No wonder there is a deep connection between the celebration and the traditional sweets of India.
In every celebration, sweets play an important role. Festivals, weddings, and special occasions are incomplete without sweets (Mithai). While celebrating any event our heart says “Kuch mitha ho jaye” or after getting any good news we say “Muh mitha to kariye/ Karaiye”. Isn’t it?
Every country has its traditional sweet delicacies and likewise, India has rich and royal recipes in its basket. Though Indian sweets are famous all around the globe, and the secret of their popularity lies in the traditional way of making them. There are thousands of desserts served in India but some of them have special qualities to tantalize our taste buds.
So here are some trendy yet traditional Indian desserts which will leave you drooling!
Have a look at the mouth-watering traditional sweets of India:
1. BALU SHAHI
Balushahi is a sugar-glazed deep-fried flaky sweet famous in north India. It is also called Badusha and Padusha in the southern states of the country. This Indian desi pastry is made up of maida, desi ghee and sugar syrup and resembles a doughnut. Many people call it Indian doughnut though the taste and texture are quite different.
This traditional dessert (Mithai) originated from the Indian Subcontinent. And it is also liked by the people of Bangladesh, Nepal, and Pakistan.
It would be unjust not to mention that Badusha/ Balu shahi is one of the favorite sweets which is packed in boxes and presented as a return gift to guests of a wedding in the northern states of India.
Why is it considered a royal sweet? Its name itself says that it is a “Shahi” (Royal) dessert. Moreover, it is made up of desi ghee which brings royal look and rich flavor to its taste. Hence it melts down very easily in our mouth.
Best place to buy this sweet in Delhi, India: Hira Sweets(Estb. 1912), Connaught Place (100-year-old sweets shop famous for its specialized recipe of Balu shahi).
This Ghevar is a desi cake soaked in sugar syrup and has a disc-like shape or you can say a very big doughnut having a big hole in the center. It comes in different flavors including mawa and malai ghevar.
This traditional sweet has a special place in Rajasthani Cuisine and is also famous in the states like Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh.
Generally, this yummy sweet is available during the Teej festival in India. Teej festival is a rainy season festival which comes in the month of August and September.
This dessert has maida, desi ghee, sugar syrup, and milk as ingredients that bring unique taste and texture to it. This special delightful sweet dish has some ayurvedic benefits too. Like it provides relief from acidity and has a calming effect on the mind as well as the body.
Best place to buy this sweet in Delhi, India: Kishan Lal Halwai, Chandni Chowk
3. SEL ROTI
Sel roti is a ring-shaped sweet rice bread/ doughnut made with rice flour, water, butter, and of course sugar. It is a traditional homemade dessert that originated from the Indian Subcontinent. However, it is mainly famous in northeast India. It is also famous in neighboring countries like Nepal, Myanmar, and Bhutan.
Selroti is mostly prepared during Hindu festivals like Dashain (Dussehra in India), and Tihar (Deepawali in India). Basically, these two festivals are widely celebrated in Buddhist and Hindu communities of Assam, Darjeeling, Sikkim, and Nepal.
Best place to buy SEL ROTI in Delhi, India: YETI, The Himalayan Kitchen, Hauz Khas Village.
Pootharekulu is a popular sweet wrapped in a wafer-thin rice starch layer stuffed with dry fruits, nuts, and sugar. This sweet belongs to the Telugu state; basically, it is famous in Atreyapuram, Andhra Pradesh.
This rich-flavored sweet is a paper sweet. Its name means a coated sheet in Telugu language.
This Telugu sweet dish is popular for festivals, weddings and religious occasions celebrated mostly in the southern states of India.
There is a special community in Andhra Pradesh which is dependent on the making and marketing of this dessert. They make this sweet according to their traditional methods only. And also, they are in the process of applying for Geographic Indication, which they tag for this delicious sweet.
Best place to buy POOTHAREKULU in Delhi, India: Chhatarpur market
5. KASHMIRI SHUFTA
Shufta is a Kashmiri traditional sweet and loaded with oodles of nuts.
This Kashmiri delicacy is hard to resist because of its crispy and crunchy taste. As soon as you take its bite, you will feel a burst of rich flavors in your mouth. Kashmiri Shufta not only has an awesome taste, but is also full of nutrients. Dry fruits make it a healthy dessert as they are rich in protein and minerals.
Though Shufta helps in boosting one’s immunity, it could be your perfect dessert in winters. This sugary and nutty dessert is a part of every Kashmiri celebration, whether it is a wedding or any festival. Therefore, their celebrations are considered incomplete if this melting dessert is missing in the menu.
Best place for Kashmiri dish in Delhi: Chor Bazzare, Purani (old) Delhi.
So which sweet out of these made your mouth water? Or tell us in the comment box that among all traditional sweets of India which one is your all-time favorite??