Why Do We Eat Jalebi on Dussehra?
According to the holy Hindu scriptures, Lord Rama loved a dessert called Shashkuli (an ancestor of jalebi). Therefore, to celebrate Lord Rama’s victory on Dussehra, everyone enjoys his favorite sweet, Jalebi.
Why Do Gujaratis Eat Fafda-Jalebi on Dussehra?
Lord Legends have it that Lord Hanuman used to prepare hot Jalebis for his most beloved God, Lord Rama, along with Fafdas made of gram flour. Hanuman loved items prepared from gram flour. In Gujarat, Jalebi is paired with Fafdas all the year-round. There is no difference even on Dussehra.
Since then, it’s believed that one must observe Dussehra by relishing Fafda and Jalebi. It sure seems interesting, isn’t it?
However, as we all know, theories and rituals mentioned in Hindu scriptures always have scientific facts to back them up. Let’s shed some light on the ones here.
Dussehra falls during a season when days are hotter and nights cooler. Medically, it is considered good to consume Jalebi during this season. Another feather in the hat is that it also helps fight off migraine pains.
Hot jalebis are somewhat a cure to migraines. Besan or gram flour keeps a check on our health, keeping too many bad carbs at bay.
Amazing Food Combinations With Jalebi
In the northern parts of India, Jalebis are preferably eaten with Rabri. Even homemade malai and curd are good and delicious options for the people up North.
In Gujarat, people love to enjoy a hot serving of jalebi with fafda after the hefty Garba dances.
Also, many people enjoy jalebi with a glass of hot milk. In their words, the combination is absolute bliss to the tastebuds and satisfaction to the heart.
Other Food Traditions of Dussehra
Dussehra is not solely about jalebi. There are many other food options too in the country. Check them out:
- Some people associate Navratri with ‘Bhaang’ or Marijuana. Usually, it is consumed during the festival of Holi. However, some communities consume it mixed in Lassi or milk during Navratri celebrations too.
- Since the holy texts mention the custom of eating gram flour items during Dussehra, the Gujarati community doesn’t stop at fafdas. They enjoy its various varieties like besan ladoo & fried boondi drenched in sugar syrup.
- Malpua is another sweet enjoyed in North & South India during Vijay Dashmi, especially in Bihar and eastern UP. Malpuas are the Indian version of sweet pancakes made by maida, sooji, milk, and yogurt. Malpuas are cooked in hot oil and later, dipped in sugar syrup.