Crispy, sticky, sweet, irresistible–that is the one and only Jilebi! jilebi (also called Jalebi, Zulbia, Zalabiya, or jilapi) is perhaps the most famous sweet. This pretzel-like dessert is commonly a compulsory addition to festive tables. jilebi is not Indian but Persian or West Asian in origin. However, it has long been associated with Indian cuisine and culture. If jilebi is your all-time favorite sweet, what are you waiting for? Follow this easy jalebi recipe and make some delicious and crispy jalebi for yourself and your family.


Jilebi is a sweet that looks like a pretzel and is widely enjoyed—particularly in Iran, the Indian subcontinent, and other Middle Eastern countries.

Jilebi Types

Jilebi comes in many forms and variations. Typically, it is made by deep-frying a batter of all-purpose flour and then soaking it in sugar syrup.

Even though the pretzel Jilebi made with all-purpose flour and sugar syrup is the most common sweet variant, you can apply your imagination to create new versions. For example—adding citrus juice or rose water will give it a different flavor profile than if used alone. Thanks to its variability, Jilebi can serve as a good snack at any table and meet various gastronomic preferences.

Jilebi is not just a dessert but part of morning breakfast and evening snacks in several countries. Cyruscrafts is a great place to buy souvenirs and munch on sweets if you enjoy eating traditional foods from different countries.

How to Make Jilebi?

It would be best if you made the batter consistent to make crisp, juicy, and light jilapi. You can make fantastic Jilebi at home if your batter is prepared correctly. The consistency of the batter must be free-flowing yet thick. How do you make sweet, juicy, and crispy jalebis at home? Here is a super easy recipe to help you make some Bamieh style Jilebis at home.

Like other sweets and chocolates, Jilebi is also delicious at tea time, perfect for a cup of Darjeeling or Assam. It can entertain guests next toGaz (sweet white balls) and Sohan (sweet fried dough), too!

jalebi ingredients

Jalebi ingredients

To make jilebi, you need the following ingredients:

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup hung curd
  • 1/2 cup ghee
  • 3 cup sugar
  • 5 strand saffron
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered green cardamom
  • 1/2 cup corn flour
  • 1 1/2 pinch baking soda
  • 2 cups sunflower oil
  • 3 cup water
  • 4 drops of rose essence
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible food color
  • Pistachio powder

The quality of saffron used to make this dessert is critical; better-quality saffron makes a tastier jalebi or Jilebi. To buy high-quality Iranian saffron, go to Cyruscrafts online store and order the best Iranian saffron in various packages and weights. They will deliver it to your doorstep—in Canada or the United States.

Jilebi Recipe

You can make these delicious sweet treats by dipping batter-fried swirls into sugar syrup with cardamom and saffron.


Jilebi Recipe Step 1 

Prepare the Jilebi batter and let it ferment overnight. Mix all-purpose flour, corn flour, and baking soda in a bowl to make this Jilapi recipe. Now add ghee and food color to the above mixture and give a mix. Then pour some hung curd (yogurt left out of the fridge overnight) and water, thickening your batter into something like runny pancake batter consistency! Mix well until the batter is thick but has a slightly flowing consistency. Let it ferment for 8-10 hours before proceeding to step two. To make the sugar syrup, combine water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat and stir continuously until fully dissolved. Bring the syrup to a boil and let it simmer until its viscosity reaches a "one-string" consistency. Mix well with saffron, cardamom powder, and rose essence or rose water. This will be used for soaking Jilebis to have their signature sweetness.


Jilebi Recipe Step 2 

Deep-fry the Jilebi. Now, heat oil in a pan over medium flame for deep frying. Fill the Jilapi batter in a muslin cloth and pierce a small hole. You can even use a squeezy bottle (ketchup bottles with a small nozzle on top) to make Jilebi. Now squeeze the muslin fabric to make concentric circles. Move from inside to outside to make perfect circles. Fry Jalebi from both sides until they are crispy in texture and golden in color. 

Jilebi Recipe Step 3 

Soak the Jalebi in sugar syrup for 3-4 minutes. Keep an eye on them to ensure they cook well enough, which will cause them to become soggy. Please don't soak the Jalebi for too long to retain their crispiness. Remove the Jilapi from the syrup and place it on a tray lined with butter paper or foil. Decorate with silver foil (optional) and serve the jalebis hot, warm, or at room temperature with creamy Rabri. Note: To make the Jalebi even more delicious, add a bit of ghee to the batter; this will give your Jalebi that perfect aroma. To the crispy Jalebi, don't forget to ferment the batter overnight. After frying the Jilebi, put them in a container. Decorate with pistachio powder or slices if you wish.

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