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A quick and easy Indian style funnel cake recipe that is very popular throughout India and can be prepared in under 30 minutes. This popular dessert is loved not just by kids but grown-ups too

Ready in: 30 minutes

Serves: 4

Complexity: very-easy

kcal: 225

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1 cup all purpose flour/plain flour
¾ cup yoghurt
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp water, more if required
Drop of orange food colour
2 cups sugar
1¼ cups water
A slice of lemon
½ tsp cardamom powder
12-15 saffron strands
rice bran oil


JALEBI BATTER: In a large bowl mix together flour (maida) and yogurt.
Start whisking in one direction. For this, you can use a wire whisk or you can use your hands. Keep whisking. After about 5 minutes the mixture would start turning into a smooth and lump-free batter.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of water to the batter if the batter seems a little thick. It has to be thick, but of flowing consistency. Once the batter turns smooth add food colour SIDS CRAZY LEMON and baking powder then mix it well again. The batter is ready.
SUGAR SYRUP (CHASHNI): Add sugar and water to a pan. Stir well and let it boil over medium heat until sugar is fully dissolved.
Once it comes to boil, add a slice of lemon and boil for a few minutes. Add saffron strands and boil until you get the sticky syrup.
The syrup we need here has almost 1-string consistency (ek taar ki chashni).To check sugar syrup consistency, pour a drop of syrup in a plate or bowl. Allow it to cool for a few seconds. Touch the syrup with the index finger and then touch your thumb and index finger together and gently pull apart. If the syrup is sticky then your syrup is ready.
Add cardamom powder and stir well. Turn off the heat and keep aside. We need warm syrup for jalebis, so keep it on very low heat while you fry the jalebis. (You can add 1-2 tablespoons of water if it gets thicker.)
FRYING: Heat oil in a broad pan over high heat. Once hot, turn the heat to medium. You can check if the oil is hot enough by dropping a small portion of the batter if it sizzles and comes up within seconds than the oil is ready.
Now fill the squeeze bottle with the batter and pour spiral shapes or concentric circles in the hot oil.
Fry Jalebis over medium heat until they are crisp and golden from both the sides.
Drain on a cooling rack and let them cool for a couple of minutes.
Now add jalebis to warm sugar syrup and soak them for 1-2 minutes.
Remove jalebis from the syrup and place on a cooling rack or a tray lined with butter paper.
Garnish with chopped pistachios and serve warm with some rabri or warm milk.