Jalebi 1Kg

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Jalebi 1Kg Definition: Jalebi is a sweet or dessert, which is popular in India and  other countries of the Middle East, including South Asia, West Asia, East Africa and North Africa. In order to make it, one needs to use deep fried flour or maida. You can also use all-purpose...
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Jalebi 1Kg

Definition: Jalebi is a sweet or dessert, which is popular in India and  other countries of the Middle East, including South Asia, West Asia, East Africa and North Africa. In order to make it, one needs to use deep fried flour or maida. You can also use all-purpose flour and plain flour for making this. Jalabi can be made in any shape, but it is commonly in circular shapes. Jalebies are so sweet because they are dipped into thick sugar syrup. Many people think wrongly that this dessert is native to India only. The truth is that Jalebi may have its origins in the Middle East, from which its recipe spread.    

Different names: Jalebi is enjoyed in many countries of the world, or more specifically, in the countries of South Asia and the Middle East. As such, it has many names as well. It is known as:

  • Jilbi
  • Jilipi
  • Jhilapi
  • Jilapi
  • Zelapi
  • Jilapir Pak
  • Jilebi (India)
  • Jilawii Zilafi (Sylheti)
  • Zoolbia (Middle East)
  • Jeri (Nepal)
  • Z'labia (Tunisia)
  • Mushabakh (Ethiopia)

Place of Origin: Jalebi is an interesting history to say the least. According to studies, this dish has its origins in West Asia as it is similar to a native dish from that region. Hobson-Jobson believes the word Jelebi is directly derived from Zulabia which is an Arabic word. It can also be derived from the word Zalibiya which is a Persian word, which means that the dish is most likely influenced by Persian sources. However, there is a third likely source as well. It is said that during the Feast of Theophany or Epiphany in Europe, a dessert or sweet were served which contained cinnamon and dry sugar along with savoury confectioneries. It is known as Zulabiya and was prepared traditionally for the occasion of Ramadan every year for giving away to the poor. It is interesting to know that there is even a 10th century book with a recipe for this item!

It is believed that this food preparation was bought to India first by Muslim invaders, especially the Persians. Back then in the 15th century, it was known as Jalavallika and Kundalika. It has been mentioned in the Jain literary work, the Priyamkarnrpakatha. It was composed in the early 1450 CE and says that Jalebi is just like a dinner for a rich man.

Type of products: There are many kinds of this dessert and sweet depending on the country, the region and the process of making. For instance, the Zalabiya is more akin to doughnuts and are eaten in Iran and Arab countries, including Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Comoros and Yemen. Zalabiya mushabakka is in the shape of squares, balls and discs and is ideally dipped in rose water camphor and musk. Pepper, milk and clarified butter is then added to it.

When it is highly preferred: It is highly preferred during festive times, but can be taken at any time of the day.

 

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