EXT. KHANDWA MARKETS – SOON AFTER (AFTERNOON)
They dump the coal into a STREET VENDOR’s bucket.
As the vendor ladles out a small plastic bag of warm milk from a bubbling vat, Saroo notices something to his side –
POV, as in a dream: in another vat, rich, deep-orange Jalebis sizzle – an unattainable feast that makes Saroo salivate.
Guddu … Jalebis …
Guddu looks at them too; for a beat we see beyond the boys’ deep hunger – they’re just kids, yearning for a sweet.
LION, SCREENPLAY, 2016
GUDDU: I’ll go sort things for tomorrow. Then we can find a place to sleep.
SAROO: Bring back a thousand jalebis.
GUDDU: Very funny. Wait here. You don’t move, okay?
If there’s one thing from this Oscars recipe series that I was really excited to make, it has to be Saroo’s jalebis from the movie, Lion. The movie starring Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman was incredible story based Saroo Brierley’s memoir, A Long Way Home.
I’ve had jalebis a few times in my life but never had it occurred to me how difficult it was to make them! This had to have been my fourth batch of jalebis this week. The first batch completely disintegrated in the syrup. The recipe I have today is from Food.com. It was the easiest batter to put together and it came out so well! My technique needs a lot of work but the flavor and texture was fantastic.