The story behind Jalebi: India's favorite sweet

Jalebi, a popular Indian sweet, holds a special place in the hearts and taste buds of millions. Often called a poor man's dessert due to its simple ingredients and affordability, the sweet is enjoyed with a side of hot milk or rabri in the country. However, Jalebi is loved by people from all walks of life, and its shops can be found in every nook and corner of the country. The sweet holds great significance in Indian culture as it is consumed during various festivals, weddings, and is also offered as prasad at temples. Jalebi has digestive properties and is sometimes consumed as a remedy for an upset stomach. In this article, we will explore the origin and types of Jalebi, as well as where to find the best jalebi in the country.

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Origin of Jalebi

The origins of jalebi can be traced back centuries ago. According to historical texts and books, jalebi has been a part of Indian culinary culture for generations. The 13th-century Persian book "Kitab al-Tabeekh" describes a similar sweet called "zalabiya," indicating the Persian influence on Indian cuisine. Over time, jalebi has evolved and gained popularity throughout the country.

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Types of Jalebi

With time, Jalebi comes in various forms, each with its unique twist on the classic recipe.

Traditional Jalebi

Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, this is the quintessential jalebi enjoyed across India.


Originating from Uttar Pradesh, imarti is made using urad dal batter and has a distinct flower-like shape. It is often enjoyed during festivals like Diwali.

Mawa Jalebi

This variant is made by incorporating mawa (milk solids) into the batter, resulting in a richer and creamier texture.

Best Jalebi Shops in India

For those seeking the ultimate jalebi experience, here are a few renowned shops across India:

Old Famous Jalebi Wala, Delhi.

Address: Dariba Kalan Road, Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

Rawat Mishthan Bhandar, Jaipur

Address: Shop No. 2, Opposite Polovictory Cinema, Station Road, Jaipur.

Jai Bhola Jaleba Bhandar, Indore 

Sarafa Market, Rajwada, Indore.

Ksheer Sagar, Varanasi

Address: Assi Ghat Road, Varanasi

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