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 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 favourite!
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.
3. SandeshBengal's gift to all of India, Sandesh is now popular in many parts of the world.
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. ModakA festival favourite, Modak is specially made on Ganesh chaturthi as Bhog.
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.
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. 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.
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.
A delectable dessert, traditionally made on occasions like Eid, Diwali, etc. 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.
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 mango.
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.