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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 8
  • All-Purpose Flour – 1 cup
  • Cardamom Powder – ⅛ tsp
  • Rapid Rise Yeast – 1 tsp addedin warm water for 5-10 minutes, until foamy, before adding it to the flour)
  • Corn Starch – 2 tsp
  • Oil – 1 tsp
  • Yogurt – 1 Tbsp
  • Warm Water – ¾ cup
  • For Syrup:
  • Sugar – 1¼ cups
  • Water – 1 cup
  • Saffron – pinch
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Cardamom Powder – ¼ tsp
  • Yellow food color - 1 tsp (optional)
  1. a mixing bowl, add All-purpose Flour, Cardamom Powder, Rapid Rise Yeast and Corn Starch. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Add Oil, Yogurt and Water and mix well until there are no lumps.
  3. In a larger bowl or pot, add very warm water and place the mixing bowl with the batter inside the larger bowl
  4. Cover the larger bowl and allow the batter to rest for 30 minutes.
  5. After the batter has been resting for 15 minutes, start on the syrup and start to pre-heat oil for frying the jalebi.
  6. Syrup: In a heavy bottom pan, add Water, Sugar and Saffron. Cook for 15 minutes on medium heat or until the temperature reaches 200F/95C.
  7. Reduce flame to a low simmer and add Cardamom Powder, food color and Lemon Juice. Mix.I like my jalebi's bright yellow
  8. Mix the fermented jalebi batter well and put it in a piping bag ( ketchup or mustard bottle, ziplock bag can be used too).
  9. Squeeze out the batter into the hot oil in approximately 8 small circular motions. Jalebi should about 2-3 inches in diameter.
  10. Fry until the bottom side looks golden and flip once to cook the other side.
  11. With tongs, remove jabebi, shake off excess oil and place directly into sugar syrup.
  12. Allow jalebi to remain in the syrup for just a minute (flipping to coat both sides), shake off excess sugar syrup and place onto a plate.NOTE: About mid way through the frying process, turn off the stove for the sugar syrup so that it does not become too thick.
  13. Continue frying remaining jalebis.
  14. Enjoy them hot for optimal taste or allow them to cool and store in a container with a tight fitting lid.
  15. Jalebis will remain fresh for 4-5 days unrefrigerated.
Recipe by Khatta Meetha at http://khattameetha.com/dessert/jalebi