The Best Indian Desserts

India; a country of rich colours, extraordinary festivals, exotic food and not to forget, the most extensive variety of unique sweet dishes. India is renowned for its vast range of sweet desserts which are made from a variety of foods and whilst their dessert dishes vary from region to region, they all have the one underlying feature of being both bright and delicious. Despite the regional differences, there’s some dessert that, no matter which area of India you visit, you’ll find them and will be coming back singing praises and craving them for years to come.

Today we will take you on a journey to explore the best Indian desserts and finish of with how to make them!

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jumun translates as rose plum. It’s been given its name due to its shape and flavor. Gulab Jamun’s are deep fried rose water and saffron infused sweet balls, dipped in sugary syrup. There’s no arguing that these sweet yet soft desserts are the king of Indian desserts. As such, we only felt that it was fair to share the recipe with you. 

Gajar Halwa

Gajar Halwa literally means carrot dessert. A delicacy made from grated carrots and infused with cardamom and simmered in milk. It is then fried in a mixture of butter and ghee (clarified butter) and garnished with nuts and dried fruits. Gajar Halwa rose to popularity during the Mughal period and upholds its status as one the best Indian desserts. It is served on important occasions and festivals including both Hindu and Muslim festivals such as Diwali and Eid and also in wedding ceremonies.

Jalebi

Jalebi, a crispy, bright orange hoop shaped, sugary delicacy, dates back to the 15th Century and has upheld its popularity since. Jalebi is the ultimate favourite amongst Indians so much so that if you are ever visiting India, you won’t fail to pass by a street seller making fresh Jalebi. Jalebis are made using flour which is swirled into oil and deep fried and later soaked in sugar syrup. Like Gajar Halwa, Jalebi’s often make an appearance during the most important celebrations and festivals such as weddings and Diwali.

How to Make Indian Desserts - Gulab Jamun

Ingredients

For the Jamun Balls :

135g milk powder  

35g Self Raising Flour

Pinch of Cardomom Powder

1/2 tsp Baking powder.

1.5 tbsp Ghee 

2-3 tbsp Milk

For the Syrup :

300g granulated Sugar

2 cups Water

¼ tsp Cardamom powder

1.5 tsp Rose water

2 tsp of Lemon juice

Pinch of Chopped Pistachios (for Garnishing)

Method

For the Jamun Balls :

1. Mix together all your dry ingredients including milk powderself raising flour, cardamom powder and baking powder

2. Use your fingers to mix in the ghee 

3. Make a dough by slowly adding warm milk, little by little bringing it all together but ensuring that you don’t knead. Leave it to rest for approximately 15-30 minutes.

4. Knead the dough slightly and start shaping round balls with no cracks by squeezing the ball between your palm

For the syrup :

1. In a wide pan add the granulated sugar, cardamom powder, rose water and water, then bring to boil.

2. Thereafter add in the lemon juice and reduce the heat, allowing the syrup to simmer for approximately 5 minutes. When you feel that it has become sticky switch off the heat and set to one side. Ensure that it is kept warm.

To make the Gulab Jamun :

1. Heat the oil on medium for approximately 4-5 minutes and then reduce the to low-medium and ensure the oil is warm, but not hot. Fry until you see the colour is golden brown. Rotate the Jamuns regularly

2.Soak the Jamuns in the warm syrup for 30 minutes.

3. Garnish with nuts or add a modern twist by pairing the Gulab Jamus with vanilla ice cream.

Enjoy!

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