10 Must Taste Sweets of India
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Almost every sweet of India is addictive and will make you crave for more. Here is a list of few of the best India’s sweet treats you should taste at least once.
Champakali is a sandwich sweet.The milk whey balls are slit open to form the outer part and the sweetened kova forms the filling. To decorate and enhance the taste and look, cherry pieces are place atop of this sandwich sweet.
Gulab Jamun is a traditional sweet in India. It is made of deep fried dumplings made from milk solids which is then immersed in sugar syrup. The sugar syrup is most of the time flavoured with rose water or kewra water and also cardamom powder.
Instant Gulab Jamun mix are readily available in the market. The most popular one being MTR Gulab Jamun Mix.
Read about the tip on how to avoid breakage in Gulab Jamun HERE.
Rasgulla is a syrupy sweet very popular in India especially in West Bengal. There is hardly any you will meet in India who has not tasted Rasgulla in their lifetime.
The white spongy balls dipped in sugar syrup is very tasty and can be considered as the ‘King of all Indian Sweets’.
Gaajar Ka Halwa/Carrot Halwa
Carrat Halwa which is commonly known as Gaajar Ka Halwa in India, is the best ever sweet in India. This is very common in every household. It is easy to prepare and the recipe is the simplest of all the Indian sweets.
Carrot halwa tastes rich and is extremely delicious as it is made of freshly grated carrot cooked in milk, sugar and a generous amount of ghee.
Read recipe of Carrot Halwa HERE.
Dharwad is famous for Peda/Pedha. It is prepared from the thickened mass derived by boiling milk. It involves continuous stirring of milk for about 2 hours. Then the thick mass of the cooked milk is sweetened appropriately, made into balls and rolled over powdered sugar.
The recipe was originally built by Thakur family who till this date hold their recipe details a secret. The temperature, technique, ratio of the ingredients, are all held secret by the family and they don’t outsource the preparation process. Today, it is the 6th generation of Thakur’s family who prepares Peda and sells in half kg boxes.
Rasmalai is another delicious dessert. Precisely, it is powdered milk balls (or balls made from cottage cheese) and soaked in sweetened flavoured milk. They are soft and feel spongy when picked up from the milk they are dipped in. The flavouring agents added to the milk give a great aroma to the dessert.
Jalebi is one of the most popular sweets of Indian cuisine. Deep frying wheat batter in circular shapes and then dipping it in sugar syrup is how jalebis are made. Many a times Jalebi is flavoured with strands of saffron.
The crispy jalebi is very tasty to eat at the end of a meal course.
Mysore Pak is a rich sweet dish mainly prepared in Southern India.
Mysore Pak was for the first time made in the kitchen of the royal Mysore Palace. The royal cook simple made a concoction of gram flour, sugar and ghee. He did not know what to call it and just gave it a name as “Mysore Paka”. Paka means sweet.
Mysore Pak is a very popular sweet served during weddings, baby shower and other special occasions and festivals.
Kheer (Semiya or Rice)
Kheer is the favourite sweet prepared in all Indian house hold. Rice or vermicelli or broken wheat boiled in condensed milk along with sugar, cardamom and dry fruits make the easy recipe of kheer pudding.
Serve this dessert hot or chilled. Either ways it is delicious. Read the simple recipes of Vermicelli Kheer and Rice Kheer
Karjikai is a deep fried sweet. It is mildly sweet if you compare it with other Indian sweets and desserts. This recipe is mostly prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi festival. Maida flour dough forms the outer cover while dry grated coconut, sugar, and roasted poppy seeds forms the filling inside.
The outer cover is crispy and since the filling is dry, these can be stored in air tight boxes for few days.
Have you tasted these sweets? How did you like them?
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