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5 Must Have Indian Desserts for Diwali

5 Must Have Indian Desserts for Diwali

Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights is just around the corner and it's the perfect excuse to sample a little Indian culture. This celebration often sees neighbours and relatives come together to share a wide variety of snacks and decadent sweets, making it a delicious occasion to try a taste of India. These popular recipes are classics that will make you an instant fan of Indian cuisine.

Rasgulla: This Bengali sweet is a soft and spongy milk-based ball that is soaked in sugar syrup. The basic ingredients of Rasgulla are paneer or cottage cheese, which is made by curdling milk with lemon juice. It might sound a little strange but your tastebuds will thank you for giving it a try.

Gulab Jamun (Rose Berries): The main ingredient of Gulab Jamun is khoya (milk solids), and the balls are soaked in rose water syrup, which gives them a lovely floral fragrance, before being deep fried to give them a crispy exterior.

Malpua: This is a traditional North Indian pancake that is soft and fluffy on the inside and crisp on the outside. Malupua are coated with sugar syrup and served hot with either cold Rabri or with hot Sooji Halwa.

Coconut Laddoo: A simple 3 ingredients mithai (sweet), Coconut Laddoo consists of desiccated coconut, sugar and condensed milk. Optional additions are cardamom, sesame seeds or your choice of dried fruit. Diced dates can also be used as a healthy alternative to sugar. This recipe is child-friendly and quite easy to execute, making it a great activity for the kids during Diwali preparation.

Sooja Halwa: This popular dish is a must-try during Diwali, consisting of sugar, ghee, raisins and cashew nuts. You can mix it up and vary the recipe to include apples, carrots or beetroot. It can be prepared at the last minute to simply satisfy a sudden craving or serve unexpected guests.

Looking for a tasty main meal to precede these desserts? Head over to our Indian product range and have a look at our Indian curries!

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