Jalebi – Nepals version of a sweet pretzel
Every wonder what all those brightly colored orange swirly things are on the side of the road? Well, they are called Jalebi! Super sweet candy that are popular all over the Indian sub-content.
This is where I have to break away into a little history. Quite often I get an email or comment saying “this is not from Nepal, this is from India!!” Or vice versa. So let’s dive into the history to solve things.
History of Jalebi
The first known origins of Jalebi come from Iraq(between 3100 BC and 539 BC) where it’s called Kundalika. The first written reference is from Iran (13th century) where it’s known as Zubia. The first Indian reference came about in the 1450’s. From there it made its way north to Nepal. It’s also a hugely popular sweet in Pakistan.
What’s Jalebi made from?
What flour that’s been deep-fried and then covered in a sugar syrup. It’s often served cold from the streets. But is especially good if eaten hot and fresh.
What does Jalebi taste like?
Sweeeeet. Very sweet. It’s not got anything super special about it. If fresh you get a hint of flour and sugar. If cold it’s mainly like eating sugar candy.
The next time you see trays of these orange pretzel like things along a street don’t be afraid to go over and try one!
This is an additional post featuring Nepalese food
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