11 Best Indian Dessert Recipes | Popular Indian Dessert Recipes

NDTV Food  |  Updated: February 07, 2019 11:28 IST

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11 Best Indian Dessert Recipes | Popular Indian Dessert Recipes
Highlights
  • 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

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.
 


1. Gulab Jamun

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


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


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!

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

4. Modak


Sweet flour dumplings stuffed with coconut, jaggery, nutmeg and saffron. Steamed to perfection. A famous Indian dessert prepared during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

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

5. Aam Shrikhand


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


The South Indian version of kheer is known as payasam. Deliciously creamy, rice and milk pudding with cashews and raisins.
 
Payasam
This South Indian version of Kheer is loved all over the country.


7. Kaju ki Barfi


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

8. Shahi Tukda

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

Another variety of a milk pudding prepared during festive occasions especially Eid and Ramzan. Best served in 'mitti ke kasore' or mud pots.
 
PhirniA delectable dessert, traditionally made on occasions like Eid, Diwali, etc.
 


10. Kulfi

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.

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

11. Puran Poli

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.

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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.
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