Restaurant, Jaipur . The perfectly coil shaped jalebis and the sugary coating over it which gives them the waxy look and of course the taste of it makes anyone to just relish this tantalizing dessert after the meal or even before. After a bite of it, you could see people sitting still indulged in this sweet with their eyes closed and there comes the Mmmm, mmmm sound.

INGREDIENTS: Makes about 8-10 jalebis

1 cup all purpose flour
2 ½ tablespoon rice flour
1 teaspoon yeast or 3 tablespoon sour yogurt
¼ teaspoon saffron
¼ teaspoon turmeric
For Sugar Syrup-
2 cups water
2 cups sugar
½ teaspoon rose water (optional)
Oil (for deep frying)

METHOD: In 2-3 tablespoon hot water dissolve yeast. Cover and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Now combine flour and spices in a large mixing bowl. Add yeast and adding water, little at a time make a thick batter. Cover and let it ferment for an 1-2 hours.
If using yogurt instead of yeast then repeat the same process just the batter would be thinner in this case. Exactly like a pancake batter. Cover and ferment for 6-8 hours or overnight.
In the meantime make a one strand sugar syrup cooking sugar and water for 15-20 minutes on medium heat.
After fermentation the batter should be light and flowy. Add extra water if needed.
Heat oil for deep frying. Using a funnel, piping bag (with tip number 12), a Ziploc bag (cut a small opening), a jalebi maker of a plastic ketchup bottle with a nizzle like opening, pipe the batter into the oil in circular motion.
Fry until the jalebi is golden on both sides. Take it out of the fryer and drop into the hot syrup for 5-7 seconds. Strain the extra syrup out and take the jalebis out. Serve with yogurt, rabdi or just as it is.

Make sure to follow the steps as it is. If you are trying this for the first time, you might find it hard to make the perfect coiled shape for the first few tries, but trust, after a while you’ll find it easier and you will be there having fun making the perfect jalebis.  Now, if you have nailed it even at the first try, then “Bravo, We bow down to you”.

Or in case you wish to savor this scrumptious sweet dish without trying your hands on, you can any day visit the best continental food restaurant in Jaipur to enjoy these finger licking Jalebis!!

For reservations and to book your table please contact :  Arjun Kuchhal  : 9829063600

MAYA MANSION

Opposite  GPO, M.I. ROAD

Jaipur  Rajasthan 302001