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Category: Sweets and Desserts

The variety of Indian sweets and desserts available in Indian sweet shops is mind-boggling. There is nothing similar in the Western culture. Every Indian festival and every happy occasion is celebrated by distributing sweets to family, friends, and neighbors.

Traditional Indian sweets come in multiple shapes, sizes, flavors, and colors. Some common categories, with endless permutations and combinations, are: barfi, halwa, laddu, and kheer or payasam as it’s called in South India.

Barfi is a cake-like sweet. It is usually some variation of thickened milk combined with different nuts and fruits, and cooked until all moisture is evaporated. Halwa is like a thick and dry porridge, and made with cream of wheat, and different flours and fruits. Laddu is made with different flours, grains, and nuts and shaped into small balls. Kheer or payasam is like a pudding, and usually contains milk.

Many sweets are made with khoa (mava) — fresh milk is boiled and cooked down until all water evaporates, leaving a thick, creamy dough, somewhat like fudge. It’s time-consuming to make khoa, but it adds a rich, creamy texture to barfis and other sweets.

Other popular sweets and desserts are made with cottage cheese and served in flavored sugar syrup, such as rasagullah and ras malai.

Many of these retro sweets and desserts are high in calories and fat, so moderation is key when consuming these rich desserts. Use low-fat alternatives when possible, and cut down the frequency and quantity of sweets you consume to maintain good health.

Here are some Indian desserts that are wonderful and quite easy to make. Try this traditional Kheer (rice pudding), or browse below for more recipes.

We Heart Food: Chocolate Bark

We Heart Food: Chocolate Bark

| December 3, 2014 Comment

We Heart Food: Chocolate Bark – In this episode of we heart food we show you how to make homemade chocolate bark, perfect for sharing over Christmas. Cooking Time: 45 minutes Servings: 20 pieces Ingredients 17 1/2 oz quality dark chocolate – at least 70% cocoa 3 1/2 oz white chocolate 3 large pieces of […]

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We Heart Food: Cranberry and Pecan Energy Bites

We Heart Food: Cranberry and Pecan Energy Bites

| December 2, 2014 Comment

We Heart Food: Cranberry and Pecan Energy Bites – In this episode of We Heart Food we show you how to make cranberry and pecan energy bites, perfect for that extra bit of energy for the gym after work! Servings: 10 – 12 Cooking Time: 30 minutes Ingredients 3/4 cup rolled oats 1/2 cup unsweetened […]

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How to Make Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce

How to Make Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce

| November 5, 2014 Comment

How to Make Churros with Dark Chocolate Sauce – Eat your doughnuts the Spanish way in this episode of Keep Calm And Bake. Chef, Caroline MiLi Artiss shows you how to make churros with a dark chocolate sauce. Servings: 4 Cooking Time:  50 minutes Ingredients 1 3/4 oz unsalted butter 6 3/4 fl oz water […]

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How to Make Chocolate Spread

How to Make Chocolate Spread

| October 28, 2014 Comment

How to Make Chocolate Spread – Love chocolate spread? In this episode of we show you how to make it at home. P.S It tastes so much better than store bought! Servings: 10 Cooking Time: 35 minutes Ingredients 3 ½ oz hazelnuts 3 ½ oz milk chocolate 3 ½ oz dark chocolate 5 oz icing […]

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Coconut Panna Cotta

Coconut Panna Cotta

| October 20, 2014 Comment

Coconut Panna Cotta – Tess Ward is back in the kitchen making this time, coconut panna cotta with passion fruit curd. This is a delicious vegan and vegetarian dessert. Tess uses only coconut milk; no dairy. The lime strips give the panna cotta a zesty flavor. You can serve it plain or with some lime […]

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Fruit Salad with Mint

Fruit Salad with Mint

| October 19, 2014 Comment

Fruit Salad with Mint – Chef Tess Ward is back with her Sweet Treats series, this time showing you how to make her quick and easy fruit salad. The mint leaves add freshness and flavor, while the pistachios add a nice crunch to this sweet treat. Servings: 6-8 Cooking Time: 10 minutes Ingredients 2  cups […]

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How to Make a Gooseberry and Elderflower Fool

How to Make a Gooseberry and Elderflower Fool

| October 19, 2014 Comment

How to Make a Gooseberry and Elderflower Fool – In this episode of Sweet treats Chef Tess Ward shows us how to make a Gooseberry and Elderflower fool. This is a healthy alternative to the traditional gooseberry fool. Servings: 4 Cooking Time: 40 minutes Ingredients 2 cups gooseberries 4 tbsp honey 4 tbsp elderflower cordial 4 […]

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Peanut Brittle

Peanut Brittle

| October 15, 2014 Comment

Peanut Brittle – Keep Calm and Bake with Great British Bake Off finalist Holly Bell shows you how to make peanut brittle

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How to Make Thai Sweet Rice with Mango

How to Make Thai Sweet Rice with Mango

| September 29, 2014 Comment

How to Make Thai Sweet Rice with Mango – Looking for a great dinner party dessert? In this episode of Feed My Friends Tess Ward shows you how to make sticky and sweet Thai coconut rice with mango and passion fruit.

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How to Make Figs in Honey

How to Make Figs in Honey

| September 28, 2014 Comment

How to Make Figs in Honey – In this episode of Sweet Treats, chef Tess Ward shows you how to make drunken honey figs. You’re going to love them!

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Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana Kheer

| March 17, 2013 Comment

Sabudana Kheer is a simple and healthy dessert. Sabudana or sago/tapioca pearl is full of carbohydrates, and combined with milk and nuts, this pudding is full of calcium, magnesium, and other minerals. Cashews have lower fat than most other nuts, and mostly contain heart-healthy monounsaturated fat. This payasam is also great as an energy drink. […]

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Peda

Peda

| March 14, 2013 Comment

Peda is a traditional sweet made with condensed milk (khoa). This is a sweet that’s distributed to family and friends to celebrate special occasions. You need to make the khoa beforehand for making peda, or you can use store-bought khoa. Servings: 8-10 Cooking Time: 20 minutes (if using ready-made khoa) Ingredients 1 cup khoa or […]

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