Fresh jalebis at a street stall. Unlike other Indian sweets, which are largely milk-based, this snack is made by deep-frying a batter made of flour, yogurt, cardamom powder and saffron, which is then dipped in a sweet syrup. Photo: Pradeep Chamaria
Fresh jalebis at a street stall. Unlike other Indian sweets, which are largely milk-based, this snack is made by deep-frying a batter made of flour, yogurt, cardamom powder and saffron, which is then dipped in a sweet syrup. Photo: Pradeep Chamaria
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Jumbo ‘jalebi’ to mark Narendra Modi’s birthday highlights India’s favourite celebratory snack

  • The popular spiral-shaped crispy orange snack is not just for special occasions – some use it to treat ailments, and it has even inspired a hairstyle
  • Jalebi came to India from Persia 500 years ago and the dessert is popular across South Asia, with some chefs even serving it as a savoury dish

Fresh jalebis at a street stall. Unlike other Indian sweets, which are largely milk-based, this snack is made by deep-frying a batter made of flour, yogurt, cardamom powder and saffron, which is then dipped in a sweet syrup. Photo: Pradeep Chamaria
Fresh jalebis at a street stall. Unlike other Indian sweets, which are largely milk-based, this snack is made by deep-frying a batter made of flour, yogurt, cardamom powder and saffron, which is then dipped in a sweet syrup. Photo: Pradeep Chamaria
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