It’s peachy from all sides. Peachy inside. Peachy outside ... It's peach jalebi! Jalebi is a very popular and traditional Indian sweet dish, generally made on every Indian festival, celebration, or special occasion. It's like a funnel cake soaked in rich, sweet syrup. These swirly, juicy, crunchy, mouth-watering delicacies might seem a bit complicated to prepare, but they are super simple to make. Nothing complicated at all.

Peach Jalebi: Indian Funnel Cake [Vegan]

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Serves

6

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Ingredients

For the Jalebi:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup plain vegan yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 orange food coloring (optional)
  • Rapeseed oil or extra virgin olive oil, for deep-frying
  • 1/4 cup thick peach juice, or as needed

For the Peach Syrup:

  • 1 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup peach juice
  • 4-5 saffron strands
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • A pinch of orange food coloring (optional)

For Serving:

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Preparation

To Make the Peach Syrup:

  1. Add water to a pan. Now, add peach juice and sugar and bring it to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and boil until you see one string consistency.
  3. This would take about 15 minutes. Add saffron strands and cardamom.
  4. To check the consistency, take a drop of slightly cooled syrup between your index finger and thumb and press together. Slightly raise your finger. If the syrup pulls into a sticky thread, then the syrup is ready. Remove from heat.

To Make the Batter:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add flour and baking powder. Add the yogurt and food coloring, then mix well. Now, add enough peach juice to make a thick, smooth batter. Batter should be easy to pour.
  2. Set a piping bag with a 4-milimeter nozzle and pour in the batter.

To Make the Jalebi:

  1. Heat oil in flat, shallow-bottomed pan. The oil should not be too hot.
  2. Pipe the batter in circles and cross the circle to ensure that the spiral stays together.
  3. Pipe around 3-4 jalebis at a time.
  4. Deep-fry the jalebis until golden brown and dip in the still-warm peach syrup. Allow the jalebis to soak the syrup for about 1 minute.

To Serve:

  1. Drain immediately and serve hot like that, or let them cool slightly.
  2. Top with whipped cream, peaches, rose petals, and pistachios.
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