Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you have seemingly insatiable sugar cravings? Do your guilty pleasures comprise of sickeningly sweet getaways?
Well then, you’re in luck! We’ve comprised a list of traditional Indian sweets and where you can find their most authentic forms! So the next time you’re in one of these places, make a beeline to the sweet shop and ask for these sweets!
Where to find it: Agra
Petha sits right up there with the Taj Mahal and the Agra Fort on the list of things that are distinctively Agra. Petha is a deceptively simple sweet, with its only ingredients being sugar, water and fruit. The best Petha in Agra is made and sold by Panchhi Petha in Sadar Bazaar. But beware, because there are many fake stores by the name of Panchhi Petha too.
Where to find it: Bengal
This syrupy, sweet goodness will live your fingers sticky and your heart longing for more. Rasgulla, or the roshogolla, as the bongs call it, is a staple desert in Bengal and Odisha. Although debate persists where exactly it was invented, Bengal or Odisha, you can rest certain that pretty much any sweet shop here will serve you with lip-smacking Rasgullas.
Where to find it: Gujarat
Most of Gujarati cuisine has strong, sweet undertones, so it takes a lot for a desert to stand out in a cuisine that is predominantly sweet, but Shrikhand does the job. The dish is made by straining yoghurt till it is the right consistency and then adding sugars and other flavours to it. The simplicity is a part of its charm, as it melts over your tongue in an explosion of sweetness. Find tasty Shrikhand in local markets of Gujarat.
Where to find it: Maharashtra
Modak is an easy to eat, sweet dumpling with a filling of jaggery or coconut inside a shell made from rice flour. It is a great evening snack, and effectively tackles your hunger pangs and sugar cravings. Modak is an essential part of Maharashtrian cuisine and you can find it there any time of the year, but Modak is especially enjoyed during Ganesh Chaturthi.
Where to find it: Kerala
Payasam is a sweet pudding made from rice, sugar and milk. Payasam is an integral part of Kerala’s culture and you’ll find people enjoying it on important occasions and festivals like Onam. Payasam is actually a broad term covering a lot of different flavours, so if you’re ever in Kerala make sure try out as many as you can!
Where to find it: Tamil Nadu
There are two different kinds of Pongal that you will find in Tamil Nadu; sakkarai pongal and ven pongal. Out of these, sakkarai pongal is the sweet one made from rice, coconut and jaggery. In Tamil Nadu, it is used in temples as Prasad, which is an offering to the gods.
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