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10 Best Indian Dessert Recipes

  |  Updated: September 12, 2016 18:56 IST

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10 Best Indian Dessert Recipes

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.

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1. Gulab Jamun
Recipe by Chef Aditya Bal

The good old delight made with khoya, fried golden and finally dipped in saffron induced sugar syrup. Also a festive favorite!


2. Gajar Ka Halwa
Recipe 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.


3. Sandesh
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

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!


4. Modak
Recipe 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.


5. Aam Shrikhand
Recipe 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.


6. Payasam
Recipe 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.


7. Kaju ki Barfi
Recipe 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.


8. Shahi Tukda
Recipe by Marut Sikka

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.



9. Phirni
Recipe 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.


10. Kulfi
Recipe by Chef Niru Gupta

A popular frozen dessert that is sinfully rich, dense and creamy. A twist to the traditional recipe, this one is flavored with with mango.

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Tags:  Indian Food