Jalebi, jhangari, jilapir, zelapi – regardless of what you call it, we can safely say, this deep-fried sweet dish is one of India’s top favourite sweet dish. However, not many know, this fried goodness – which is commonly made using all-purpose flour, yogurt, ghee, saffron, and cardamom; and soaked in sugar syrup – is not actually of Indian origin.
Yes, you read that right. The ‘shaan’ (pride) of most sweetmeat shops of our country, the humble jalebi originated in West Asia as ‘zalabiya’. Indian cuisine was introduced to zalabiya during the medieval period when Turkish and Persian traders brought the zalabiya to the subcontinent. Little did the people of then know that one day, jalebi will become an inseparable part of our festivals and celebrations.
Origin aside, there’s still a nip in the air – a perfect time to binge eat some piping hot, crispy jalebis. We, at Living Foodz, bring to you a list of foods and dishes people across the country like to pair their jalebis with. Are you ready to delve deeper into these unique and fun flavour combinations? Welcome to the gang, so are we!
Jalebi and Rabdi
Hot and crispy jalebis with a generous portion of creamy rabdi is what dreams are made of! Okay, pardon our exaggeration, but when it comes to this sinful sweet dish, all of us tend to go a bit overboard talking about it. Parts of North India can be credited for the jalebi and rabdi combination. North Indians prefer eating their jalebis dunked in warm or chilled rabdi. Just FYI, this combo is Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty’s favourite Indian sweet dish.
Not in the mood for the classic rabdi? Chef Gautam Mehrishi gives the rabdi a pumpkin twist in Suvarna Rabdi Recipe.
Jalebi and Milk
If you’re a calorie-conscious person, you need some major courage to give this treat a shot. Popularly known as doodh jalebi, it is basically jalebis dunked in a glass full of milk. This classic combination is finished with a thick wedge of fresh cream or malai. People in parts of Uttar Pradesh, including Haridwar, like to start their mornings with doodh jalebi. Many say, it energises the body and lays the foundation for a happy day. If you'd like to start your days with this combo too, read hacks to make the perfect jalebi at home.
Jalebi and Fafda
Fafda is a popular Gujarati snack made using gram flour, turmeric, and carom seeds. It is fried crisp and served with chutney or raw papaya salad (popularly known as sambhara). Apart from being eaten with a chutney or salad, fafdas are also served with jalebis. The sweetness of the jalebis and the salty-spicy flavours of these crisps make for an interesting combination – a flavour bomb, to say the least. Fafda-jalebi makes for Gujarat’s favourite breakfast dishes but can also be eaten as a snack throughout the day. (Want more? Feast your eyes to some more Gujarati food.)
Jalebi and Indori Poha
Jalebis are available across the country (Did you know about Bangalore's green jalebi?) but the combination of poha and jalebi is something that’s unique to Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Indori poha jalebi is one of the most famous breakfast dishes from the city. Now, you may say, poha is available in several parts of the country as well so what’s so special about the Indore version? The Indori folks garnish their poha with a generous portion of Ratlami sev, salty boondi (fried gram flour pearls), chopped onions and pomegranate. One of the best places to eat Indori poha is at the Sarafa Bazaar in Indore which is popular nation-wide for its fun and innovative street food.
Jalebi and Curd
Dahi jalebi is another popular breakfast combination from different cities of Uttar Pradesh. Not just in UP, it is also loved in Bihar, Punjab, and Haryana. It may sound like a weird combo at first, but when you try it, dahi jalebi is surely going to woo your taste buds. In this combination, jalebi is dunked in a generous portion of sweetened whisked curd. For people who don’t like their desserts too sweet, we’d suggest you don’t add any sugar to the curd. In case all this jalebi talk got you craving for jalebis, here's a jalebi recipe to make a batch at home now!
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