The festival of joy is upon us. As we gear up for the festive season, there’s no denying that Diwali celebrations are incomplete without a touch of sweetness. As much as the colourful rangolis adorn our homes, a table decked with Indian sweets truly makes the festival special. So, here are some of our favourite Indian desserts that you can try this festive season. 

 

  • Kulfi: 

Nothing spells happiness like a bite of chilled and creamy Kulfi, does it? A tempting frozen dessert that’s bound to make your celebrations special this festive season. 

      How to make: 

  • Boil 1500ml milk in a wide pan allowing it to simmer over medium heat. Stir frequently to avoid scorching. 
  • Allow it to simmer till the volume of milk is reduced to half. The milk will take about 30-40 minutes to thicken.
  • Once done,  the colour of the milk will change to a beige cream and bubbles will appear at the centre of the pan. 
  • Add 100g sugar, some saffron and bring to a boil again and simmer for another minute or two.
  • Add some cardamom and turn off the heat.
  • When cool, add some nuts and our secret ingredient, of course, Bakels Apito paste to add colour and flavour to your kulfi.  You can choose from a wide range of flavours like Pineapple, Blueberry, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Hazelnut Truffle Paste and more. 
  • Mix well and pour into moulds.
  • Freeze at the lowest possible temperature.
  •  Take the mould out of the freezer and remove the kulfi out with the help of a knife, into an individual serving bowl.
  • Garnish with some nuts and, voila, your kulfi is ready! 
  • Blueberry Phirni: 

Phirni is a classic Indian sweet pudding made in North India. Made with rice and served in small earthen bowls, Phirni is one of the best Indian desserts to make on celebratory occasions. Here’s how you can make this traditional sweet with a modern twist: 

  • Soak 250g rice in water for 1 hour and grind it to paste. 
  • Boil 1000ml milk and 150g sugar together.  Add rice paste, cook the mixture till it thickens. 
  • Add cardamom powder, Apito paste blueberry at a dosage of 3% to your phirni base. 

Tip: You can also use Bakels Blueberry Fruit Filling to top your phirni. 

  • Fruit Flavored Jalebi: 

Being one of the most distinct desserts in Indian cuisine, Jalebi is also called the national sweet of India. Rightly so, as these sweet and swirly treats certainly have made a special place in our hearts. 

Here’s how to make it: 

  • In a large bowl, mix together 100g flour (maida), 15g chickpea flour (besan), 4g baking powder and baking soda. 
  • Add 25g yogurt, 10g cardamom powder and Bakels Apito paste at 4% dosage for added colour and flavour. Mix well. You can choose from a wide range of flavours like Pineapple, Blueberry, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Hazelnut Truffle Paste and more. 
  • Cover the batter and let the batter sit for 10-12 hours to ferment. You can notice bubbles on top of the batter once it has fermented. 
  • Once the batter has fermented, whisk it a little. You may need to add little water (around 1  tablespoon) if the batter looks too thick at this point.
  • Meanwhile, heat oil or ghee in a pan or kadhai. Keep heat to medium-low. 
  • Squeeze batter in hot oil, making spiral motions from inside to outside. Remember to keep at low heat else you won’t be able to form the shape. 
  • Fry till crisp from both sides. Remove from oil and immediately dip in warm sugar syrup, few seconds on each side is good enough. 
  • Transfer to a serving plate.  
  • Banana Payasam: 

A creamy and delicious South Indian dessert made with rice and milk, Payasam is a version of kheer. Made with the goodness of nuts and milk, this easy-to-make dessert is a perfect addition to your celebrations. 

 How to make: 

  • Boil 250ml water and 150g jaggery together & keep aside.  
  • Boil 500ml milk and sugar together and add 100g boiled rice. 
  • Add 150g jaggery mixture and 250g coconut milk. Heat for a while. Add 10g cardamom powder. 
  • Bakels Apito Banana paste is added to a dosage of 3% for flavour and taste. You can choose from a wide range of flavours like Pineapple, Blueberry, Butterscotch, Chocolate, Hazelnut Truffle Paste and more.

Put your aprons on, try these recipes and get ready to binge this festive season. If you’re looking for some more inspiration to get started, check out our other recipes here.