History & The Secrets Behind ‘Jalebi’ | India Canteen

Jalebi is a mouth-watering Indian dessert that can be described as funnel cakes. A sweet street food, jalebi is found across India and even Iran, Africa, West Asia and many more countries. Made with deep-frying maida flour batter in circular shapes, which are soaked in sugar syrup then served both cold or warm.

It is fried in the hot oil, using a cotton fabric cloth and carefully soaked in the sugar syrup. It would not be wrong to say that the process of making jalebis is no less attractive than the final product on your plate. You can have jalebis alone, or with a samosa but best combination is with creamy rabdi. A glass of piping hot milk or chilled milk with crunchy hot jalebis is a popular breakfast in several cities like Haridwar and Indore.

Did you know your favourite dessert recipe i.e Jalebi that you see across all sweet shops or morning breakfast shops in your city is not Indian but a West Asian or a Persian import?

Yes, you heard us Right !!

Our very own crispy, hot and sweet jalebi is not an Indian recipe but we have made it our own. Originally it is a version of sweet dish “Zolabiya” or “Zalabiya”.

Zalabiya is a festive dessert in iran, enjoyed by everyone during the iftar parties of Ramzaan. In 13th century, Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi (writer) collected a total of about 260 recipes of that time and highlighted them in his cookbook, ‘Kitab al-Tabeekh’, where ‘Zalabiya’ was mentioned for the first time.

In the 15th century, the makeover of Jalebi from Zalabiya happened when the Jain author Jinasura talked about it first time in the famous holy writ called ‘Priyamkarnrpakatha’ . In his holy writ it is said that jalebi was introduced to the Indian subcontinent by our not-so-friendly Persian Turkic invaders. According to The Hobson-Jobson Anglo-Indian dictionary, the Indian word Jalebi is derived from the Arabic word zulabiya or the Persian zolbiya with the onslaught of Turkish and Persian traders. From 15th century till today, this sweet dish began to be known as Jalebi and became a compulsory part in festive occasions, weddings, Indian breakfast and even temple bhog/prasad.

The preparation of Jalebis is considerably not so difficult. In a large pot whisk refined flour, yogurt and sufficient water to a smooth and pouring consistency batter. Cover and keep in a warm place to ferment for minimum 1 day. Transfer the batter into a jalebi cloth, gather the edges and make a tight potli. The cloth filled with the batter is squeezed with adequate pressure from top to make concentric circles turning them over gently a few times, till they are evenly golden and crisp, and than transferred to the sugar syrup, which sometimes may also contain hints of saffron (for the perfect orange hue). Once the jalebis soak the sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes, take them out of the syrup and they are ready to serve hot.

This dish is not to be confused with similar sweets and variants like Imarti, Paneer Jalebi, Mawa Jalebi, Afgaan Jalebi etc.

Shradh (Pitru Paksha) Special Satvik Recipes 2018

Special Satvik Food is prepared and offered to the ‘Brahmins’ during Shradh/Pitru Paksha period; it is believed that whatever is given to them reaches to our grandparents. Shradh, also known as Kanagat in North India, begins on the last full moon day of the Hindu month of ‘Bhadrapad’. This year Shradh/Pitru Paksha will end on October 8th, 2018.

Pitru Paksha 2018 started on September 24th, 2018. Hindus across India are observing this 15-day Shradh in order to pay homage to the grandparents, especially through offering special food to them. This period is referred to as mourning period. In this 15 days Shradh period, Hindus avoid eating non-vegetarian, smoking and drinking alcohol food as it is considered inauspicious. It is generally advised to follow a simple diet and avoid preparing lavish feasts. Some people avoid onion and garlic in their food as well, however, there are many who don’t follow this ritual any more.

We list down some simple satvik dishes that you can consume during this entire period.

  1. Cocktail Kheer:

    Kheer is a sweet recipe prepared with carrots and milk. The combination of these ingredients make this dish yummy. The tasty fruits will also add to the flavor and texture of the kheer and add some dry fruits for some crunch.
  2. Pudina Rice:

    Pudina rice is a peppery flavored mint dish that is easy and quick to prepare. Refreshing taste of the rice will not need any accompaniment unless you want to add some yogurt in it. This healthy and simple dish does not require garlic or onion, so you can prepare it any time of the day during pitru paksha.
  3. Kaddu ki Sabzi:

    The combination of kaddu ki sabzi and poori is awesome. An easy and light recipe cooked thoroughly in a variety of masalas, you wouldn’t have to necessarily cook it with onions and garlic. Kaddu ki sabzi (pumpkin) and poori is the best during this period.
  4. Dal Palak:

    Dal Palak is just the right dish because spinach comes in this season. It is thinner in consistency, simple yet tasty. A warm and delicious dish with the goodness of lentils, spinach and mild spices, you can easily skip the ginger-garlic addition in the recipe.​
  5. Guar ki Phali:

    Guar is available now and is very easy to make. It is cooked with spices and yogurt. You wouldn’t have to spend a lot of time to prepare it. Combine moong dal or toor dal with it to make your meal wholesome.
  6. Bajre ki Khichdi:

    Khichdi made with bajra and moong dal can be a wholesome lunch for you. This recipe does not need any garlic or onion and can be made quickly. A small amount of ghee (a drop) on top will make it taste even better.
    A warm and comforting khichdi can be a complete lunch for you.
  7. Thapi Vadi:

    This traditional and tasty recipe is known by many names in different parts of Maharashtra. It is known as Masvadi , Patavadi, Besan Vadi, Pithlyachi Vadi. This snack, when combined with curry can also be served as a main dish.
  8. Shradh Special Thali:

    Last but not least, Brahmin food is very important on the day of Shraddha in the Father’s side. According to the scriptures, on the day of Shraddh, the fathers themselves present themselves as Brahmins and take food. Therefore, every devotee should make a Brahmin feast in the house on the day of Shraddha of his ancestors.

    These simple dishes are not only seasonally delightful but will also keep the essence of Shradh or Pitru Paksha intact; that is to keep it satvik and vegetarian.

Top 10 Famous Bhog Recipes To Offer Lord Ganesha | India Canteen

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Originally it was associated with the states like Maharashtra and Karnataka but now it is celebrated all over India. Lord Ganesha, the lord of wisdom and prosperity, remover of obstacles and sorrows is welcomed with too much devotion for this 10 day celebration. During this festival, all the sweet shops line their counters with delicious variety of desserts like modaks, barfis and ladoos. For this 10 days celebration, devotees shower their beloved deity with the variety of prasads, bhog, and sing hymns in the Lord Ganesha’s praise. Through this festive season devotees prepare different type of favourite recipes of Ganesha on daily basis to please their beloved God. We enlist some popularly prepared bhog during this festive season of Lord Ganesha.

Here we have some famous and delicious bhog recipes offered to Lord Ganesha:

  1. Motichoor Ladoos:


    Motichoor laddos are favorite food of Lord Ganesha that is served as prasad after pujas. The word ‘motichoor’ literally translates to crushed pearls. These ladoos are so delicious and yummy having round shape made from fine, tiny balls of besan. This sweet recipe is associated with states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

  2. Steamed Modak:


    Steamed Modak is a traditional prasad that is also considered to be one of the favourite dish of Lord Ganesha that makes for a decadent sweet dish and for this reason Ganesha is also known as Modakpriya. These dumplings are made with rice flour dough, stuffed with sweet coconut, jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom and saffron.

  3. Puran Poli:


    Puran Poli is a sweet dish that has roti made of maida stuffed with sweet lentils and jaggery.  A popular dish in Maharastra, this makes for a delectable snack. Several Maharashtrian households offer bhog of Puran Poli to Lord Ganesha during these 10 days of celebration to seek his blessings.

  4. Ghee Rice:


    Ghee Rice is a famous prasad in Karnataka that consists of milk, cardamom, ginger-garlic, bay leaves & cloves that enhance the flavour and gives a rich taste along with generous amounts of clarified butter. Ghee rice is a perfect dish to accompany any type of curry recipe on any occasion.

  5. Peda:


    Pedas are also served after puja during Ganesh chaturthi and no compilation of bhog or prasad is ever complete with this favourite festive treat of India. These milk based soft and delicious balls are flavoured with pistachios and cardamom to give a perfect rich taste.

  6. Rava Ladoo:


    Rava Ladoos are another popular festive dish that are prepared during this time. These ladoos are a popular choice and most households have at least one variety ready to welcome their guests. Rava ladoo is a simple and easy recipe but still exotic made with roasted rava, coconut, ghee, sugar and nuts.

  7. Shrikhand:


    Shrikhand is a famous & healthy sweet recipe made of strained yogurt, and is popular across Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is topped with chunky nuts and raisins. This Ganesh Chaturthi, prepare bhog of shrikhand to offer your beloved Lord Ganesha with this delicious and all-time favourite festive treat.

  8. Fried Modak:


    Fried Modak is deep fried modak recipe with sweet, chewy coconut stuffing and very crispy and crunchy from outside covering. It is served to Lord Ganesha during these festive days.

  9. Chana Dal Burfi:


    Chana dal burfi or katli is another special sweet dish from Goa. These are so delicious in taste and melt in mouth with a hint of cardamom. This burfi made with soaked and ground chana dal flour, roasted patiently in ghee, is cooked into a delicious barfi with hot milk.

  10. Nariyal Ke Ladoo:


    To make the festival of Ganesh Chaturhi sweeter, Nariyal Ke Ladoo is a simple North Indian recipe that you can make easily for your family at home. This mouth watering sweet recipe is a great treat for those with a sweet tooth.

10 Traditional Rajasthani Recipes

India is a very diverse land. The country has different cultures, traditions, ethnicity and flavours. In this article, we explore one of the most celebrated cuisine of country i.e. Rajasthan.

Rajasthan is the land of majestic forts, golden deserts and rich culture. It has always been thrilling to experience Rajasthan. Food is an essential component of describing any place. Food tells us about the topography and socio-historical culture of the place.

Rajasthan is mainly inhabited by Marawaris who are vegetarians. Pyaaz Kachori is one of the staple dish of this state. Rajasthan is greatly influenced by Rajput culture and thus its cuisine includes delicacies with fiery hot meat curries and desi desserts that are mouthwatering. The food here has a lot of ghee. If you are planning to visit the state, you must try pyaaz Kacori, Dal baati churma, Papad Ki Sabzi, Gatte Ki Sabzi. Those who want to try meat, they must try banjari gosht, safed maas and laal maas.

Sweets are also a very popular part of the cuisine. These include: Ghewar, Malpuas, Rasogullas and Mawa Kachori.

  • Rajasthani Laal Maas
    This delicious red meat curry is a combination of mutton, hot spices and red chillies. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qZCPZCbig_260449_1420727491
  • Banjari Gosht
    This dish has authentic flavors of coriander, garlic, turmeric and red chilli. These are marinated with juicy mutton. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rYhM9jBanjari-Gosht
  • Gatte Ki Sabzi
    This is a delicious Rajput dish. Gattas are prepared with besan. They are dipped in spicy gravy. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2rkFtwmgatte-ki-sabzi
  • Safed Maas
    This is a brilliant dish that is very delicious and is cooked perfectly. The dish is prepared with a delicious mix of desi masalas and a good amount of milk, cream, cashew nuts and curd.SAFED_MAAS
  • Bhuna Kukda
    Chicken marinated in a delicious mix of Rajasthani spices. They are cooked till they are tender and are garnished with coriander leaves that are fresh. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qiU4bybhuna_600
  • Kairi Curry
    This tangy mango curry can be combined with Rajasthani Khoba roti to give you a perfect taste.kairi-curry-khoba-roti-563x353
  • Ghewar
    This is a traditional sweet of Rajasthan. It is made of milk, flour and sugar syrup. The sweet is circular in shape. It is very popular during the festive season. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qq7YUqGhevar-Recipe
  • Rajasthani Mirchi Vada
    This dish is also known as Mirchi vada. Masala aloo filling is mixed with green pepper and then deep fried. It tastes great with tomato chutney. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2qiJKQImirchi_vada_chili_fritters
  • Macchhilli Jaisamandi
    This is a tender fish that is deep fried. It is prepared in cream and spicy flavors.Macchhilli-Jaisamandi
  • Aamras Ki Kadhi
    This is a flavorful dish in which Mango puree is mixed with besan and buttermilk. It is topped with boondi and a desi spices tadka.download

15 Exotic Rajasthani Recipes

Rajasthan is famous for its culture. The state is popular and distinct because of its cuisine. Rajasthanis love for food is evident in their recipes. Some of the most famous dishes of Rajasthan include Laal Maas and Dal Bati Churma. If you are a food lover, you may have tasted them at least once. If you haven’t tasted these delicious dishes, your trip to Rajasthan is not complete.

In this article, you will find a collection of dishes that you must try:-

  • Dal Bati Churma
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    Photo Courtesy: Youtube

    Dal Baati Churma is one of the most famous dish of the state. Dal Bati Churma completes Rajasthani food. The Batis, which are round are dipped in ghee and served with Dal and Churma making it a great combination.

  • Laal Maas
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    Photo Courtesy: Kunal Kapur

    Laal Maas is a delicious dish and is a crowd pleaser. The fiery red colour of this spicy dish is due to fiery red chillies. This dish is best served with bajra rotis.

  • Ker Sangri
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    Photo Courtesy: SAAGMart

    Ker Sangri is a pickle that is typically found in deserts. This is a tangy side dish that is best served with roti.

  • Boondi Raita
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes Of India

    This is a favourite dish of North India and is enjoyed by all. It enhances the flavour of food by balancing taste of spices. When boondi is mixed with sweet and sour yogurt, it makes a mouthwatering combination.

  • Rajasthani Kadi
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    Photo Courtesy: Snapguide

    Although Kadhi is made in different states like Punjab, Maharashtra & Uttarakhand, the Rajasthani version of this dish is great for your taste buds. This is an important dish of the state and is best consumed with rice.

  • Gatte Ka Pulao
    Photo Courtesy: Times Of India

    Photo Courtesy: Times Of India

    The dish, which is also known as Ram Pulao, is a rich combination of spicy gatte and fresh steamed rice. The tender gattas are boiled first and then spices are added to them to increase the taste of pulao.

  • Churma Ladoo
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    Photo Courtesy: WeRecipes

    Churma Ladoos are necessary to complete a Rajasthani feast. Best served after dal baati, these desi ghee ladoos are very delicious. You must try these mouthwatering ladoos once.

  • Badam Ka Halwa
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    If you want to revisit your childhood, then this halwa is perfect for you. This halwa is perfect for winters. It is prepared using suji, dry fruits, ghee and sugar. It melts in your mouth and tastes delicious.

  • Mawa Kachori
Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Patrika

Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Patrika

  • Mawa Kachori is a sweet version of kachori. It is filled with khoya and dry fruits. It is deep fried and dipped in sugar. You must try this dessert after dinner or lunch.
  • Pyaaz Kachori
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    Photo Courtesy: About Jaipur

    Pyaaz kachori is prepared with the filling of potatoes, spices and onions. This pastry can be found in every namkeen shop. This snack is best served with tamarind chutney.

  • Shahi Gatte
    Photo Courtesy: NishaMadhulika

    Photo Courtesy: NishaMadhulika

    Shahi Gatte, which is also known as Govind Gatte, is a very popular dish. Besan dumplings are filled with generous amounts of nuts and deep fried. The thick gravy tastes great with roti or rice.

  • Gujia
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    Photo Courtesy: Milkmaid

    Gujia is the best sweet for festival of Holi. The sugar syrup that comes out of khoya and dry fruits will be a great treat for your taste buds.

  • Kalmi Vada
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    Photo Courtesy: monishgujral

    This is a perfect snack for tea-time. These garam dal crispies are deep fried and are best enjoyed with chutney.

  • Ghevar
    Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Association of North America

    Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Association of North America

    This sweet is prepared with flour, paneer, ghee and sugar syrup. It has many flavors including Mava Ghevar, Malai Ghevar & Plain Ghevar.

  • Balushahi

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    An Indian version of doughnut, Balushahi is a Rajasthani traditional sweet dish. Sugary inside and flaky outside, this is a great sweet dish.