Sinfully sweet and delicious, spiral shaped Indian funnel cake is an addictive festive sweet. These crispy and crunchy Jalebi Recipe tastes best when dipped in cold Rabdi or milk.
Does this Jalebi Recipe bring back childhood memories for anyone else? At least for me, it brings back so many great memories. Growing up, our Sunday brunch always included a bowl full of warm Jalebis from the nearby sweet vendor. People use to line up for hours to get hands on this vendors warm Jalebis, and they were the best. Like Gulab Jamuns and burfis, Jalebi is yet another popular sweet of India.
For all my readers, a quick heads up on what a Jalebi is? Jalebi is a spiral shaped Indian funnel cake flavored with cardamom and later dunked in saffron-rose water infused sugar syrup.
In simple words – sugar crystallized flavored funnel cakes that are crispy and crunchy on the outside, juicy and chewy on the inside. Hot or cold, it is a heavenly indulgent treat.
Now on to the Recipe!
Traditionally, Jalebis are made after the batter is fermented for 6-8 hours. But my version of making Jalebi requires no fermentation, no yeast and no baking soda. The batter consist of wheat flour +gram flour +cornstarch/cornflour. Cornflour gives a crisper crust to the Jalebis.
Science behind baking powder in Jalebis!
Batter also contains baking powder for a lighter and crispier outer layer. Why baking powder? There is a simple reason behind it.
Flours + water + curd make a thick dough and when baking powder is added to this wet mix (when baking powder gets wet), it produces tiny bubbles in the batter which activates ONLY when the batter is added to the hot oil. These trapped bubbles when meets the hot oil, expands the batter, makes it fluffier (pic 6), which results in a lighter, crispier Jalebis. Other option! Jalebi Recipe
If you do not wish to add baking powder than after mixing the flours with curd and water, place the batter in a warm place for 6-8 hours and allow it to ferment. In summers, fermentation will be done is less time, say 3-4 hours. After the fermentation is done, beat the batter, pour in squeezable bottle and make Jalebis.Tips for a perfect spiral shaped jalebi!
Batter should be of thick dropping consistency ( see pic 8).
Keep the oil medium hot.
While squeezing the batter in oil, keep a precise movement of your hand. Move it in a clockwise direction to form a well- coordinated circle.
If the oil is too hot, Jalebis will disperse as soon as it comes in contact with oil. Maintain moderate heat.
At first, jalebis will sink to the bottom and then slowly rise to the top.
That’s the time to increase the heat and fry Jalebis until golden.
It will require a lot of patience and practice to get a perfect spiral shaped Jalebi.
My idea of eating Jalebi is – piping hot and crispy Jalebi dipped in cold Rabdi.
This festive season, want a heavenly treat then give this recipe a try and if you happen to make this, then either drop me a line below or share your yum pictures with me on Facebook. Would love to see your creation!