Today I am going to share the recipe for one of my favorite and unique desert, Apple Jalebi! Apple Jalebi or sweet Apple rings is a very uncommon dessert made with apple rings coated with batter, deep-fried and then soaked in sugar syrup. Sounds yum? It is also quick to make, easy, needs just very basic ingredient and is delightfully lip smacking. I learned making it from a magazine article in India around 12 years ago(Ah, that makes me feel old)!
Here is the recipe for you all to try and enjoy
- 2 Apples – peeled and sliced in thin rings
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp dry yeast
- 1 cup (for syrup) + 1/2 tsp (for yeast proofing) sugar
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Oil to deep fry
- 1 cup water (for syrup) + little more for batter
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder (optional)
- Almonds and/or pistachios to garnish (optional)
- Proof yeast by adding it in ¼ cup warm water along with sugar, let it rest for about 5 minutes.
- Add 1/2 tsp to oil to the flour to mix it well.
- Add the yeast solution to the flour and mix and make a smooth batter, adding water as needed, till it reaches pancake batter consistency.]
- Keep batter in a warm place for half hour to ferment.
- While the batter is fermenting, prepare the apples and make sugar syrup.
- Mix 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar. Add cardamom to the syrup and boil for around 8-10 minutes. (you can add a couple of drops of lemon juice to the sugar syrup to keep it from crystallizing)
- Once batter is fermented, we can start frying the jalebis.
- Heat the oil in a frying pan, Dip the apple slices in the batter one at a time, making sure the slice is completely covered with batter and slowly drop the slices into the frying pan.
- Let them cook for around 4-5 minutes, until golden brown from both sides.
- Put the jalebis in the sugar syrup, let soak for 20-30 secs, take out and let excess sugar syrup drain.
- Garnish with sliced nuts or just dig right in! Be careful though, the apple in the center is hotter than you would expect. 🙂
Hope you will enjoy making and eating this sumptuous dessert. Don’t forget to share your experiences.