Tuesday, 3 July 2007

Sugar Anyone?

My friend Renjit took this picture when he was in India a couple of years ago. It reminds me of the a story I heard recently of a jalebi eating contest. A jalebi is like eating deep fried orange sugar, soaked in sugar syrup. I think they ate over 20 jalebis each.

Here is a jalebi recipe for you to try at home from http://www.bawarchi.com/cookbook/rajasthan1.html

200 gms. plain flour (maida)
20 gms. gram flour (besan)
200 gms. sugar
few drops yellow colour
2 tbsp. milk
ghee to deep fry
a plastic easy squeeze bottle


Sieve 100 gms. maida and besan together.
Make a batter using warm water.
Keep aside for 24 hours.
Add remaining maida and food colour and more warm water if required.
The batter should fall easily when poured - Not too thick not too thin. Keep aside.
Make syrup of the sugar by adding water and boiling.
Add the milk and all the scum to form while boiling.
Make one string syrup. Strain.
Fill bottle with batter. The nozzle should have a hole the thickness of a knitting needle.
Heat ghee well in a shallow frying pan and form jalebis in the form of concentric circles about 2 inches on the outside.
Fry till crisp, drop into hot syrup. Drain with a perforated spoon, serve hot.
Makes: 30-35 pieces