Introduction to Indian Desserts
If you were thinking that Indian cuisine only comes with salty and tasty foods, you were wrong. There is a great variety of desserts too and this culture manages to combine unique flavors and fragrances in its food that always amaze everybody who tastes Indian dishes for the first time.
As Indian cuisine uses a lot of herbs and aromas, it is normal that their desserts usually are extremely savory. You will notice a lot of milk based desserts in India but also a lot of sugar being used in their dishes. Some desserts that contain a lot of milk are: Barfi, Chena Murki, Gulab jamun and Narkel Naru. For example, during festivals, Indian people usually prepare a lot of sweets that contain a heavy amount of sugar because the tradition asks for it. They also rely a lot on dry fruits which are added in most of the desserts that you will find there. Some of the flavors you will encounter while eating or preparing Indian deserts are: pineapple, melon, cherries, cardamom, pistachios, bananas and mangos. This is quite a unique combination, especially for cultures that don’t grow these fruits. Another significant part of Indian sweets is made of coconut pulp or coconut milk, which is extremely tasty and versatile.
Another common ingredient and definitely unusual for other cultures in desserts is rice. India has a big history with rice and it is eaten in all regions there. RThere are various rice desserts prepared such as: Pal Payasam, Paruppu Payasam, Badam Halwa, or Sabudana Kheer. Other interesting to mention desserts are carrot desserts such as the Gajar Halwa.
An interesting Indian dessert is Sandesh which is made from cow’s milk cheese and contains a lot of sugar or molasses. It comes in two types, Norom Pak or Koda Pak and it’s one of the most appreciated desserts in India.
There is definitely a lot to be said about Indian cuisine and its remarkable desserts but one thing is for certain, one should never miss the opportunity to try one of these amazing dishes with so many flavors and unique taste.