Dessert makes us go weak in the knees. It's a warm blanket on a cold winter evening. It's icing on a cake and the climax to an absolutely spectacular movie. There is no denying the fact, that desserts give a befitting end to any meal
. And Indians
? We have a penchant for sweets
, no doubt. Not only are desserts part of our staple fare, but they are also offered in our places of worship. Be it the khada prasad
at Gurudwaras or the boondi ladoos
served at temples, desserts form an integral part of our sacred offerings. And by and large, all Indian desserts
use sugar, milk
and khoya as staple ingredients.
Ranging from Gulab Jamuns to Payasam, nostalgic favourites to modern avatars, we bring to you the most loved Indian desserts.1. Gulab JamunRecipe by Chef Aditya Bal
The good old delight made with khoya, fried golden and finally dipped in saffron
induced sugar syrup. Also a festive favourite!
3. SandeshRecipe by Chef Niru Gupta One of India's most loved sweet, Gulab Jamun is there for every celebration.2. Gajar Ka HalwaRecipe by Akhtar Rehman
Warm your winter with this recipe that is sure to delight even the pickiest of dessert eaters! Halwa made Pakistani style with grated carrot, condensed milk, nuts and golden varq.
Winters and Gajar Ka Halwa go hand in hand for Indians across the globe.
A melt-in-the-mouth dessert! Bengal's super hit sweet, made with cottage cheese, cardamom and saffron. One of the easiest way to please the sweet tooth!Bengal's gift to all of India, Sandesh is now popular in many parts of the world.4. ModakRecipe by Chef Shilpa More
Sweet flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, jaggery, nutmeg and saffron. Steamed to perfection. A famous Indian dessert prepared during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.A festival favourite, Modak is specially made on Ganesh chaturthi as Bhog.5. Aam ShrikhandRecipe by Karan Suri
A Gujarati favorite made with hung curd. Few ingredients, great flavors! In this recipe mildly sweetened yogurt is studded with mango pieces and served with a zesty mango salad.
Gujrat's favourite with a mango twist.6. PayasamRecipe by Chef Kishore D Reddy
The South Indian version of kheer is known as payasam. Deliciously creamy, rice and milk pudding with cashews and raisins.
The sweet of every occasion and the king of sweets, Kaju Barfi is undoubtedly loved all over.8. Shahi TukdaRecipe by Marut Sikka This South Indian version of Kheer is loved all over the country.7. Kaju ki BarfiRecipe by Chef Niru Gupta
This one's a childhood favorite with many! Barfi made with cashew nuts and milk, topped with silver varq. Usually exchanged as a sweet gift on special occasions.
The earliest visitors to India called it the land of milk and honey. Marut Sikka whips up a rich, saffron infused shahi tudka from Awadh. The recipe of Shahi Tukda is believed to have been invented out of a way to use up unused bread in the nineteenth century Mogul cuisines.
A delectable dessert, traditionally made on occasions like Eid, Diwali, etc.10. KulfiRecipe by Chef Niru Gupta The delicious combination of milk and honey, infused with saffron makes for this amazing sweet.9. PhirniRecipe by Vicky Ratnani
Another variety of a milk pudding prepared during festive occasions especially Eid and Ramzan. Best served in 'mitti ke kasore' or mud pots.
A popular frozen dessert that is sinfully rich, dense and creamy. A twist to the traditional recipe, this one is flavored with mango.
For the latest food news, health tips and recipes, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. The traditional Indian ice-cream, Kulfi is often found in different flavours like rose, mango, etc.
All of these Indian desserts are often made on different celebratory occasions as well as on days when you just want to forget about diet plans and gorge on a bucket full of Gulab jamuns or Halwa. And nothing better than a homemade dessert to watch those calories.