Indian Sweet Dishes: Mouthwatering Desserts from Different Corners of India

 

India is a country for sweets and desserts, a place where desserts after dinner or lunch, are a must and make the meal complete. Desserts or sweets are the cherry topping of Indian culture. Be it a festival, a birthday or any other occasion worth celebrating, desserts and sweets will be the first thing on anyone’s mind, such as the love affair of this country with desserts and sweets.

So brace yourself for some unstoppable mouthwatering as we present to you the 12 amazing Indian sweet dishes:

1. Sandesh of Bengal

Pineapple Shondesh, desserts in india

Pineapple Shondesh (Source)

Bengalis are known for their sweet tooth and language and the poster child of that, is the sandesh. Also known as the “heart stealer”, in some parts of Bengal. Sandesh is essentially made with milk and sugar. This white/creamy beauty of a dessert is found mainly in eastern India and its variants are made of chheena (cheese) instead of milk. Kolkata is the best place for eating sandesh: the amazing, soft sweet which will delight your senses like nothing else.

2. Modak of Maharashtra

Modak or Kadubu, desserts in india

Modak or Kadubu (Source)

A Ganesh Chaturthi must in Western and Southern India, modak is a sweet dumpling whose exterior is made out of rice or wheat flour while the insides are filled with fresh coconut or jaggery. Southern and Western India is the best place to find modak and is called by various names such as Sughiyan in Malayali, Kadubu in Kannada and Kudumu in Telugu. The soft dumpling melts as soon as it enters your mouth giving you endless fits of sugary pleasure.

3. Alwar ke Kalakand

Alwar Kalakand, desserts in india

Alwar ke Kalakand (source)

Invented in 1947 in Alwar by Baba Thakur Das, Kalakand is part of the identity of Alwar and is scintillating sweet dish. Made out of solidified, sweetened milk and cottage cheese this square shaped sweet is pretty famous in northern parts of India. Alwar ka Kalakand is a must have for those traveling to this beautiful district of Rajasthan

4. Mysore Pak of Mysore

Mysore Pak, desserts in india

Mysore Pak (source)

The favorite dessert of Mysore and a royal one too, Mysore Pak was first made in the royal palace of Mysore by a cook named Kakasurra. The delicious sweet is made out of ghee, sugar, gram flour and cardamom and is prepared in butter. This Indian sweet dish is a delight to have and Mysore is the best place to have it in. 

5. Gajjar Ka Halwa of Punjab

Gajjar Ka Halwa, desserts in india

Gajjar Ka Halwa (Source)

A very attractive way of eating carrots, gajjar ka halwa is another very popular Indian sweet dish in the northern and central parts of India. Originated in Punjab, it is usually made during the winter months and is a delight to have. Made out of carrot, milk, sugar and nuts it is cooked on a slow burner until the milk dries out leaving a mouth watering sweet dish to have post meal. Gajjar ka Halwa is a North Indian speciality with Punjab being the best place to have Gajjar ka Halwa on a cold winter evening.

6. Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun, desserts in india

Gulab Jamun (Source)

A festival specialty of India, Gulab Jamuns, Indian speciality, are part of every celebration in an Indian household. From west to east and north to south Gulab Jamuns are a one of the most favorite Indian sweet dishes due to its silky texture, its dripping sugar syrup and its soft crust. The best Gulab Jamun recipe takes time to cook with the process involving milk solids or khoya to be cooked on slow burn until the water content has evaporated. Then the remnants are kneaded into soft dough out of which small balls are made out and then deep fried. Finally, the small balls are then soaked in sugary syrup which is flavoured with saffron or cardamom.

7. Petha of Agra and Peda of Mathura

Petha Agra, Indian sweet dishes

Petha (Source)

Petha and Peda are an out and out Uttar Pradeshi dessert which is gorged upon by millions with great joy. It goes without saying that the best dessert found in Agra is Petha and that in Mathura is Peda. Pethas are like soft, sweet, white rectangular candies made out of white pumpkin. Mathura is credited with the origin of Pedas. They are circular semi soft discs made out of khoa, sugar and traditional flavorings, including cardamom seeds, pistachio nuts and saffron. Agra ka Petha and Mathura ke Pede are to die for. No wonder people leap out of their trains once they enter Agra/Mathura to buy them from the sellers on the station. 

8. Neyyappam

Neyyappam,  indian sweet dishes

Neyyappam (Source)

A delicious sweet dish of Kerala which is the poster child of Keralian sweets, Neyappam is a delectable dish made out of ghee, rice, jaggery, coconut pieces and cardamom powder. Though found in every household the cities of Cochin, the best places for Neyappam is Thiruvananthapuram. It is a special Indian sweet dish which is made in a special container known as Appakaral and can be stored up to a week in airtight containers. A Keralian dinner is not complete without some Neyappam in the end.

9. Raj Bhog of Bihar

Rajbhog,  indian sweet dishes

Rajbhog (source)

Similar to the roshogulla of Bengal in looks, Rajbhog is the darling of Bihar and twice the size of a normal roshogulla. The sweet which gives you mouthful of pleasure and mesmerizes your senses quite literally is made out of chenna and dipped into boiling sugary syrup. The Rajbhog of Bihar is a specialty of the place and is found in its most genuine taste and form in the state.

10. Jalebi/Imarti

Jalebi,  indian sweet dishes

Jalebi/Imarti (Source)

A dessert among street foods of India, jalebi or imarti as it’s known across India, is a sweet gorged upon by millions every evening on Indian streets or at homes with a cup of hot tea. Imarti or jalebi is made out of Urad flour batter which is deep-fried and then soaked in sugar syrup. A gift of the Mughals, a jalebi causes an explosion of sweetness in your mouth. The best places to have Indian sweet dish jalebi are Lucknow and Delhi.

11. Adhirasam of Kumbakonam

Adhirasam,  indian sweet dishes

Adhirasam (Source)

The tastiest sweet dish of Tamil Nadu, Adhisaram is a dessert of the gods according to the Tamils and is offered as prayer sweets during Diwali like major festivals. The sweet has been part of Tamil culture since antiquity and is made out of rice flour, jaggery, butter and pepper. Kumbakonam, The best place to eat adhisaram during the Panchavarnesvar Temple festival.

12. Dharwadh Pedha

Dharwadh Pedha, indian sweet dishes

Dharwadh Pedha (Source)

A delightful sweet dish coming from a small town of Dharwadh in Karnataka, Dharwadh Pedha was invented by the Thakur family some 175 years ago. The pedhas found only in the town of Dharwadh is a marvellous sweet of south India, which has delighted the tonguefds of the locals here for over a century. Made out of thick milk and sugar, Dharwadh pedha is only sold by the Thakurs at their sweet shop in Line Bazaar and the preparation technique is a guarded family secret.

If you are planning to travel to North-East, Here are the dishes you shouldn’t miss 

This post was published by Chiranjivi Chakraborty

Share this post on social media
Google +

India Packages

Compare quotes from upto 3 travel agents for free

Related Articles

Sightseeing

Best Places to Visit in January in India

Family Holidays

12 Jyotirlingas in India - Temples of Lord Shiva

Food & Drink

31 Best Beers To Drink In India For The Beer Snob In You

Top Places

33 Facts About India That Will Hit You Right In The Patriotism

Sightseeing

Union Territories of India

Family Holidays

Places To Visit in December in India

Art & Culture

15 Classical Dance Forms of India And Their States of Origin

Art & Culture

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India

States in India and Their Capitals

Sightseeing

Tourist Places In India - Best Places to Visit in India

Art & Culture

Indian Culture - Unique Customs and Traditions

Adventure

10 Chances To Spot Tigers This December!

Adventure

Snowfall in India: Snow Places in India

13 Seaports in India That You Didn't Know You Could Visit!

Experiences

Most Haunted Places in India: Real Stories and Places!

Wildlife & Nature

Biodiversity Hotspots Of India

Family Holidays

Top Hill Stations in India For A Perfect Holiday

Fairs & Festivals

New Year 2020 - Best Places To Celebrate New Year in India

Sightseeing

Best Cities To Live in India 2019

Backpacking

Cheap Places to Visit in India When You Are Low on Budget

Sightseeing

Coldest Places in India

Adventure

Best National Parks in India

Sightseeing

Best Places To Visit in February in India

Top Places

Best Places To Visit in March In India - Must Visit Tourist Destinations

Art & Culture

Most Famous Historical Places in India

Art & Culture

Nicknames of Indian Cities Across The Country

Family Holidays

Cheapest Countries to Visit From India For A Budget Dream Vacation!

Destination Wedding in India: Top 12 Exotic Locations for that Grand Affair

Adventure

Best Places For Scuba Diving In India

Fairs & Festivals

Diwali in India: All You Need To Know About Diwali 2019

Fairs & Festivals

Festivals In December You Wouldn't Want To Miss

Family Holidays

Famous Indian Temples To Visit For A Spiritual Journey

Art & Culture

Handicrafts of India - A Shopping Guide

Art & Culture

Historical Monuments of India That Should Be In Your Wishlist

Road Trips

Best Places to Visit in India in Winter

Adventure

Best Places For Solo Travel in India

Beaches & Islands

Best Beaches in India For A Perfect Beachside Vacation

Family Holidays

Best Tiger Reserves in India: Places to Go Tiger Spotting

Transport

Best Train Routes in India: Most Beautiful Railway Rides

Beaches & Islands

15 Beautiful Islands in India for a Perfect Escape

Road Trips

Best Road Trips in India That You Must Take

Splash! : 18 Best Water Parks in India to Travel to this Summer!

Wildlife & Nature

13 Best Wildlife Safaris in India Every Animal Lover Needs To Take!

Romantic & Honeymoon

Best Honeymoon Places In India For A Perfect Romantic Trip

Fairs & Festivals

Cultural Festivals in India

Top Places

Beautiful Offbeat Places In India That Are Still Unexplored

Transport

Fastest Trains in India

Religious

Religious Places in India For Divine Blessings

Adventure

Top Destinations for Skiing in India for a Thrilling Snow Vacation

Adventure

Top Places For Hot Air Balloon Ride in India

Sightseeing

Deserts in India For An Unforgettable Desert Adventure

Road Trips

India to Bhutan by Road

Adventure

Safest Destinations for Solo Female Travellers in India

Adventure

Paragliding in India

Food & Drink

Winter is Coming! 20 Amazing Winter Dishes in India to Keep You Warm This Season!

Experiences

Music Festivals In India That Every Music Enthusiast Must Attend!

Top Places

Hottest Places In India Where The Sun Gets Scorching

Fairs & Festivals

Festivals in South India: Lights, Colours and Celebrations

Adventure

27 Caves in India That are a Must Visit for a History Buff!

Road Trips

Best Places For Short Trips in India

Sightseeing

Places to Visit in April in India - Escape the Summers! (2019 Updated)

Experiences

Unusual Places in India - Strange Places In India That Will Surprise You

Wildlife & Nature

Elephant Sanctuaries in India To Spend Time With The Majestic Mammals

Experiences

Cleanest Cities in India That Are Examples For The Rest!

Adventure

10 Dangerous Places In India For The Daredevils

Sightseeing

Tourist Attractions in India That Should Definitely Be on Your Bucket List

Hill Stations

Best Hill Stations in India for Honeymoon

Romantic & Honeymoon

Best Romantic Resorts in India For A Private Vacation

Family Holidays

Best Places To Visit In Summer In India

Wildlife & Nature

Zoos In India – Most Popular Zoological Parks In India

Family Holidays

Family Holiday Destinations in India To Visit In 2019

Experiences

Forts in India: Majestic Palaces and Forts to Marvel over

Art & Culture

Richest Temples in India that are a Class Apart

Food & Drink

24 Street Foods of India: Yummy in My Tummy!

Adventure

Skydiving in India: Feel The Feeling of Free Fall

Top Places

Bridges in India That Are Magnificent!

Art & Culture

Souvenirs To Buy from 29 States Of India! - A Shopping Guide

Adventure

Dangerous Roads in India For That Memorable Road Trip

Food & Drink

Street Food Places in India Whose Local Food You Can't Miss

Art & Culture

List Of Best Art Galleries In India - For The Hidden Artist In You!

Adventure

12 Highest Motorable Roads In India

Adventure

Treks in India For The Rugged Adventure Lovers

Tea Plantations in India

Fairs & Festivals

Fairs and Festivals of India

Art & Culture

7 City of Lakes In India: Guide to India's Lake Cities

Islamic Architecture in India - Ramadan Special

Wildlife & Nature

Best Wildlife Sanctuaries in India for All You Nature Lovers

How Many Of These 27 Drinks of India Have You Tried ?

Adventure

River Rafting in India - Best Places & Basic Guide

Adventure

Amazing Amusement Parks in India for Ultimate Thrill and Excitement

Adventure

Camping In India For The Ultimate Nature Experience

Religious

Dargahs in India Every Muslim Should Visit

Backpacking

The Ultimate Hippies’ Guide To India - Hippie Places in India

Art & Culture

Archaeological Sites in India For A Quick History Recap

Hill Stations

Switzerland of India- Which places are called Switzerland of India?

Sightseeing

Highest Dam in India: Tehri Dam on Bhagirathi River

Experiences

Stargazing in India: Top Places for the Space Enthusiasts

Backpacking

Backpackers Hostels In India That Every Traveller Should Know

Family Holidays

Best Places to Visit in July in India

Comments on this post