Sweets are an integral part of the Bengalis, just as fish. One cannot imagine what revolution and innovation went in the sweet industry back home in the past few years. From the neighbourhood sweet shops to the famous ones..... each one has something unique to offer, be it in flavour, texture or taste. One has to really visit our city to get an authentic taste of our sweets, freshly served. One definitely cannot get the actual taste from the air flown tinned ones. Taste of hot Rasgullas straight from the oven is heavenly and incomparable. The tinned ones are rubbery. Perhaps, a lifetime is not enough to taste and be satisfied having all varieties of our sweets. Though I belong to Kolkata, I am yet to taste some unique sweet recipes of my place. There is an interesting sweet shop in Kolkata, Hindustan Sweets, which in collaboration with Jadavpur University introduced us to interesting sweets like Spinach Sandesh or Beet Sandesh. I do not remember the other varieties they offer but I really wish to visit their shop on my next visit.
Ever since a friend said there is a possibility of presence of bacteria in the tinned sweet syrups, I avoid buying them. We do have a sweet shop here who sell fresh sweets. I get them for my family. When I cannot go, I try to prepare some easy sweets at home. This Instant Bread Jalebi or Jilipi is somewhat similar to the bread gulab jamun I prepared few months back taking idea from a number of recipes in the internet. Back home, authentically a similar looking sweet is done with home made paneer, but I tried an easier and instant one with bread and milk powder. This sweet requires few ingredients, yet is yum to eat. Let us prepare this soft and juicy Instant Bread Jalebi / Jilipi together.
INGREDIENTS : [for the syrup]
Sugar : 1 1/2 medium cup
Water : 3 medium cup
Green Cardamom : 4
INGREDIENTS : [ for the dough to prepare the sweet]
Bread : 6-8 slices
Milk : 1/2cup
Milk Powder : 3-4tbsp
Sugar : 1tbsp
Semolina : 1tbsp
Green Cardamom Powder : 1/2tsp
Oil : 100gm
Cut the sides of the breads. Take the milk in a bowl. Dip the bread slices in the milk, take out and gently squeeze.
Keep the bread pieces in a wide mouthed bowl and mash with hand. Add milk powder, sugar, semolina and green cardamom powder. Knead well for 10-12 minutes until it turns to a soft, smooth dough as in the picture below.
Take out small portion from the dough, roll lightly between two palms and then make a ring like shape as in the picture below.
Heat oil in a wok and fry each side of the jalebi / jilipi till it turns brown. Fry the whole batch the same way. They look as below.
In a heavy bottomed vessel, take the sugar and water as mentioned for the syrup and put to boil. As it comes to boil, add the green cardamoms. We will fry the sweets and prepare the syrup simultaneously. As the syrup gets stickier and thicker, drop the jalebi / jilipi in the hot syrup, one by one. Switch off gas and let the jilipi stand in the syrup for 20-25 minutes. They look as below.
Serve fresh and hot drizzling some syrup over the bread jalebi / jilipi.