Imarti

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Imarti / Jhangri
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Imarti
Alternative names Emarti, Jaangiri, Omriti
Course Dessert
Place of origin India
Region or state Rajasthan, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, South India
Main ingredients Urad flour, saffron, ghee, sugar
Cookbook:Imarti / Jhangri  Imarti / Jhangri

Imarti or Jhangri is a dessert popular in India and other countries of the Indian Subcontinent. It is made by deep-frying urad flour batter in a kind of circular flower shape, then soaked in sugar syrup. Alternative names include Amriti, Emarti, Omriti and Jaangiri.

In South India, this sweet is served after a meal and also popular at weddings and festivals. In particular, Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh is famous for its imarti.[citation needed]

This dish is not to be confused with Jalebi which has comparatively thinner material and is sweeter than Imarti.

Ingredients[edit]

Imarti is made from a variety of urad flour, also colloquially called jalebi parappu (dal) or jalebi urad in south India. Sugar syrup and saffron is added for colour.

Preparation[edit]

Urad dal is soaked in water for few hours, and stone-ground into a fine batter. The batter is poured into ghee, though other oils are sometimes used. Similarly to funnel cakes, the batter is poured into geometric patterns, although imartis are generally smaller than funnel cakes. There is often a small ring in the middle.

Before frying the batter, sugar syrup is prepared and is usually flavored with edible camphor, cloves, cardamom and saffron. The fried material is then dipped in sugar syrup until it expands in size and soaks up a significant amount of the syrup. In Northern India imartis are usually drained, so tend to be drier than jalebis. The pieces can be served hot, at room temperature, or sometimes refrigerated.

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