You Call That a Donut? 12 Variations Around the World (Slideshow)

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Jalebi (South Asia, India, and the Middle East)

Jalebi, common in South Asia, India and the Middle East, are delicate "loops" of dough, resembling thin funnel cakes. The batter for these sticky sweets is fermented, and after frying, the jalebi are soaked in syrup. Like most pastries, these treats are best eaten hot.