Friday, March 11, 2011

Jalebi's - Dessert Month Recipe 4

Golden, syrup-filled, crispy spirals of happiness, warm jalebi's are everyone's favorite. Next to Gulab Jamun's this may be the sweet eaten most commonly all over India. My fondest memories are those of Dassera mornings, when we had jalebi and ganthia with fried chili's. Another combination which is favored at my in-laws place is jalebis with rabdi or milk. 
I ate this sunshine deliciousness being homemade a little late in life (sorry mom - but we always had them from the neighborhood halwai). Well better late than never. My neighbor K bhabhi makes the worlds best jalebi's and feeds them with a lot of love too. This is her recipe verbatim. Portion below makes about 20 medium sized jalebis. A note about yogurt. Homemade yogurts have a slight higher water content than store bought ones. I have used home made yogurt in this recipe, if you are using store bought, you made need a little water to get the right consistency. Slightly tangy yogurts are best.  Baking soda makes the jalebi's crispy. I have not used color in these but you can use yellow or orange coloring as well.

Ingredients:

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon gram flour (besan)
1 cup yogurt
1 teaspoon baking powder
Water (if needed)
Ghee for frying

For the syrup

2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar

Mix the maida and besan with the yogurt. Beat well to make a lump-free batter of pourable consistency. If you hold it up with a spoon it should be fall easily. Keep aside while you make the syrup or about 30 minutes. 

Heat water in a heavy bottomed pot and add the sugar. Stir to dissolve the sugar and keep boiling till it reduces a little. It has to be slightly less viscous than an 'ek tar'* syrup. To check, pour a drop of the liquid on a plate. Cool a little (dont burn your fingertips) and press between thumb and forefinger. When you separate the two digits, it should give a pull but not form a full lace (tar). If it forms a lace add a little water to thin it out. Keep aside.

Heat ghee in a wok. Add the baking soda to the batter and mix well. Take a squeeze bottle, like for ketchups, and fill it up with the batter. When ghee is hot enough for frying, pipe small spirals over the ghee keeping the tip as close to the ghee as possible. When you close the spiral, pipe a little bit inwards over the spirals else the spiral will open in the hot ghee. Cook on one side, flip and cook till done. Remove from ghee and dunk directly into the syrup. Soak for a minute and remove.

Jalebis are best served warm, by themselves or with a side of rabdi, milk or yogurt. As they become cold they will become soggy. If you are planning to serve them at a latter time, fry the jalebis but do not soak them in the syrup. At the time of serving, heat the syrup, soak the jalebis and then serve warm. This will ensure crispness. 

Enjoy!

* Sugar syrups are checked as ek tar, do tar, teen tar; single lace, double lace, triple lace. This is basically the number of laces it forms when pulled between two fingers. Higher the number of laces, the harder it will set when cooled.

13 comments:

Deeksha said...

perfect jalebis! nice clicks!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

I'm little spectickle to prepare this at home ...but your's have turned out so well. Mouthwatering..

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

My fav,luks very tempting...u done it perfectly.

Priti said...

Looks super yum...wow ...drooling

Prathibha said...

jalebis look stunning..I just love crispy hot juicy jalebis..yummy

Torviewtoronto said...

delicious sweet jalebi looks wonderful

Now Serving said...

Perfect looking jalebis! Wonderful post!

Priya said...

Seriously am drooling here, those yummy jalebis looks soooo marvellous..

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Absolutely mouth watering, love the size and they look soooooooooooooooo delish :)

Only Fish Recipes said...

jalebies look so yummy...you have a beautiful space....there's an award galore waiting for you in my space...plz accept it !

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks perfect and yummy.....

Soumya Vineeth said...

Drools Drools!

Archana said...

lovely. I used to make them when my daughter used to eat them by the kilos. Must try again. Thanks for sharing.

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