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Sweet Jalebi Recipe Revealed

One of the most popular street snacks in India you will come across, jalebi is not something you would want to indulge in everyday! Made from flour & a rich saffron sugar syrup, this mixture takes shape when deep-fried right along India’s busy streets. Its origins can be traced back to the Middle East and was brought to India by the Persian invaders.

Jalebi is a longtime favorite recipe of chef & restauranteurs Raj & Bina Sharma of Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine

The couple moved to the coastal state of Maine from Germany & the United Kingdom 30 years ago & share their recipe for an at home sweet Indian jalebi.


· 2 cups of all purpose flour

· 3 cups of sugar

· 4 cups of vegetable oil

· 4 cups of water

· 1 pinch of baking powder

· ½ teaspoon of fresh lemon juice

· ½ teaspoon of edible orange food color

· 3 strands of saffron

· ½ teaspoon of cardamom powder

· 2 tablespoons of rosewater


1) Mix all dry ingredients to include flour, baking powder, & cardamom powder, in a large mixing bowl

2) Once dry ingredients have been mixed, add in your lemon juice, food coloring, and ½ a cup of water and stir until the batter become thick and creamy. Add in additional water if necessary.

3) Leave the batter to rise for 3-4 hours in room temperature heat with a wet cloth covering your bowl

4) Once batter has rested pour mixture into a condiment/ketchup dispensing bottle for deep frying

5) In a pan over medium heat bring 3 cups of water to a boil and add in sugar & saffron stirring frequently until the mixture become a rich syrup for 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool off.

6) In a large wok or deep pan heat 4 cups of oil to 300 degrees and carefully squeeze the batter into oil creating a wiggly random coiled circle shape of about 3 inches in length.

7) Squeeze several servings into the pan at once and turn as they become a light golden color

8) As the Jalebis come out of the deep fry place them onto a paper towel to catch excess oil and immediately place into your warm sugar syrup to soak for 1-2 minutes

9) Finally sprinkle rose water over fresh Jalebi to enjoy as a sweet Indian bite


99 Maine Street, Brunswick, Maine 04011


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