Indian cuisines and spices are famous worldwide for their exotic tastes and aromas. With diverse cultures, religions and castes across the country, tastes and traditions differ largely. Different traditions give rise to different food habits and recipes. Indian sweets are no different. They can be categorized into a wide variety of types starting from mouthwatering desserts to sugary delicacies to special confectioneries. A wide variety of sweets originate from different parts of India, gaining popularity across the whole world.
Let us discuss in this article some of the most popular types of Indian sweets or Mithai that are famous worldwide:
Rasgulla: Rasgulla is a famous sweet that is popular all across the country, but mainly found in West Bengal, which is its origin. It is also one of the most well-known sweets in Orissa. To make Rasgullas, casein sugar is boiled in sugar syrup and left to dry.
Parwal ki Mithai: Famous in all parts of Bihar, Parwal ki Mithai is made with parwal stuffed with sweets that are made from milk products. This exotic sweet is a perfect blend of being dry and juicy, and is used largely in various special occasions like weddings, religious rituals etc.
Khaja: One of the most popular and abundantly found sweets in Bihar, Khaja is dry externally and filled with juicy sweets from inside. It is a traditional delicacy, the origin of which goes back around 2000 years. This dry and juicy, sweet melts as soon as it is put in the mouth.
Apart from the above mentioned sweets that are made with different ingredients combined with milk products, there are various Indian sweets that are made entirely from milk and milk products. Here are some of them:
Ras Malai: This delicious sweet is almost like a dumpling that is made of cottage cheese blended with cardamoms. It tastes awesome when served chilled with various kinds of dried fruits spread on top.
Cham Cham: Also known as “Pleasure Boats”, this juicy sweet made with milk and milk products specially serve to loved ones as a symbol of love and affection.
GulabJamun: GulabJamun is again a dumpling like sweet that is made with condensed milk dipped in rose flavored sugar syrup. The rose flavored syrup the sweet is dipped in and the dark color of the sweet gives it the name GulamJamun, where the word “Gulab” means rose and “Jamun” means blackberry.
Some of the other popular Indian sweets are Shirkhand made from full cream, yoghurt or low fat yoghurt, according to your health preferences, Kulfi, a simple recipe that can be prepared by anyone, RavaLaddoo that can be prepared in a very short time etc.
Owing to the immense popularity of Indian sweets across the world, sweet manufacturers have recognized the need for online sweet shops to allow people to buy the various exotic sweet preparations conveniently and without any kind of trouble. These online shops provide delivery of these sweets to any part of the world.
Taste the unique and exotic sweet delicacies of India and get familiar with the diverse Indian culture and traditions.