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Imaratee and zalebi ( jilebi, , , jalebī; jilapi; Persian: زولبیا zoolbia) are Indianmarker fried sweets. It is made by deep-frying batter in a kind of pretzel shape then soaked in syrup. Zlebia is a Middle Eastern and North African sweet introduced during Muslim rule of the Indian Subcontinent and its local name is Jalebi as Z is replaced by J in most Indian languages.

Description

Jalebis are bright orange or yellow in colour, but are also available in white.

It is served warm or cold. It has a somewhat chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating. The sugars get partly ferment which adds flavor to the dish.

A similar sweet is imarti, which is red-orange in color and sweeter in taste, made in Uttar Pradeshmarker, Indiamarker. Jalebis in Orissa are also sometimes made of chhena.

In Indiamarker it is served as the Celebration Sweet of India especially during the national holidays like Independence Day and Republic Day in the government offices, defence and other organisations. Similarly, Jalebi is one of the most popular sweets in Pakistanmarker.Jalebi is also sometimes spelt as "Jalibi".

Geographic distribution

The Persian word for Jalebi is "zoolbia." In Egyptmarker, Lebanonmarker and Syriamarker it is known as "zalabia" (sometimes spelt as "zalabiya"). In the Maldivesmarker it is known by the name "zilēbi".This sweet is called "jeri" in Nepalmarker, a word derived from jangiri, and the Mogul Emperor Jahangir.

In Moroccomarker, Algeriamarker and Tunisiamarker this sweet is known as Zlebia or Zlabia.

See also



Further reading

  • Epicure's Delectable Desserts of the World By Asha Khatau ISBN 81-7991-119-5


References

  1. Festival Feasts
  2. Recipe for Zalabiya
  3. Jalebi khani


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