5 desserts you need to try in India/Pakistan

Mani from A New Life Wandering published an awesome post with an overview of Indian and Pakistani desserts, and I do not want to withhold it from you. I have already tried 4 out of those 5 and really like them. ‘Kaju Barfi’ seems to be the favorite of most visitors and that is the one I haven’t tried yet, damn! My personal favorite so far is ‘Gajar Ka Halwa‘. From my experience I would add that the desserts covered in this article are not as sweet as German or American desserts (let me know if you disagree with that).

Of course what I know are only the Germanised or home-made version that of these dishes that my boyfriend creates for me. I always have to cry when he tells me we can’t directly eat them but first have to let them cool down in the fridge. I’m used to eat pudding and rice pudding when they are still hot. (The desserts introduced in the article basically all include boiling milk for a very long time until condensed and thickend.) Therefore I was even more excited when Mukul from Enchanted Forests told me that in some regions in India they actually eat these dishes hot.

In Nepal I once ate hot ‘Kheer’ for breakfast, as it seemed more nutritious to me than ‘Western breakfast’ with white bread and jam. By contrast, ‘Kheer’ includes rice and milk, so it makes your stomach filled up for a longer time 🙂

>> View Mani’s article here <<<

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5 Comments

  • Reply
    mukul chand
    19 August 2016 at 12:35

    Follow a thumb rule in India, never generalize. This statement is absolutely incorrect: “Contrary to the German kitchen, where we tend to eat pudding and rice pudding still hot, desserts are eaten cold from the fridge”. Kheer , Sevai & Payasam are three Rice puddings eaten Hot also. Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Imarti , Malpua are otherexamples of Hot Sweets and VERY VERY SWEET.

    • Reply
      keza
      19 August 2016 at 13:06

      Thank you so much for your comment, you are absolutely right and I apologise for my quick opinions and conclusions. India is such a big country and a generalisation is out of place. And now that I think about it, I know actually some veeeery sweet desserts myself, which I have pushed to the back of my mind because they were just too sweet for me. Concerning hot and cold dishes, I can of course only relate to the experiences I’ve made with my Indian and Pakistani friends, who are very crazy about serving the dishes cold, at least those ones who I have tried and which were covered in the article. It is nice to hear that some people actually eat kheer warm and I am eager to tell them next time the topic comes up 🙂
      Once again sorry and I really appreciate your comment. I will change the post a bit accordingly, so that new readers will not fall for my ignorance.

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        mukul chand
        19 August 2016 at 13:12

        thank you a positive response. My purpose was to give the correct perspective. The Himalayas cross India from the North West to the North East, it is bitterly cold and thus warm Food is sought after as is in German Winters. In Delhi and many Parts of Northern India Temperatures can fall to Zero Centigrade. Kheer can be served cold in the summers when temp would cross 45 C. Kheer can be made from Millets also not only Rice.

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    Neha Verma
    22 March 2017 at 06:48

    India has an enormous varieties of sweets. And in many parts of the country a meal doesn’t complete without a little sweet. Kaju Barfi is my daughter’s favorite. Then there is rasgulla, rasmadhuri, raskadamb, different kind of laddoos and pedas. And the list goes on. Do try when you get a chance.

    • Reply
      keza
      22 March 2017 at 13:33

      I tried many during my last travel to India. I still believe Gajar Ka Halwa to be my favorite 🙂

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