India is a land of diverse culture and each culture has its own set of traditions, religious practices and distinct food items. Traditionally, every meal in the Indian household was followed by a dessert or a sweet which was prepared to satisfy your sweet tooth. These sweets are now not only consumed after meals but also as quick bites during any time of the day. Most of the Indian sweets use sugar, nuts or milk, which imparts them a unique taste. Following is a list of a few such sweets that you can make easily on your own:
1. Gajar Halwa
This particular delicacy is common during the winter season when carrots are easily available in the market. To make gajar halwa, you need to cook grated carrots in a kadhai by adding milk to it. Stir this mixture till most of the milk gets absorbed by the carrots. Once this is done, add ghee, cardamom powder, diced cashewnuts and 10-12 spoons of sugar to the mixture and mix well. Simmer the halwa on a low flame till the mixture starts to thicken. Let it dry for sometime before serving.
2.Seviyan Kheer or Vermicelli Kheer
This is one of the most simple recipes that you can make on your own. To start with, you need to sauté vermicelli on a slow flame for a couple of minutes till it gets pink in colour. Then add a cup of water and 1/4th cup of milk to this vermicelli and cook it on a medium flame till the vermicelli is cooked. Add sugar and 3/4th cup of milk to this mixture and keep stirring for a couple of minutes. Add cardamom powder and diced almonds for garnishing.
This dessert is popular in every Indian household due to its easy-to-make recipe and delicious taste. To make this recipe, all you need is ghee, sugar and semolina (sooji). To start with, roast a cup of sooji on medium flame till it turns slightly brownish. Add ghee to this roasted sooji and mix it well till it forms a dense mixture. Add boiling water to this mixture and keep stirring till no lumps are found. Now add sugar to taste, mix it well and cover the mixture and let it simmer for 5 minutes till the sooji is cooked completely.
Gulab Jamun is a favourite sweet among children and adults alike. This particular sweet is popular as a dessert during weddings and other special events. To make gulab jamuns, you need sugar, maida, khoya and milk as the main ingredients. The gulab jamun balls are prepared by mixing readymade khoya with maida and kneading the mixture to make a smooth dough. You can add a tablespoon of milk to make the dough soft. Now, prepare small balls from this mixture by greasing them with ghee. Once these balls are prepared, deep fry them in oil till they turn brown.
To make the syrup, take a cup of sugar, saffron strands and cardamom powder in a pan and add water to this mixture. Bring the mixture to a boil on high flame till it achieves a thick consistency. The sugar syrup is then ready and you can add fried gulab jamuns to this syrup to complete the recipe
This dessert is made using thickened and sweetened milk and has a creamy texture to it. This sweet is very easy to make as all you need to do is simmer full fat milk on medium flame for a long time till it gets reduced to half its original quantity and forms a thick mixture. Make sure to keep on stirring in between to avoid the milk from burning. Add sugar to taste along with almonds, saffron and cashews to this mixture and mix it again for five minutes. Your basundi is ready to serve.
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