Republic Day 2024: 7 Festive Desserts You Can Make At Home

How are you celebrating Republic Day? If you’re making some sweet treats at home, don’t just stick to barfis and laddoos when you can explore a whole range of themed desserts and fusion recipes. Tricolour desserts are a great idea for a Republic Day spread and they are easy to make even if you’re making everything from scratch. You can also make some elevated desserts which offer a clever take on desi desserts or exotic ingredients. For instance, if you’re making a dal ka halwa top it with some colourful nuts and dried fruits for a dash of brightness. 

If you’re making a creamy kheer, infuse it with flavours that are synonymous with the Indian palate, like masala chai or bracing cardamom. Here are a few desserts you should try for Republic Day

Paan Ice Cream

The beloved and minty Paan takes on a new form in this unconventional dessert. Paan-flavored ice cream combines the refreshing taste of betel leaves with creamy sweetness. Topped with gulkand (rose petal jam) and chopped nuts, this dessert offers a unique blend of flavours and textures. It has a mild green colour, which is a perfect representation of the tricolour flag.

Thandai Panna Cotta

If you want something quirky but on-point, go for the thandai panna cotta, by infusing the traditional Holi beverage, thandai into a creamy, wobbly panna cotta. The aromatic blend of spices like cardamom, fennel, and rose water, combined with the creamy texture of panna cotta is an elevated take on a fusion recipe

Nutty Shrikhand

This Gujarati favourite is a creamy and strained yoghurt dessert infused with saffron, and cardamom, and garnished with pistachios and almonds. Its luxurious texture and aromatic flavours make it the perfect sweet treat to serve after a big meal. Shrikhand is usually whipped to make it creamier so you may need to be careful about the flavours and infusions you add to the batter so it doesn’t mess with the consistency.

Beetroot Halwa Tarts

Revamp the classic Gajar Halwa by using vibrant beetroot instead of carrots and presenting it in the form of mini tarts. The earthy sweetness of beetroot, combined with the flaky tart crust, offers a visually stunning and unexpectedly delicious dessert. You can top it with green pistachios to add better colour symmetry.

Chai Masala Cheesecake

Combine the flavours of a masala chai with the indulgence of cheesecake in this unique dessert. Infuse the cheesecake batter with chai masala spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. The result is a rich and flavorful cheesecake that captures the essence of a comforting cup of chai in every bite.

Saffron and Pistachio Macarons

Give the French macaron an Indian twist by infusing it with saffron and pistachio flavours. These delicate and colourful almond meringue cookies, filled with saffron-infused ganache and pistachio cream, offer a perfect blend of two distinct cultures and also make for a great tricolour dessert!

Chocolate Samosa

Do you want something snackable and repeatable? Make crunchy chocolate samosas at home, with a filling of dark chocolate or a classic chocolate filling. You can use a simple ganache or a frosting to fill these small pockets of dough. You can add crushed nuts and top them with glazed chocolate sauce!