Introduction (Indian desserts)
if we talk about Indian dessert, it is one of our favorite! There is a famous saying that, “You cannot buy happiness but you can buy desserts and that is the same thing.” And
As the word “dessert” pops up in our mind, a burst of sweetness explodes in our mind leaving happiness behind. We want to get our hands on some kind of dessert as soon as possible because the cravings are intense! It is like dessert makes everything better and sweet.
It comes with so many varieties that one can never get bored of them. Many people do not like one kind of Indian dessert but for them, the list does not end and they have another option of Indian dessert which they love for sure. The variations in Indian dessert include:
- Gulab Jamun
- Ras Malai
- Gajar ka Halwa
- Soan Papdi and a lot more!
If you are a fan of hot desserts, the Indian dessert brings you lots of varieties for that. You can have those soft and hot Gulab jamuns after a tiring day. If you are a fan of something with nuts, Gajar ka halwa is right there to tingle your taste buds and make your mood boost up! These desserts are not very hard to make and you can easily pull them off at home. How? We will provide you with the simplest of recipes!
Gulab Jamun – Dessert for all
The undisputed king of Indian sweets, Gulab jamun has it’s legacy on top! There can hardly be any people who will say that they do not like Gulab jamun. They got their name as they are small in size hence, “Jamun” and they are sweet just like rose’s fragrance therefore, “Gulab”.
How to make
You can make Gulab jamuns by using milk powder and a few other ingredients like:
- Milk powder
- All purpose flour
- Baking soda
- Cardamom pods
- Ghee or oil
To get that soft and “melt in the mouth” texture, you have to follow these steps:
- In a pan, add sugar and water and turn on the flame.
- Let the water boil and continue until the sugar dissolves. Keep stirring so it does not burn and stick on the bottom. Set aside when the syrup gets thick and all the sugar incorporates with water.
- In a big bowl, add milk powder, all purpose flour and baking powder. Mix these dry ingredients well.
- Pour in ghee or oil to make a dough of the powder ingredients. Keep on adding milk in portions so that the dough does not get too runny.
- Mix with gentle hand to keep the dough soft. Make sure you do not knead the dough a lot because that will make your Gulab jamuns hard from the middle.
- Shape the dough into small round balls by the help of your hands.
- In a frying pan, heat ghee or oil and one by one, add the balls to fry.
- Fry until the get light brown in color, do not overcook them else the color will get too dark and they will not look tempting.
- Now re-heat the sugar syrup and drop the fried balls in it. Let them stay there for a couple of minutes so they absorb the syrup and get soft.
- Enjoy them after any meal or you can sneak them at any time of the day!
Jalebi – The national dessert
The national dessert of India, Jalebi is one of the dessert that is enjoyed when hot. From it’s shape to it’s crispiness and flavor, everything is unique. The color is attractive and it’s aroma is too good to hold yourself back!
How to make
You can make it easily at home by the help of following ingredients:
- All purpose flour
- Corn flour
- Baking soda
- Cardamom powder
- Hung curd
- Orange edible food color
- Oil for frying
Follow these steps to make Jalebi perfectly:
- Mix all purpose flour, corn flour, baking powder and add ghee with food color. Pour hung curd and water so the batter gets thick.
- Let it stay for 8-10 hours so the curd ferments the ingredients well and give an airy and light texture to Jalebi.
- In a pan, pour water and add sugar in it. Boil it until the sugar dissolves and add saffron and cardamom powder.
- After 8-10 hours, pour the batter in a thin muslin cloth.
- Take a frying pan and add oil. Through the muslin cloth, squeeze out the batter to make curly round shaped Jalebis by moving from the middle and out.
- After they are fried and get the golden brown color, put them in the hot sugar syrup and let it stay until they absorb the sweetness.
- Enjoy it with your evening tea!
Indian desserts with milk
The legends of desserts say that when milk is added to any dessert, it makes it more delicious! Same is the case with Indian desserts made with milk. There are several kinds of Indian desserts with milk like: Kheer, Ras malayi, Shahi tukray etc. The standout Indian dessert made with milk is Kheer.
Kheer – Dessert of the Mughals
It is one of the royal Indian dessert which originated from the Mughal era. Kheer is loved by people of every age because of it’s creamy texture and delicious taste. You can present it in front of the guests coming over for dinner and they will not stop after a single bowl!
How to prepare
Making kheer is not that hard and does not take too much time. By getting these ingredients, you can make it quite easily:
- Basmati rice
- Cardamom powder
- Rose water or saffron
You need to follow these few steps to ace this dessert and wow the guests:
- Wash the rice so that the pungent smell leaves.
- In a big skillet or pan, add milk and boil it on low heat so it does not get burned. Keep on stirring in between.
- When the milk starts boiling, add the strained rice and cook well. Continue cooking until the rice gets soft and the mixture turns thick.
- Pour a couple of drops of rose water along with cardamom powder when Kheer gets creamy.
- Let it cool before adding all the chopped nuts and raisins.
- Serve it cold to enjoy it’s taste the fullest.
India along with Pakistan and Bangladesh are blessed with a lot of sweets. There is a diverse range of Indian sweets that are so tempting that everyone can’t help themselves but eat them.
- Sandesh: A sweet originating from Bengal, Sandesh is made from cottage cheese. It is highly appreciated and eaten widely.
- Rasgullah: As the name says, it is full of sugary syrup and the first bite takes you to seventh sky! Made with semolina, this sweet is a treat for all.
- Laddu: Everyone must be familiar with this name as it is so popular worldwide. The round balls of sweetness made from flour gets everyone by surprise.
- Barfi: The name comes from Persian language “barf” meaning “ice”. It is as white as ice and as soothing too. It is made with milk and sugar which is loved by everyone.
- Peda: If you need a sugar rush, you can have a Peda as it is packed with sugar. This sweet is very close for Hindus as they consider it as the “Sweet of God”.
Where to find Indian sweets?
You can find these sweets and a lot more at any sweet shop if you are residing in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. But, if you live in North America or Europe, you can go to any Indian sweet shop to get these sweets and enjoy them.
Light Indian desserts
If you are in mood for something sweet but already are full, you can have some light Indian desserts like:
- Gulab Jamun parfait
- Mysore Pak
- Besan laddu
These are some quick and light Indian desserts you can have to satisfy the cravings.
Royal Indian desserts
India is rich in history as it has been ruled by a lot of different cultures including Mughals and the British so the royalty in desserts is inevitable. Some of the Royal Indian desserts include:
- Almond Halwa
- Gajar ka Halwa
- Shahi Tukray
- Sheer Khurma
The list is very long as Indians love food especially dessert!
These wonderful and mouthwatering desserts will surely take you into food coma and you will want to try them over and over again. Your dinner is incomplete without these delicacies because they blow life in the meal and makes it memorable. All the sweets are interesting and delicious and worth trying. So do not wait any longer and dive into the amazing world of Indian desserts!