“Beautiful lines Parul…proud of your creation… “,exclaimed sakshi when she read these lines.
Foodies as we are publishing this post live, it is 12 by our clock as per IST, we take this opportunity to wish all of you a very Happy Independence Day!!! ” We Salute the Nation and the immortal Freedom fighters and National Heroes for their devotion and sacrifice. We hope peace, love and unity reigns in whole world….
Foodie friends,most of you will agree that here and all around the world the Independence day of one’s nation is the most significant day in the lives of all citizens of the respective country. And so as it is ours today,we proudly stand united on this day saluting our tricolour with a lot of respect and love for our country.
Foodies let us shell out a little secret here today. There’s one monument here which stands tall in the heart of the country’s capital and is symbolic of the sacrificed lives of our soldiers,the 42 metre tall India Gate. Because of the multiple roads which diverge from it,traffic passing around India Gate is continuous.But,each time we pass by it,we feel like we should spare a moment and salute it.The India gate houses the Indian Army Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Amar Jawan Jyoti. The names of the soldiers who died in wars are inscribed on the walls.We indeed salute all those soldiers who selflessly sacrificed their lives to give to us this beautiful freedom and also those who are guarding the borders of our country, putting their own life at stake just to make sure that we are safe. A salute is a very small gesture of gratitude for what these soldiers do and the sacrifices that their families make for the country but it may just gives us a sense of satisfaction that we remember the people who are fighting for us so that this freedom prevails .
So for us Indians, 15th August,1947 was the day of India re-birth, the day we got free and made a new start. On this very day, India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Nehru unfolded the tricolour flag of the nation on the glorious Red Fort,thus making it significant in the history of India.From that day onwards, Independence Day, observed annually on 15 August, is a national holiday in India commemorating the nation’s Independence.
Scientists say that Colours are often used as metaphors for moods. So We Indians add our own touch of colour to this day by flying colourful kites. The colour of the kites spreads across the sky expressing our patriotism ,joy and happiness..
Foodies this post has been way too difficult for us. We struggled hard thinking what should be shared on our menu for this very special day. We tried and tested a couple of new things which got totally messed up. We have to confess that in this entire process, we realized that it was very difficult to reach the same warmth and taste of our indian sweets prepared by the local sweet makers (mithaiwalas) all across the country in our own kitchen. Hats off to them and to their culinary skills ,as we struggled to replicate that taste in our kitchen, we realized that its an art to create what reflected a country’s speciality.The fact that it was Independence Day gave us the extra nudge that we needed to try something which to us seemed special and complicated. So after a long struggle ,we finally figured that featuring Jalebis for this days post would be perfect 🙂
But as we said earlier,it wasn’t so easy to achieve.We tried harder and harder and had to prepare it a couple of times to give it the perfect taste. But as they say,” where there’s a will there’s a way” and so here we are today with our pretty hard culinary creation Jalebi- One of the most loved traditional Indian sweet dish 🙂
Jalebi’s are a popular Indian sweet that is made by deep-frying a flour batter in kind of a pretzel or circular spiral shape, which is then soaked in sugar syrup. Some also describe them as funnel cakes that can be made thin and crispy or thick and juicy. But since childhood we have referred to them as warm, orange colored spiral shapes 🙂
Jalebis are a celebration sweet, popular during national holidays. Jalebi is a hot favourite on any special occasion be it a birthday, wedding or festival. They taste best when served hot 🙂 Jalebis though mostly eaten by themselves, can also be soaked in warm milk 🙂
Jalebis are a popular sweet to buy from the market when you are expecting some guests at home 🙂 But foodies how about making them at home. To serve them hot to every family members and see the smiles on their faces indulging into these warm and cosy orange coloured spirals gives an amazing feeling 🙂 I very much experienced the same seeing my granny having it in milk 🙂 So did my hubby 🙂 Best was my Father in laws reaction when I made them perfect 🙂 When he finally exclaimed that the jalebis tasted like one of his local favourite sweet makers, I jumped out of joy. That is exactly what we wanted to create and present to you all. The warmth of India 🙂 It was bit too hard to convince him but thanks to him that we stand confident and proud to share this recipe with you all that too on a day so close to our hearts 🙂
Also foodie friends, those of you who have never had it or reside outside India and have forgotten the goodness of it ,we hope our post pushes you to try it out and taste the warmth of India with this special sweet dish 🙂
Foodies when we finally made these perfect after rigorous efforts we realized it really isn’t that complicated,just a little time consuming.Since we are not too much in practice and ready for right spirals 🙂 Its fun to actually make them specially when the batter is just right and you can create some spirals and designs of your own 😉
On that note don’t just keep waiting but start making 🙂
For the Batter:
- Dissolve the yeast in warm water and let it sit for about five minutes.
- Mix the flour, besan (gram flour), oil, and sugar together.
- Add the yeast solution and mix well, making sure that there are no lumps and the batter is smooth.
- Set the batter aside and let it sit in a warm place for one hour.
- Make sure the batter is fermented, but do not over ferment. After fermenting batter will be a little lacy.
For the Syrup:
- Boil the sugar and water together. Add saffron, cardamom powder and lemon juice and close the heat.
For Making Jalebis:
- Heat the oil in a flat frying pan. To check if the oil is ready, put one drop of batter in the oil, the batter should sizzle and come up without changing in colour right away.
- Fill the Jalebi batter into a piping bag . You can also use an empty bottle (i.e. empty ketchup or mustard bottle).
- Squeeze the Jalebi batter out in the hot oil in a pretzel shape.
- Fry the Jalebis until golden-brown on both sides.
- Transfer into the warm syrup.
- Let jalebi soak in the hot syrup for a few seconds and take out.
- Serve hot.
- Try sprinkling cinnamon powder or drizzle melted chocolate over the Jalebis for a creative touch.
Though we made them simple. We believe some things are just loved as traditional 🙂 Hope you all will agree 🙂
Foodies we are so sure you are going to love them.
Happy Independence Day!!!
Parul n Sakshi