Popular Diwali Sweet: Bite-sized Morsels With Huge Flavours
Diwali sweet lovers get ready to celebrate!
Every year during the celebration of lights, you will surely see a huge array of popular Diwali sweets popping up everywhere. These bite-sized treats may look tiny, but they definitely pack a punch, guaranteed to satisfy anyone with a sweet tooth. Ingredients used to make these tasty sweets may vary from region to region, but the common ones are milk, chickpea flour, semolina, coconut, rice and plenty of spices. Some are coloured with saffron, while others are infused with a hint of rose water.
But to know more about them here are some of the popular Indian sweets you'll see this Diwali.
10 popular Diwali Sweets
1. Gulab Jamun
Also known as Indian doughnuts, the gulab jamun is made with milk powder and sugar. Then it is deep-fried and soaked in a sugar syrup laced with rose water. It is extremely sweet, and usually, one small doughnut will be enough to set you off on a sugar high.
Jaleebi batter is usually made out of chickpea flour and coloured with saffron. Other times artificial colouring might be used instead to give it that rich yellow colour. The batter is then deep-fried to a crisp and later soaked in sugar syrup. The Jaleebi is definitely a favourite among other popular Divali treats, thanks to its sweet and sticky crunch!
Not a very common dessert, this creamy Indian rice pudding is flavoured with cardamom and often served with thinly sliced blanched almonds as well as raisins. But during special and festive occasions, you will find this simple dessert garnished with a sprinkling of saffron.
There are several ways to make ladoo. They can be made with chickpea flour, semolina or ground coconut depending on the region the recipe is from. They may look like they are made in the oven, but the batter is actually cooked into a paste on the stove top and then rolled into balls once cooled.
Another dessert that we don't normally see every day is the Rasmalai. It is basically chenna/paneer/cottage cheese cooked in sugar syrup then dunked into cardamom thickened milk. This dessert may originate from West Bengal but it is enjoyed by many throughout India.
The barfi is a fudge-like Indian sweet made with condensed milk, milk powder and ghee. After cooking the batter on the stove it flattened with a spatula into a square container until it is about half a centimetre thick. It is later cut into diamond or square shape before it is garnished with coconut, almonds, pistachios or edible silver leaf.
7. Kesar Peda
Another version of a milk fudge, pedas are also made with condensed milk, ghee and dehydrated milk. In fact, a lot of these popular Diwali sweets including the pedas rely heavily on dehydrated milk. Without it, making Diwali sweets would be extremely tedious and time-consuming. But thanks to the availability of powdered milk everywhere, sweet like pedas are now fairly easy to make.
8. Boondi Ke Ladoo
Boondis are very similar to the ladoos except that they are deep-fried. You pour the batter through a spoon sieve which allows small droplets of the batter to drop into the hot oil. Adding colours is optional, but it will make your boondis look cheery. The fried batter will float to the surface once it is done and look like tiny little balls. Then they are soaked in a simple syrup before being formed into balls.
9. Agra Ka Pehta
Another one of the many popular Diwali sweets served is this speciality from the city of Agra. They are translucent soft candies made with a local gourd and are often flavoured with spices and rose water.
Sweet, cold and delicious on a hot day, kulfi is pretty much your homemade no churn ice-cream. But because it is not churned, it freezes solid. The best way to enjoy one is to let it sit in room temperature for a bit before digging in.
Now that you have a general idea about some of the popular Diwali sweets served during the festival of lights, do think you would try to make it at home?