This Ramadan, I tried making the South Asian delight – Jilapi (also known as Jalebi in India and Pakistan). It is a crispy, yet sweet and sticky snack, and very popular in southeast Asian food culture. It’s a Ramadan Iftar tradition in Bangladesh but served on other occasions as well. We had only served store-bought ones up until last year, but thanks to the COVID-19 quarantine, I rolled up my sleeves and attempted to make it at home for the first time. Necessity really is the mother of invention!

I found this recipe on YouTube: Jilapi/instant Jilapi-Spice Bangla. After following the steps exactly, the outcome was perfect. It was very easy to follow, and it requires ingredients you might already have in your pantry. I’ve made it twice during Ramadan 2020 and have loved it both times. I would definitely recommend this delightful creation, whether you’re celebrating Ramadan or just want to try something sweet!

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