Indian food is widely known for its spices. The other concealed side of Indian dishes are the desserts. While Indian main course dishes are mostly spicy, Indian desserts bring in the sweeter side of Indian cuisine. If you’re looking to try out Indian cuisine, here is a look at some of the best Indian sweet dishes that you need to try out.
Kheer (or) Payasam
This rice pudding is a remarkable combination of rice and milk. Sugar, saffron, ghee, cardamom, pistachios add a delectable flavor to this dish. This mouth-watery dessert can be prepared with the use jaggery in place of sugar, as well. This dessert is sometimes savored as a main course dish as well.
This is a must-try Indian dessert. It is made up of milk solids. Milk solids are generally prepared by heating milk on low flame until the liquid in the milk evaporates. These milk solids along with flour are then kneaded into a dough and then made into small balls.
These balls are then deep-fried. These balls are then soaked in the sugar syrup which is flavored with rosewater, cardamom, and saffron. They have to be soaked in the syrup, long enough to melt on the tongue and excite the taste buds. Gulab jamun with ice cream has become a new sensational combination to try out.
Jalebi is a delightful dish that is prepared with maida (all purpose flour). It is generally prepared in the shapes of pretzels. They are deep-fried and then sugar-coated. This forms a crispy exterior texture with a crystalline sugar coating. They can be served hot or cold. They are garnished with rose water and are served. They can be eaten with or without dipping in milk or curd. This Indian dessert promises to tempt you and will not let you stop with just one.
The main ingredient of this dish is cashew nuts. The cashew nuts are soaked in water, overnight and grounded to a paste. Sugar syrup, ghee, saffron are then added and then cooled to be cut into diamond-shaped pieces. They are generally decorated with edible silver. These are comparatively lighter on the stomach as they are not excessively sweet.
These sweet balls are of different varieties. Each has a distinct taste from the other. They are basically made from besan (chickpea flour), rava (wheat semolina) and ground coconut. The laddoo varieties include boondhi laddoo, Rava laddoo, malai laddoo, coconut laddoo. They are served in most of the Indian festivals as well as weddings. They are also served as Prasad in the most popular south Indian Thirupathi Venkatachalapathy temple.
Rasa gulla is a syrupy dessert that melts in the mouth with ease. It is made out of an Indian cottage cheese called chhenna and rava (wheat semolina) which is then cooked in sugar syrup. It has it’s origin in West Bengal, the Indian state known for sweets and desserts.
Ras Malai is also of the similar texture to that of Rasa gulla. It is basically a cheese cake without a crust. This sweet dish is also made with the Indian cottage cheese, chhenna. It is cooked with saffron, pistachios, and Kheer. This dish also has it’s origin in Bengal. The soft mashable texture adds to its beauty.
This has its origin in Mysore, Karnataka. This dish is of eccentric sweetness. Ghee is the main ingredient. It is basically a sugar syrup mixed with ghee and gram flour. It is heated to the soft ball stage. It is then cooled to harden. They are cut into rectangle pieces and savored. They are served in wedding feasts as a dessert.
What should you keep in mind when buying Indian sweet dishes?
Most often, Indian sweets are not just served as desserts. Rather, they find their way into breakfasts, lunch boxes as well as snack boxes. In a land known for spices, the sweets have an endless history and are a crucial part of the daily appetite. The delightful, mouth-watering Indian sweets, once savored, is capable of creating timely cravings and endless temptations. For one, Mysore pak can last for days in your refrigerator – and if you buy in a handful of them, you could have them whenever you want, just like you’ve chocolates!