12 Best Indian Desserts



Many people associate Indian cuisine with various types of curry. While that’s a true and tried classic, Indian cuisine has much more to offer. Today we thought we’d concentrate on the type of desserts India has to offer and let’s just say these ones we picked for you are the best and tastiest ones. However these are just a few that we picked, there’s so much more kinds of Indian sweets out there.

1. Modak

Modak is a sweet Indian dessert made of rice flour, coconut, jaggery, nuts and spices. It’s kind of like a sweet dumpling made in a very specific shape. Modaks can be steamed or fried, they’re delicious no matter how you choose to cook them.

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2. Rasgulla

This Indian dessert is very quick and easy to make and it’s sweet yet nutritious and high in protein. Rasgulla is basically cheese balls you make from scratch and then boil them in syrup for 10-15 minutes to make them taste sweet.

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3. Basundi

Basundi is a sweet and milky dessert that’s a classic in many Indian households. It’s freshly made condensed milk with saffron and some nuts thrown in for added flavor and crunch.

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4. Kaju Katli

Kaju Katli, also sometimes called Kaju Barfi, are a type of sweet that you’ve probably seen everywhere if you’ve ever been to India or even an Indian restaurant. It’s a soft cookie made from cashew nuts.

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5. Sooji Coconut Ladoo

This is a quick and yummy sweet made of roasted sooji, coconut, sugar and milk. Those are all the ingredients you need, but you can customize them and add something else to flavor them how you like it. These are very popular at parties.

Sooji Coconut Ladoo | 12 Best Indian Desserts | Her Beauty

6. Doodh Peda

Doodh Peda is a dessert that’s so easy to make you can literally make it in the microwave. You need milk, milk powder, ghee and sugar to create the base and then you just shape them and decorate with nuts.

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7. Carrot Kalakand

Carrot Kalakand is an Indian version of carrot cake mixed with a cheesecake. The main ingredients are carrots, ricotta cheese and condensed milk. It’s delicious and sweet and it’s healthy since it’s got carrot in it, right?

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8. Mango Shrikhand

If you love frozen yogurt you will love this dessert. It’s made of pureed mango, yogurt, cardamom and sugar. Mango Shrikhand is usually served chilled and topped with crushed nuts for added texture and crunch.

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9. Mango Coconut Burfi

Another treat for mango lovers. Manco coconut burfi combines flavors of mango and coconut to create the most heavenly fudge ever. And it’s actually super easy to make, only takes 20 minutes and will make your home smell like tropical heaven.

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10. Carrot Halwa

Carrot halwa might look strange to you but trust us, it’s absolutely delicious. Sure, it’s not a cookie or a cake, but once you try a spoonful of it – your life will never be the same. It’s a sweet treat from the gods.

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11. Kulfi

Kulfi is a frozen dessert that’s similar to ice-cream but it’s richer and creamier than you could ever imagine. It’s made from condensed milk and typically flavored with pistachios or mango, cardamom and saffron.

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12. Soan Papdi

Soan papdi is a unique Indian dessert that has the fluffiest texture that will melt in your mouth, leaving a deliciously sweet flavor. This one is not easy to make but we definitely recommend you try it if you get a chance.

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