Dish of the Week, 11th December 2018 – Jalebis by Mrinal Sonawane

Hello, Foodies and Buddies!

It’s time for our Dish of the Week and we have a real sweet treat for you on this edition: Jalebis by Chef Mrinal Sonawane!

Chef Mrinal had this to say about Jalebis. “Everyone remembers that Dhara advertisement from the ’90s, where the kid is mad happy screaming “JALEBI!”Almost everyone can relate to that excitement after hearing that sweet word.”

“Yes, Jalebi is that popular Indian dessert made with maida and sugar syrup. This traditional dessert is loved not just by kids but adults too. The crispy sugary spiral tastes amazing at any time of the day. You can Serve it as breakfast with milk or curd, or as a delightful evening snack,” she said.

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Jalebi is a dish with a special significance for Chef Mrinal. “This dish has given me friends for a lifetime – I can literally say “bonding over food.” We were in Germany for a couple of years. When you are outside India, the foodie within me always craves for chapati, chaats, and sweet delicacies which is very hard to find over there.”

“I started making this dish at home for my family as well as for my fellow Indian friends. Gradually, we started having frequent potlucks at each other’s places and every time my Jalebis used to be the only dessert on demand,” she recalled with a fond smile!

Chef Mrinal also spoke about her love for Jalebis. She said, “I am a foodie with a very big sweet tooth, so I can’t stop myself from indulging into Jalebis!”

We asked Chef Mrinal how she learned to make Jalebis and she replied, “Around 10 years back when we shifted to Bangalore, I happened to meet a lovely friend – Manisha. She is an excellent cook as well as an excellent host. She introduced me to a variety of dishes with great taste & presentation. Jalebi is one of those dishes which she taught me. I am always thankful to her for this!”

Chef Mrinal also gave us a recipe for her dish.

Ingredients:
For the Batter
1 Cup Maida
1/4 Cup Urad Dal Powder
Buttermilk
Orange Food Colouring (Optional)

For Sugar Syrup
1 Cup Sugar
1/2 ltr Water,
Cardamom Powder
A few strands of Saffron
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

For Frying
Desi Ghee

Preparation
1. Mix the Maida, Urad Dal Powder, and Buttermilk (The consistency of the batter should not be too thick or too thin)
2. Keep the batter in a warm place for at least 7-8 hours
3. The next day, before making Jalebis, beat the batter once
4. Take a pan for making sugar syrup. Add water & sugar and bring it to boil
5. Add lemon juice, cardamom & saffron strands
6. Let it simmer till syrup becomes sticky and forms one string consistency
7. Meanwhile, heat the ghee in a pan
8. Transfer the Jalebi batter into a squeeze bottle
9. Squeeze the batter in hot ghee, making a spiral motion. Remember to keep the heat low heat.
10. Once you have made the spiral shape increase the heat to medium-high.
11. Remove the Jalebi from the ghee once it turns crisp on both sides & dip it in the warm sugar syrup for a minute.
12. Transfer to a serving plate and enjoy!

Chef Mrinal also said the major challenge involved with preparing Jalebis is to ensure the proper fermentation which is a key with this dish.

When quizzed on which other dishes she was looking to make famous on FoodyBuddy, Chef Mrinal replied with a smile, “Chaats and Desserts mostly!”

Finally, Chef Mrinal had these closing words. She said, “FoodyBuddy is a great platform to represent our culinary expertise, culture, and traditional dishes. Thank you so much, FoodyBuddy, for providing this experience which will stay with us as a very fond memory in coming years. Appreciate all the hard work taken by your group!”

Thank you, Chef Mrinal for bringing your passion and expertise to our platform and being such a valued member of the FoodyBuddy family! All the best to you going forward 🙂

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