If you want a short cut and don't want to ferment the batter, you can buy a packet of Gits Jalebi mix. It even comes with a squeeze bottle. While that jalebi lacks some of the nuance of the fermented batter version, it still tastes quite good. Traditionally jalebis are fried in ghee. I fried a batch in ghee and found that I like the ones fried in the oil-ghee combination better. They are also really good just fried in oil. Be careful if you are using a squeeze bottle with a screw-on top. If the batter is too thick, you can have a hard time squeezing out the batter and the top can fall off. You might want to practice a little on a plate to ensure this does not happen. Making perfect spirals needs a bit of practice. I love getting creative and making Jackson Pollock-inspired squiggles, and it still tastes amazing.
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