Instant Jalebi

These crispy, crunchy and juicy South Asian treats called Jalebi are made by making a batter of flour and yogurt with water. And after deep frying in spiral shapes, these are dunked in a sticky sugar syrup.

Also known as Zulbia in the Middle East, Jalebi is a very popular South Asian sweet. It is a pretzel shaped dessert that is made by deep frying a batter of all-purpose flour which is then soaked in a sugar syrup. This homemade version of Insant Jalebi is so quick and easy. It requires zero fermentation time and still taste like what you get on the streets. These are so addictively sweet and crispy!


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp gram flour
  • 1 tsp cornflour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp orange food colour
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 4-6 tbsp water
  • oil-for frying
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp kewra water


  1. Mix all the jalebi ingredients together to make a thick batter.
  2. Make the sugar syrup by adding sugar to water and bringing it to a boil. Add kewra water and then let simmer for 4-5 minutes till the syrup gets almost sticky (one-string consistency). Put aside and keep warm.
  3. Add your jalebi batter to a ketchup bottle or a piping bag.
  4. Heat oil, and make spirals with the batter in the oil. Keep the heat on medium low and when the batter has settled increase the heat to medium high. Fry till crispy on both sides around 2-3 minutes. Do not brown!
  5. Immediately dip each jalebi in the sugar syrup, till it is coated on both sides.
  6. Then put on a serving platter, garnish with nuts (optional) and serve.