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Instant Jalebi – 30 minute Quick Jalebi


Instant Jalebi- 30 minute Quick Jalebi(Eggless Indian funnel cake)

Some things are deceptively simple; if not, you have to make it simple :).  Desserts sometimes look quite deceitful, like this Jalebi.  For years I was overwhelmed and never ventured out to make it.  I agree, this was not my favorite Indian sweet, until I made it at home.  The intense crunch with the sugary syrup coating is simply joyful, a pleasure for your senses.

It’s Valentine’s Week you guys! What a nice treat! Jalebi is quite simple. Just mix, rest and fry.  Then, coat with sugar syrup, or in this case, a mixture of sugar and jaggery.  Double whammy.

Instant Jalebi- 30 minute Quick Jalebi(Eggless Indian funnel cake)

Jalebis are made after fermenting overnight or even for 24 hours.  It might not be tedious, but it is quite time consuming.  Back in India, it’s fried in a huge kadahi(frying pan).  The batter is piped out of a white cloth with a hole. Each Jalebi is connected to each other as it gets piped, at least 30 of them( I know, it’s true).   Straight out of the sugar syrup into our salivating mouths it went. It was a crunchy, sugary, fried piece of absolute heaven.
Now, who has the time? We all do. But then again, who has the patience ;)?  You crave them and you can make them. The only trick to these are to eat them fresh with your loved ones.

Instant Jalebi- 30 minute Quick Jalebi(Eggless Indian funnel cake)

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Instand Jalebi- 30 minute Quick Jalebi
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Recipe type: Jalebi
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 10-12
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp corn flour
  • ¼ tsp saffron strands crushed
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 2 tbsp sour yogurt
  • 1 tsp quick rise yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Oil for deep frying.
For the Syrup
  • 1 cup grated jaggery
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 2-3 drops rose water
  • saffron strands and cardamom powder-1/4 tsp(together)
  1. In ½ cup of warm water, add the yeast and sugar and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In a larger bowl, add the flour, corn flour, crushed saffron strands, turmeric and yogurt. Mix. Add the yeast mixture little by little to form a smooth paste. Cover and let ferment for 15-30 minutes.
  3. In the meantime, in a pan, add the jaggery and sugar with water. Mix well and bring it to a simmer. It is should be of one thread consistency(important). This process will take anywhere from 10-15 minutes. Add the cardamom and saffron. Once done, squeeze ½ lemon juice and take it off the heat and set aside.
  4. After the fermentation, the batter will be smooth. If it is too thick, add little water at a time, it should be pourable consistency, not too thin or too thick. Pour it in a ziploc or plastic squeeze bottle. You can re use, plastic sauce bottles too, works well.
  5. In a shallow pan add 2 to 3 inches of oil. Heat the oil making sure to keep it on medium, let it get hot.
  6. Pipe and Swirl the batter with the bottle in the oil. It cooks fast, let it crisp on both sides and take it out and immediately transfer it into the sugar syrup. Quickly coat both sides and take it out and serve hot.
The batter can be left in the refrigerator for upto a week. You can make it hot whenever you want.
You can skip the yeast and add ½ tsp baking soda to the mixture and make the jalebi, it is still good.


Instant Jalebi- 30 minute Quick Jalebi(Eggless Indian funnel cake)

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  • Reply Coffee and Crumpets February 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    I LOVE jalebi.
    I have wanted to try my hand at this for years.
    I am so craving jalebi now, but of course, I am on a no gluten diet for a few weeks.
    This is torture,
    Yours came out beautifully! They look so good.

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar February 10, 2015 at 9:05 pm

      Nazneen, Thank you my friend. Gluten free, hope all is well.

  • Reply neelamba February 10, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    I never knew we can make it so easily. I love the crispy jelabies

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar February 10, 2015 at 9:06 pm

      Thanks. Yup it’s so so easy. I wish I could make it for you.

  • Reply Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health February 10, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    jalebi is the only desi dessert I like and your version looks too delicious!!!

  • Reply Liz February 11, 2015 at 2:23 am

    These remind me of the funnel cakes we find at the state fair–but with much more gourmet, complex flavors! These look irresistible!

  • Reply Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 11, 2015 at 2:24 am

    I went to a party a few months ago and fell in love with these but I never thought I could make them at home. She had her party catered so it didn’t dawn on me to look up a recipe and try it myself.

  • Reply Kelly - Life Made Sweeter February 11, 2015 at 3:51 am

    These are such beautiful intricate treats! I love how perfectly crunchy they look! Definitely worth the effort. Gorgeous pictures too!

  • Reply Shibi@FlavzCorner February 11, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I too felt that making Jalebi is a tedious process. But now you have made it very easy with this simple recipe. They look really pretty!!

  • Reply Monica February 11, 2015 at 8:06 am

    I love learning about Indian desserts, which I know so little about! I love the color of these from the saffron and tumeric and you are genius for making them quicker (because I, too, lack patience). Love that you can store the batter in the fridge for a week because it would be a shame not to eat these fresh. I have a craving to fry something lately…you are reading my mind!

  • Reply Manali @ CookWithManali February 11, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Oh my I feel like grabbing one out of the screen, I wish I could! This looks so good and who doesn’t love Jalebi!! My dad used to bring Jalebi and rabri for breakfast every Sunday morning when we were kids ..good old days! 🙂 These jalebis look perfect, I need to make them soon!

  • Reply Angie@Angie's Recipes February 11, 2015 at 11:38 am

    I have never had anything like this…so exotic and interesting!

  • Reply Stephanie February 11, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I love this and your photos! It reminds me of funnel cakes, which I love! Reminds me of being a kid at a fair : )

  • Reply The Squishy Monster February 11, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I’d never heard of these before but I’m so intrigued now!

  • Reply John@Kitchen Riffs February 11, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    New dish to me! But one that looks awfully tempting. Who doesn’t love fried batter or dough of any kind? Love the shape of these!

  • Reply Kiran @ February 11, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    You had me at 30 minutes!!! SIGN ME UP 😀

  • Reply Joanne February 12, 2015 at 4:58 am

    I love EATING jalebi and they are also on my to-make-someday bucket list. Love that your version only takes 30 minutes! Sounds so much more manageable than having to wait OVERNIGHT. Who has the patience?!

  • Reply marcie February 12, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    I’ve never tried jalebi but it looks so fun and delicious! It sounds like such a great treat, and that’s amazing that it only takes 30 minutes!

  • Reply indugetscooking February 12, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Tried making jalebi once, was a super duper flop. I am going to give your recipe a try, the jalebis look promising.

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar February 13, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Indu, thanks dear. Try it and let me know. Just don’t make it too watery(the batter). So easy, you’ll never buy again.

  • Reply Adarsh February 13, 2015 at 3:15 am

    I usually go shop and eat jalebi but by this 30 minutes jalebi recipe I will try this at home thanks for this recipe 🙂

  • Reply Shashi at RunninSrilankan February 13, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Asha – I adore Jalebi – I only buy it though as I always thought they were too tedious to make – but thank you so much for this quicker and simpler recipe! Though I wish I was your neighbor so could taste test your leftovers anytime! 🙂

  • Reply Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen February 16, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Oh, Ash! I am so glad you ventured into the kitchen to whip up this dessert treat! Isn’t it a wonderful thing that you love it…now that you’ve made it at home from scratch? Knowing how simple this sweet Indian treat, Jalebi, is to make, I am not so intimidated to try my hand at it. They seem perfect to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day! Thanks for sharing, my friend. Have a fabulous week! xo

  • Reply March 5, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Your Jalebis are so perfect – mine didn’t come out exactly like your’s but still tasted good!

    • Reply Asha Shivakumar March 5, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Thanks for getting back Kamana. I’m wondering, is the shape or the texture? I’m alteast glad the taste was good.

  • Reply Indian Sweets July 15, 2016 at 4:36 am

    I love to eat jalebi and rasgulla, these two is my most favorite sweets. Your Jalebi looks so tempting, mouthwatering dessert.

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