Desserts are essential in everybody’s life as they complete your dining table. More importantly, it not only lifts your mood but also has health benefits like preventing a stroke and lowering blood pressure. Mentioning desserts and not referring to Punjabi desserts is deemed unfair, isn’t it? With that said, we have here below the five best ones that you should try out today!
Top 5 Punjabi Sweets
Sweets are considered comfort food for some, and the same can be said when we’re talking about Punjabi people. You see, they love desserts so much, which is why there’s no surprise why they have several traditional recipes for this type of food alone. Let’s get to know the five best below!
Kalakand is as important as anything for festivals. It’s the crown of Punjabi cuisine. You miss the whole meal if you go to Punjab and do not try this delicious sweet dish.
Kalakand consists of condensed milk, ghee, sugar, small pieces of almonds, milk powder, and pistachio.
- Take a frying pan and add the required amount of milk depending on the quantity of kalakand. One liter would do the job on average.
- Cook the milk until it shrinks to the half quantity you had put on.
- Add half a teaspoon of alum and one teaspoon of lime juice to reduced milk.
- Keep stirring in the mixture until it becomes thinner and thinner.
- After that, add ghee (clarified butter) and stir it continuously until lime juice and alum separate the milk and give a granular look.
- Add sugar and agitate it until it sticks, indicating that it is thoroughly cooked.
- Dish it in a bowl, and spread almonds and pistachios around it.
- Wait for a few hours, cut the thickened sweet into small pieces, and you are ready to taste this yummy dessert.
Rice kheer is one of the most straightforward sweet recipes you might have ever experienced. It is mainly used in religious festivals in India, like Eid, Holi, Diwali, etc. Rice kheer has different names in India, called ‘payasa’ in North India and ‘payesam’ in South India. Whenever you get a chance to give this delicious lovely a try, do not miss it.
If you want to cook this kheer, you need to get milk, rice, sugar, some dry fruits, raisins, water, and saffron (optional) will add additional flavor to the dish.
- The first thing that you need to do is wash the rice well.
- Take a pan and put milk on medium flame to boil.
- Add rice to milk and keep stirring so the rice does not stick to the bottom of the pan.
- You need to wait for a few minutes so that the rice comes to be cooked well and reaches the surface of the milk.
- After this, you will notice that the milk and rice mixture will attain a creamy consistency.
- Add chopped nuts and sugar and keep stirring until it mixes well.
- In the end, add evaporated milk to give this inviting sweet a more creamy and velvety texture.
- Switch the flame off, and you are ready to eat this flavourful sweet.
Gajar Ka Halwa Or Carrot Halwa Or Gajrela
Gajjar ka halwa is Punjab’s most memorable and demanding winter dish. Spending winters without having gajar ka halwa is like you visiting Dubai and not seeing Burj Khalifa.
You must be curious to know the ingredients for this perfect winter sweet. So the components required are grated carrots, condensed milk, ghee, fresh cream, butter, clarified butter, cardamom powder, raisins, and almonds.
- Add ghee to a pan and put it on medium flame.
- Add grated carrots when it turns hot.
- Cook the carrots properly for like 10 minutes.
- On the other side, take sugar, milk, and khoya, if available, and mix them well.
- Add this mixture to cooked carrots and turn the flame low for 7-8 minutes.
- After this, garnish the gajar ka halwa with chopped nuts, and you are ready to taste this luscious dessert after 2 minutes.
Gajjar ka halwa tastes yummy when you eat it hot, but it tastes no less than a tempting dessert, even if you taste it cold.
Barfi is one of my favorite sweets in every Indian home at every celebration. No celebration is complete without having a big bite of milk barfi.
The ingredients you need on your kitchen slab are milk powder, cardamom powder, sugar, ghee, water, and of course, evaporated milk as it is a milk barfi.
- The first thing that you need to do is take milk powder and add it to evaporated milk. Make it a tight dough having a perfect and consistent texture.
- Keep the dough in the freezer to make it a little tighter, and grate it.
- Then, take a frying pan and heat oil or ghee on a low flame.
- Add the grated mixture to the fried ghee and add sugar to your taste.
- Add some water and dust cardamom powder to it.
- Let the mixture be cooked until the water evaporates and the mixture tightens up.
- Dish it out on a tray, make small pieces, and you are all set to enjoy this dessert with your family.
If you know little about Punjabi desserts, you must have heard about sooji halwa, one of the favorite after-meal toothsome sweets.
If you want to prepare this dish, do not worry, as it requires some of the most common ingredients in every kitchen. You must take sooji (semolina), ghee, water, almonds, sugar, and sultanas (kishmish) on your table.
- First and foremost, you need to take a pan and put it on low flame.
- Add semolina and fry it until it gets separated from each other.
- Add ghee and keep stirring until it is mixed up well, and you will feel a pleasant fragrance from this mixture.
- After some stirring, the mixture will get a lovely brown color.
- Now boil water and mix sugar in it.
- Add this sugar syrup to the brownish semolina mixture and stir it properly.
- Keep stirring until the water gets absorbed and the mixture obtains the thick texture like halwa mostly does.
- Take it off the heat and garnish it with almonds and other kishmish.
Sooji halwa is an easy recipe everyone learns quickly and loves to cook. So next time you get yourself free for cooking, give this a try, and you will not regret this for sure.
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