Fafda Jalebi: Know Why Gujaratis Relish This Delicious Combo On Dussehra
Updated : August 09, 2021 14:08 IST
We all know that Gujaratis savour the delicious combo of fafda and jalebi on Dussehra. But have you ever wondered why they only consume these two dishes as breakfast and nothing else? Here’s why.
Out of all the delicious Indian food combinations, Fafda Jalebi is an iconic one. One of the most sought-after sweet and savoury combinations in Gujarati cuisine, it is the mandatory breakfast option on Dussehra. After fasting for nine long days, Gujaratis are eager to break their fast by relishing a scrumptious plate of Fafda Jalebi. But have you ever wondered why they don’t eat anything else but this? Here’s the reason.
Gujaratis have been going ga-ga over this unparalleled combo for ages. However, it is not just their sweet tooth that is responsible for the tradition of eating Fafda Jalebi on Dussehra. Hindu scriptures have it that any fast should be broken with something made out of gram flour. Plus, another legend has it that Lord Ram loved a traditional sweet which is an ancestor of Jalebis called Shashkhuli. On the other hand, Lord Ram’s disciple, Lor Hanuman loved to relish dishes made from gram flour. Hence, to celebrate the victory of good over evil, Gujaratis eat Fafda Jalebi. The aforementioned is also the reason why delicacies made from gram flour such as boondi and besan ke laddoo are served in Hanuman temples all over the country.
Apart from the mythological factor, eating Fafda Jalebi on Dussehra is also prescribed medically. It is proven that Jalebis dunked in milk helps cure migraine which is very common in October which has cooler nights and hotter days. Along with this, gram flour is light on the stomach and filled with essential nutrients which is a healthy option to break the fast. This combo also helps reduce the fatigue caused by fasting and dancing for nine days.
So, the next time when you can’t find a healthy and delicious option for breaking a fast, go for Fafda Jalebi blindly. Along with restoring the lost energy, it will also fill your palate with sweet and savoury notes with every bite.