"I am starting to think that maybe memories are like this dessert. I eat it, and it becomes a part of me, whether I rememeber it later or not." -Erica Bauermeister

Many people have a sweet tooth and simply cannot resist reading the dessert menu at the restaurant. Dessert is the grand finale of a fantastic meal. Without it, a meal is not complete.

Every culture, country and city has a famous dessert. It is a serious sin to leave New York City without having tried an NYC style cheesecake, downright unthinkable to board your flight at Charles de Gaulle airport without having had a delightful creme brulé in a Parisien café and don't even get me started about leaving Venice without having indulged in at least two or three tiramisus!

The simple sweetness of a well-made dessert makes us say "Yum" or "Wow" and happy that we saved room in our tummies for this decadent delight. 

After an awful day at the office, our only friend and true comforter may result in being a tub of ice cream or bag of cookies. It is true that after eating too many desserts we pack on the pounds, however, sweets bring us to another place and make us remember why we love food so much in the first place.

Therefore, since every country and culture has noteworthy desserts, India is bound to have some as well. Superprof is here to show readers that Indian cuisine is not just known for its curries and samosas but for its delightful desserts that will have you begging for more!

We will take a culinary tour and examine what typical desserts are famous in the North, South, East and West parts of India.

Typical Desserts from the North of India

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Jalebi is a typical dessert most commonly found in Northern India. Delicious when crunchy and accompanied by a Masala tea. (Source: pixabay)

The states and territories of Northern India border the countries of Pakistan, Nepal and Tibet. There are nine states and territories that make up this geographical region and four official languages are spoken among inhabitants such as Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English.

The cuisine from Northern India is what Westerners are most familiar with in UK based Indian restaurants. The smells of curry and exotic spices may make us want to book a trip to India in order to truly experience the cuisine and culture.

Without further ado, here are the best dessert recipes that Northern India has to offer:

  • Gulab Jamun: this dessert is probably one of India's most recognizable and beloved. The sweet dumplings are made of thickened or reduced milk and are put in a rose flavoured sugar syrup. Many foreigners call these treats "Indian doughnuts" and find them difficult to resist. The rose water creates a beautiful aroma that is very different among other desserts you may know. This dessert is relatively easy to make in your own kitchen with household items and only takes about 50 minutes from start to finish. This dessert is the perfect finish for an Indian themed dinner party!
  • Jalebi: an extremely popular Indian dessert treat that consists of maida and sugar syrup. This dessert is usually served in Northern India during special occasions and festivals. For the best jalebis, the batter needs to be well fermented. There is no perfect time of the day to enjoy these since they can be eaten with a hot drink for breakfast, after lunch and as an evening snack paired with samosas and a hot masala tea. The most delicious jalebis are previously soaked in saffron water to get that yellow colour and fried to perfection in order to be truly crispy.
  • Ras Malai: Indian desserts are extremely decadent and creamy and this recipe is of no exception. This dessert is dumplings made of cottage or ricotta cheese that has been previously soaked in sweetened, thickened milk that has been flavoured with cardamom. YUM! This dessert is served chilled with dried fruit on top. It takes approximately 100 minutes to prepare this dish and that does not include the few hours it takes to chill in the fridge after the basic preparation is done.
  • Kheer: this is an Indian take on rice pudding and is flavoured with cardamom and nuts to give it a delightful flavour. This dish is known as Kheer in the North, however, in other parts such as the South it is known as payasam and in the East, it is referred to as payesh. This recipe calls for condensed milk, basmati rice, almonds, raisins and saffron.

All of the aforementioned desserts are delicious and sure to impress any dinner guests. Indian food is very complex, varied and simply divine whether its dessert, a simple side or a full meal.

The Best Dessert Recipes from Eastern India

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Natives of India have a sweet tooth and enjoy delicious desserts and sweets. (Source: pixabay)

Eastern India consists of four main states and territories known as Bihar, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Odisha. The largest city is Kolkata with an estimated urban population of 14.3 million inhabitants.

East India is known for the Bengali language, the Bay of Bengal, its unique culture, breathtaking landmarks and of course its food! 

There are many culinary delights that are unique to Eastern India and the region of Bengal. Here are some of the most iconic desserts from the East of India:

Making Eastern India desserts has never been so feasible with these aforementioned recipes. As a budding chef in an Indian food cooking course, it is extremely advisable to try new recipes that open your horizons and change your viewpoints about other cultures.

Best Dessert Recipes from the South of India

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Maa Ladoo is a recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes and enjoyed by the entire family. (Source: pixabay)

The South of India includes the union territories and states of Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana which occupies 19% of India's total area.

The total population of this area of India is estimated to be around 253 million inhabitants and residents speak one of the four Dravidian languages such as Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam. Indian cuisine is a bit different in this region due to the fact that fish is included in many dishes. Nevertheless, like in all Indian states and regions, rice is the staple diet.

Just like inhabitants in all parts of the world, the people of Southern India have a sweet tooth and enjoy delicious desserts. Here are some of the most acclaimed desserts in the South of India:

All of the aforementioned recipes give your family a sweet taste of Southern India in under 30 minutes. Try these recipes on a typical Wednesday night in order to make things more interesting by experiencing the culinary delicacies of another country, even if it is adapted to our tastes.

The Most Famous Dessert Recipe from Western India

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Modak is typical to Southern India and has a creamy texture and filling of coconut and jaggery that makes it irresistible. (Source: Visual Hunt)

The West region of India includes the states of Goa, Gujarat, Maharastra and Rajasthan just to name a few. The largest city on the Western coast of India is the city of Mumbai (formerly Bombay) that sits on the coast of the Arabian sea with approximately 18.41 million inhabitants.

In the western parts of India, culture, language, religion and cuisine is varied.

Mahastriain cuisine can either be super bland or extremely spicy and dishes in Goa are dominated by ingredients such as coconut, seafood and cashew nuts. Nevertheless, one thing is certain like in all other parts of India, there are tasty desserts. Here are some of the best recipes:

India is a food paradise, especially if you follow the more traditional recipes, with so many wonderful lunch, dinner and dessert recipes to try. The unique flavours and aromas of Indian cuisine make it many people's favourite. Due to the constant migration of Indians from all parts of India to the United Kingdom, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to India markets, restaurants and spice selection in supermarkets.

Learning how to make these classic Indian dessert recipes in the comfort of your own home is a fulfilling experience! 

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