Instant jalebi. Lift your entertaining game to the next level with this easy take on traditional Indian funnel cakes. Soaked in cardamom flavored sugar syrup, these light and crispy sweet bites will be a surefire hit with your friends and family.
There’s something about this time of the year that keeps my mind busy thinking about sweets and desserts. Perhaps it’s the festive vibe in the air. Or maybe I’m just craving for some indulgent treat after a long period of healthy eating.
For me, the perfect way to celebrate any special occasion is by indulging in all kinds of sweet treats. No limits. So, I decided to make one of my most favorite Indian sweets – jalebi or sweet funnel cakes soaked in sugar syrup. But today, we are going to talk about the easy version of classic jalebi – instant jalebi.
I must admit, my love for jalebi is eternal. It used to be my second most favorite Indian sweet ( first was soan papdi) when I was a kid. Even now, this cute and decadent sweet oozing with sugar syrup never fails to make me as happy as a little kid in a candy store.
In my opinion, this sweet is perfect for any day of the year. You just don’t have to wait for a festive occasion. If you love Indian sweets, this is definitely a must-try.
Ok, let’s make this vibrant instant jalebi today.
It’s basically mini funnel cake soaked in cardamom flavored sugar syrup. The traditional version of this classic treat require a long fermentation time. So, to make the process easier, we’ll make an instant version of the classic jalebi.
First, you’ll need to combine together all the ingredients – all purpose (plain) flour, gram flour (besan), cornflour and a pinch of orange food color. Now add in the wet ingredients, yogurt and water.
Make sure you add in water little by little to make a very smooth batter with thick pouring consistency. Finally, add in baking soda which is going to be the important ingredient that makes this version of jalebi “instant”.
Now, we’ll move on to the sugar syrup. Place sugar and water in a saucepan. When water boils and sugar dissolves, simmer the mixture until you reach one thread consistency. Don’t forget to check out the video to learn all about one thread consistency.
Before you remove the sugar syrup from heat, stir in ground cardamom and a little lemon juice. While you make the jalebis, make sure sugar syrup is kept warm.
Next up, make this instant jalebi. You can use a squeeze bottle, ziplock bag or piping bag to make the swirl shape. My jalebis don’t have the perfect round shape, but believe me, they’re so divine. Fried hot jalebi goes straight into the warm sugar syrup.
So, ready to whip up some crispy jalebis? Dip it in sweet rabri for a divine treat.
More Indian sweets recipes:
- Rava (Semolina) Gulab Jamun
- Easy Bread Gulab Jamun
- Boondi Ladoo
- Moong Dal Ladoo
- Coconut Ladoo
- Chocolate Stuffed Coconut Ladoo
- Layered Coconut Burfi
- Beetroot Halwa