Chanar Jelebi is a very popular sweet dish of Bengal. Authentic Chanar Jalebi is made from mixing cottage cheese, sugar and All purpose flour or Samolina. Here I wanted to give a twist... It is then deep fried in ghee. I wanted to reduce the usage of ghee, so I used a pan and tried to shallow fry it instead of deep frying it. Then it is deeper in sugar syrup. I wanted to avoid sugar. So I used Apple juice. I reduced the Apple juice to 1/2 the quantity. Dipped it in hot Apple juice and let it stand for an hour... and the taste was Out of the world.
Chana ar Oats er Jelebi in Apple Syrup(Cottage cheese and Oats Jalebi)
1 cup Cottage cheese
3 tbsp of Oats or more
1/2 tsp Sugarfree
Pinch of Cardamom powder
Pinch of Rock Salt
1/2 tsp Almond and Pistacho flakes for garnishing (Optional)
2 tbsp Ghee.
In a mixing bowl, mix cottage cheese, oats, cardamom powder, pinch of salt and sugar free. Knead it very well for 5 to 10 minutes to make a soft dough. Divided the dough into equal lemon size balls. Take a chana ball and smoothen it with your palm. While rolling check if it is cracking then add more oats and knead again. Place it on a flat surface and start rolling it back and forth with your palms. Do not put too much of pressure and try to keep the same thickness. Make a 4 inches long rope and roll and give it a spiral shape. Prepare all the jalebis and keep them aside. Cover and keep as there can be crackes if expose to open due to air. Take a big pan, heat the ghee. Place the jalebis as many as possible. Fry and put it on the tissue paper. Then add it in the Apple syrup and soak it for an hour or more. Serve it hot and garnish with almond and pistachio flakes. (Optional)
P.S. Please use fresh full cream Cottage cheese to get soft and creamy texture and also odd cottage cheese will not bind properly and will cracke. If the Cottage cheese is made at home then drain the water completely before making the sweets.
2 cup Apple juice
2 tbsp Sugarfree (Optional)
1 crushed Cardomom
1/2 tsp Lime juice
To make the syrup add Apple juice,sugar free, crushed cardamom and lime juice together and boil it till the quantity reduces to half.
P.S. I used 4 big size fresh apples to make the juice. Blend the chopped apples in the blender and strain the pulp out completely as we require only the juice. This will not be so sweet; as I have not used Sugarfree. If you want it sweet then you can also use ready made Apple juice or Honey.