Since childhood, we have loved the sweet-spiral delight and have eaten jelebis at almost all important events and festivals. But did you know that jalebis did not originate in India? Surprise? It's true. While jalebis have been present in almost all cities of India it actually came from the Western-Asia. Here are 5 things you should know about jalebis:
1) Jalebi actually originated in Western-Asia where it was called Zalabiya or Zolabiya. In Iran, Zalabiya was eaten especially during Id and Ramzan periods.
2) Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi was a 13th-century writer who mentioned the dish in his book for the first time. This was a cook-book which had the recipes of famous food items during that time. The name of the book was 'Kitab al-tabeekh.'
3)Priyamkarnrpakatha mentions the dish jalebi in 1450 CE. It was a famous Jain script written by Jain author Jinasura.
4) According to historians, it was first introduced in India by Persian-speaking Turkic invaders during the medieval period (6th – 16th century).
5) The incredible sweet dish was known by many names in the West-Asia including jilbi, zelapi, jilipi, jilapir, and jahangiri.