5 Indian Desserts That Will Have You Salivating

Indian Desserts

Indian Desserts

India is a country that mesmerizes you with the sheer vibrancy and diversity of its landscape and culture. The richness of the country’s heritage also reflects in the sweetness of its desserts. India offers a lip smacking range of desserts across the length and breadth of the country.

My travels in India have taken me across the length and breadth of the country, to its modern cities, its small towns and remote villages and wherever I have gone, chances are I have found one unique signature sweet dish which the place claims as its own!

Dear readers I have already introduced you to the ecstasy of Indian desserts through my earlier post – Authentic Indian Sweets – An ecstasy for the tongue

Authentic Indian Sweets – An ecstasy for the tongue | Voyager

The overflowing plate of dessert arrives and you look at it greedily, your exocrine glands release a flood of saliva which you quickly gulp. You wait impatiently for the others at the table to begin and then you dig in and place a generous scoop in your mouth.


Here are  5  Indian desserts selected from  over 170 varieties  that are guaranteed to arouse and seduce your palate.

Gajar Ka Halwa

Indian Desserts Gajar Ka Halwa

This dessert can be called as a ‘Saffron Seducer’ owing to its saffron color and richness of taste. It is a pudding made from grated carrots, milk, sugar and clarified butter. The origins of this dessert may be traced to the Mughal Period in India somewhere in the region of Punjab, Northern India.

The dessert is prepared in the kitchens of millions of homes of Northern and other parts of India during festivals and other celebratory occasions.

Ras Malai

Indian Desserts Ras Malai

This dessert can be called a ‘Yellow Temptress’. It lures you with its aroma and enthralls you with its rich and creamy sweetness. The name literally translates into ‘Juice of Cream’. It consists of round and flattened cheese soaked in cream and sugar and flavored with cardamom. The sweet originates from the eastern Indian state of Bengal, which is also the birth place of many of India’s mouth watering desserts including the illustrious Rosogolla.

Kaju Barfi

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This dessert can be called as the ‘Cashew Charmer’. It is a dessert that simply melts in your mouth, setting off a million sensory explosions of ecstasy. The name can be literally translated as Cashew Sweet. This dessert is prepared by soaking cashew nuts overnight in water and then grinding into paste. The cashew paste is then mixed with boiled sugar syrup and marinated butter. This mix is quickly spread and flattened in a greased plate or shallow vessel, to be cut into thin diamond shaped slices once the mix cools down. The dessert is also covered with thin and edible silver foil to give it a regal appearance.


Indian Desserts

This one is the ‘Cool Dude’ of Indian Desserts. It may be called as the traditional ice- cream in India. The flavor and taste of this ice-cream is as unique as India itself. The origins of this dessert can be traced to the Mughal Period as well as Persian influences as the word ‘Kulfi’ is Persian for a ‘covered cup’. The Kulfi is prepared by boiling milk mixed with sugar and desired flavors till it condenses and then freezing the condensed milk in tight sealed containers or moulds. The density of Kulfi is more than normal ice-creams and hence it takes longer to melt. The Kulfi is available in numerous mouthwatering flavors like Mango, Cream, Pistachio, Saffron and Cardamom among numerous others.

Gulab Jamun

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The ‘Gorgeous One’ or the queen of Indian desserts is Gulab Jamun. This dessert is prepared in homes across India and available in eateries spanning the length and breadth of the country. The origins of this dessert can be traced to Medieval India. Myth has it that it was prepared by the personal chef of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, by a sweet accident! The word Gulab refers to the rose flavor that goes into the making of this dessert and the word Jamun refers to an Indian fruit which the dessert resembles in shape and color. The Gulab Jamun is prepared by making a dough of solidified milk mixed with a pinch of flour which is then shaped into small circular balls which are then deep fried till they are golden brown. The fried dough balls are then soaked in sugar syrup flavored with rose essence.

The Desserts listed here are just the tip of the “ice-cream’! The wide range of Indian food and its desserts promise the taste of heaven right here on earth.

Have you tasted heaven right here on earth? Do let us know what your favorite Indian Dessert is; through our comments section.

After all this rich sweetness in case you are having a sweet rush, you can relish some spicy snacks by checking out one of our other posts  :

Indian food you should definitely try in your lifetime
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69 thoughts on “5 Indian Desserts That Will Have You Salivating

  1. Noemi of Pinay Flying High Reply

    I’m not into sweets at all but I’ve noticed that most of my Indian colleagues are sweet-toothed. One day one of the brought gulab jamun and I thought it looks so pretty and perfectly shaped, I tried one bite and it gave me goosebumps! Lol. It was too sweet for me. Since then I avoided it but will always take a photo of it whenever I see one. It’s too pretty! :p

  2. Azlin Bloor Reply

    Great round up article! Indian sweets do tend to be a bit sweet for me, despite the fact that there were always around as I was growing up! I do love rasmalai though, because a good one is not overly sweet.

  3. JM Reply

    I love indian desserts but i just cannot remember the names. Looking at your photos, Gulab Jamun is one of those. Super sweet but yummy.

  4. AnnMarie Brown Reply

    These desserts look so good. All of them I don’t know which one to try first. They Kulfi looks really good I think I will start there.

  5. Stella the Travelerette Reply

    I’ve never eaten any Indian desserts except for kulfi! I usually don’t indulge in dessert at Indian restaurants because I eat too much naan! But now I will have to experiment some more. That Gulab Jamun looks beautiful!

  6. Elizabeth O. Reply

    I love desserts especially the ones with fruits in them. The ice cream pops look really good and refreshing too! Perfect of the hot summer weather! I love how diverse the desserts are!

  7. Nina Reply

    I love this post! all of them look delicious and for me at the moment on a cleanse diet its a torture to read about anything sweet:)

  8. Martina Williams Reply

    I absolutely love the Gulab Jamun! I remember that I used to order it hot, with ice cream near it. Even if I was full, I would still go for 1 or 2 gulab jamun, if they were available in the menus. The best one I actually had in Varanasi.

  9. Nicole Escat Reply

    Wow, I want to try these desserts. I hope there is an Indian restaurant near us.

  10. Travelling Tom Reply

    I’ve never eaten any Indian desserts now that I think about it. Don’t remember these being on any menu when I’ve ben to Indian restaurants. Kulfi looks especially appetising!

  11. Claudette P. Esterine Reply

    I love Indian cuisine and from time to time try the desserts…the ones that I have come across, while tasty are a bit sweet for me. These look very delightful though!

  12. star lengas Reply

    I had Gulab Jamun & Karju Barfi at my friends wedding and I was addicted. It’s super yummy — next time I visit an Indian restaurant I hope they serve some of these treats, I especially want to try Ras Malai.

  13. shayan Naveed Reply

    Being a Pakistani and lover of Indian food, I’m actually not a fan of Indian desserts. Just toooo sweet for me. I’m a dark chocolate and ice cream kind of guy.

  14. marie Reply

    I LOVE all Indian food, great for vegetarians like me! I will definitely try some of these desserts next time I’m in India! In the meantime. do you have a favourite recipe to share? Thanks!

  15. Chris Reply

    This stuff looks the business!

    All the more reason to get my butt (and stomach) to India!

    I’m quite fond of Jalabi as well… in small portions of course!

  16. Maria Reply

    Indian desserts are amazing. That ice cream popsicle looks so delish. Perfect to cool down on one of those hot summer days!

  17. Esther Reply

    nyee!! I just had a boring yoghurt after lunch! I would definitely go for the Gulab Jamun! 😀 Sweet post! 🙂

  18. Joella (RovingJo) Reply

    Please sign me up for one of each they all look and sound divine. I would love to try the Ice Cream in either mango or Strawberry (like the one in your picture) and that last one “The Gorgeous One” wow that just looks incredible. Thank you for sharing these with us. Happy Roving!!!

  19. Cori Reply

    These all look delicious! I just know how to point when ordering, so thanks for sharing the names! Now I’m going to have to find some recipes to make these at home.

  20. Global Brunch Reply

    These all look so tasty! I wouldn’t know which one to try first. I love the flavours & variety of Indian food, but have to admit that so far I’ve only really explored their savory dishes. Your post has definitely inspired me to change that.

  21. Doreen Pendgracs Reply

    I have never tried any if these Indian desserts, but think I would really enjoy a mango kulfi. Thx for introducing us to this delicious lineup.

  22. Darlene Reply

    I have never tried any Indian dessert yet actually. But from your selection, I definitely would like to try Ras Malai and Kaju Barfi because I’m a fan of cashew and cheese. 🙂 great job for describing them thoroughly!

  23. Susan Reply

    Those all look delicious! I enjoyed seeing them, because we sponsor 2 girls in India and I often wonder what they eat. They have mentioned “biryiani” (I may have spelled that wrong). Have you heard of it?

  24. Maria Reply

    These look absolutely delectable. Indian desserts are so interesting and I love to indulge, whenever I have the chance!

  25. Valerie Perry Reply

    Wow! They’re all so bright and colorful. Delicious and beautiful. I’ve never tried any Indian desserts, but I have to now!

  26. Marge Gavan Reply

    This is the first time I’ve seen some Indian dessert and wow they look delicious. I am particularly curious with Kaju Barfi just because of the silver sheen to it. I wouldn’t even think it’s edible if I didn’t know it’s a type of a dessert.

  27. anna Reply

    Looks delish! I’ve only tried Gulab Jamun and its pretty delicious! Very sweet though!

  28. Joe Reply

    Indian cuisine is probably my favourite in the world, but I must admit that – Kulfi aside, which I have enjoyed several times – I have not really sampled many of the desserts on offer. I have to say that these do look delicious, particularly Gulab Jamun; if it’s good enough for Shah Jahan, it’s good enough for me 🙂

  29. Erin Reply

    Oh my goodness! These desserts not only look beautiful but sound AMAZING! It looks like dessert making is an art form in India. Love seeing dessert from around the world 🙂 I’d have to say the one that looks the most delicious to me is Gulab Jamun (it was hard to choose!)

  30. Christina Reply

    I feel so disappointed that I haven’t tried any of these desserts. It sounds like I have seriously been missing out. I think I need to hunt down some Gulab Jamun as my first one to try out 🙂

  31. Ferna Reply

    That yellow temptress and cool dude seems tasty to me. From your tempting description of it I feel like I’m eating way too much of desserts. I only eaten Indian restaurants in Cebu but didn’t try nor have noticed some good desserts I should see to it that I ll have some desserts on my next visit. Restos were owned by native Indians so I bet it’s as the same

  32. Jamie Reply

    Fascinating. So interesting to see how other cultures create desserts. I mean, the Kaju Barfi just looks like metal to me!

  33. Carlie Reply

    This all sounds amazing. Indian food is by far my favorite! I’d try any of these in a heartbeat!

  34. Mary - A Mary Road Reply

    I haven’t been in India, and I won’t even remotely playing ignorant here, but I wasn’t aware with Indian desserts. All I know is the famous curry 😀 Now, this goes on my must try foods when I get there! 😀

  35. Brian Reply

    I was more than 30 years old when I started to get familiar with Indian food. Although it’s not a dessert, my favorite Indian sweet is lassi!

  36. melody pittman Reply

    Hmmmm, that frozen fruit pop looks interesting. Never had anything like that in Indian flavors. I prefer the Ras Malai, creamy and rich desserts. 😉

  37. Lisa Reply

    Your dessert list looks fabulous and very rich! I haven’t tried many Indian desserts,I am obviously missing out!

  38. Angela Reply

    When I think of Indian food, all the colorful and vibrant spices come to mind for main dishes. I never think about desserts for some reason, but now I’m going to have to put it on my list of things to try! Kulfi and Gulab Jamun sound delicious!

  39. Nancy Reply

    Wow, Indian desserts are so different from what we have here. They are so colorful and looks so much more healthy too. If I had to pick one it would be hard but the Gulab Jamun looks delicious!

  40. Bart & Eena Reply

    Oh lovely! We did not know Indian desserts look this gooooooooood! We will try to get some in the future, because we know that everything’s delicious!

  41. Mohit Agarwal Reply

    India has a lot to offer and each region has its own taste to offer. my personal favorite kaju barfi. One thing you missed was Jalebi. There are still place where breakfast is incomplete without hot Jalebi on the plates.

  42. Mommy Queenelizabeth Reply

    Wow! I didnt know Indian foods can has some sweets too. Thats awesome! I love everything you shared. They all looks so appetizing. Im drooling over those Kulfi…they look great!

  43. Zwitsy Reply

    Everything looks so delish and so mouthwatering! I am not particular with the indian foods but hey, they look so yummy. The fact that it is dessert too, I won’t pass of giving this all a try!

  44. Fabio Inacio Reply

    Ahhh I Love all of them, the one I ate most because it is easy to fin, on train journeys, etc is Gulab Jamun. But the one I like most it is Cashew Charmer, I am a Kaju lover.

  45. Anne Reply

    Indian sweets are the best! I absolutely miss Kaju Barfi – it was like the only sweet I would insist on eating as a child (and now – maybe). I’ve never heard of Ras Malai but it sounds interesting!

  46. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits Reply

    Wow, this is heaven! I love all the dessert and they looks so tempting and luscious. I haven’t tried any Indian dessert yet and while reading your post, I want to fly to India and try all of them. The ras Malai is really looking so delicious. When I get the chance to visit India, I make sure that I’ll try all these desserts. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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