Ingredients Jump to Instructions ↓

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  2. **BATTER**

  3. 2 cups plain flour

  4. 1/2 cup rice flour

  5. 7 grams fresh compressed yeast -- (or)

  6. 1/2 tablespoon dried yeast

  7. 1/2 cup lukewarm water

  8. 1/4 teaspoon saffron strands

  9. 2 tablespoons boiling water

  10. 1 tablespoon yoghurt

  11. vegetable oil -- for frying

  12. **SYRUP**

  13. 3 cups sugar

  14. 3 cups water

  15. 1 tablespoon light corn syrup

  16. rose essence to flavour

  17. 1 1/2 teaspoons liquid orange food coloring

Instructions Jump to Ingredients ↑

  1. Sift the flour and rice flour into a large bowl. Sprinkle yeast on the warm water in a small bowl, leave to soften for 5 minutes and stir to dissolve. Put saffron strands in a cup and pour the boiling water over. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.

  2. Pour dissolved yeast and saffron with its soaking water into a measuring jug. Add tepid water to make up 2 1/4 cups. Stirring with a wooden spoon, add the measured liquid to the flour and beat well until batter is very smooth. Add yoghurt and beat again. Leave to rest for 1 hour. Batter will start to become frothy. Beat vigorously again before starting to fry jelebis. (While batter stands make syrup and leave it to become just warm).

  3. Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan and when hot use a funnel to pour in the batter, making circles or figures of eight. Frying, turning once, until crisp and golden on both sides. Lift out on a slotted spoon, let the oil drain for a fews seconds, then drop the hot jelebi into the syrup and soak it for a minute or two. Lift out of the syrup (using another slotted spoon) and put on a plate to drain.

  4. Syrup: Heat sugar and water over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Raise heat and boil hard for 8 minutes; syrup should be just thick enough to spin a thread. Remove from heat, allow to cool until lukewarm, flavour with rose essence (about 1.2 tsp of good quality essence is sufficient) and colour a bright orange with food colouring.

  5. *Jelebis are coils of crisply fried batter with a rose-scented syrup inside the coils. How the syrup gets into the coils is a mystery unless you do some research on the subject.

  6. This is a traditionally festive sweet. (Moghul custom)


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