Indian food has become one of the fastest growing segments of the restaurant industry. The Indian diet for centuries has been noted for its inclusion of exotic spices, colors, taste and fragrances.
Among the wide variety in Indian coking 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.
Bombay Mahal in Brunswick, Maine has been helping its customers taste India’s love of spices and its offering a selection of some of India’s favorite desserts for over 30 years in the heart of Maine.
Here are 5 of the best Indian desserts to try if you haven’t already:
Quite possibly the most popular dessert in India, gulab jamun is a 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 a ultra rich syrup and flavored with cardamom, rose water, and pistachio.
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.
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.
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 a orange glow.
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.