#Foodventures – Desserts complete a meal

Desserts

Desserts

Aaj meethe mein kya hai?

(What’s for dessert today?)

A sentence that I hear almost every single day and has never annoyed me. As much as my husband loves a dessert after dinner, I can’t deny I also crave for one. The only challenge is health and the calories we can pile on with everyday sweets. So, I smile and say jaggery.

I believe desserts have a reserved place in our tummy. However full you may be after a meal, there is a little space remaining for that spoon of heaven. Red velvet cake, a gulab jamoon, a barfi or a bowl of dry fruit laden kheer. It’s for that rush of sugar in our blood and doesn’t matter if it’s an Indian recipe or not. A muffin is as good as a petha. Isn’t it?

Watching this video made me think of all those twists in desserts I have seen. These are all the simple ones I am sure you would have seen on many buffet tables. A chilled cheesecake, a sizzling brownie with ice cream, a hot gulab jamoon with ice-cream or even gajar ka halwa with ice cream. There are now dessert parlours and who would have thought flavored frozen yogurt with fruits, a common recipe in most homes is now selling like a hot cake. I have also read about Adrak ka halwa which is one of the many #Foodventures that are possible. Recently a friend mentioned of onion kheer which I need to try before I write about that. Not sure how will that taste!

When it comes to Indian desserts, I cannot think beyond a traditional sweet. The khova barfi. Now imagine fresh, soft, slightly sweetened khova as the filling and a ripe green parwal over it. The pointed gourd is a vegetable and versatile in the way it can be used for a meal – a dry bhujia or a curry, stuffed ones or fried ones are very flavorful but trust me, a parwal ki mithai has its own unique taste. The crunchiness of the gourd and the soft and sweetened khova on the inside literally melts in the mouth. The vegetable cleanses your palate and leaves that freshness even after having the sweet.

For the calorie conscious like me, you are just having another green for dessert. A golden rule I tell myself is desserts should be consumed without any guilt else you are insulting it! Do you have an interesting dessert to talk about? Share your story and get a chance to be in a #Foodventures video with either Vikas Khanna or Vir Sanghvi!

I don’t have a sweet tooth, I have a full set. What about you?

35 Responses

  1. PRB says:

    Hello, fellow dessert lover! Never heard of Adrak ka halwa though.

  2. Ah desserts…I have such a bad sweet tooth, you can see the results on my hips and thighs! 😀 I’m a sucker for anything chocolatey but I also like my lemoney desserts. Funnily enough, I don’t like them too sweet either else I feel sick. Most Indian desserts are too sweet for me but I do occasionally like gulab jamun and badam barfi.
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  3. Saadia says:

    What is life without deserts right… 🙂 I do have a sweet tooth and the picture on the top is way too tempting! Tsk, tsk.. Ramadan is approaching and you are invited for Eid morning! 😉

  4. Mmmmm…. I’m down with any foodventure that includes yummy desserts…

  5. Oh I don’t really have a sweet tooth..But occasionally I do have cravings…Weird cravings on weird times of the day..Like once I was dying to eat some gulab jamun at 1 am ..yes..so no sweet tooth but cravings 😀

  6. Vidya Sury says:

    No sweet tooth but these desserts in a mug/jar/glass always look tempting! 🙂 Of course my folks love their dessert!
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  7. Ankita says:

    I don’t really have a sweet tooth. An occasional Bournville dark chocolate or a cornetto ice cream is all that I can manage to finish in one go. I miss sharing the worldwide dessert craving, but can’t do much about it. Nice post, though 🙂

  8. Anonymous says:

    Oh so many desserts, I am new to most of them, now desserts calling…

  9. Ami says:

    Desserts are reserved for weekends 😀 Else i go completely berserk with them. 🙂

  10. Wow… Talk about coincidence. One of the few times I write about a dessert and I find you here talking in depth about it 🙂
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  11. vineeta says:

    what about shahi toast and phirini parul ? eat sweets without any guilt and enjoy .

  12. I haven’t heard of this dessert, but it sounds yummy! 🙂
    My favourite dessert would be any icecream. Earlier it was chocolate, but I don’t eat chocolate much anymore. Icecream is just perfect before bedtime!
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  13. Alana says:

    I love sweets way too much. Recently, all my jeans have shrunk – or have I expanded? Too many desserts, I confess. I have too many favorites. Right now, it is pudding – either chocolate, or coconut, made with a mix of almond and cashew milk. When hot weather comes it will probably become frozen yogurt with fruit.
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  14. Nidhi singh says:

    its looking so Yummy!!

  15. Desert after the lunch / dinner is kinda must here too and the temptation is so high that realization of those extra calories takes a back seat 🙂

  16. Bellybytes says:

    Ah ParulI love your attitude. Why do people make us feel guilty for indulging in our sweet tooth? I love making desserts and invent easy ones for my family who want to sweeten their mouths after every meal! My all time favourite though remains the caramel custard . But today I’m making bread and butter pudding because yesterday’s bread was a mess.

  17. Claire says:

    Isn’t it amazing that no matter how full we are, there’s always room for dessert.
    I have never tried the Indian desserts you describe but they sound delicious!

  18. My Era says:

    I used to eat a lot of sweets until recently when I have slowed down owing to my new-found love for the savoury. I enjoy the halwas and barfis made from vegetables. Looking forward to read how that onion kheer turned out for you, as I have ever heard of it before.
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  19. Dashy says:

    That is a beautiful golden rule :D. We don’t have the practise of having desserts at home, but almost always go for puddings, ice creams or chocolate cakes when we have food from restaurants. It must be exciting to have desserts almost everyday, something to look forward to!

  20. Shailaja says:

    Really should not have read this after dinner and before bed. I blame you if I wake up at midnight craving khova now!

    That being given, I doubt I’d like parwal as part of a sweet dish. Hmm, perhaps it’s worth a try.
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