Sweets play integral part in Indian Cuisine. No celebration or festival or party or wedding is complete without indulging some rich and delicious sweets/desserts. As diverse as its culture and heritage, Indian food and sweets are also diverse. Every place in India have its own significant and popular sweet/dessert recipe depending on the weather, taste and locally available ingredients. We Indians just love sweets and most of the time, when we are visiting friends or relatives, we carry a pack of sweets and vice versa. In weddings too, bride is sent to her in-law’s house with kilos of different varieties of sweets to start her new sweet beginning. I always get requests to share easy, gluten-free and make-ahead sweets. So, today I am going to share with you 5 Best Indian Sweet Recipes, which are absolute favourite of all and most trending recipes on Yummy Food.
Badami Chana Dal Halwa is warm monsoon and winter delicacy. The almonds (badam) give this recipe rich taste and chana dal (split chickpeas) incorporates earthy flavour and coarse texture to this halwa. The combination of these two is like a feast to the palate. This halwa is often served as a after meal dessert or you can even serve this with roti/phulka. My grandma serves runny version of this halwa with dosa and poori too. This gluten free recipe is most popular on my blog. You can refrigerate this halwa for 3-4 days and this can be made ahead too. Before serving warm it in microwave for 10-15 seconds.
Cashew Burfi/Kaju Katli/Kaju Burfi is most loved sweet in India. This creamy, nutty and festive sweet is one of the most sold or ordered sweet in India during festivals especially for Rakhi and Diwali. This festive season make your loved ones double happy with edible love send sweets to India. You can find many variations in making this cashew fudge, but the one I love is rose scented cashew burfi. The hint of rose essence, will lift the flavour of these burfis. You can even add saffron strands to while making these, which give nice taste and colour to these burfis.
Khajoor are diamond shaped deep fried Indian Cookies, which are cardamom scented and made with whole wheat flour and semolina. These carry a shelf life of 10-15 days, when stored in a clean, dry airtight container. I remember my granny rolling the dough into a circle and we kids use to cut them into diamond shapes or circles. This used to be our favourite activity. These make best homemade edible gifts.
Mysore Pak is ghee loaded chickpea flour fudge, which just melts in mouth. This can be made ahead and carry a shelf life of 2-3 days. You can find Mysore Pak in any sweet shop in Andhra and especially Ongole is much famous for this sweet. You get a special variety called Ongole Mysore Pak, which will be little dry, crunchy and airy, can be easily powdered with fingers. The one which you see in the picture above is called Ghee Mysore Pak, which is rich and velvety.
Can there be a celebration without gulping few spoons of warm kheer…??? Sago-Vermicelli Kheer is South Indians favourite recipe and it is made very often in many houses. This milk based creamy and delicious recipe is made in no time and tastes best when served warm. The sago balls with roasted vermicelli create magic when cooked together in milk. This traditional recipe is still heart of many Andhra festivals.