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5 Indian Sweets From Across The Country

By on November 20, 2012

Though the festive season of 2012 is over, we decided to explore the immense variety of Indian sweets and post that presenting to you a list of 5 Indian sweets from different corners of the country. Maybe you will discover a new favorite!

CHENNER PAYESH

Chenner payesh, or cottage cheese pudding is mostly prepared by Bengalis, and is a favorite amoung other Indian sweets during festivities. In fact, so popular & mouth watering is the sweet, you actually don’t need an occasion to gorge on it!

Preparing this can be a rather tricky affair. One is required to let a mixture of condensed milk and sugar boil till it gets halved in quantity, all the while stirring the mixture. The flame should be just right, the milk-sugar ratio perfect and the stirring consistent as the mixture shows a propensity to burn very easily. Using brown sugar instead of regular sugar gives a better, earthier taste. Cottage cheese and dry fruits are then added and the mixture stirred again.

This sweet tastes best when the cottage cheese is freshly prepared and it is served chilled. What makes chenner payesh awesome is that its ingredients can be tweaked to suit the needs of diabetics and weight watchers. Even people who do not like the other quintessential Indian sweets, they can indulge into chenner payesh as it isn’t excessively sweet and is gentle on the palate.

 

CHANDRAKALA

Chandrakala is essentially a crescent moon shaped khaja with nuts. Khajas are stuffed dumplings consisting of wheat flour and mawa (khoya) which have been deep fried and then dunked in sugar syrup. When the chandrakala is in the shape of the morning sun, it is called suryakala.

Chandrakalas are most popular in present day Bihar and Orissa. In fact, it is even believed that they were prepared there two thousand years ago! In South India, a similar type of sweet known as badusahi is prepared. In the Kutch, it is known as kutchi khaja,  where its salty variant namkeen khaja is also available.Each region has its unique stuffing, but chandrakala is commonly preferred with khoya and nuts.

MOONG DAL HALWA

Among all Indian sweets, one of the most popular is the Moong dal halwa which is the perfect blend of moong dal and sugar simmered in milk. Originally a Rajasthani delicacy, it is commonly garnished with almonds and saffron. Desi ghee gives it the typical creamy flavour. It comes as no surprise then that this sinful delight is loaded with calories.

Moong dal halwa is best served hot, but some like it as dessert with vanilla ice cream. It is widely consumed not only in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, but also in Pakistan. It is cooked mostly during winters, as it keeps the body warm.

 

MOHAN THAL

Mohan thal is like gram flour fudge with a hint of cardamom flavour. This Gujarati sweet is prepared from gram flour cooked in ghee and sugar syrup.

These delectable Indian sweets are usually garnished invitingly with chopped almonds. They are so versatile that they can be served as dessert and also with tea.At room temperature, they can be stored for two weeks. Alternatively, they can be refrigerated for a month.

 

 

ELLU UNDE

Among all Indian sweets, Ellu unde or ellu urundai, is one of the most easily prepared sweet. All it involves is roasting black sesame seeds, grinding them with jaggery and making laddus out of the mixture.

 

However, black sesame seeds may not go down well with everyone as they are bitter and one’s liking for them is more of an acquired taste

One Comment

  1. Best Indian Sweets

    December 27, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    MOHAN THAL is my one of the favorite dish…

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