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Desserts fulfil everybody’s craving for a sweet-something in the most creative and delightful ways. While desserts and sweets are predominantly served at the end of a meal, some Indian cultures believe in serving the sweet at the beginning, while some world cultures don’t have the concept of a dessert at all, and others like to top off with light fruits instead of rich sweets.
In any case, who can resist pampering themselves with a dessert? So, always pay attention to this course of the meal. Fortunately, this is not a tough challenge because as far as desserts go, we have just too much to choose from! From cakes, cakes, sundaes and ice-creams, to fruit-based desserts, puddings, cheesecakes and Indian mithai, there are endless options.
It is nice to prepare desserts at home rather than buying them from outside because you can customise them to your preferences. This section will help you explore the world of desserts and try your hand at traditional and innovative ones.
Healthy Bhapa Doi by Tarla Dalal
If anybody has an incurable sweet tooth, it’s a Bengali – and they are proud of it. Mostly made of dairy products, Bengali sweets have a unique flavour and amazing mouth-feel. Ranging from sweet curds to rasagolla, their sweets are now famous all over the world.
Of these, Bhapa Doi is a rich and ....
Baked Besan Karanji by Tarla Dalal
The Baked Besan Karanji is a crisp pocket of whole wheat flour dough stuffed with a rich mixture of roasted besan and nuts. This version of karanji is interestingly healthier than the traditional version as it is baked rather than deep-fried.
Yet, it has an amazing crispness that gives way to th ....
17 Aug 17
Badam Barfi, Healthy Almond Barfi by Tarla Dalal
Barfis have a knack of tempting everyone, young and old. But many of us resist taking a bite as we are scared of the calories hidden in it!
Here is a healthy Badam Barfi that you can indulge in occasionally. Made of protein-rich almonds, this yummy barfi uses very little ghee and sugar. It has t ....
17 Aug 17
Chana Dal Barfi, Healthy Indian Sweet by Tarla Dalal
Soaked and ground chana dal flour, roasted patiently in ghee, is cooked into a delicious barfi with hot milk and minimum amount of ghee and sugar.
A dash of desi spices gives the Chana Dal Barfi a fabulous flavour that none can resist. Roasting the chana dal mixture well gives the barfi and awes ....
17 Aug 17
Healthy Kulfi by Tarla Dalal
One and a half tablespoons of sugar for 7 servings of kulfi – do the maths and you will realize just how much healthier this version is compared to traditional kulfi.
This recipe gives you an opportunity to enjoy your all-time favourite desi dessert without much guilt. We have used medium-fat co ....
14 Aug 17
Kamlalebu Kheer, Healthy Bengali Orange Kheer by Tarla Dalal
When milky richness and refreshing tanginess come together, you get a beautifully balanced flavour, which you can experience in this Kamlalebu Kheer.
This Healthy Bengali Orange Kheer is made of well-cooked cow’s milk, sweetened with sugar, and perked up with chopped orange segments.
After c ....
10 Aug 17
Dark Chocolate Almonds with Sea Salt by Tarla Dalal
A sweet and salty flavour coupled with the addictive bitterness of toasted almonds makes you want more of this chocolaty treat.
Quite easy to make, this dessert involves coating toasted almonds with dark chocolate and seasoning it with a dash of sea salt. The intensely chocolaty flavour with a h ....
09 Aug 17
Healthy Fig Ice Cream, Anjeer Ice Cream Recipe by Tarla Dalal
Everybody loves a cup of lusciously creamy and tasty ice-cream, but have you ever wondered if there is some way to make it healthy?
Well, here is a Healthy Fig Ice-Cream made with loads of dried figs and cow’s milk. Figs give a nice mouth-feel as well as natural sweetness to the ice-cream, there ....
09 Aug 17
Healthy Peda, Quick Peda by Tarla Dalal
A peda without dairy products might sound strange, and that it’s made of powdered daria and ragi flour might seem even stranger; but try this once and you will not repent having walked the healthy path!
This Healthy Peda is made sans dairy products like milk or mava but has a very rich texture a ....
08 Aug 17
Jowar Apple Sheera, Healthy Indian Sweet by Tarla Dalal
It is hard to imagine Indian sweets without sugar but this sheera shows you that the possibility is real!
This yummy Jowar Apple Sheera has an amazingly satiating taste, with the natural sweetness of apple, honey and raisins.
Although it might not be as sweet as the normal sheeras, its pleas ....
08 Aug 17
Oats and Dates Kheer, Healthy Indian Dessert Without Sugar by Tarla Dalal
An interesting and off-beat kheer made with oats and dates, this is sure to satiate your cravings in a smart and healthy way. The Oats and Dates Kheer does not use any sugar.
Instead, it derives a pleasant and balanced sweetness from dates. It might not be as sweet as regular kheers but will sur ....
08 Aug 17
Coconut Laddoo, Coconut Ladoo by Tarla Dalal
When the festival season arrives, it is time to brush up our laddoo making skills and to expand our choice of laddoos because from Ganpati to Diwali, laddoo is a favourite offering to God. And laddoos like this Coconut Laddoo are also easy to make. Immensely rich and tasty, this Coconut Laddoo has a ....
07 Aug 17
Coconut Cake, Eggless Coconut Sponge Cake by Tarla Dalal
Like a breeze that caresses you atop a hill, the mellow flavour of coconut revitalises your palate when you bite into this unique Coconut Cake.
The soothing touch of coconut is unmistakable as both coconut milk and desiccated coconut are used. This is a soft and succulent sponge cake with a deep ....
02 Aug 17
Mawa Peda, Quick Mava Peda, Khoya Peda by Tarla Dalal
Festival or no festival, Indians love sweets! And, with the festival season just around the corner, the search for easy but tasty sweets only becomes more intense.
Well, here is one recipe that is sure to make it to your book of favourites. The traditional, evergreen mithai Mawa Peda has been ma ....
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