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5 Indian Desserts You Have to Try This Diwali

Updated: Nov 3, 2021

Diwali, the annual Indian celebration, will be observed on November 4th, and though the world will still be in the midst of a pandemic, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate the festival of lights by making your own delicious cuisine.

What Christmas is to Christians, Diwali is to one billion Hindus across the world. Diwali symbolizes the spiritual victory of light over darkness, good over evil, & knowledge over ignorance. 

Among the wide variety in Indian cooking remains its desserts category. There is no denying the fact that Indians love to end a meal with something sweet. The bulk of Indian sweets are known globally for being milk and sugar based.

From London to Dubai, Bangkok to Brunswick, you can find an Indian restaurant just about anywhere these days. Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine has been serving up some of India's most iconic Diwali desserts for over 30 years.

Here are 5 Indian desserts you have to try this Diwali:

1) Gulab Jamun

Quite possibly the most popular dessert in India, Gulab Jamun is an ultra-sweet and sticky ball of goodness which means ‘rose berry’ in Hindi. Made into soft spongy balls of dough from flour, milk, and milk powder, they are soaked in an ultra-rich syrup and flavored with cardamom, rose water, and pistachio.

2) Kulfi

Kulfi is India's version of street style ice cream. It's typically creamier and denser than normal ice cream, as it's not whipped before freezing. Traditionally, kulfi is flavored with cardamom. However, popular flavors include pistachio, mango, saffron, vanilla, and rose.

3) Kheer

Kheer is India’s version of a humble rice pudding. Made from rice, milk, raisons, cashew, pistachio, almond, saffron, and cardamom, it is a sweet, soft and chewy way to end a spicy Indian meal.

4) Gajar Ka Halwa

A classic Indian dessert brought to India by the royal Mughal empire,it remains a popular North Indian treat especially during the winter months. Carrots are a main ingredient alongside milk, sugar, clarified butter known as ghee, as well as saffron to give it an orange glow.

5)  Jalebi

One of the most popular street snacks in India you will come across, jalebi is not something you would want to indulge in everyday! Made from refined flour and saffron sugar syrup, this mixture takes shape when deep-fried right along India’s busy streets. Its origins can be traced back to the Middle East and was brought to India by the Persian invaders.

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