11 Indian Desserts and Cakes to Try

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Want to try some indian desserts during your next trip to India?

India is a country that’s full of delicious and interesting flavors. I’m not only talking about the food, but the Indian desserts as well. From fudge-like desserts and rice puddings to cookies and sweet dumplings – there are so many delicious things to taste in India.

Down below you can read more about indian desserts:

Kaju Barfi

Kaju Barfi is one of the Indian desserts that you’ll see almost everywhere. They’re shaped like diamonds and are covered with edible silver foil.

Kaju Barfi is made from milk and cashew nuts and come in flavors such as saffron, pistachio, peanut, carrot, and chocolate.

These Indian sweets are very delicious, and a must to try when you’re in India!

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If you’re craving some ice cream while you’re in India, then you must try kulfi!

Kulfi is made by evaporating milk till it gets a creamy and caramelized texture, then frozen or shredded.

It’s a common street food in India, and it comes in all different kinds of flavors. The most traditional flavors include mango, saffron, pistachio, and cardamom.

It’s a delicious Indian dessert that you’ll crave a hot day in India.


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Peda is an ancient Indian dessert made from khoa (dairy product), sugar, and flavorings such as pistachio, cardamom, and saffron.

This dessert is smooth, creamy, flavorful, and really delicious. This dessert vary in color from white to yellow/brown depending on where you buy them.


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Sweetened milk and ricotta or cottage cheese, that’s how you make kalakand – one of the most popular Indian desserts.

It’s basically a simple milk cake that’s both creamy and delicious. A must to taste during your stay in India!


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Gulab Jamun

The Indian dessert Gulab Jamun is known as the donuts of India. Shaped into balls, these sweet milk balls are dipped into sugar syrup and flavored with both saffron, cardamom, and rose water.

They are very popular in India, as well as in Nepal, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and Pakistan.

Gulab Jamun are normally served hot after dinner and topped with vanilla ice cream. It’s one of the most popular Indian desserts, so it’s a must to try when you’re in the country!

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Mysore Pak

During festivals and celebrations in South India, you are most likely going to find these delicious sweets.

Mysore Oak is a fudge-like indian dessert made from cardamom, sugar, ghee, and flour. They’re soft, sweet, and delicious – so you’re going to enjoy every bite of it.

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When visiting northern India, you must try Phirni.

Phirni is a sweet pudding that’s popular to at during festivals. It’s made from rice and garnished with cashew nuts, saffron, and raisins.

If you like pudding, then this is one of the Indian desserts you have to try. It’s both sweet and delicious.


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Puran Poli

This is a typical dessert of western India. It’s flat bread stuffed with sugar, cardamom or nutmeg, four, chana dal, and ghee.

Puran Poli is a popular Indian dessert to eat in Maharashtra, especially during their celebrations and festivals.

It’s typically eaten together with amti, which is a spicy lentil dish.

Puran Poli

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Boondi ka Laddo

Boondi ka Laddo is one of the most popular Indian desserts to eat during festivals and celebrations, such as Diwali. It’s made from chickpea flour and flavored with both saffron, raisins, cashew nuts, and cardamom.

There’s a vegan version of the Boondi ka Laddo as well, the coconut laddo. It’s also delicious and a must to try when you’re in India.

Boondi ka Laddo

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Sandesh is one of the most popular Indian desserts in Bengal.

Made from cottage cheese, cardamom, and saffron – Sandesh is a mouthwatering dessert that you have to try at least once. Any person with a sweet tooth will love this dessert!

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Sweet Modak

Modak is a sweet flour dumpling stuffed with coconut, jaggery, saffron, and nutmeg. Then steamed and served during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi.

It’s a festival favorite that’s known all over india for its delicious flavor and texture.

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More about Indian desserts

There are many different kinds of desserts in India. Most desserts are made from milk with a variety of local flavors such as cardamom, saffron, pistachio, and cashew nuts, etc.

The different parts of the India (North, South, East, and West), all have their own unique desserts with interesting ingredients and flavors.

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Other Indian desserts

  • Jalebi
  • Seviyaan
  • Mango Halwa
  • Kheer / Payasam
  • Indian Shrikhand
  • Rasmalai
  • Gajar Ka Halwa
  • Rabri
  • Ragi Oats Laddo
  • Suji Ka Halwa
  • Shahi Tukra
  • Rasgulla
  • Bebinca
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