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 11 Indian desserts.
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.
Winters and Gajar Ka Halwa go hand in hand for Indians across the globe.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 sweet of every occasion and the king of sweets, Kaju Barfi is undoubtedly loved all over.
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.
The delicious combination of milk and honey, infused with saffron makes for this amazing sweet.
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.
A popular frozen dessert that is sinfully rich, dense and creamy. Reduced milk flavoured with saffron, cardamom, pistachio and almonds, served chilled. Kulfi is a delectable summer dessert to relish.
The traditional Indian ice-cream, Kulfi is often found in different flavours like rose, mango, etc.
A Maharashtrian dessert made on various festive occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi. Puran poli is an easy recipe of flat bread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from Chana dal and sugar. In Marathi language, the sweet filling is called Puran and the outer bread is the Poli.
Puran poli is a delicious side dish with rich flavours yet extremely easy and quick to make.
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.