Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jalebi and a giveaway


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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..


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!




  • 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)


  • 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




  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.


  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.



Monday, August 9, 2010

Easy Chocolate Chip cookie, and a prelude to a giveaway!

chocolate chip cookie

A food blog can never really be complete without at least one recipe of the 'perfect' chocolate chip cookie, or at least the journey to finding one. I was myself a bit surprised that the one that I had made many moons ago, was not posted yet on the blog. Partly because it wasn't that perfect soft, chewy, decadent, satisfying recipe that I had been on the lookout for. But it was a very very easy recipe . A simple one pot cookie recipe. I picked up this one from 'Two Peas and their pod' , who in turn had adapted it from the book 'The Weekend Baker'

chocolate chip cookie

One Pot Chocolate Chip Cookies
Adapted from Abigail Johnson Dodge in The Weekend Baker

Makes 26 cookies

8 tablespoons (4 ounces/113 grams) unsalted butter, cut in 4 pieces
½ cup (4 ounces/113 grams) firmly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup (2 ½ ounces/71 grams) granulated sugar
1 ½ cups (6 ¾ ounces/191 grams) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup (6 ounces/170 grams) semisweet chocolate chips or if you are in Switzerland aka 'the-land-where-you-cant-buy-chocolate-chips', then a bar of chocolate broken into small chunks would be fine.

1 – Position an oven rack on the middle rung. Heat the oven to 350 degrees (180 C). Line 2 cookie sheets with parchment or nonstick baking liners( eg. Silpat)

2 – Put the butter in a medium saucepan and set over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter is melted. Slide the pan from the heat and add the brown sugar and granulated sugar. Whisk until no lumps remain. Set aside to let cool, about 5 minutes.

3 – In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk until well blended. Once the butter mixture has cooled, add the egg and vanilla and whisk until blended. Pour in the flour mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until blended. Stir in the chocolate chips and the nuts, if using.

4 – Using a small ice-cream scoop (about 1 2/3 inches/4.25 cm in diameter) or 2 tablespoons, drop scant 2-tablespoon mounds of the dough onto the prepared cookie sheets, arranging them about 1 1/2 inches (4cm) apart. (At this point, the loaded cookie sheets can be slipped into the freezer until the cookies are frozen, about 1 hour. Then transfer the cookies to heavy-duty freezer bags and freeze for up to 3 months. To bake, remove from the freezer, arrange on lined cookie sheets, and leave on the counter to thaw slightly while the oven heats.)

5 – Bake 1 sheet at a time (make sure to use a cooled sheet for the second batch until the cookies are light golden around the edges and puffed, about 12 minutes. If these cookies are over baked, the won’t come out chewy. Transfer the cookie sheet to a rack to cool for about 10 minutes. Using a spatula, lift the cookies from the sheet onto a rack and let cool completely.

Stay tuned for a giveaway in my next post!