Perhaps the most welcome part of any meal is a dessert. Cooks and chefs in India are especially good at this part of meal, and that is why Indian desserts are so popular around the world. In this article we will touch upon the most delicious and sweet desserts of this country.
All Indian desserts are divided into two types: prepared with the help of milk or flour. The first type can be attributed to burfi and rabri, and the second to halva, laddu, and mohanthal.
Coconut burfi prepared on milk must be the most delicious Indian sweetness. The recipe is very simple. All you need is grated coconut, dates, peanuts, almonds, honey, and butter. Those who like it especially sweet can add sugar or condensed milk. Burfi is traditionally served with tea.
Another favorite dessert of both children and adults is halva. If you want to make halva at home you will need peanuts, sunflower seeds, sugar and caramel mass. Halva can also be prepared on wheat flour. In India people make different kinds of halva, for example, with tahini paste or walnuts. Tahini consists of ground sesame seeds, so the second name of this dessert is sesame halva.
Actually, halva is the “king” of all Indian desserts. Melted butter, flavored with special spices called “ghee” is also used in halva and is an excellent source for strengthening the immune system and improving brain function. There are many other unusual recipes, for example, halva based on vegetables. The people of India are particularly fond of halva prepared on the basis of mung beans, carrots and kalabasa. It has a pale green color and is used in many dishes of the national cuisine.
Indian desserts based on the peanut paste and sunflower seeds mostly consist of protein mass, which is mixed with sugar that is used to prepare the syrup. Sometimes, instead of the caramel mass people use honey. However, chefs in India try to use honey as little as possible because it is believed that at high temperatures it becomes toxic. Finally, a foaming agent is added, giving halva a layered structure.
Foaming agent is usually made of either a marshmallow root or eggs. Other additional components may give halva an unusual taste and aroma, such as, pistachio, cocoa powder, vanilla or chocolate. This variety of Indian desserts can be seen on the holidays, for example, during the feast of Diwali housewives prepare cheesecakes (which are usually served cool), gulabjamun (sweet balls made of milk, flour, sugar and cardamom), ice-cream, kulfi, etc.
By the way, if you want to know more about the traditional cuisine of India, be sure to visit the annual Food Festival, which is attended by people from all the biggest states in the country – Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and West Bengal. There you will be able not only to taste all these delicious desserts, but also get acquainted with the culture, customs and traditions of each state. This festival is visited by hundreds of thousands of tourists, receiving vivid impressions that are remembered for a lifetime.