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.

SHEROES’ Hangout: A Café With A Cause

If you reside in India or are planning to visit India, then it is likely that Agra will be in the list of destinations. Agra is the city of Taj, a symbol of love. Besides Taj, there are a lot of tourist attractions. Agra is a great destination for foodies as well, with a lot of famous food points and restaurants.

But one place that stands out is SHEROES’ Hangout. SHEROES’ Hangout is a café with a cause. It’s a symbol of “love and hate”. Now, you may be thinking what kind of symbol is this? Love is a positive thing and hate is a negative one. We are attracted to positive in life but must not turn our face from the negative. SHEROES’ Hangout, besides being a cafe provides jobs to acid attack survivors. The people behind this café are an NGO named Stop Acid Attacks.

For more info visit: http://sheroeshangout.com/

For more info visit: http://sheroeshangout.com/

The great thing about this place is that it’s a café cum library where you can enjoy books while enjoying coffee. In addition, Italian food, North Indian items are also present in the menu. Another good thing is that you can pay as you like. Means there is no fixed rate in the menu. The taste of food is good and the ambiance is also good. Although, it has just started and is small in area but the cause is big and the spirit is huge and admirable.

For more information about the cafe’ visit:  http://sheroeshangout.com/

Photo Courtesy: firstpost

Photo Courtesy: firstpost

 

This is our first review. More such reviews of different restaurants and food points will follow in the future.

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Ghevar: A Delight of Indian Cuisine

Photo Courtesy: idiva

Photo Courtesy: idiva

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

Tandoori Chicken: A dish loved by all.

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Whether you are new to Indian food or have already dived into its variety of experiences, this one is a dish for everyone. Even if you don’t know anything about Indian food or are not sure about it, this one will surely make you fall in love with it.
Today we will talk about one of the most favorite dish of Indian cuisine, “Tandoori Chicken”. It is one of the jewels of Indian food. Tandoori Chicken is a staple food in almost all the regions of India and is loved by all. The name of the dish contains “Tandoori” which signifies its preparation in a “Tandoor”, a kind of Oven. Tandoors are made from clay and are large drum like ovens. When they are heated with wood or charcoal, they can reach very high temperature of 800-1000 degree Fahrenheit. Due to high temperature, the surface of the meat gets cooked very fast and all the juices are sealed inside.
It needs to be marinated with yogurt and spices which gives it its unique flavor. The spices used can be found easily but you can use Garam Masala which is an aromatic spice mix. It is found in most of the grocery shops.
If you want to know more about Chicken Tandoori visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tandoori_chicken
For a simple and tasty recipe visit: http://www.tastyfix.com/video/tandoori-chicken-3

Tasty Indian Cuisine : Samosa

Yummy Samosa! Photo Courtesy: Youtube

India is a land of diversity. Diversity, in every sense including regional, cultural, language and of course food. People of India represent “Unity in diversity!” Although, this unity is remarkable but another remarkable thing about India is its diversity in terms of food.

This blog is dedicated to “Indian Cuisine.” We are going to share a lot of interesting things related to Indian food. And, for a start we will discuss about the favorite snack of Indians: “The Samosa.”

The samosa is famous throughout South Asia. It is triangular shaped pastry that can be fried or baked. You will find a variety of vegetables inside the crispy and flaky flour covering of Samosa. Some of the common vegetables include: “Onions”, “Potatoes” and “Peas”.

Samosa originated in Mumbai as a roadside snack but now you will find it in every tea stall, bakery or restaurant. Samosas are finger licking good and can be eaten anytime.

Samosa can be easily made at home. If you want to try it at home then we have a good recipe for you.

Please visit the link: http://www.tastyfix.com/recipe/samosa-food-2