Indian sweets names with pictures
We have on this webpage the most popular Indian sweets with names and pictures included. These most famous Indian sweets are famous not only in India, but all over the world. Names of some of the most famous and popular Indian sweets are Gulab Jamun, Jalebi, Ladoos, Payasam Rasgulla, Barfi, Mysore Pak, Kaju Barfi, Coconut Barfi, Rice Kheer, Kozhikode Halwa. To understand the meaning of Indian sweets in English we have below a picture of each of these famous Indian sweets with a brief description
Indian sweets explained with pictures
Burfi or Burfee is made by slow boiling milk in flat pans together with sugar till the whole mixture becomes a thick paste. When only milk is used it is a plain burfee. When Chickpea flour ( gram flour) is used it is called Besan Barfi, with ground pistachios Pista Barfi. Barfi are solidified in about half inch layer and cut into square , round or diamond shaped pieces.is a popular sweet in South India. It is made from fried, golf ball sized balls of a batter of white wheat flour, milk powder, raising agents, etc. These brown balls are then served dipped in a syrup of rose flavoured sugar.
Kaju Barfi is burfi made as above but with the addition of ground cashew nuts and flavoured with saffron. There is a silver foil on Indian sweets known as 'vark' or 'Varakh'. This silver foil on Indian sweets is made with pure silver metal which is not at all toxic to our body. The vark or varakh silver foil on sweets are extremely thin and only a very minute quantity will be consumed. So the vark or varakh silver foil on sweets is not at all harmful to health.
Coconut Burfi is different from the barfis above in that milk is not used. It is made with sugar syrup, grated coconuts and flavoured with Cardamom.
Rasgulla is a sweet flavoured cottage cheese balls in a sugary syrup. It is very popular in India and traditionally sold in clay pots in Orissa and Bengal where this sweet is beleived to have originated. Now Rasgulla is available in canned with sugar syrup.
Mysore Pak originated in Mysore State or now called Karnataka. It is made primarily with Chickpea flour (gram flour), Butter Oil (ghee) and sugar. It is a delicious sweet
Halwa is a sort of soft rubbery translucent sweet made by slow heating together of flour, butter oil (ghee), sugar and flavour ingredients like Cardamom, Saffron and the like. Halva is a popular sweet not only in India but also in the Middle East.
Carrot Halwa as the name suggests is made with grated Carrots instead of flour in the halwa described above. Carrot Halva is more crumbly rather than the rubbery or gelatinous type of Halva above.
Gulab Jamun a popular sweet in South India. It is made from fried, golf ball sized balls of a batter of white wheat flour, milk powder, raising agents, etc. These brown balls are then served dipped in a syrup of rose flavoured sugar.
Jalebi is a sweet, shaped like pretzels, and normally an orange yellow colour. It is a very popular sweet in India. It is made by deep frying a batter made from Chickpea flour and then dipping it in a sugary solution.
Ladoos are orange yellow in color and golf ball size. It is the sweet of choice in India to celebrate a happy occasion – like a wedding or passing an exam. It is made from Chickpea flour, sugar crystals and special flavoring spices like cardamom. It tastes great.
Payasam is a porridge like sweet. There are several varieties. Some are made with Cow’s milk, others with Coconut milk. The sweetening agent can be sugar or Jaggary (sugarcane molasses). The solids can vary from Dal (split peas) to Vermicelli or to ripe bananas and other ingredients.
Kheer is the Hindi name of Payasam as described above. Kheer is Payasam in Malyaalam and Tamil or Payesh in Bengali. The term Kheer originated from the Sanskrit word for milk "Ksheeram". Similarly Payasa, Payasam and Payesh also derived from another word for milk in Sanskrit "Payas".
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