Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jalebi and a giveaway

Jalebi

For those who missed out on my last giveaway, here is a chance to win a gift voucher again. CSN stores have offered another chance to our readers to win a £60 gift voucher that can be used on one of their 6 UK websites. They have a huge collection of items on their stores ranging from cookware to lights to furniture. And they even have their summer sale going on, so you can grab a lot more for the money!
The giveaway ends 4-Sep, and the rules are the same as before

  • Visit CSN stores, and comment here what would you like to win? You don't have to necessarily buy the item in case you are the winner..just ..you know ..no harm dreaming ..
  • Follow Snacksgiving publicly - Just click on the "Follow" button on the right pane of this blog and leave a comment to this post

To have extra entries
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Now on to the recipe.
Question: What does a jalebi mean to you?
  1. Heaven on a plate..I could eat a kilo without a blink!
  2. meh..yet another syrupy sweet from India
  3. never heard it, never tried it..

Jalebi

My vote would always go to "Heaven on a plate". And I did eat a kilo. Ok not exactly a kilo, but very close - about 25 pieces of jalebi :-) And I could have eaten more. But there weren't any left. They aren't healthy stuff, but when you have been craving for something for a few days, then healthy , nutritous and all their synonyms just go out-the window.
I had been wanting to eat these, but hadn't found the perfect jalebi in any of the restaurants I had eaten in here in Zurich. This is not something that I have made in the past, so had to search a bit for the perfect recipe. The traditional method involves fermentation for 24 hours (!), but I really didn't have the patience or a long weekend to wait that long. So what did I do? Hmm..I feel guilty saying this on a food blog - but I opened up a packet of "Jalebi mix" :-)
All I had to do then was to add water to make the batter, fry it, and dip it in sugar syrup. But you see, I can't just leave that as the recipe here :-)
So I'll write the recipe that I'll use the next time - I hope that isn't any time soon though. This is from the wonderful Manjula aunty from Manjula's kitchen. Umm..I want to eat them again right now!

Jalebi

INGREDIENTS:

Batter:

  • 1/2 cup All Purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon besan (gram flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1/2 teaspoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • About 1/3 cup of lukewarm water (as needed)

Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Pinch of cardamom powder
  • Few strands of saffron
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Also needed:

  • Oil to fry


jalebi


INSTRUCTIONS:

Batter:

  1. Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for about five minutes.
  2. Mix the flour, besan (gram flour), oil, and sugar together.
  3. Add the yeast solution and mix well, making sure that there are no lumps and the batter is smooth.
  4. Set the batter aside and let it sit in a warm place for one hour.
  5. Make sure the batter is fermented, but do not over ferment. After fermenting batter will be little lacy.

Syrup:

  1. Boil the sugar and water together. Add the lemon juice and saffron and close the heat.

Making Jalebis:

  1. Heat the oil in a flat frying pan about 1 1/2″ deep. To check if the oil is ready, put ont drop of batter in the oil, the batter should sizzle and come up without changing in color right away.
  2. Fill the Jalebi batter into a piping bag with a number 3 nozzle.
  3. Squeeze the Jalebi batter out in the hot oil in a pretzel shape to about 2 inches in diameter.
  4. Fry the Jalebis until golden-brown on both sides.
  5. Transfer into the warm syrup.
  6. Let jalebi soak in the hot syrup for a few seconds and take out.
  7. Serve hot.

Jalebi

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52 comments:

  1. these look mouthwateringly delicious

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  3. jalebi is making me drool...looks mindblowing......yummy yum

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  4. That is definitely heaven on a plate and if this is served with warm rabdi, it won't get any better than that.

    For your giveaway entry, I would like to have http://www.csnstores.com/KitchenAid-KICAOWH-KAD1031.html from their store :)

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  5. How cool, I would love to try one

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  6. Following you for some time now and jalebi looks super yum...I would like to get Corningware French White 14 Piece Bakeware Set - 1083955 and/or Silicone Solutions 6 Piece Burgundy Bakeware Set - 6 Piece Burgundy Bakeware Set

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  7. Oh, those look so yummy! I am seriously drooling.

    I am also drooling over the Le Creuset stock pot in blue caribbean. I need one of those beautiful blue babies in my kitchen. Oh, and I am a follower via GFC.

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  8. http://twitter.com/DuckyBunny/status/21288895028
    And tweeted!

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  9. This is super crispy mouthwatering jilebi

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  10. Looks amazing! I must try them! Your pictures are very beautiful!

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  11. Gorgeous Jalebi's love it !!! I won the GC last time and ended up using only half of it on some food props..So this time I'm not trying..Wishing good luck for others !!!

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  12. Lovely Jalebi's and awasome click!!

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  13. I would love to buy this http://www.csnstores.com/11-Piece-Black-Bakeware-Set-SSS1154.html

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  18. I'd use it toward a guidecraft kitchen helper. Thanks for the chance

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  19. Looks so cool and easy..My mouth is watering while viewing the photos. I'm going to give a try on week end. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I'd like to win a spiraler from CSN! =]

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  21. I follow via google reader! (daidai89)

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  22. I also tweeted this giveaway via @cleanpalate!

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  23. I follow via google reader as Chocolate Freckles!

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  24. very beautiful idea, j love very much.phantastic!

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  25. done with all...like u on FB too...i would love to hv silicone bakeware set and wood salt keeper from CSN stores...fingers crossed this time...all the best to all...again commenting over the eye catchy jalebis they hv come out superduper drooolworthy ...very delicious...

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  26. spreading abt the giveaway @ my space just above my posts where its most visible...
    do check...

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  27. already follow u... jalebis are tempting!!

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  28. I would like to buy a night lamp for my bedside

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  29. First time I heard of Jalebis.It looks wonderful!if you won't mind I'd love to guide Foodista readers to this post.Just add the foodista widget to the end of this post and it's all set, Thanks!

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  30. Thats a very syrupy sweet with a syrupy giveaway :) jaebis are my all-time favourite indian sweet !
    well, if i happen to be the winner i would love to have this "Silit 24cm Gemüsetopf "Nova Plus" mit Deckel aus Edelstahl - 451406":)

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  31. wobderful jalebis...have bookmarked this recipe in my space, will surely try it soooon and let u know :)

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  32. sweets is mouthwatering me here.. i follow u on network n google

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  33. Hey .... I tripped over ur blog while blog hopping today. Gosshhhh you have such a lovely space. Fabulous recipes with picts to drool over :-)

    I'm your happy follower sweety !

    Cheers n Happy Cooking,
    Satrupa

    http://satrupa-foodforthought.blogspot.com

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  34. First time here !! love your blog ..the jalebis are exceptional and well shaped too.am glad to follow your blog !

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  35. A loves Jalebi and so does my kids. Since I am not fond of it at all, the selfish in me never let me try it at home. Thanks for the recipe. They do look beautiful.

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  36. ohhhh fancy,
    i love your blog to pieces!
    its just grand!

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  37. We made this and turned out to be a good recipe. thanks for sharing, thanx.

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  38. Gorgeous and droolling Jelabi. Its perfectand very much inviting. Recipe is best presented also.Glad to follow you.

    Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran,
    http://indianyummykitchen.blogspot.com

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  39. Love your Galebi, thanx for the share.

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  40. Looks so cool and easy..My mouth is watering while viewing the photos. I'm going to give a try on week end. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Excellent article that will provide the incentive and basis for my works. Thanks!

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  42. lovely recipe !! awesome click ! first time here and wld love to stay and walk around to c all the yum stuff

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