Crispy Jalebi

Jalebi is a warm crispy, delicious treat. It can best be described as funnel cake. In my home town jalebi was a breakfast treat like pancakes, especially when they were served with kachori (puffed fried bread filled with spicy dal).  I know jalebi is mostly served as a dessert, but for me jalebi still makes the best breakfast treat.

This recipe will serve 8.

Crispy Jalebi Recipe by ManjulaIngredients:

for Batter

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, minus 2 Tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons corn starch
  • Pinch of citric acid
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon Yeast
  • 1-1/2 cup lukewarm water

for Syrup

  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 cardamom crushed
  • A few strands of saffron
  • Few drops lemon juice
  • Oil to fry


for Batter

  1. Sift the all-purpose flour and corn starch together, add the citric acid, and yeast mix it well.
  2. Add the water slowly to make a smooth batter, add oil and mix it well. Batter should be pourable consistency of dosa.
  3. Set the batter aside in a warm place for about half an hour. Make sure the batter is not over-ferment. After fermenting the batter will be a little lacy.

for Syrup

Boil the sugar and water together. Add the lemon juice, cardamom and saffron. (The lemon juice keeps the mixture from crystallizing). Boil for 2-3 minutes until syrup is about sticky to fingers but has not formed a thread. Turn off the heat.

for Jalebi

  1. Heat the oil in a flat frying pan about one inch deep. To test, put one drop of batter in the oil. The batter should sizzle and rise into a ball without changing color right away.
  2. Fill the Jalebi batter into a piping bag with a #3 nozzle. You can also use an empty ketchup or mustard bottle. That’s what I am using.
  3. Squeeze the Jalebi batter out into the hot oil in pretzel shapes about three inches in diameter.
  4. Fry the jalebis until light golden brown on both sides. Take them out, wait for a minute then transfer them into the warm syrup. Let the jalebis soak in the syrup for about half a minute, take them out. Repeat the process.
  5. Jalebies are ready to serve.

Jalebis taste best when they are served hot.


  1. Sprinkle sliced pistachios and almonds, cinnamon powder, coco powder, or sugar powder over the jalebis for a creative touch.
  2. Serve jalebis with malai (a milk reduced by boiling to about one-third of its original quantity.

Also check out my other Jalebi recipes:

Crispy Jalebi

Apple Jalebi

Jalebi Sweet

Jalebi (Regular)

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22 thoughts on “Crispy Jalebi

  1. Hello mam, i jus tried out this recipe too bt my jalebi strands ddnt stand seperate, they came closer while frying in oil..pls tell me what can be my mistake..

  2. Thank you for this. What is the secret to making the swirls perfectly round like the ones you buy in the shops? What makes the sweet shop one so red? How long would you leave it to ferment if you chose not to use yeast?

  3. Great Recipe! Can you use baking soda instead of citric acid? Also, can the batter be prepared the day before and left on the counter top? How long would be considered “over fermenting”?
    Thank you!

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