History & The Secrets Behind ‘Jalebi’ | India Canteen

Jalebi is a crispy, crunchy, juicy Indian dessert that can be best described as funnel cakes. This sweet street food can beat the taste when dipped in cold curd and it will surely make you run for a single bite, jalebi is found across India and also in Iran, Africa, West Asia and many more countries.

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.

Top 5 Dessert Recipes for Raksha Bandhan | India Canteen

Raksha Bandhan is a traditional festival which celebrates the healthy bond of love and care among siblings. It is an ancient festival of strengthening the sibling’s relationship in a beautiful style. Sister perform Pooja and tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brother. They also pray for the well being and good health of each other.

Raksha Bandhan festival is also famous for the sweets and various desserts. All the Hindus prepare some delicious food items to celebrate this memorable day at home. Raksha bandhan celebration is considered incomplete without having some mouthwatering desserts. The sweets are best to spread the joy and happiness to the siblings. Sisters also cook their favorite recipes to impress brothers on the Rakhi.

Here we have few special desserts prepared for the raksha bandhan festival. Select the ones that your brother or sister likes and enjoy these desserts with them:

  1. Semiya Kesari:


    Semiya Kesari is a delicious kesari recipe made with vermicelli and the best part is, it is very quick to make and needs very little ghee unlike other kesari recipes that are oily in nature. This semiya kesari is perfect to serve for guests and family members. You can keep it in fridge for 3 days and serve hot as well as cold.

  2. Kaju Katli:


    These kaju katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and last long. Blend cashews and milk in a blender until it becomes a fine paste. Mix paste and sugar and cook over low heat stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan, and becomes a dough like paste.

  3. Malai Rabri Ghevar:


    Ghevar comes under the special category of dessert that can only be found during the festival Rakhsha Bandhan. You can easily make it at home and surprise your family members. It requires a special pan with good density, should be approximately 12 inch deep and 7-8 inch broad.

  4. White Sponge Rasgulla:


    White Sponge Rasgulla is one of the famous Indian desserts made by curdling milk then separating the chenna. The drained chenna is kneaded and then rolled to balls. These are cooked in sugar syrup till they turn light and sponge.

  5. Rashbhari Rasmalai:


    The all-time favourite Bengali delight soft, spongy chenna cakes floating in sweet milky syrup. These spongy chenna are cooked in sugar syrup first to make them fluffy. No matter which way you are going to prepare, the taste of this Bengali dessert is so much pleasurable. Rasmalai is a melt in the mouth sweet with juice and cream in every bite.

Chocolate Recipes for All Celebrations

A celebration is incomplete without chocolate. It is a pleasure to gorge on chocolates. Chocolate is something that makes you feel good. It has been proved that chocolate can increase the serotonin levels.

Dark chocolate is now being considered as a health food. In this article, we have collected a list of chocolate recipes that you will surely like.

  • Choco Mousse 

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    This is one of the favourite desserts of the kids. The dish can be made more tasty with ingredients like gelatin crystals, dark chocolate and milk.

  • Chocolate Bark 

    Photo Courtesy: I Am Baker

    This delicious chocolate is prepared with superior chocolate, nuts and dry fruits. When all the ingredients are combined, this chocolate turns into mouthwateringly delicious

  • Chocolate Truffle 

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    These chocolate rolls are round and flavoured with butter, cream and mixed nuts. They are dipped in a lot of chocolate. These delicious chocolate truffles will rock your party.

  • Chocolate Fudge 

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    This dessert is prepared with a combination of condensed milk, chocolate, dry nuts and butter. This delicious recipe can be enjoyed anytime.

  • Chocolate Brownie Cake 

    Photo Courtesy: I Am Baker

    Chocolate brownie cake tastes really great with coffee. If I visit CCD, I order chocolate brownie with my coffee.

  • Chocolate Swiss Roll 

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    This is a sweet and amazing sweet. It is very easy to prepare. This recipe is very easy to prepare and looks really good when complete.

  • Chocolate Cake 

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    Chocolate cake is perfect for any party. It is prepared using vanilla, buttermilk, cocoa powder and flour. It is perfect for any celebration.

  • Choco Lava Cake 

    Photo Courtesy: Recipefy

    This is a delicious dessert that is very chocolatey and delicious. This small-sized cake is topped with roasted almonds and icing sugar.

Puran Poli: A Sweet Flat-bread From India

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Puran Poli or Puran Puri is an Indian flat-bread and is eaten as a dessert in Maharashtra or as a main dish in the state of Gujarat. Other states of its origin include Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This is a very famous dish and is prepared during Holi/Gudi padwa.

This sweet flat-bread is a favorite dish of Indians and has got many variations throughout India There are different names for this flat-bread, which include Puran Poli(Marathi), Bobbatlu(Telugu), Boli(Malayalam & Tamil), Obbattu(Kannada), Poli, Ubbatti etc.

The recipe of Puran Poli varies with places. . For example Maharashtrian Puran Poli is very different from Puran Puri of Gujarat. While toor dal is used for stuffing in Gujarat, chana dal is used in Maharashtra. Grated coconut is also used sometimes in Konkan, Maharashtra. Sometimes a mixture of jaggery and sugar can be used as a sweetener. In coastal areas, nutmeg is used for flavoring and sometimes cardamom is used. Both, nutmeg and cardamom can also be used. In addition, one can add Nuts, dates etc.

Puran Puri also varies in size and thickness. The stuffing used in Gujarat is Toor Dal. Due to this, the size of Puran Puri becomes small and thickness increases. Whereas in Holige, coconut is used which results in larger size and less thickness.

Try these recipes of Puran Poli:-

Puran Poli Recipe 1

Puran Poli Recipe 2(Gujarati Recipe)

Puran Poli Recipe 3

Puran Poli Recipe 4(Video)

Puran Poli Recipe 5(Maharashtrian Recipe)

Ghevar: A Delight of Indian Cuisine

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A Rajasthani sweet, Ghevar is traditionally linked with Teej Festival which comes during the monsoon season. Teej represents the union of Goddess Parvati & Lord Shiva. Besides Rajasthan, the dessert is very famous in nearby states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Harayana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh etc.

Ghevar is normally made in January for Makar Sankranti festival, in March-April for Gangaur festival and in July-August for the festival of Teej.

This dessert has its origins in the city of Jaipur, capital of Rajasthan. Flour, sugar and oil are mixed with ghee forming thick and tempting batter. The batter is fried into a cake and then cooled, served with almonds, pistachios or cardamom powder.

The Indian cooks use good amount of sugar, oil, flour, milk and ghee to make Ghevar during Teej. Ghevar easily available throughout India in the days close to Teej. This dessert is first fried in a pot, then it is taken out and left to cool. The cakes of Ghevar are put in levels with three different layers cooled, sugar dipped and put on top of each other to give you a delicious dish.

There are many types of Ghevar that include Plain Ghevar, Mewa Ghevar & Malai Ghevar. When a layered Ghevar is made, sometime people add custard cream at the top of each layer. Many people use cardamom powder, pistachios and almonds on the top of these layers when they are wet with sugar. Another recipe for this sweet is made by making a hole in the center and filling the hole with cream or figs.

If you want to know more about Indian sweets, you can go to: South Asian Sweets

Try some Ghevar recipes at home:-

  1. Recipe 1 : http://bit.ly/1LwtiA7
  2. Recipe 2 : http://bit.ly/1EfWYPP
  3. Ghevar With Rabri Recipe : http://bit.ly/1PvsxoR
  4. Ghevar With Kesar Rabri Recipe: http://bit.ly/1hXh8Uy
  5. Video: http://bit.ly/1Nxe3Y2