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 10 Recipes for New Year

2017 has come to an end and 2018 will bring in new hopes, ambitions and expectations. The first day of New year is a great time for celebrations. This new year’s eve, if you are planning to have a get-together and have a banging new-year, then you must do so by including these delicious recipes in your party menu.

  • Jalebi

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    If you want to make your celebrations sweet, you should try the jalebi.

  • Murgh Malai Kebab

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    These Kebabs are oven friendly and marinated a night before. These boneless chicken skewers are a great way to celebrate the New Year.

  • Chocolate Mousse

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This recipe is taken from “The Really Good Food Cook Book”. This is an amazing recipe. It can be                    served at most dinner parties and family dinners.

  • Apple Tart

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    Apple Tart is a delicious dessert recipe. It is perfect for New Year. Try this recipe at home. It will be perfect for celebrations.

  • Ginger Soup

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    Soups serve as great starters and Ginger soup helps in congestion and tastes delicious.

  • Chicken Dum Biryani

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    Chicken Dum Biryani is a perfect dish for New Year. Try the Indian Chicken Dum Biryani with this easy recipe.

  • Chicken Samosa

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    Samosa is a very delicious street food of India. This non-vegetarian snack is prepared with chicken filled in samosa shell.

  • Shahi Tukda

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    This is a delicious dessert that is prepared with pieces of bread that are deep fried till golden brown. The pieces are topped with rabdi and garnished with lots of dry fruits and varq.

  • Paneer Makhani

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    This is a Punjabi recipe that is prepared in Punjabi style. It contains a lot of butter and cream. It is a perfect treat for all.

  • Stuffed Mushrooms

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    Stuffed mushroom is a popular recipe for New Year. Follow this easy recipe to prepare stuffed mushroom.

Indian Comfort Food That Everyone Loves

Every Indian loves food. Indians use food as a stress buster in difficult times. Whenever, a festive season comes, we are ready with lots of sweets, snacks and other items. Indians are fond of good food and each time we are depressed or low, we take solace in food.

There is a wide variety of foods available in India due to its diversity in culture. In this blog post, we have collected a list of Indian foods that are very popular.

  • Moong Dal Khichdi 
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    This is one dish that is loved by all. This dish has a lot of variants available. This is a perfect mix of dal and chawal. This dish is very easy to prepare. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2vOcrYA

  • Bread Pakodas 
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    This is a great snack for the people of Delhi. This everyday snack is prepared with bread. It is usually filled with spiced potatoes. It is deep fried and dipped in batter. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waa2CL

  • Idli Sambar 
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    Rice Idlis are immersed in hot sambhar, thus making you feel warm and protected. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wKbuxH

  • Pakoras and Chai 
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    Photo Courtesy: India Food Network

    Pakoras and Chai are perfect combination of chilli and spices. Here’s the recipe of pakoras: http://bit.ly/2gN1JLf

  • Samosas 
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    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    These are potato stuffed, crispy and can easily fulfill one’s hunger pangs. Two or three samosas are enough to satiate your hunger. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2eNd3q1

  • Rajma Chawal 
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    Photo Courtesy: Sinamon Tales

    Rajma Chawal is a filling dish that is very comforting. It is a perfect food for the kitchen. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2j5r7MR

  • Dhokla 
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    Photo Courtesy: Food NDTV

    This dish can be had any time of the day. May it be dinner, lunch or breakfast. The Gujaratis love this food. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2waU3V6

  • Gulab Jamun 
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

    This is a classic Indian sweet/dessert which is famous and is enjoyed in most celebration/festive meals. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2gNKeKD

  • Jalebi 
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    If you need a dish that is quick, crisp and melts in the mouth, then Jalebi is perfect for you. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1NfNoAg

  • Tandoori Chicken 
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    Photo Courtesy: Ekta Indian Cuisine

    This Indian dish has its roots in Mughalai cuisine. This tandoori chicken recipe is prepared by marinating in yogurt, spices and grilling to perfection. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2wLnVJA

Diwali: Recipes for This Auspicious Occasion

The sacred festival of Diwali is celebrated by the Jains, Sikhs, and Hindus throughout the world. Fireworks, candles and golden-lit lamps are used to light up the sidewalks, doors, and streets. The festival is a symbol of the triumph of light on darkness & goodness on evil. The festival is also known for the prayers offered to Goddess Laxmi(Goddess of prosperity and wealth).

This festival is celebrated differently in different regions. The celebrations differ in terms of food, variety and the style of cuisines.

Here, we give you a perfect menu for perfect Diwali feast:

Snacks:

Snacks are most often prepared with ghee, spices, sugar and whole-wheat flour/puffed rice. As some of these are made with Chickpea flour as the main ingredient, these are gluten-free naturally.

Shakarparra:

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Shakkarpara is a North Indian dish that can be prepared easily. It requires fewer ingredients. This dish has a long shelf life and can be eaten as a dessert.

 

Chevdo:

Chevdo

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These are roasted rice flakes that are prepared with dry fruits and spices.

 

Pakoras:

Pakodas

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These are prepared with vegetables soaked in batter and deep fried. These can be said to be Indian tempura.

 

Muthia:

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These are fried dumplings prepared with calabash or bottle gourd.

 

Ghatiya:

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These are fried strips prepared with dough of graham flour.

 

Main dishes:

These often include those dishes that are familiar to the lovers of Indian food:

• Undhiyu:

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Lentil curry

Lentil curry

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Poori with Aloo ki Sabzi:

Poori With Aloo ki sabzi

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Paratha:

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Desserts/Sweets:

These are also known as mithai and are most of the time made of milk in some

form. These are sometimes prepared with grains. Many of these sweets are deep fried in ghee.

Some common ingredients of sweets include spices like saffron, cinnamon, and cardamom.

Ingredients like fig and coconut and also vegetables cooked with ghee and sugar are mixed to form

halvah.

Coconut Barfi:

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This preparation is similar to a fudge and is made with sweetened

condensed milk, cream, and coconut.

 

Gulab Jamun:

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These are fried milk dumplings that are very spongy. They are put into rosewater and saffron syrup.

 

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These are paneer cheese dumplings that are served when soaked in sweet and creamy sauce.

  • Dry Fruit Halwa

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Halvah is a dense, sweet fudge that is very popular in India as well as Middle East. There are a lot of varieties prepared with sesame seeds and carrots.

 

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These are similar to funnel cakes. After soaking in saffron sauce, they are dried to give a crispy taste.

Kheer is a delicious rice pudding.

 

So, enjoy this Diwali with these perfect recipes and share them with your loved ones.

Guru Nanak Jayanti and Traditional Sweets

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guruparb is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Kartik(October-November). On this auspicious day, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism was born. The Sikh Guru’s birthday is also known by the name of Guruparb.

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the Sikh community makes merry and feasts on tasty food. Sikh community around the world including those of Punjab and Haryana celebrate this occasion with great fervor! The whole community immerses in the festive mood. A lot of dishes including sweets are prepared for this occasion. These sweets are shared with the near and dear ones.

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On this day, special Langar(or Lunch) is organized by the Gurudwara volunteers. The Sikhs distribute free sweets and lunch while performing seva(service) or bhakti(devotion). People from any religion can participate in a Langar. Special Prasad(pious food) known as Kara Prasad is given to all present in the Gurudwara.

Here we give you some delicious recipes of sweets for Guru Nanak Jayanti:-

  • Atta Ka Seera: Atte Ka Seera or Atte Ka Halwa is a very popular sweet of North India. It is very easy to make and can be made on special occasions like Guruparb.

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Atte Ka Seera Recipe

 

  • Malai Ladoo: Malai Ladoo is also a very famous sweet. Their taste is very similar to that of Sandesh.
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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

Malai Ladoo Recipe

 

  • Jalebi: Jalebi is the “Queen of Sweets”. It is very popular for special occasions. It is a perfect sweet for Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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Jalebi Recipe

 

  • Kaju Barfi: Kaju Barfi or Kaju Katli is a special sweet that is made of Cashews. It is a perfect for exchanging with friends and family during Guruparb.

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Kaju Barfi Recipe

JALEBI: THE KING(or some would say THE QUEEN) OF SWEETS

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If we talk about sweets, Jalebi is surely “The king of sweets”.

Jalebi is a popular sweet of India that is also prepared in Middle East and Pakistan. It is popular throughout South Asia, Middle-East, North and East Africa. It is made traditionally during many important celebrations and festivals. Jalebi is also known by the name of Zulbia.

It is prepared by deep-frying of wheat flour (maida) batter in circular shape. After frying, it is soaked in syrup of sugar. They are a popular sweet during the festivals of Diwali and Ramadan.

Jalebi can be eaten warm or cold. They are chewable from outside, with an exterior which is sugary and crystallized. The syrup for the Jalebi sometimes contains citric acid, lime juice or rose water. In North India, Jalebi is served with curd or rabri and added flavors like kewra or scented water.

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Jalebi is very similar to a West Asian dish. The word Jalebi has been derived from Zulabiya or Zalibiya(in Persian) which is a similar dish. In West Asia, it is served by Christians during the feast of Theophany or Epiphany. In Iran, there was a custom of giving Zulabiya sweet to the poor during the festival of Ramadan. A cookbook of 10th century contains many recipes of zulubiya. Many 13th century recipes of Jalebi are present. The most prominent is the one mentioned by “Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi” in a cookbook.

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The dish was introduced to Indian continent by the Persian invaders in 15th century. At that time, Jalebi was known as Jalavallika or Kundalika. Jalebi is mentioned in the works of a Jain author Jinasura of around 1450 CE. The ingredients and recipe of Jalebi are mentioned in a Sanskrit work of 1600 CE named “Gunyagunabodhini”.

In Iran, Jalebi is known as zulabia(Persian) and it is sweetened with sugar and honey. It is also flavoured with rose water and saffron.

It is also known as “zalabia” in Israel, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. It is known as “zilebi” in Maldives.  In Nepal, it is known as “jeri”.

Try Jalebi at home with the following different recipes:-