Traditional Indian Mithais Get A Global Makeover
With festivals and marriages on in full swing especially in India, there is now an endless supply of sweets available to gorge on. Right from ladoos, barfis and pedas to gulab jamuns, rabdi-jalebis and rasgullas, festive time in India is every foodie’s delight and more so for those with a sweet tooth. But with more and more Eastern cuisines becoming Western and vice versa, good old traditional mithais are getting tweaked by halwais (sweet-makers) to give them a modern, peppy twist to suit the cosmopolitan Indian’s tastes and demands. Let’s take a look at some of the latest ‘sweet’ entrants in town for a happier and more auspicious festive season.
Desi cheesecake: The cheesecake simply needs no introduction. A yummy favourite among people all over the world, cheesecake is an utter delight to the senses and varies from strawberry to blueberry to red velvet and so on. Though these are definitely delicious, you can give your beloved cheesecake an Indian twist by layering it with rasgullas and barfi! The sudden burst of Indian sweets in the midst of all that cheesecake will not only gratify your tastebuds, but also impress your guests with your cool culinary ideas.
Fruit-flavoured barfis: With other Indian sweets quickly catching up with modern food trends, the dear old barfi too got a makeover with the addition of fruits such as kiwi, papaya, apple, banana and others. If you want more greens in your diet, opt for vegetable-flavoured barfis such as those with green peas, beetroots or carrots. Though they may not sound interesting but they are yummilicious to the core, not to forget the bonus health benefits gained from them.
Fruity kheer: Kheer, a milk-based sweet popular all over India, gets a fruity makeover with the addition of fruits such as apples, berries, mangoes, peaches, kiwis, avocados or whatever you love most. You can add chocolate powder in your recipe to give it a chocolatey twist!
Berry shrikhand: Shrikhand, the Indian flavoured yoghurt, gets a very berry look as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cranberries are added to the humble dessert for a fruity freshness which is bound to leave you wanting more! Alternatively, you can even add paan, a popular Indian mouth-freshener to give it a homelier taste and feel.
Kalakhand: Kalakhand, a huge favourite among connoisseurs of sweets and a popular sight during Indian festivals, has also been given an extra sprinkle of health and goodness. Exotic fruits such as kiwi, avocado, peach, mango and others not only make the revered Kalakhand look more colourful, but also make it more nutritious and delicious! If you don’t care much about calories and wish to sweeten your Kalakhand further, dip it in a bowl of gooey chocolate and indulge your senses.
Peach Phirni: The royal phirni would simply not be left behind in this race of makeovers. The Indian rice pudding, already a sheer delight to the sweet-toothed, blended with fruits such as peaches for a truly royal fusion of health and indulgence. Thandai, the popular Indian refreshment consumed especially during Holi, is also a welcome guest in the phirni recipe.