Jalebi Easy Homemade Recipe

Orange jalebis on parchment paper

Easy Instant Jalebi Recipe

Using my mother’s traditional recipe, once you try these instant homemade jalebis you will never go back to store-bought! They come out piping hot, crispy, juicy and so flavorful every time. With only 30 minutes of total time required, this recipe is an easy Indian dessert recipe to prepare and so delicious!

Time to make: 30 minutes

jalebi recipe

In line with all recipes on my site, this is vegetarian. It is also a vegan recipe.

This is made of an all purpose based dough which is deep fried in a concentric circles type of shape.  It is then soaked in a sugar syrup flavored with saffron and cardamom.  In my opinion, jalebis taste best hot and fresh! But they are also very often served cooled.  They can also be stored for serving later.

Here’s a quick Video showing the process

What is jalebi served with?

Jalebis can be eaten on their own! You do not need to serve it with anything necessarily. In Gujarat, jalebis and fafda are eaten together.  This is a specialty we have at Dussehra every year.  It is also served often with some creamy rabri.

If you want to try a twist on jalebis, these Coconut Rose Jalebis are a simple way to get new flavors in this classic recipe. Or try making Jalebi Cupcakes for an Indian fusion treat.

jalebi recipe ingredients

Notes on Batter Ingredients

  1. All purpose flour (maida)
  2. Eno / Fruit Salt (see note on Eno below) – you can find Eno at your local Indian store
  3. Ghee
  4. Urad dal flour (either buy as flour or grind urad dal to make your own flour)
  5. Water

Eno substitute

Note: Eno is a fruit salt which is composed of basically 60% baking soda and 40% citric acid.

1 tsp Eno = 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp citric acid

So you can substitute 1 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp citric acid if you do not have Eno. You can also try substituting the citric acid with lemon juice if you do not have citric acid.

First we make the saffron sugar syrup (chaasni)

For the syrup you just need:

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Saffron
  • Lemon juice
  • Cardamom (optional)
  • Coloring (optional, I don’t add because the saffron adds a nice color naturally

Then, prepare the jalebi batter

Next, heat oil, fry jalebis and soak in syrup!

How to pipe jalebi batter?

  • Use a squeeze bottle: My preferred way of piping the jalebi batter is by using a squeeze bottle.
  • Check nozzle size: Make sure you don’t use a bottle with a huge nozzle so the jalebis don’t become huge!
  • Gits brand bottle:  Pictured above I’m using a bottle I had gotten with a Gits jalebi mix package a few years ago. 
  • OXO squeeze bottle: I’ve linked another brand that can work, the OXO  squeeze bottle in my Amazon shop link below. 

Link to squeeze bottles is here

Q&A

  • Can you freeze jalebi? Yes, jalebi can be frozen and reheated to eat.
  • How to warm up jalebi? Microwave 15 seconds or heat in a heavy bottom pan on very low flame for more crispiness.
  • How to store jalebi? In an air tight container. Keep in a cool spot. The quicker you eat them, the fresher and better they taste. But since these are not fermented, they will last up to 2 weeks.
  • Can you store the batter? Yes, the batter can be frozen in an air tight container.
  • What is the origin of jalebi? Jalebi is a popular dessert across South Asian countries and the Middle East. Jalebis did not originate in India and came from Iran and was called zalabiyan.  Zalabiyan was prepared differently than jalebis.  While jalebis are soaked in a sugar saffron syrup, zalabiyan were soaked in a honey rose water syrup. Also, while zalabiyan are asymmetric in shape, jalebi are formed in concentric circles.
Jalebi in sugar syrup with saffron.

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Orange jalebis on parchment paper

30-Minute Easy Jalebi Recipe

Shilpa Joshi
Using my mother’s traditional recipe, once you try these homemade instant jalebis you will never go back to store-bought! They come out crispy, juicy and so flavorful every time. With only 30 minutes of time required, this recipe is easy to prepareand so delicious!
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 30 jalebis
Calories 72 kcal

Equipment

  • pan for frying

Ingredients
  

Saffron Sugar Syrup (Chaasni)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pinches saffron generous pinches for more color
  • tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • orange color optional, I use the natural color from saffron for the color

Jalebi

  • 1 cup all purpose flour maida
  • tbsp urad dal flour grind urad dal and sieve to make your own flour if you do not have it
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • tsp Eno
  • cup water
  • 2 tbsp water note: total ⅔ cup plus 2 tbsp water total
  • oil for deep frying

Garnish

  • chopped pistachios optional

Instructions
 

Saffron Sugar Syrup (Chaasni)

  • Bring 1 cupwater and 2 cups sugar with cardamom and saffron to a boil. Sugar should be dissolved, stir. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes more. Turn off gas and add in lemon juice.
    sugar chaasni syrup

Jalebi

  • Mix ingredients of urad dal flour, all purpose flour, eno and ghee
    Jalebi dough mix
  • Add water (⅔cup plus 2 tbsp water) to make a dough that is not too thin and not to thick. It will be on thicker side. If you need more water add 1 tbsp at a time.
    Jalebi dough mix
  • Fill squeeze bottle with batter. Heat oil. Once oil heated make jalebi shapes in oil to fry on medium heat.
    jalebi recipe process
  • Fry until golden brown
    fried jalebi
  • Once browned, immediately dunk jalebi in the sugar syrup for 1 minute
    jalebi in sugar syrup
  • Remove from syrup and garnish with pistachios. Best enjoyed fresh!
    jalebi

Video

Notes

Use a grinder to make your own urad dal flour if you do not have some at home
Note: Eno is a fruit salt which is composed of basically 60% baking soda and 40% citric acid
1 tsp Eno = 1/2 tsp baking soda + 1/2 tsp citric acid
So you can substitute 1 tsp baking soda + 1 tsp citric acid if you do not have Eno. You can also try substituting the citric acid with lemon juice if you do not have citric acid.

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 4mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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