|Alternative names||Jal-vallika, kundalika (ancient India); jilebi, jilawii; zoolbia (Middle East); jeri (Nepal)|
|Region or state||Middle East, Indian Subcontinent & East Africa|
|Main ingredients||Maida flour, saffron, ghee, sugar|
|Variations||Jaangiri or Imarti|
Jalebi, or Jilapi, or Jilawii (and sometimes Zulbia) is a sweet popular in countries of the Indian Subcontinent such as India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and in many countries in the Middle East and North Africa, like Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. As well as several East African countries such as Zanzibar, Comoros and Mayotte. It is made by deep-frying a wheat flour (maida flour) batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. They are particularly popular in the subcontinent during Ramadan and Diwali.
The sweets are served warm or cold. They have a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating. Citric acid or lime juice is sometimes added to the syrup, as well as rose water or other flavours, such as kewra water.
Similar sweets are imarti, which is red-orange tangerine in color and sweeter in taste, and angoor aana which is grape-green; unlike jalebi, these are made from the batter of urad lentil. They are made in North Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. A variant chhena jalebi (Bengali: ছানার জিলিপি omrimiti), made with chhena, is popular in parts of West Bengal, Rajasthan, and Orissa; the form can differ significantly from place to place.
In India, jalebi is served as the "Celebration Sweet", popular during national holidays like Independence Day and Republic Day, on which it is supplied in government offices, defence facilities, and other organisations. It is used as a remedy for headaches in some parts of India, where it is placed in boiling milk and left to stand before eating.
Names for the dish include Bengali: jilipi; Telugu: జిలేబి; Kannada: ಜಿಲೇಬಿ; Punjabi/ Urdu: جلیبی; Sindhi: جلیبی; Sinhala: පැණි වළලු; Pashto: jalebī; Tamil: ஜிலேபி; Pashto: ځلوبۍ źəlobəi; Persian: زولبیا zulbia; Lurish: زلهیبی zuleybi; Arabic: zalābiyah (Egyptian Arabic: مشبك moshabbak.
Jalebi is believed to be derived from a similar dish of West Asia. According to Hobson-Jobson, the word jalebi is a corruption of the Arabic zalabiya or the Persian zalibiya, the name for a similar dish. In Iran, where it is known as zulbia, the sweet was traditionally given to the poor during Ramadan. A 10th century cookbook gives several recipes for zulubiya. There are several 13th century recipes of the sweet, including the one in a cookbook by Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi.
The dish was brought to medieval India by the Persian-speaking invaders. In the fifteenth century India, jalebi was known as Kundalika or Jalavallika.:262 Priyamkarnrpakatha, a work by the Jain author Jinasura, composed around 1450 CE, mentions jalebi in the context of a dinner held by a rich merchant.:37 Gunyagunabodhini, another Sanskrit work dating before 1600 CE, lists the ingredients and recipe of the dish; these are identical to the ones used to prepare the modern jalebi.
Over the years Jalebi word have been transformed into many variations mainly in the Middle east. The word for jalebi in Iran is zoolbia (زولبیا) in Persian. In Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, it is known as "zalabia" (زلابية) (sometimes spelt "zalabiya"). In the Maldives, it is known by the name "zilēbi."
Natural ingredients include flour, yeast, yoghurt, and sugar. This is then mixed with water and commonly two seeds of cardamom (oil for the crackling).
Zalābiya are fried dough foods including types similar to straight doughnuts in and around the Arab countries world Yemen, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Comoros and Algeria. They are made by a zalbāni. Zalābiya are made from a batter composed of eggs, flour and milk, and then cooked in oil.
Zalābiya mushabbaka are latticed fritters made in discs, balls, and squares. They are dipped in clarified honey perfumed with rose water, musk, and camphor. A recipe from a caliph's kitchen suggests milk clarified butter, sugar and pepper be added.[this quote needs a citation]
Zalabiya funiyya is a "sponge cake" version cooked in a special round pot on a trivet and cooked in a tannur. They are often stick shaped. They are eaten year-round, including in expatriate communities such as France, where they are especially popular during Ramadan celebrations.
In popular culture
- Mallika Sherawat (as Kamini) played item song, "Jalebi bai" in the Hindi movie Double Dhamaal.
- Dhara Ghee used jalebi in advertisement.
- Four Tet named a song from his 2013 record Beautiful Rewind "Parallel Jalebi".
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- Round and round for the best jilapis
- Festival Feasts
- Alan Davidson (21 August 2014). The Oxford Companion to Food. Oxford University Press. pp. 424–425. ISBN 978-0-19-967733-7.
- Michael Krondl (1 June 2014). The Donut: History, Recipes, and Lore from Boston to Berlin. Chicago Review Press. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-61374-673-8.
- Anil Kishore Sinha (2000). Anthropology Of Sweetmeats. Gyan Publishing House. ISBN 978-81-212-0665-5.
- Dileep Padgaonkar (2010-03-15). "Journey of the jalebi". The Times of India. Retrieved 2014-08-25.
- Recipe for Zalabiya
- Jalebi khani
- Maya Shatzmiller Labour in the medieval Islamic world page 110
- Translated by Nawal Nasrallah Annals of the caliphs' kitchens: Ibn Sayyār al-Warrāq's tenth-century Baghdadi cookbook Volume 70 of Islamic history and civilization Edition illustrated 2007 ISBN 90-04-15867-7, ISBN 978-90-04-15867-2 867 pages BRILL page 413-417
- Hadi Yahmid French Ramadan About Solidarity IslamOnline
- "Double Dhamaal". IMDB. Retrieved 15 November 2013.
- Khatau, Asha (2005). Epicure's Delectable Desserts of the World. Popular Prakashan. ISBN 8179912280.
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