Good Instructable Citizens,  (I am watching Spartacus these days :D)

"Life is a celebration."- Osho

"Life is a celebration, when you eat Jalebies" - Tarun  Upadhyaya
  Ha ha :D

Jalebi (Ja as in jump le as in Label bi as in Big).

Jalabies are known as celebration sweet in India. In ancient India, people use to make & distribute Jalebies during weddings, child-birth, victory etc. In present India it is still known to be part of celebration. However the Jalebies are evolved  from just a celebration sweet to an extremely popular Indian sweet, savored across India and Indian subcontinent, from streets to 5-Star Hotels.

A little history (source :Wikipedia)

"Origins of Jalebi can be traced back to ancient India, where it was called Kundalika or Jal-vallika (being full of syrup, which is watery; hence the name). In later dialects of Sanskrit, Jal-vallika became Jalebi which likely arrived in the middle east during the period of Muslim rule, through cultural diffusion and trade from the Indian subcontinent, and its local name Jalebi became Zalebi as Z is more common in middle-eastern languages."

This sweet is so popular that many food companies offer instant Jalebi Mix so that you can make it at home. But I like to make it by my own, fresh and homely. Don't ya? :)

Traditionally, Jalebi requires a fermantation process of 24 hours, but since this version of Jalebi making is instant, it would only need an hour.

As difficult as it may appears to make, in reality it is simple to make :). Lets make this swirly, juicy, crunchy, mouth watering sweet. Keep the vows of your diet aside for a moment and savor this heavenly delight :).

Important information:

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Fermentation Time: 1 Hour
Servings: 4 (Grrr.. I had to share ;-))

Step 1: Ingredients

In order to make instant Jalebies you would need:

For Batter:
  1. 1/2 Cup White Plain Flour
  2. 1 & 1/2 teaspoon  bengal gram flour (Besan)
  3. 1/2 teaspoon dry yeast (you can use fresh yeast as well, this will significantly reduce the fermentation duration, honestly I have not yet tried it )
  4. 1/2 teaspoon oil or Ghee
  5. 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  6. 1/2 cup of lukewarm water or as required

For Sugar Syrup
  1. 1 & 1/2 cup Sugar
  2. 2 Cup water or as required.
  3. 1/4 Teaspoon of crushed or powdered cardomom
  4. Saffron strands (I like to be generous here :))  
  5. A little more than 1 teaspoon of lemon juice.

To Fry:
  1. Ghee or  oil (Traditional Jalebies are made of ghee, so does this version)
To garnish:
  1. Finely sliced pistachios
Optional :
Jalebi can be relished with a number of food items, some of the popular ones are:

Fresh cream (Unsweetened)
Condensed milk (may also use Rabdi [Sweet condensed milk] )

Kitchen Tools
  1. Deep Frying Pan
  2. A deep cooking utensil.
  3. Spatula with holes
  4. A big bowl for batter
  5. Some plastic wrap
  6. A squeezable sauce bottle.
  7. Some absorbent paper
Commercially available Jalebies uses food colors, We will use saffron. Nothing beats natural color of foods, isn't it? 
<p>Haha! Jalebi my second fav! The best indian sweet for me is ludoo :-)</p><p>Awesome job by the way! ;-)</p>
<p>Someday I will post ludoo :), Thank you so much.</p>
<p>Cool! And no problem. :D</p>
<p>Nice! I always love to eat these!</p>
<p>Oh Yes, they are irresistible :) </p>
<p>BTW, do you live in India? If so, then which state?</p>
in Pakistan it is also eaten as sehri in Ramadan :) love this ~ible :)
i wonder if khushi made it in same way or not :p
Lol...!! I remember her *khushi kumari gupta*..!!Tarun- She is a character from an indian daily soap.
<p>LOL !! My TV G.K is not very good :)</p>
<p>and so is mine..!!my mom used to watch that show everyday...so I knew a little bit about her character..</p><p>Btw these jalebis look soo tempting..!! I want some.. ;)</p>
<p>I have many times shared the Idea of having a pot luck of all instructables members, one day :)</p>
Your idea sounds so much fun..!! I would love to be a part of it.. :p
What is khushi?
Thanks sabu.dawdy :), I am glad you like it and Yes,I have also seen that in India as well during Ramadan, the huge heaps of jalebis are gorgeous &amp; so tempting.
Just like this one :)
We're having jalebi for iftar today! followed your recipe and made these! :)
Oh.. this looks so good, the shape is really like a professional and I am sure they taste awesome. Wow... this is the first picture any one posted after learning from my ible.
Thanks! giving the shape was quite hard, the first few jalebies looked really messy, didn't take pictures of those :P ! thanks for sharing the recipe :)
oh same here, the first few are messy usually :).
Con grates i was very sure u will certainly win Tarun,very happy for u!!! To my knowledge even most of Indian females doesn't go for jalebi making in kitchen although crazy to eat:) U r an exceptional my friend.Kudos for outstanding instruct able on my favorite Indian dish:))
Thank you so much dear Friend :[) for your kind words.
Congrats on winning!
Thank you so much Holly :[)
Forgive me, my dear friend, you are right <br>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jalebi <br>in Iran in Ramadan is the tradition for many years, I got on the judgment.
Oh it is absolutely fine, we are all here to learn from each other. :). Enjoy the Jalebis (Indian or Iranian who cares if it tastes so good :[))
So apparently it has the same ingredients and styling as funnel cakes......I don't see no difference.
Small world :). Thank you for stopping by.
it's Persian sweet,not indian,that's name is Zooloobia
I am not sure where the origin of this sweet was but Its extremely popular in Indian subcontinent (As I mentioned from streets to 5-star hotels). I had been to middle east and did not find it easily available (probably my bad luck). It has many variations in Africa as well. <br>Thank you for your interest.
Yay Tarun! :-D
oh Wow :). Thank you so much bajablue :)
Wow, first prize! Congratulations Tarun!!!
Thank you so much Linda. I am very happy about this :[).
woohoo!!! congratulations tarun so happy for you !!! =)
Yaay :[) Thank you so much dear friend. I am glad to live upto expectations :)
Proud Moment............!!! Indian Jalebi..!! Wow Loved it.... Bro Next time would love to see the Famous POHA !!
Thanks Bro :[), Will do it surely sometime.
Congrats for winning! :)
Thank you so much artworker :)
Congrats! Now I really have to make these jalebis, it's a prize winning recipe! :)
Thank you for your kind words :), I would love to see a pic of your creation.
Congrats! One of my favorites ....
Thank you so much :[)
Congratulations! :) very happy to see you in the finals (though I knew it from the beginning!)
:[) Thank you so much Muhaiminah the Fortune Teller, congratulations to you too :)
Oh will try this... Thanks!
The weekend is nearby :)
Yum! It looks similar but not quite the same as koeksisters (a South African sweet). Can't wait to try!

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