Gujarati cuisine is as bright and vibrant as the people there. The pleasing combination of sweet and sour flavours of Gujarati cuisine makes it special and unique. Did you ever get a chance to try some popular Gujarati desserts? If not, here is your chance!
What comes to your mind when you think of Gujarati food? Thepla, Fafda, dhokla, isn’t it? But this rich cuisine is much more than you could ever think. Gujarat is situated on the west coast of India and is home to several regions. And believe me, each region has a unique culinary highlight. Consisting of a palate pleasing combination of sweet and sour flavours, Gujarati food is not limited to a few dishes. While there is so much more to look into, this piece is dedicated to something special.
Whenever we think of a lavish Gujarati thali, all those fancy dishes come to our mind and but one thing that needs a special appreciation is the Gujarati desserts. From basundi to shrikhand to mohanthal, you may not find these Gujarati desserts at a regular restaurant, but believe me, these desserts are worth a try. And the best way to enjoy them is to make them at home. So, here are 6 Gujarati desserts to try to satisfy your sweet tooth. Here you go!
Sukhdi is a traditional Gujarati dessert made up with a combination of whole wheat flour, jaggery and ghee. Also known as gol papdi or gud papdi in Maharashtra, sukhdi has a texture crumbly, soft and melting on the tongue. Usually cut into squares and diamonds, sukhdi is a dessert worth trying.
Consisting of rice, milk and sugar, doodhpak is a dessert common in Gujarati as well as Parsi cuisine. This creamy dessert is mostly cooked during festivals and special occasions. It is the simplicity of this dessert which is flavoured with spices like saffron, cardamom and nutmeg and garnished with dry fruits like cashews, chironji, almonds, pistachios etc.
Often made on Diwali and wedding ceremonies, magaj or magas is yet another traditional Gujarati dessert. Made up of chickpea flour, ghee and besan, this dessert also has spices and nuts like cardamom, nutmeg, almonds, cashews and pistachios. Best part, it is very easy to make and is so delicious.
Consisting of rice flour roasted in ghee and combined with melted sugar, this traditional Gujarati sweet has a structure quite similar to cotton candy. Sutar means thread while feni means fine. Often paired with spices like cardamom and nuts like pistachios and almonds, these sweets are usually flavored with cardamom and topped with nuts such as almonds and pistachios. Making this dessert at home is really hard. Known to be invented in Gujarat and Rajasthan, this dessert reached Mumbai and became a favourite.
This is one such dessert from Gujarat which is as popular as dhokla and fafda. Made up of gram flour, milk and ghee, this fragrant and delicious dessert is covered with hot sugar syrup and garnished with almonds and pistachios. This fudge-like dessert is commonly served on occasions and festivals like Diwali and Janmashtami.
Made up of cracked wheat, ghee, milk and sugar, Kansar is a traditional Gujarati dessert and is made as a good omen on festivities and weddings. As per some food legends, is essential for the bride and groom to taste it on their wedding day. Also, after the marriage, brides cook kansar as the first dish at her in-laws' house for the first time.
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