Twisted Sweetness - Jalebi

  • 1 cup Plain all-purpose flour or maida
  • ½ cup Plain Yogurt          
  • 3 cups Sugar
  • Pinch of turmeric powder or yellow food coloring
  • Pinch of baking soda or 1 tbsp Yeast or Fruit salt      
  • Few strands of saffron
  • Cardamom powder        
  • Vegetable oil or Clarified butter (Ghee ) for deep-frying
  • Water to make the batter & sugar syrup
  • In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder & yogurt together with some water to make a smooth pancake like batter i.e. of pouring consistency.  
  • Cover and keep in a warm place to ferment for a few hours, if possible make batter the night before. You can also use yeast for instant cooking.
  • After it has fermented, give it a good whisk for 15 minutes.
  • To make the sugar syrup: 
    • Cook sugar with 2 cups water in a deep non-stick pan on high heat, stirring continuously, till the sugar dissolves and forms a sticky stringy consistency. 
    • Keep the syrup warm. You can also add some saffron strands to the syrup for extra flavour. 
  • Heat sufficient ghee or oil in a large pan or wok on medium heat. If using oil, add a few drops of ghee for flavor. 
  • Pour some batter into a ketchup bottle or a pipping bag. 
  • Squeeze round spirals into the hot ghee and deep fry, turning them over gently a few times, till they are evenly golden and crisp. 
  • Drain and soak in sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes. Take them out of the syrup and serve hot.