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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

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{ 42 comments… add one }

  • bee August 26, 2007, 10:43 pm

    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.

  • Aruna Pai August 26, 2007, 11:28 pm

    Happy Raksha Bandhan and Suta Punav to you. This is a very unusual sweet.

  • Pretty Woman August 26, 2007, 11:35 pm

    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

  • Pretty Woman August 26, 2007, 11:37 pm

    oops forgot to mention nice pictures :) love the way u explain.

  • Raaga August 26, 2007, 11:48 pm

    Wow… that’s similar to the shahi tukda here and the double ka meetha that we get in hyderabad… I love this already :-)

  • Lakshmi August 27, 2007, 1:26 am

    Lovely recipe. That is very innovative one. Thanks for sharing. I am sure my boy will love to eat them! :) :)

  • pelicano August 27, 2007, 2:59 am

    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!

  • Rajitha August 27, 2007, 3:20 am

    this looks so good.. but mom’s usually make great stuff :)i think it is so easy that i must try to make this.

  • avita August 27, 2007, 4:11 am


    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.

  • Asha August 27, 2007, 6:05 am

    Happy Raksha Bandhan Shilpa!:))
    Looks like onion rings in sweet syrup and easy too.Thanks.I am sure your bro will love these. Enjoy:))

  • Coffee August 27, 2007, 7:00 am

    This is the most amazing recipe I have ever seen Shilpa!! Really lovely. :)

  • richa August 27, 2007, 7:07 am

    wow! jalebi looks amaaazing :) and so quick to make! lovely rcipe.

  • Ashwini August 27, 2007, 8:20 am

    Three cheers to your mom!! And accommodating brothers like ours ;-)

  • Laavanya August 27, 2007, 8:24 am

    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!

  • Archana August 27, 2007, 11:18 am

    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.

  • Madhu August 27, 2007, 2:59 pm

    Hi Shilpa,
    Bread jilebis new to me and looks mouthwatering….Your Aayi is very innovative.

  • Suganya August 27, 2007, 5:13 pm

    This recipe is a boon, I will say, for those of us who cannot make a perfect jilebi. Thanks to yr aayi!

  • Cynthia August 27, 2007, 6:36 pm

    I like the idea of the bread jilebi :) I have heard about raksha bandhan, it is practised in Guyana and Trinidad.

  • Ashu August 27, 2007, 7:40 pm

    That’s nice! I was going to buy sweet from out for my brothers. But now it seems like they’ll have to have jalebi :)

  • sharmi August 27, 2007, 7:57 pm

    My God!! what a beautiful creation. very easy from the usual jilebis. very cute looking too.

  • Mythili August 27, 2007, 9:47 pm

    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.

  • Purnima August 28, 2007, 6:33 am

    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.

  • Sig August 28, 2007, 9:38 am

    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 :).

  • Divya August 28, 2007, 10:11 am

    Hi Shilpa,
    The bread jilebi seems very yummy….will try it out.

  • swapna susarla August 28, 2007, 12:14 pm

    Very vreative!!

  • Mythili August 29, 2007, 2:41 am

    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!!

  • SeeC September 24, 2007, 8:08 pm

    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 September 26, 2007, 11:38 am

    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 :)

  • Nilima May 16, 2008, 4:58 am

    great receipe1

    Will definitely try it

  • Sethu nagarajan August 21, 2008, 9:09 am

    Hi shilpa Ji,
    Awesome recipe and excellant presentation.I have plans to host on my kitty.

    Thanks keep posting interesting recipes

  • anitha May 6, 2009, 12:12 pm

    you have really great recipes,

    thank you for good and excellent recipes,,

  • Shamika Sachin Sawant May 22, 2009, 5:16 am

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

    Thanks …

  • Sharon June 16, 2009, 7:36 am

    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 :)

  • Neha July 9, 2009, 9:27 am

    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 jalebis..it tastes gr8.

  • Aparna Birje August 28, 2009, 12:34 am

    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.

  • Salmah September 23, 2009, 7:43 am

    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?

  • Shahana October 16, 2009, 5:02 pm

    Great Idea Shilpa!!!

  • L December 16, 2009, 3:40 pm

    I found this site using your photo. http://pakistanifoodrecipies.com/?p=2755. they have used a lot of ur recipies as well.

    • Shilpa December 16, 2009, 8:28 pm

      Thanks for letting me know.

  • sneha April 29, 2010, 9:03 am

    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

  • Chetana October 23, 2011, 1:24 pm

    A box office hit! Or instant hit! Very sinful dish I must say :D
    It made me indulge and had so many :D
    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 :)

  • Anuradha June 19, 2012, 5:06 am

    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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