Jalebi Recipe

An Indian confection of fried dough, soaked in a cardamom simple syrup. Served alone or with a yogurt pudding.


Fried Dough

All purpose flour, 1 cup
Yogurt, 1/2 cup
oil for deep-frying

In a large bowl, whisk refined flour, yogurt and sufficient water to a smooth, pancake batter-like consistency. Cover and keep in a warm place to ferment for 24 hours. Before cooking the next day, whip the batter again for a few minutes. Heat sufficient oil in a pot on medium heat to 325 degrees. Pour some batter into a pastry bag with a small straight tip. Squeeze round spirals into the hot oil and deep fry, turning them over gently a few times, until they are evenly golden and crisp. Drain and soak in cardamom sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes. Take them out of the syrup and serve hot.


Green Cardamom Syrup

2 cups sugar
2 cups water
Pinch of saffron
6 whole pieces green cardamom

Combine ingredients in a small pot and cook on medium/low heat for 30 minutes. Strain out cardamom and cool.


Yogurt pudding

1-1/2 to 2 cups strained local yogurt
2 tbsp milk, warmed
1/4-1/2 cups sugar (or as per taste)
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of cardamom powder (or as per taste)

Mix ingredients in a large bowl. Chill.

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