, , Nepali
जिल्फी/जेरी , , jalebī
: زولبیا zoolbia
: zalabiyah) is a Persian sweet popular in countries of the Indian Subcontinent
such as India
, and Bangladesh
. It is made by deep-frying batter
or circular shapes, which are then soaked in syrup.
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 rosewater
or other flavours such as kewra
A similar sweet is imarti
, which is red-orange in color and sweeter in taste, made in North Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh. A variant Chhena Jalebi
, made with chhena
, is popular in parts of Rajasthan, Bengal, and Orissa, though the form can differ significantly from place to place.
Jalebi is served as the Celebration Sweet of India
, popular during national holidays like Independence Day
and Republic Day
, on which it is supplied in government offices, defence facilities, and other organisations. Similarly, Jalebi is one of the most popular sweets in Pakistan
. It is used as a remedy for headaches in some parts of Pakistan, where it is placed in boiling milk and left to stand before eating.
The earliest written references to the sweet are found in a 13th century cookbook by Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi
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