Friday, July 24, 2009

Jalebi

The Bomber having conceived a taste for Indian confectionery we picked up some jalebi at Royal Sweets in (the none-more-Asian) Tooting on the way to judo last night (for consumption afterwards).

Here's the run down from Wikipedia:
Jalebi or zalebi (Urdu: جلیبی, Hindi: जलेबी, Punjabi: ਜਲੇਬੀ jalebī; Bengali: জিলাপী jilapi; Persian: زولبیا zoolbiah) is a South Asian fried sweet. 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 South Asia and its local name is Jalebi as Z is replaced by J in most Indian languages.
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In India 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 Pakistan. Jalebi is also sometimes spelt as "Jalibi".
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The Persian word for Jalebi is "zoolbiah." In Egypt, Lebanon and Syria it is known as "zalabia" (sometimes spelt as "zalabiya"). In the Maldives it is known by the name "zilēbi". This sweet is called "jeri" in Nepal, a word derived from jangiri, and the Mogul Emperor Jahangir.
In Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia this sweet is known as Zlebia or Zlabia.
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