Jalebi (Sweet)

April 2nd, 2007 filed under Desserts, Vegan
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Jalebis can best be described as funnel cakes. Jalebis can be made thin and crispy or thick and juicy. Jalebis taste best when served hot.

Makes 10 Jalebis.

Jalebi SweetIngredients:


  • 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. You can also use an empty bottle (i.e. empty ketchup or mustard bottle).
  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.


Try sprinkling cinnamon powder or drizzle melted chocolate over the Jalebis for a creative touch.

Serving Suggestion

In North India Jalebi is a breakfast treat accompanied with Urad Dal Puri and Methi Chutney

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206 Responses to “Jalebi (Sweet)”

  1. Shammin says:

    Made this a few months ago for Eid and took it to an aunt’s house. Left out the cardamon powder and saffron as I didn’t have it.
    It was a huge hit and another aunt who doesn’t like store bought ones as they’re too sweet for her, loved these.
    Thank you!

  2. elizebeth says:

    love the recipe
    but will you please give me some substitute to yeast or how to make it at home please
    waiting for your answer…..

  3. sravanthi says:

    pls tell the items where we find yeast

  4. Madhuri says:

    Is there anything you could do to fix a crystallized Jilebi?

  5. uma says:

    can I do Jalebi without yeast because I could not find yeast in UK.

    • Amrita says:

      Hi Uma,
      Yeast is pretty easy to find. You would find it in Tesco. Tesco has home brand as well as other brands too. Look for it in baking section.

  6. rubina says:

    Dear Manjuladi,

    Thanks for uploading all the great but easy to do recipes. I just did your jalebi recipe with success. I added some rosewater as well. Thanks again.



  7. kavitha says:

    Can I substitude saffron with something else? I couldn’t find it in Australia.

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