Indian Wedding Desserts
Most Indians having a sweet-tooth are very fond of sweets and desserts. Indian desserts are very tempting and mouth watering. They are most loved part of the cuisine, and are served at the end of meal. A meal is always incomplete without sweet dish/dessert like gulab jamun or kulfi or gajjar ka halwa or ice cream.
Indian sweets range from rice puddings to confections made from chickpea flour and nuts to dairy-based desserts.Sugar, milk and khoya are the main ingredients of Indian dessert.
Desserts also form an essential part of our sacred offerings. The boondi or besan ladoos served at temples, the khada prasad at Gurudwaras. Most of the Indian desserts are offered as bhog (meal) to God and the same will be distributed as prasad to guests present in puja (worship).
A big fat Indian wedding is always incomplete without sweets and therefore have a good dessert in the menu selection gives an enduring effect on the guests.
Here we are presenting 5 best Indian wedding desserts.
Mung Dal Halwa
Halwas are special kind of ghee (clarified butter) based traditional Indian desserts made on special occasions, festivals and weddings.
Moong Dal Halwa is a rich, creamy and pudding-like dessert made with split yellow moong dal and flavored with cardamom, almonds and other nuts. To prepare this, we have to sauté the dal in lots of ghee while stirring continously and take a long time and lot of patience.
Mung Dal Halwa is a popular and delicious dessert of the state of Rajasthan.
Its a perfect winter dessert as it keep the body warm and protect it from the bitter winter cold.
Rasmalai (Ras means ‘juice’ and malai means ‘cream’) is popular Bengali sweet prepared with soft paneer or chenna (Indian cottage cheese/homemade cheese) balls and is soaked in rich saffron and cardamom flavored creamy milk. It look like Rasgullas but is soaked in chilled and sweetened, flavored milk instead of sugar syrup.
This sugary white, cream or yellow coloured rich dessert is usually prepared on special occasions and is served as a chilled dessert garnished with dried fruits.
Rasmalai is believed to have originated in Orissa.
Gulab Jamun is a popular festive dessert in India served at weddings and occasions and has countless fans. The word Gulab Jamun consist of two words: Gulab means rose (for the rose flavored syrup) and Jamun is a kind of deep purple coloured Indian berry (the cooked dumplings are dark brown in colour). Milk solids (thickened or reduced milk) called khoya or mawa is used to make sweetened dough, which is fried and dipped in rose flavoured sugar syrup. This delicious dessert is best served warm.
Kulfi(naturally flavored Indian ice cream)
Kulfi is an Indian version of ice-cream.Kulfi is a frozen dairy-based Indian dessert made from sweetenedfull cream milk thinkened with khoya, cardamom (elaichi) andchopped badam and pista.It is similar to ice cream in taste and appearance but it is denser and creamier and thus kulfi takes a longer time to melt than Western ice-cream.
It comes in variety of flavours: Rose, cream (malai), mango, pistachio (pista) and saffron (kesar or zafran).
In Indian summers, Kulfi tastes like heaven as it brings an instant relief due to its coolness. It is special treat for children and adults.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar Ka Halwa is a sweet dessert pudding from Punjab (India). It was first introduced during the Mughal period
The name Gajar ka Halwa originates from an Arabic word ‘Halwa’, which means “sweet” and it is made from carrot (Gajar in Hindi). So it is known as Gajar ka Halwa – pudding of carrot or Halwa of carrot.
This delicious, rich pudding is made by placing grated carrot, water, milk, ghee and sugar in a pot and then cooking while stirring continously. It is often served hot during the winter with a garnish of nuts such as almonds and pistachios.
It is treated as a light nutritious dessert as it contains less fat.