Jalebi with Vanilla Infused Rabdi

I did not grow up with memories of mitthai-wallah pushing carts of sweets during tea time, but i grew up with an adventurous mom who was willing to try out novel recipes in those heydays when there was no internet, food blogs, let alone foreign recipe books. What she had back then was good hearted neighbours who shared honest recipes that they brought, together with their tradition to Malaysia. One such neighbour that remains vivid in my memories is an old Punjabi lady, who would give us some freshly made chappathi every time they passed by our house.


She used to complain that she could never get her north Indian sweets in our little town. I obviously didn’t even know then the difference on south versus north indian sweet, but what I do know is I loved her homemade sickeningly sweet creations- laddoos, gulab jamuns and jalebis, so much so that these 3 sweets remain etched as my favourites till date. Recently when Lubna asked me to write a vegetarian based guest post for her gorgeous blog, Kitchen Flavours, I happily suggested that I gift her readers with a sweet recipe, possibly Jalebis. Lubna was quick to warn me that Jalebi is India’s national sweet, so I better get it right!
Jalebis that I know are crunchy with holes inside their spiral coils, so it can ‘trap’ and absorb the maximum amount of sugar syrup- yes they are not healthy! Yet, may I justify just a piece for celebration? To make them extra special, once fried and soaked in sugar syrup they can be drizzled with the amazing flavour of slowly brewed sweetened milk that thickens into smooth cream. The traditional flavour is usually infused with cardamom and rosewater, but I have replaced the exotic spices with fresh vanilla bean. 
Saffron from the jalebi pairs really well with vanilla flavour, and since the recipe yields more than your fair share of ‘dietary requirement’, this sweet is perfect for special occassions and gatherings.
Head over to Lubna’s lovely space for the recipe here;-)

21 Responses to Jalebi with Vanilla Infused Rabdi

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums April 1, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    What a fabulous treat! Perfect with the rabdi.



  2. Roha Khan April 1, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    wooooo tempting..!!!

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  3. Gauri April 1, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    A perfectly tempting sweet..love the clicks!

  4. Julie April 1, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    what a great twist.,.yummy clicks as always!!

  5. Reshmi Mahesh April 1, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    Drooling here…looks super yumm Jehanne..Beautiful clicks..

  6. Dixya April 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    I love jalebis in general but this one with twist and topeed with rabdi is heavenly combination.

  7. Turmeric n Spice April 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    this looks awesome !!

  8. Kitchen Queen April 1, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    you have to take taht picture , pouring rabdi on jalebi. it looks so temtping, feel like taking my tongue out and drink it .

  9. Lail Hossain April 2, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    One of our agenda item when we go to Bangladesh is to eat the giant jalebis they sale by in the street side. Your jalebis look perfect and the twist, brilliant. I seriously have a craving now, Jehanne.

  10. Chitz April 2, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Wow.. Perfectly made jalebis..And as usual awesome clicks.. I always wanted to try this at home.. Maybe one day I will :)

  11. Priya Sreeram April 2, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    what a wonderful post jehanne; just coming back from lubna’s blog and sending across warm hugs :)

  12. lifescoops April 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Saw this at Lubna’s space and was blown away with the combination. Love this!!! Yummy!
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  13. Navaneetham Krishnan April 3, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    Goodness to the last bite. The pics are stunning, making me roll over. Adore how you have created a different style.

  14. anubhavati April 3, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    The jalebis looks so amazing and with the rabris on the top. Great clicks…


  15. Gayathri Ramanan April 3, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    jalebi looks delicious..
    stunning pics

  16. Leelabean April 3, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    MMM, this looks absolutely fabulous!


  17. nisha s April 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Am seriously drooling over this perfect jalebi clicks.Lovely!!

  18. Rafeeda AR April 4, 2013 at 8:20 am #

    i forgot to come back here and comment… :( please please if you plan to come to dubai, bring me this made by ur hands!!! dont’ i love jalebi and don’t i love rabdi, and mixing both of them – deadly!!!! :)

  19. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 10, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Absolutely mouth-watering!! I love rabdi and jalebi. Hot and cold desserts are just so fab!

  20. Nupur April 14, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    The last picture with Rabdi pouring over Jalebis is just breathtaking.. No, am serious !! :P

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