Sweets are considered to be a symbol of good gestures in India. Sweets forms an important part during the occasions and festivals. It increases the happiness and positivity in our body. All around the world, from north to south, east to west we can see the love people have for sweets and how much they cherish the same. There are various mouth-watering sweets from India which people love from abroad. Let’s look into the National Sweet of India- Jalebi. Along with it have a look into some of the famous sweets from India.
National Sweet Of India
Jalebi is declared as the National sweet of India. In many cities or countries, Jalebi has several names such as jilipi, jilapi, mushabak, zulbia, and many more. It is the most popular sweet of India. It is given mainly for dessert. Jalebi can be served both cold and hot. The ingredients required are Maida flour, saffron, ghee, and sugar. It is mostly eaten with rabri and curd.
Some Famous Sweets In India
1. Gulab Jamun
Gulab Jamun is a kind of sweet that is very popular in India, Nepal, Pakistan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Myanmar. In the Maldives, this sweet dish is known as Gulab ki Janu whereas in Bangladesh it is known as gap jam. This dessert is also garnished with dry fruit such as almonds to give it a more ENRICHING flavor, In India, it is prepared by heating milk for a long time over the flame so that all the water content gets vaporize and only the milk solids are left. These milk solids are well known as khoya which is then molded into a dough with a little amount of flour. After this, the dough has been formed into small balls and fried at a temperature of 145°c inside oil or ghee for a long time until they attain their golden Brown color. These sweets are then immersed in sugar syrup. The fried balls are then soaked in a light sugar syrup flavoring with green cardamom and rose water, kewra .sometimes hot Gulab Jamun are often served with vanilla ice cream. World Gulab Jamun day is celebrated on the 25th of May. Gulab Jamun is a dessert that is often eaten at birthdays or festivals. Every country has Different types of Gulab Jamun and eats differently.
Rasgulla which is also known as Rosogolla in Bengali and Rasagola in Odia is a South Asian dessert. The name rasgulla has come from the word ras which means juice and Gulla which means balls. It is made up of chhena( cheese) which is formed into small balls. These balls are immersed into the sugar syrup and then they can be cooked in either a pressure cooker or oven. Rosewater is added while serving to make it smell more refreshing and taste sweeter. A 100 gram of rasgulla has 186 calories and 1.85 grams of fat and 4 grams of protein. In Odisha rasgulla dibasic is celebrated as rasgulla origin to be Odisha.
Rasmalai is one of the Indian sweets mainly eaten by people of Bangladesh. It is the sweet of eastern regions of India. This sweet is called by several names in different languages such as Rossomalai in Bengali and Rasamalei in Odia language. This sweet is served at cold temperature and includes chhena, malai, and sugar in it. It is also popular among the Pakistani people. It has different shapes, textures, and flavors according to the taste and preferences of the people. In Dhaka and Rangpur, it is similar to Rasgulla.
Laddu is an Indian sweet that is mostly made from flour, sugar, and fat. These are often eaten during festivals and occasions. The name laddu has come from the Sanskrit word ladduka. There are different types of laddu such as boondi laddu, besan laddu, coconut laddu, peda, till laddu, and Rava laddu. These are made from gram flour which is then mixed with sugar and some flavor and baked in ghee and then given the shape of a ball. Some dry fruits are also added to it like pistachio, almonds to make it taste sweeter and tastier. In India during the time of Raksha Bandhan making laddus and eating them is a part of celebrating the festival and occasion. In the Ganesh festival making laddus for Ganesh Ji is a must and in 2012 laddu which weighed 6300 kg was one of the largest laddus.
Shrikhand is the famous Maharashtrian sweet. It is made up of strained curd. The ingredient required is curd, sugar, and saffron. It is very popular among the Gujarati, Rajasthani, and Punjabi people. This sweet is mostly eaten with deep-fried poori. It has a rich source of calcium, vitamin B1, B2, and B12.
6. Gajar ka Halwa
Gajar ka halwa is the sweetest dessert. It is the pudding of carrots. This sweet is served at hot and cold temperatures. The main ingredients required are milk, carrots, water, ghee, sugar, and khoa. This dessert is eaten mostly during festivals. In winter Gajar ka halwa is served hot. It contains low fat and is very easy to make.
Barfi is an Indian sweet. The name barfi has come from the Urdu word barf i.e.snow. There are different type of barfi such as besan barfi, kaaju barfi ,pista barfi and sing barfi. Barfi is made from powdered milk and sugar. Different types of barfi are made from different things such as besan barfi is made from gram flour, Kaju barfi is made from cashew, pista barfi is made from ground pistachio and sing barfi is created from peanuts. The components are cooked in a container till the constituents thicken. This sweet is usually laminated with dark which is a thin layer of silver metallic leaf. These are often diamond, square, or round in shape. These are often eaten during wedding ceremonies, festivals. Cardamom is the most important spice used for flavoring the dessert. Barfi is mostly consumed in India and Pakistan.
Kalakand is a kind of sweet that is very famous in Pakistan. It is an Indian sweet and made up of khoya. It is made up of milk, sugar, dry fruits, and vinegar. These are made by mixing the mixture into viscous fluid after that it is frozen so that it becomes solid. It also has some dry fruits such as cashew, almonds to make it look more beautiful and much tastier.
Kheer is one of the famous sweet of Bengal region of India. It is regarded as one of the most main sweets. It is usually the type of rice pudding. In Bengal kheer has a different texture and flavor and is just like Khoa. The main ingredient required is Cow’s milk. The milk is boiled for an hour until it becomes one-third of its volume. To add a different taste and sweetness sugar and suji are added. It is the most demanded sweets by Bengali people.
Chandrakala is the sweet of Bihar. The stuffing is made up of raisins, coconut, cashews, and almonds. It also includes khoa, sugar, cardamon, and semolina. It includes 9grams of fat and 240calories.
Sweets plays a major role in every day and every occasion. The above-mentioned sweets are mostly loved and appreciated by all the Indians, and abroad. If you have never tasted one, get a bite of it. You will definitely love it. Nowadays, sweets are easily available online from any restaurant and cafes. Have sweet a day and let your sadness disappear.