Friday, September 16, 2011

Jalebi for Indian Cooking Challenge - August

Hello Friends,


Nothing says "Celebration" like Jalebi, how many of you dream about eating it. OK, may be none of you. But, I do. When we plan India trip, I dream of this one place where we get really good Doodh Jalebi (meaning Jalebi with milk and cream). They serve it real warm and in those earthen pots. Now, to get that in US is difficult. We do get some decent jalebis, but nothing like homemade, right?


So, when Srivalli  announced Auagust's Indian Cooking Challenge, I was super excited and nervous both. Super excited as I love jalebi and nervous as I had never made them before in my life and I have heard horror stories about them going wrong.


I have to say that it wasn't as bad as I thought. Of course, I didn't get that professional shape and it doesn't look great, but believe me when I say that it tasted delicious and with warm milk, it reminded me of that old place :)


So, without further ado, here is the recipe. I have one more jalebi recipe bookmarked that I have to try, may be later !!!


Jalebi - जलेबी (Deep Fried Indian Dessert Soaked in Simple Sugar Syrup)
Ingredients
For the Jalebi batter
All purpose flour / Maida - 100 gm
Curds / Yoghurt - 1 cup 
Lime juice - 1 tsp 
Cornstarch - 30 gm 
Hot oil - 1 tbsp 
a large pinch of saffron color
pinch of salt
For the Sugar Syrup
Sugar - 1 cup 
Water - ½ cup 
Lime juice - 1 tsp

Oil for deep frying

Preparation
  • Mix everything listed under batter till smooth.
  • Keep it on the counter overnight for fermentation. Make sure that your jalebi batter is not too thin and can be pressed into spiral shape without disintegrating in water. It should be that of thick cake batter consistency or thinner than cookie dough consistency.
  • Next day, heat oil for deep frying.
  • While oil is heating, take sugar, lime juice and water in a separate pot and let it come to boil.
  • Let it boil till it forms a one-thread consistency syrup (to check one-thread consistency, take a drop of syrup between your thumbs and index finger and slowly pull your fingers apart and it should form a thread).
  • At this point, switch off the heat, but keep the syrup warm when dunking fried jalebis in it.
  • Prepare jalebi batter for frying by pouring it into  a zip log bag and then making a very small hole at the end of the ziplock to dispense the batter. Take care in making a small hole, as we don't want really thick spirals.
  • Once oil is hot (it has to be really hot to make them crispy), slowly dispense batter into the hot oil in spiral motion forming concentric circles of about 2-4 inches in diameter.
  • Don't worry, if you don't get a perfect shape as after dunking them in syrup, everything will taste great, lol
  • Once they are deep fried, gets a nice golden color (make sure they are not fried too much), dip them directly in the suryp. Keep them in syrup only for about 20-30 seconds and remove them.
  • Continue making all jalebis till batter is done. Take care to make only as many jalebis in the hot oil as many the pot can hold as they expand or fluff a bit after frying and if they are crowded, they won't be cooked well. In a regular pot, you can fry upto 5 jalebis of my size at one time.
  • From the measurements I gave, I made about 25 jalebis of 2.5 inch diameter.

Serving
Serve it just as it is, but warm is the best way to go. Or serve it the way we like, dipped in milk and topped with malai (cream).

That's all for now. Take care till next post.

38 comments:

simply.food said...

Your jalebis have turned out perfect. I have never tried them with milk and cream.

munchmunchcrunchcrunch said...

looks great...am planning on making this form my son's bday party but i usually do it using yeast...saves time:) do you know a way to warm it up, if we make it ahead of time?

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Shireen Sequeira said...

Oh this is lovely! Priya, i totally agree with u..just as much as I love jalebis I have heard horror stories, but i think i will give it a shot now, thanks to ur recipe. One question though...what's the max fermentation time? What if i keep it overnight & wish to prepare it post lunch..i hope if you prolong the fermentation time the batter wont turn too sour

Srivalli said...

Beautiful picture Priya..so glad you liked it!

Deeksha said...

Wow! They look so perfect and delicious. I liked your recipe and surely will try out soon.

Deeksha said...

Wow! Jalebis look so perfect and delicious. I liked your method. Will surely try out this.

Kalyani's Platter said...

looks yum and tempting jelebi's ...

Mélange said...

That's absolutely tempting Priya..Nice presentation !

alpana said...

I just had lunch & looking at these jalebis I just wanna grab some......wish I could from the screen......awesome.

aipi said...

Jalebis ~ two things came to my mind instantly, one I want to grab one n bite into it instantly n secondly intense sense of nostalgia! Beautiful work,love the color n how perfect crisp they look :)
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Rajani said...

I have a sweet tooth and cannot resist anything with sugar. your jalebi is right now making me drool! Slurp!

Pushpa said...

Tempting and delicious jalebis.

Suja said...

Perfect crispy and delicious..jalebis looks divine

Sobha Shyam said...

yummy and delicious jalebis..they look great dear..

sangee vijay said...

wow...jalebis looks so tempting..you have made it perfectly...i want to grab one..yum..yum..

Vatsala. said...

Dudh jalebi...wow India yaad aa gaya.

Torviewtoronto said...

this looks wonderful delicious jalebi

Paaka Shaale said...

Yummy Jalebis!!! They look so perfect
sigh!!! :)

Krithi's Kitchen said...

Wow.. you have done it so perfectly!!
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divya said...

very tempting and delicious...loved it..

Junia said...

wow, this looks so delicious! i bet everyone loved it!! party food!

Swathi said...

Jalebi looks delicious. Love to try them.

Kalpana Sareesh said...

Wow so yummy jalebis' they r so so good..

Priti said...

Dhood jalebi is just yum ...how I wash can grab these n polish off :) .... tempting one priya

Ammu's said...

this the one dish I never tried making at home. I love those jalebi's.

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks perfect and delicious dear :)

Kurryleaves said...

really tempting..looks so delicious

Prathima Rao said...

Perfectly made crispy & juicy jalebis!!!!
Prathima Rao
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Priya said...

Marvellous and irresistible jalebis..

Kaveri said...

Yummy jalebis...wanna grab one

Sensible Vegetarian said...

Perfectly done Priya, looks super delicious.

madcookingfusions said...

Jalebi's are an all time fav sweet for many, I am yet to try these for my blog, thanks for posting it, I will surely try them, they look so damn tempting...

Archana said...

wow i can have the entire plateful. (imagine my size then Haha!)

Beatuiful jalebis. Must try my hand .
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themustardseed said...

Oh my!! My mouth is watering...jalebi with milk and cream!!Love your recipes!

PriyaVaasu said...

Me too didnt get the shape too perfect, but as u said the taste was awesome!!!!! Never tried to taste them with milk, but heard, they even have it with tea!!!

CinnamonNChillies said...

mmmm...doodh jalebi!!!!!! An irresistable combo!!! The jalebis look beautiful. If only I could get one right now :-))

nivedita said...

hey,
looks very tempting with milk on it
:-)
feel like grabbing the whole plate.

Gopika Ram said...

Wow.. these look amazing Priya :)

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