India is a destination that never fails to amaze us with its varied culture, ancient history, incredible architecture and a mix of delectable cuisines from native regions that offer a unique way of seeing Indian culture at its best. Indians celebrate their colourful festivals and events with great passion. So, if you have a sweet tooth, festive months are the best time of the year to indulge in sweets from milkiest to crunchiest. The festive season has already begun in India and Diwali is ‘The Festival of Sweets’ also known as the “Festival of Lights” is the most anticipated festival of the year for Indians to bright the night sky with amazing fireworks and lit oil clay lamps in every corner of the streets to houses. Diwali is the biggest festival of the Hindu religion full of traditional sweet delicacies. Here’s a list of 07 Diwali sweets that you can never say No to.
Rasgulla is a very popular dessert that comes from the state of West Bengal. This Indian sweet dish is served for Diwali and various occasions making a delightful treat for all of us! Rasgulla, the cheesy dumplings are more famous for its milky taste. This traditional dessert is made out of cottage cheese also called as ‘Chena’ by curdling fresh milk. Maximum it will take up to 15 minutes to be prepared. The cottage cheese is smashed and cooked in a sweet syrup until the juice infiltrates the dough and garnished with crushed pistachios add flavours to the whole dish. Rasgulla is best when served chill and I bet you gonna love this soft, delicious balls of sweetness!
Jalebi is a popular Indian dessert famous in Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. It is mostly prepared on festivals like Diwali and for Indians, it’s that one dessert that infuses joy to their festivals. It’s made out of flour and sugar syrup. The chewy texture with a crystallized sugary exterior coating is so eye-catching. This crispy sugary spiral is best when served with hot milk. This sweet is paired with various dishes in different regions. In Gujarat, Jalebi is often paired with ‘Fafda’ a crispy snack made from gram flour, whereas in other regions it is served with ‘Rabri’ a milky sweet dish made out of condensed milk. This sweet delicacy taste and spicy Indian snack make a brilliant combination after a delicious meal. In India Jalebi is garnished with crushed pistachios and saffron strings before it served to guests.
Burfi or Barfi is an Indian version of fudge popular in Northern India. It’s made using milk, sugar, ghee and chickpea flour. ‘Barfi’ is a Persian name that means snow. No wonder why its named snow when it melts-in-the-mouth and laced with cardamom. Burfi is served in different sizes and shapes like square, diamond, or round. Burfi flavour was enhanced with fruit like mango or coconut, & nuts like almonds or Cashew nuts. There are many variations of Burfi’s that you can try in India such as Kaju Katli, coconut burfi, Mysore pak, besan burfi, paneer barfi and gajar burfi vary from colour and texture.
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4) Gulab Jamun
Gulab jamun is a popular Indian sweet that brightens up any occasion. This sweet dish is made for almost every festival of India. It’s also the highest-selling sweet during Diwali festival. This sweet softball is made from curdled milk, deep-fried in oil until golden brown and immersed in a sugary syrup afterwards. It is often garnished with dried nuts like almonds and cashews to enhance its flavours. Gulab jamun is best served with vanilla ice cream. Gulab Jamun is one of Indians favourite choice of sweet treat to festivals and special events. The soft juicy dumpling melts as soon as it enters your mouth giving you endless fits of sugary pleasure.
Kheer is a delicious pudding that traditionally served at auspicious occasions like Diwali. The kheer is made using rice or vermicelli. The combinations of ingredients like sugar, jaggery, dates, saffron, and dry fruits enhance the taste of this sweet dish. You can try variations of Kheer when you are in India. Rice with full cream milk gives a creamy texture to the dish. There are different types of milk puddings in India and kheer is one of the most loved sweets among Indians. It is made by boiling rice with milk and sugar and served later after being garnished with saffron, cardamom, dry fruits and nuts.
Laddu is the most popular festive treat in India. They are one of the quintessential Indian sweet savoured on every festival in India. Speciality is there are many different versions of this favourite sweet and every Indian region has a variety of its own. There are more than twelve types of laddus like Mango, mutter and Carrot Flavour coconut, Paan coconut, Paneer dates, Boondi, Dry fruits, Chocolate, Rawa, Roasted & Sabudana, Quinoa and Bajra churma laddu.
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Kulfi, the Indian ice cream is a rage amongst youngsters. It is made from whole fat milk, powdered sugar, cardamom powder and comes in tantalizing flavours like strawberry, mango and Kesar and embellished with raisins and almond. Kulfi is dense and creamy, comes with popsicle sticks or in terracotta pots. It is very easy to make and is usually made in homes during events and festivals.
Savour something more exotic this time with our top 07 Diwali sweets. You will definitely won’t leave hungry with a delightful treat in India. Check out Travel Center offers for cheap flights to India and book today!