We Indians and our love for food is not a secret. We love our food and we are proud of it. Some may even say we don’t eat to live but live to eat! And that is 100% true. Be it budget friendly street food, masaledaar dips and pickles, flavorful snacks, refreshing drinks, filling main course or mouthwatering desserts, Indian cuisine gets 10/10 in all the categories. The star elements from all the above categories are of course the Indian desserts.
Be it any celebration or any auspicious festival, every occasion is incomplete without one of the many Indian sweet dishes that we love to devour. No Diwali celebration is complete without varieties of homemade Laddoos, Barfis and Soan Papdi, and Eid celebrations feel incomplete without Seviyaan and Sheerkurma. Be it the happiness on the birth of a child or a child passing one of their major exams, sweet distribution is the most common way of including our loved ones in our happiness.
Come along a sweet journey with us as we explore some of the top Indian desserts that you must have atleast once in your life.
Let’s kick off the list with a frozen Indian dessert. This Indian popsicle, that’s creamy, rich and flavorful is popular among kids and adults alike. No matter what your age, this sweet dish on a stick will surely delight you. Often enjoyed as an after meal delicacy, Kulfi comes in varieties of flavours from malai to mango, so take your pick and slurp away.
No list of Indian desserts is complete without mentioning Rasgullas. This sweet dish from West Bengal, bursts with flavors and syrup as soon as you put it in your mouth and will always keep you coming back for more. Having one is just not enough. Sandesh and Mishti Doi are amongst the other famous Bengali sweets that you must not miss out on.
3. Gulab Jamun
The name of this dish is very deceptive, it has nothing to with gulab (roses) or jamun (black plum). Yet you won’t find anyone who doesn’t like this Indian sweet dish. These deep fried balls of khoya, dipped in sugar syrup and served hot are the most common dessert served at Indian weddings.
4. Mysore Pak
Named after the city of Mysore, Mysore Pak is a famous South Indian dessert. Dripping in ghee, this sweet dish is believed to be created for the royals of the Mysore palace in the 19th century. Visiting Mysore will be incomplete without trying out this sweet delight.
5. Gajar ka Halwa
A winter special delicacy, Gajar ka halwa is another favorite of the masses. Made out of carrots, milk, nuts, ghee and sugar, this sweet dish is a delicious way to enjoy fresh carrots of the season. A steaming bowl of gajar ka halwa feels like a warm hug on a cold winter night. What else could we say to make you try this specialty of Punjab?
Going head to head with Mathura ka Peda, to top the list of best sweet dishes from Uttar Pradesh, Agra ka Petha is next on our list. After all Agra ka Petha nahi khaya to khaya? Made from white pumpkin this sweet white candy looking dessert is enjoyed by all who visit Agra to marvel at the glorious Taj Mahal.
Not all Indian desserts are soft, chewy and juicy, Ghewar or Ghevar is the proof of it. This crunchy sweet dish from Rajasthan, it not only is made differently but also looks and feels different despite being equally sweet and aromatic as any other Indian sweet dishes. Made on the festival of Teej, Ghewar is sold in plain, mawa or malai variants.
Famous in Maharashtra, these steamed dumplings made with coconut, jaggery, saffron , etc. are most commonly prepared during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi as they are considered to be favourites of Lord Ganesha. Also known as Kudumu, Kadubu, or Sughiyan, in various parts of the country, this is truly a melt in your mouth Indian dessert.
9. Kaju Katli
Thin peices of cashewnut fudge, cut up in shape of diamond and coated with edible silver “varaq”, this perfectly sums up Kaju Katli. Since it is one of the expensive Indian desserts it is often found gifted on occasions of Diwali and Weddings. Adults and children all light up when they spot Kaju Katli on a platter ready to be distributed on occasions of poojas and other family gatherings.
This round, swirly, syrupy and classic Indian dessert has been famous long before the song “Jalebi Baby” went viral. Jalebi and its variants like Mawa Jalebi, Imarti etc. are a common sight on sweet meat shops and even street food stalls. Served topped with Rabdi or eaten just plain, piping hot jalebis, taste heavenly no matter how they are served.
These are just the cream of the crop, there are so many lip smacking Indian desserts available in India that it would take a longtime to go through all of them.
No matter what part of the country you are in, from Khaja, to Phirni, varieties of Pedas, Shahi Tukda, Malpua, and Kheer, Gujiya, Payasam, Puran poli, Bebinca, Balushahi, Srikhand, Ras Malai, Kalakand, Mohan Thaal, to Qubani ka meetha, etc. there is sure to be some sweet surprise waiting for you.
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