Bread jilebi

Wish you all a very happy raksha bandhan.

Raksha bandhan is a Hindu festival, signifying the love between brothers and sisters. On this day, sister tie Rakhee to brother and in return brother promises to look after her. He also gives gifts to sister. More about this festival here.

As few of you know, I have an elder brother. So this festival always had a special meaning. He is kind of a second parent and mentor for me. Since I am a pampered younger kid at home, I had a hard time when I went for college for my bachelors. My brother was also doing his bachelors in Belgaum, he used to take care of my immediate needs. Then when I went to Bangalore, he arranged for all my stay and also helped me get my first job. Though we quarrel all the time when we are together, he has a very special meaning in my life. Now with an amazingly sweet and caring sister-in-law, this relation has only grown stronger.

As far as this blog is concerned, my brother does a lot of proof reading whenever he gets time. He keeps correcting the grammatical mistakes that I keep making. He takes pictures of many rare dishes that aayi cooks(which cannot be cooked here because of lack of many ingredients).

Though my brother does not like any sweets, I thought of posting this on the occasion of this festival, mainly because none of Hindu festivals are complete without any sweets. This sweet is a very unusual one. My aayi had prepared it during my brother’s recent trip to my native, he took pictures and sent it to me.

4 bread slices(sugarless)
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 tea spn cardamom powder
A pinch food color(optional)

Cut the bread into rings using cookie cutter or a round small bowl. Keep them aside.

Mix water and sugar in a pan and boil for about 5mins. Remove from heat, add color(optional) and cardamom powder.

Heat oil and deep fry the bread rings on a low flame.

Take out and dip them in the ready sugar syrup. Keep them in syrup for a minute and remove.

Serve them hot.

Serves : 2
Preparation time : 10mins

42 Comments for “Bread jilebi”


your aayi is an incredible lady, shilpa. she comes up with the most unusual and beautiful dishes. i tried one of her dishes and will blog about it next week.

Pretty Woman


Wow Shilpa, i was looking for jalebi recipe with not much work in it..and here u go [:)] Will try as soon as i find time.. Thanks


Happy Raksha Bandhan to you Shilpa! 😉 Your post made me think of my own sister, so I will be sure to telephone her.

Very unusual sweet; have never seen this type of of jalebi, but I am sure that they would cause only nice words for a day!



Just wanna know if any specific reasons are there for the link missing?

Shilpa: Avita, not sure which link you are mentioning. But if you are talking about the links to blogs/sites, then, yes, I had some serious technical problems with it. We tried our best but could not get it back. In the process, I deleted this whole blog and I had to retrieve it from archive, so for now, I am not going to play with it anymore. It would take few more days to solve the problem.


Looks so nice Shilpa. In school, we had cookery classes and in one, they taught us to cut bread into cubes, fry and then dip them in sugar syrup – i loved that… this reminds me of that but is so much prettier!


What a nice way to celebrate rakshabandhan, Aayi made the sweet, your brother took the photo, and here you are blogging about it. May god’s blessing be upon all of you today. This sweet is so innovative, i will be trying it out soon. Your Aayi is very creative.



great shilpa will surely try!! one suggesstion may be brown bread would be a great idea tooo what do you think??

Shilpa: Yes, I think any non-sweet bread would be fine.



Happy Rakshabandhan to you & ur Brother!
Your Aayi is incredibly innovative!Lovely recipe,beautiful write-up and pics r very sweet! Take care..Best Regards, Purnima.


Hi Shilpa, Happy Rakshabandhan to you…Bread Jalebi is such a superb idea, is that your aayi’s own creation? It is very clever indeeed, an easy recipe, and looks great too1

Shilpa: Thanks Sig. No, she saw/read something like this. I think she had her own addition to it :).



dear shilpa I tried the recipe yesterday it was really a big hit at my home sadly i did not get even one peice to eat!! i did one more thing thought i can share it i added the everst kesar milk masala in the sugar solution and when the breads got dipped into it fine pieces of badam and pista sticking on it and some foil made them look like something just superb i was thrilled!!


Very innovative shilpa. Is there any specific variety of bread we need to choose? The bread we get here are too soft…

Shilpa: Seec, you can use any bread. When they are fried, they become crisp. Make sure to use sugarless bread though.

Pretty Woman


Hi Shilpa..
I tried this recipe today :) it was awesome, simply loved it. Its so easy and takes very less time..
Thank u for sharing so many unique recipes ..
Bye :)

Shamika Sachin Sawant


I usually read ur recipes.I liked it.All recipes r uneque and mouth watering.I will definately try it out.

Thanks …



HI Shilpa,

Wow its so facinating in seeing the pictures and i hope the taste also goes well, let me try at home and give a surprise for my family :)



hi shilpa,

i have had it bfor…..i used to make it when was in class 10.

u can add one more thing to it.
have it with kesar milk which has been cooked for half an hour bfor adding to tastes gr8.

Aparna Birje


Hi Shilpa,

Its great to c this personal receipe site where someone personally replies… gr8.
I was searching for mawa modak I came across yur site.

Gr8 receipe i will try this today as we have ganapati at our home.



I tried bread jilebi!! It was too good. I thought of givinga it to my friends. but my dad has completed everything. Thanks Shilpa for this wonderful recipe.

Could you please post the recipe of bread halwa?



hi shipa ,wow its new dish i have eaten before ,u tell few nt eaten till now and have to try all this ,have u done vangibath its nice too try it coconut burfi too please tell me in easy way as u explain in all easy ways i love the way u tell ,waiitng for ur other new recipies



A box office hit! Or instant hit! Very sinful dish I must say 😀
It made me indulge and had so many 😀
Both husband and son are reluctant in tasting new dishes, making my lifex more miserable :( and limited w.r.t cooking. As usual both were hesitant when I offered them this new venture and I had to be forceful. After that, I admit, was like ‘no one can eat just one’/no turning back. They both relished it a lot!
It is so simple and I already had sugar syrup of gulab jamun. I didn’t have a cookie cutter, nor a sharp edged steel bowl, I had a small glass which I inverted on the bread slices, yet the shapes were not at all perfect. I just cut them into pieces and deep fried them. And the rest is history :) thanks a ton to Aayi :)



Wow… Shilpa..!!!
Too good recipe.. and its seems so easy to cook..!! M a big fan of ur cooking.. always browse in ur site to find out something delicious and wonderful… thanks alot for sharing all these..!!
I remember my aayi used to prepare Bread gulab jamoon in the same way… but here she used to soak bread in milk.. make them into balls and then deep fry…!!

Anyway thanks alot for the most wonderful dishes .. especially the cooking method u expln makes us feel cooking is very easy and the best thing in the world..!!

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