What’s For Sweet Dish??? The Epic Question That Drives Our Taste Buds

By Muskaan Nagrath
4.2 min read

We all want sweet endings for everything. And when it comes to a meal it needs an ending wrapped either in gooey liquid delicacies or in soft slurpy sweets. Not to forget when monsoons are around the corner, you cannot skip the heavenly combos of the sweet dish and the breezy weather. 

Monsoons are best enjoyed when accompanied with irresistible sweet concoctions to delight not just the palates but the eyes as well. 

The 7 Best monsoon desserts:

 1. The Mystic Dish – Halwa 

sweet dish for monsoons

A confection made of flour (of various kinds), sugar, water, nuts and with or without oil/fat, the halwa has decidedly Arab origins, from where it seems to have traveled both East and West, through trade and conquest. This dish is the world in itself from those made with various dals (moong and chana lentils) to those made with vegetables (carrots, bottle gourd) to even more exotic ones made with just nuts (Badam Ka Halwa with almond paste), these are rich, full-of-ghee fudges cooked to perfection in milk. 

BEST SHOT- Try your own renditions to have the best of this dish.

 2. Indian Pancakes- Malpua 

sweet dish for monsoons

The Indian version of pancakes, Malpua or Amula is a classic sweet dish for all who crave for sugary dipped sweets. Prepared with maida (refined flour), semolina, milk, and yogurt, the batter is left to stand for a few hours before being spooned into a kadhai of hot oil to form a bubbling pancake which should be crisp around the edges. The pancakes are then immersed in a thick sugar syrup. 

 BEST SHOT- Try having it with thick creamy rabdi. 

3. Twisty Wisty- Jalebi 

sweet dish for monsoons

“Jalebi jaisi seedhi hai” you might have come across this humorous phrase and would have wanted to relish the jalebi all over again. Lemme allow you to relish it. The dish which was brought to Medieval India by Persian-speaking Turkic invaders got instant fame due to its miraculous shape ( untwine to enjoy it more ) that lets us get lost in its taste and color. It is made by deep-frying maida flour (plain flour or all-purpose flour) batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup. 

 BEST SHOT- Garnish it up with green cardamom powder or kesar juliennes or enjoy with kheer. 

4. The Queen Dish- Kheer 

sweet dish for monsoons

Classified as rice pudding in English, it’s a cuisine made by boiling rice, broken wheat, tapioca or vermicelli with milk and sugar. It is flavored with cardamom, saffron, raisins, pistachios, cashews or almonds and a whole host of special ingredients that creates a tantalizing aroma and beckons the taste buds to a feast of the senses. Quite surprisingly Romans used this dish as a stomach coolant and often used the rice pudding as a detox diet. You can devour is this dish keeping aside its calorific stats. 

 BEST SHOT- Must try jaggery kheer 

5. Ice from the Himalayas - Kulfi 

sweet dish for monsoons

The word ‘Kulfi’ derived from Hindi is said to be a synonym for the word ‘ice’, coined by the residents of the Himalayan region. Originated in the Mughal Empire, it was prepared in noble kitchens using ice brought in from the Himalayas. This is documented in the Ain-i-Akbari, an in-depth record of the Mughal emperor Akbar’s administration. It is made from boiled-down milk sweetened with sugar or corn syrup. No need to churn-it… Let it set in the cylindrical cups, dense and creamy, like frozen custard and warm them with your hands and enjoy the sweet treat. 

 BEST SHOT- Garnish the kulfi with a sprinkle of saffron strands, crushed pistachios, and sliced almonds or mango puree and serve it chilled. 

6. The Glazed Ball- Gulab Jamun 

sweet dish for monsoons

This orangish-brownish-earthy red glazed ball is one of the sweetest concoctions that will be on almost everybody’s list. The word "gulab" is derived from the Persian words gol (flower) and āb (water), referring to the rose water-scented syrup. "Jamun" or "jaman" is the Hindi-Urdu word for Syzygium jambolanum, an Indian fruit with a similar size and shape. It’s the ever time invited sweet dish in Indian weddings as it’s popular among the older yet the younger generation. 

 BEST SHOT- Enjoy the hotness and sweetness of Gulab jamun with ice cream. 

7. The Pearly White cream- Rabdi Falooda 

sweet dish for monsoons

Give your taste cells a boost by having this yet another refreshing and cool drink. Well if you are not aware of this delicacy, then let me tell you, Rabdi is flavored condensed milk while the falooda looks like rice noodles which are made up of corn starch. You can top this sweet dish with any syrup you like and with any garnishing you want. It’ll blow your mind and add tsunami of sweetness in your mouth. 

 BEST SHOT- Have it chilled loaded with cardamom seeds and nuts. 

 All these dreamy creamy desserts are waiting for you... Enjoy the sweet dumplings !!!! 
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