Let’s face it…there is nothing straight about a Jalebi. On the positive side, this Jalebi won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth. In fact this is so sweet, the only scandal it has been known to cause is mysteriously shrinking jeans! With more twists than the final episode of Dallas, this Diwali delight oozes with festive cheer. They are best eaten warm and dripping with syrup.
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This is my quick, fuss free Jalebi recipe…there is no need to make the batter up days in advance!
Few strands of saffron, optional
600ml cold water
10ml egg yellow food colouring
2ml red food colouring
Place the saffron strands in a dry pan and roast for a few seconds.
Leave aside to cool and then crush the strands with your fingertips.
Place the sugar and cold water into a thick bottomed pot.
Cook the sugar and water on a medium heat stirring continuously.
Once the syrup comes up to the boil, do not stir.
Boil the syrup for 10 minutes until it thickens.
Remove from the heat.
Add the saffron strands, egg yellow and red food colouring.
Stir well and add more colouring if necessary.
Syrup must be kept warm for dipping the jalebi.
500ml self raising flour
7,5ml tartaric acid
20ml Spar butter
30ml Spar Greek yoghurt
320ml cold water
Spar sunflower oil, to deep fry jalebis
For the jalebi batter:
Sift the self raising flour, cornflour and tartaric acid in a large mixing bowl.
Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
Mix the yoghurt with cold water and pour this into the mixing bowl.
Whisk until the batter is smooth and thick.
Place the batter into a piping bag fitted with a nozzle.
Pipe squiggles into warm oil and fry until set.
Turn the jalebi over and cook until crisp.
Drain for a few seconds and then gently place in the warm syrup.
Remove from the syrup and leave on a wire rack to drain and cool.