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Debangana Sen Aug 14 2014

Which are the popular desserts of India?

Anupriya Bedi Aug 14 2014
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This goes out to everyone with a sweet tooth. Here’s a list of 18 popular desserts of India that are guaranteed to leave you drooling. India has a myriad range of delectable and irresistible desserts. Every state has its own traditional signature sweet dish that is prepared during festivities. Take a look at the sweetest map of India and check out these irresistible sweet delicacies.

1. Gajar Ka Halwa

“Gajar ka halwa” is a popular winter delicacy in India. It is made with grated carrots, condensed milk and sugar. It tastes best when served piping hot with a dressing of nuts or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This delicacy is not only famous in north Indian states such as Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh but also in south India as well. The nation capital is a good place to try this savory. There are multiple eateries in Delhi where this ethnic cuisine is served.

Gajar ka Halwa (by Ravi Dhingra)

2. Sandesh

Also known as shondesh, sandesh is the famous signature dessert of Bengal. It is prepared using condensed milk, jaggery, cottage cheese, cardamom and saffron. In winters, sugar is replaced with freshly prepared jaggery to create a truly delightful treat. Stop by at a local restaurant in Kolkata and enjoy the sweet dish amongst the locals.

Sandesh (by Snacksgiving)

3. Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun is the staple sweet dish of India. The good old delight is made by frying reduced milk (khoya) and refined flour balls and dunking them in rose-flavoured sugar syrup once they are golden brown. It is an extremely famous dessert in India and has started catching the fancy of the rest of the world as well. It is best served hot. It is one dessert that is served most often during Indian festivities and weddings.

Gulab Jamun (by Dey)

4. Mysore Pak

Mysore pak is a famous dessert of Karnataka. This south Indian royal sweet originated from Mysoreand isconsumed mainly during the festival of Diwali. There are two types of this delicious treat: ghee Mysore pak, which is definitely not for the health conscious and honeycomb Mysore pak, which is as much a visual treat as it is a treat for the tastebuds. The famous sweet is made using ghee, sugar and chickpea flour. So, if you haven't yet visited one of the local restaurants in Mysore and tried the savory, you haven't relished Mysore to the fullest.

Mysore Pak (by Sapana Behl)

5. Petha

Petha is the next best thing Agra is known for, after the Taj Mahal. Made with ash gourd and covered with sugar syrup, pethas make the sweetest souvenirs for visitors to take back home.The sweet comes in varied flavours such as Angoori (grape) Petha, Kesar (saffron) Petha, etc.

Kesar Petha (by Fine Dining Lovers)

6. Jalebi

Jalebi is the celebration sweet of India and is usually paired with the savoury treat, samosa. Jalebi is a crisply fried coils of batter dipped in a saffron-coloured sugar syrup. It is made with a mixture of refined flour, chick pea flour, ghee and sugar. The dessert tastes delicious when served with rabri (a rich creamy dessert). It is quite famous in the north Indian states of UP, Rajasthan, MP and is also a popular treat in West Bengal.

Jalebi (by MAA7)

7.Gujiya/ Karanji

Gujiya is a festival classic mainly consumed during Holi. It is largely prepared in Rajasthan, Delhi, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh and is a popular sweet in the south too. It is known as karanji in Karnataka and kajjikayalu in Andhra. The sweet is prepared by rolling out small balls of maida dough into thin puris; it is then filled with a mixture of dry coconut, sugar, nuts, crushed cardamom and deep fried. It is then given a quick dunk in sugar syrup and taken out.

Gujiya (by Ayon Sinha)

8. Kaju Katli / Kaju Burfi

Kaju katli is a signature sweet of the festival of Diwali. It finds its presence in every wedding function or an auspicious occasion. It’s mainly prepared using cashew nuts, sugar and condensed milk. Though kaju katli is a speciality of the western state of Maharashtra, it is one of the most popular desserts across India.

Kaju Katli (by Sourabh)

9. Shrikhand

Shrikhand is a yogurt-based dessert very famous in Gujarat. It has an irresistibly tantalizing sweet and sour taste. It is an important part of a typical Gujarati and Maharashtrian meal. Shrikhand is prepared using strained yogurt, saffron and pistachios. Sometimes fresh fruits are also used in preparing the recipe. It is is available in many flavours like cardamom (elaichi), saffron (kesar), mango (amrakhand), pineapple, strawberry, etc.

Shrikhand (by dierdren)

10. Kulfi

Kulfi is a traditional Indian ice cream that is famous throughout the country but more popular in Delhi, Gwalior and Amritsar. It is prepared using sweetened condensed milk and cream. Different flavours like pistachios, saffron, mango, rose, paan and apple are then added to the preparation. In some parts of India, kulfi is served with falooda (flavoured vermicelli).

Kulfi (by FoodMayhem.com)

11. Kheer

Kheer is a milk-based Indian dessert usually served cold. The main ingredients are rice, milk, cardamom, saffron, pistachios or almonds. It’s an extremely popular dessert across India but mainly in Punjab. It is known as payasam in south India and payesh in Bengal.

Kheer (by code_martial)

12. Rasmalai

Rasmalai is the ultimate Indian dessert, best enjoyed during summers. It originated in Odisha but observes its popularity throughout India. Rasmalai is essentially sugary flattened discs made of cottage cheese soaked in sweet malai (clotted cream). This dessert is served cold.

Rasmalai (by Yo Ames)

13. Shahi Tukda

Prepared using deep fried bread slices soaked in oodles of creamy milk and nuts, this one is guaranteed to give you a few extra kilos instantly! This sumptuous dessert finds its origin in Pakistan and was one of the popular desserts for the Mughal royals. It is usually prepared during Eid and Ramadan.

Shahi Tukda (by Karthik)

14. Phirni

Phirni is a creamy dessert very close to what kheer tastes like. It is made using ground rice, milk, cream, pistachio nuts, saffron and sugar. Phirni is prepared mainly in north India and is the famous sweet dish of Jammu and Kashmir. You can also get the best phirni in Old Delhi’s famous areas like Chandni Chowk and Jama Masjid.

Phirni (by Lecercle)

15. Modak

Modak isbelieved to be the favourite dessert of the Hindu God Ganesha and is largely made during Ganesh Chaturthi. These are sweet rice flour dumplings stuffed with grated coconut and jaggery. The sweet is extremely popular in Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Modak (by Unlisted Sightings)

16. Rasgulla

Rasgulla also popularly known as rosogulla, is a signature dessert of Bengal. These are supersoft cottage cheese balls simmered in sugar syrup. This dessert is best served cold. Rasgullas are really famous in the whole of West Bengal and Odisha region.

Rasgulla (by Tasty Indian Food)

17. Double Ka Meetha

Double Ka Meetha is a popular dessert of Hyderabad, quite similar to the Shahi Tukda. It is a bread pudding soaked in hot condensed milk mixed with cardamom, saffron and garnished with a heavy dose of dry fruits. It is prepared mainly during the month of Ramadan and Eid

Double Ka Meetha (by Mohammad Khadar)

18. Payasam

Payasam is a famous dessert of Kerala and is prepared mainly during their popular festivals like Onam and Vishu. It is very similar to Kheer. There are several varieties of 'payasams'. One is 'pal payasam' in which rice, wheat or vermicelli is boiled with milk and sweetened with sugar. Another one is made of boiled dal or wheat, to which jaggery and coconut milk is added. Both the varieties of payasam are flavoured with spices such as cardamom and saffron.

Payasam (by Mokashi Anita)

It is said that there is no country that has a wider range of luscious and delicious sweets than India. These 18 popular desserts of India will tempt you to have one right now! If you have more tempting and awesome Indian dessert pictures, do share them with us. Ab Kuch Meetha Ho Jaye!!

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