​10 lesser-known Indian sweets

​10 lesser-known Indian sweets

May 12, 2024

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​Elaneer Payasam​

A traditional South Indian dessert made from tender coconut water, milk, and jaggery, flavored with cardamom and garnished with chopped nuts.

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​Dehrori​

A lesser-known sweet from Bihar made with soaked and ground rice, milk, sugar, and ghee. It's typically served during weddings and other celebrations.

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​​Raskadam​

A traditional sweet from Odisha made by deep-frying small dumplings made of khoya (reduced milk) and soaked in sugar syrup. It has a soft and juicy texture and is enjoyed as a festive treat.

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​Patoleyo​

A sweet delicacy from Gujarat made with rice flour, jaggery, and grated coconut, steamed in turmeric leaves. It has a unique flavor and is often served during festivals like Raksha Bandhan.

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​Malaiyo​

A creamy dessert from Uttar Pradesh, also known as "Daulat ki Chaat." It's made by whisking milk, cream, and sugar together overnight and served chilled with saffron and pistachio garnish.

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​​Sel Roti​

A popular Nepali and Indian sweet bread made from rice flour, sugar, and milk, usually fried until crispy and golden brown. It's often enjoyed during festivals and special occasions.

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​Sarbhaja​

A traditional sweet from Odisha made with a combination of cottage cheese (chhena), khoya, sugar, and semolina, deep-fried and soaked in sugar syrup. It's known for its crispy exterior and soft, melt-in-your-mouth interior.

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​Kharvas​

A Maharashtrian delicacy made from the colostrum milk of a cow or buffalo mixed with sugar, cardamom, and saffron, then steamed until set. It has a custard-like texture and is known for its rich flavor.

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​Parwal ki Mithai​

A unique sweet from North India made with stuffed pointed gourd (parwal) slices cooked in sugar syrup flavored with cardamom and saffron. It's often enjoyed during festivals like Diwali.

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​Chhena Poda​

A popular dessert from Odisha made by caramelizing cottage cheese (chhena) with sugar and baking it until golden brown. It has a rich, caramelized flavor and a slightly chewy texture.

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