Jalebi or Jilapi is a very popular dessert in India that is made of deep-fried dough. It is then dipped in sugar syrup to give a sweet glaze all over it. It is sooooo delicious especially all the sugar syrup oozing out and over it, mmmmm.. I am drooling. I have some apples from last week and I wanted to try something different. Recently, I watched this apple jalebi in one cookery show and it was so simple and quick to make. So, I gave it a try and they turned out super delicious. One advice though is to eat them while hot. Once they cool, they lose their crisp and crunch and become very soggy-like. And you know what, just top them with ice-cream and how wonderful would it be to indulge in a hot jalebi topped with cold ice-cream….. Oh my god!! I have to grab another one right now …:) 🙂
Cooking time: 20 mins
Apples – 2, big (cut into 1/2 inch-thick discs and deseed them so that they look like doughnuts/garelu)
All-purpose flour/maida – ½ cup
Corn starch/flour – 1 tsp
Yogurt/curd – ¼ cup
Baking powder – ½ tsp
Water – ½ cup approximately
Grated nutmeg – 1/8 tsp, optional
Cinnamon powder – 1/8 tsp, optional
Oil – to deep-fry
Sugar – ½ cup
Water – 1 cup
- Prepare the sugar syrup first by boiling together the sugar and water till you get a slightly thick-syrupy consistency. It should not be too thin. Set aside.
- In a bowl, mix together the all-purpose flour, corn starch, curd, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and water. Make a thick pancake/dosa-like batter.
- Taking each apple disc at a time, dip it in the batter to coat it well.
- Deep-fry the apples in the oil till they turn golden brown on both sides.
- Immediately remove them from oil and place them in the sugar syrup and turn each one so that the syrup sticks to each apple disc on both sides. Then remove them onto serving plate.
- Garnish with any nuts of your choice and serve these hot.