India being a diverse nation exemplifies various delectable “sweet dishes”. There are tremendous amount of sweet dishes served in India though, some are very prominent. Every Indian state is known to have a famous sweet dish and here we bring to you a list of these.
The method of preparation varies from place to place. Sometimes grated coconut is added in Konkan. Coconut Palm, jaggery may be used. Similarly a mix or sugar and jaggery can be used as a sweetening agent. Normally nutmeg is used as a flavouring along the coast which is replaced by cardamom or sometimes both elsewhere.
Never miss the mouth-watering jalebis made of pure ghee whenever you visit Punjab.
Made especially during the festivals of Teej and Rakshabandhan, Malai Ghewar is a round shaped sweet made of maida, milk, and most importantly, desi ghee.
The very famous sweet peda is a must have.The main ingredients are khoa, sugar and traditional flavourings, including cardamom seeds, pistachio nuts and saffron. Petha is a translucent soft candy.
Native to Uttarakhand, Bal Mithai is cooked khoya covered in sugar balls. That is a whole lot of sweet, and you really have to be willing enough to take in so much of it!
Rasgulla is a syrupy dessert popular in West Bengal. It is made from ball shaped dumplings of chhena and semolina dough, cooked in light syrup made of sugar.
Dehrori is a sweet dish made from rice and curd.
This sweet dish made from adough of flour, sugar and butter which is then shaped into different forms and sizes and deep fried. The most common shape is the twirled rectangular one which is shared with friends and relatives and offered to guests. Other shapes include discs coated in sugar and long hollow tubes.
Pithas are typically made of rice flour, although there are some types of pitha made of wheat flour. Less common types of pitha are made of palm.
The ingredients include plain flour, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), egg yolk, coconut milk and almond slivers to garnish.
It is a sweetened dense milk made by boiling milk on low heat until the milk is reduced by half. In North India, a similar sweet dish goes by the name “rabri”.
Malpua is one of the special festival sweet dishes that is best served with rabri or rabdi.The batter for malapua in some areas is prepared by crushing ripe bananas or coconut, adding flour, and water or milk. The mixture is sometimes delicately seasoned with cardamoms. It is deep fried in oil, and served hot.
This delectable Indian sweet is a must have. It is made of generous amounts of ghee, sugar, gram flour, and often cardamom.
Payasam is one sweet dish that can’t be missed out when in Kerala. Vettu Cakesare another famous sweet dish. They are made of maida, sugar, cardamom powder and eggs.
With banana and rice being its main ingredients, this dish is made by mixing the two with jaggery, and is deep fried in oil. It surely is one interesting food item to taste.
MP is known for its street food and impeccable desserts, but Mawa Bati is something everyone should taste. It is made of mawa, til, cardamom powder and ghee.
Shufta is made using dry fruits, sugar, and saffron, with an added touch of cinnamon and pepper.
In Sikkim – seal roti is very famous. It is eaten with spicy potato and is mainly prepared during the festivals.
Pal Poli is a dish of maida rotis that are first deep fried, and then immersed in milk warmed with condensed milk and saffron
Thekua or Khajuria is a snack made from wheat flour, jaggery (or sugar) mixed together, moulded and deep fried. It is an absolute treat to the taste buds.
Aloo Ka Halwa is made of mashed potatoes and pure ghee which adds to its wonderful flavour and aroma.
Dabbroos are sweet wheat pancakes made using wheat, ghee, and milk.
Madhurjan thongba are sweet besan dumplings soaked in milk.
Also known as a sweet bread in Meghalaya, Pukhlein is made of jaggery, rice, and is deep fried in oil.
Nagaland is known for the black rice pudding known as nap naang.
Chhena poda is a cheese dessert from the state of Odisha in eastern India. It literally means burnt cheese in Oriya.
This is definitely one of the most unique dishes that hail from India. Made of sticky rice, Awan Bangwi is made only in Tripura. It is made by mixing rice, cashews sautéed in ghee, raisins, and this mixture is put in cones made of banana leaves and is steamed.
Qubani ka meetha is an Indian dessert made from dried apricots originating from Hyderabad, India. It is a common feature at Hyderabadi weddings.
Laddu made from with roasted Urad Dal (Minapappu) and Jaggery (Bellam)/ Sugar a generous amount of ghee is added to enhance to the taste.