India definitely knows a thing or two about cold delicious desserts as most of the time the country is blessed by hot summer-like days that just don’t seem to end. Here are 10 Best summer desserts with an Indian twist.
Homemade Mango Ice Cream
Yes, it’s mango season and you can eat mangoes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. So why not turn them into ice cream? You’ll need some cream, custard, milk, mango pure, vanilla, finely chopped mangoes, and a mixer to put it all together. It can be easily prepared at home and the taste will be a hundred times better than anything you’d buy in a shop or café.
Jamun Mint Popsicles
Tangy jamun is the perfect fruit to create a refreshing dessert with lime and mint. Add some sugar for a hint of sweetness or black salt for a Desi twist. It’s ridiculously easy to make – all you need is mix all the ingredients together, put the mixture into popsicle moulds, and freeze till ready. Voila! Your delicious summer treat is ready to serve.
Watermelon Lychee Granita
Good old watermelon forever will be the best summer treat – you can simply eat it cold, mix it into a smoothie, create a yummy sorbet, or go for an exotic lychee-induced granita. With a bit of lime juice, ginger, and mint leaves, this drink will beat the scorching summer heat in no time. It’s also a powerful detox drink!
Malai Kulfi is one of the staple Indian summer desserts that is enjoyed all across the country. For this deliciousness you’ll need some milk, cream, condensed milk, saffron, cardamom, and a handful of dried fruits. This dessert is best served in traditional clay matkas – you’ll enjoy the tender sweetness of Malai Kulfi even more!
It’s time to get creative with a couple of melon moulds (made from freshly cut and scooped melons) and yummy fruity fillings. You can play with a few fruit juices by mixing them and adding sugar if necessary – we recommend making your own freshly squeezed juices! You’ll need to heat the juice mix (for example, orange and pomegranate) in a saucepan, add some agar agar to create jello, and then pour it into your melon moulds. Freeze, cut, and enjoy your unusual melon summer treat!
Mango mousse is yet another way to enjoy mango – the king of all fruits. There’s just something very special in the creamy texture of mango mousse paired with whipping cream and crunchy dried fruits. Best part is that you need only half an hour to make it! it’s a vegetarian recipe, so there’s no agar agar or gelatine used, which makes it even quicker to prepare.
The sweet-and-tart lemon sorbet is a classic summer go-to recipe when you want to taste something refreshing and rejuvenating. It’s great both as a standalone dessert or a creative finish to your meal. With just a few ingredients and preparation time under half an hour, lemon sorbet is the perfect summer treat you’ve been looking for.
Fruit chaat is a popular street snack in India and can be best described as fruits with spices. Yep, it’s as easy as that, but wait till you try this deliciousness! The spices used to prepare this yummy fruit salad are roasted cumin powder, chaat masala, and red chilli powder. For the salad you can use apples, pomegranates, bananas, papayas, pineapples, grapes, and oranges. Experiment as much as you want as there are any fruits in summer. What makes fruit chaat most special is the spices, so make sure you follow the recipe in this regard.
If you’ve been in north India during summers you’ve probably tasted this layered ice creamy sweet dessert that is like a dream come true for all the sweets-lovers out there. Prepared with rose syrup, milk, ice cream, faluda sev, and sabja seeds, this sweet drink both looks and tastes delicious. It’s so filling you can drink it for breakfast!
Coconut Mango Pannacotta
Tender flavour of coconut and sweet mangoes are truly a match made in heaven. That’s why coconut mango pannacotta is among the yummiest summer treats ever. It can never go wrong! Prepared with just a few ingredients, it’s a simple dessert you can try at home right now. Don’t forget to garnish coconut mango pannacotta with a small piece of mango – it’ll look like a chef made it!