10 Best Indian Dessert Recipes

   |  Updated: October 26, 2017 11:16 IST

10 Best Indian Dessert Recipes
  • Festivals and celebrations without sweets? No can do!
  • We've listed our top 10 dessert recipes, that are sure to impress
  • From Gulab Jamun to Sandesh, here are the most loved Indian sweets

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!

gulab jamunOne of India's most loved sweet, Gulab Jamun is there for every celebration.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.
gajar ka halwa recipe
Winters and Gajar Ka Halwa go hand in hand for Indians across the globe.

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!

Bengal's gift to all of India, Sandesh is now popular in many parts of the world.

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.

A festival favourite, Modak is specially made on Ganesh chaturthi as Bhog.

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.

Aam shrikhand
Gujrat's favourite with a mango twist.

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.
This South Indian version of Kheer is loved all over the country.

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.
Kaju Barfi
The sweet of every occasion and the king of sweets, Kaju Barfi is undoubtedly loved all over.

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.

shahi tukda
The delicious combination of milk and honey, infused with saffron makes for this amazing sweet.

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.
A delectable dessert, traditionally made on occasions like Eid, Diwali, etc.

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 mango.
Kulfi recipe
The traditional Indian ice-cream, Kulfi is often found in different flavours like rose, mango, etc.

CommentsAll 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.

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