India- A sweet story
Come Independence Day and our patriotism reaches a new high. If you didn’t sleep in till noon yesterday, chances are you woke up to watch the parade on TV, following which some of you might have listened to some patriotic songs or watched desh bhakti movies popularised by Bollywood. Then there are some who might have taken the trouble to incorporate the tricolour in their outfit today, taken innumerable selfies, and finally zeroed in on one for Facebook/Instagram. But more often than not, that’s just about where our celebration ends.
Currently, we cannot say too much about unity in India but it is impossible to ignore the beautiful diversity of our land, And with our focus on all things sweet, we thought of excavating trivia of some of the country’s most favourite mithais.
*Due to paucity of space, we’ve picked only 5 for this post.
1. Qubani ka Meetha
This sweet has its origins in Hyderabad and is a common feature at weddings and during Eid. Preparation of the dish involves boiling apricots with syrup until they assume the consistency of a thick soup or compote. The dessert is topped with blanched almonds or apricot kernels, and is traditionally garnished with malai, custard or ice cream.
A typical Goan dessert, traditional Bebinca has seven layers. The ingredients include plain flour, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), egg yolk, and coconut milk. Served especially around Christmas, it is also easily available to carry and preserve for a long time or eaten fresh.
This syrupy dessert popular in the Indian subcontinent and regions with South Asian diaspora, is made from ball shaped dumplings of chhena and semolina dough, cooked in light syrup made of sugar. This is done until the syrup permeates the dumplings. The dish originated in East India. In the past, the present-day states of Odisha and West Bengal have variously claimed to be the birthplace of the dish.
4. Dharwad Pedha
While everybody talks about Mysore Pak, the Dharwad Pedha often goes unnoticed. This delicacy is unique to the state of Karnataka. It derives its name from the city of Dharwad in Karnataka and its origin dates to about 175 years ago.
5. Parippu Payasam
Its looks might be deceptive but this is easily one of our favourite traditional sweets from Kerala. Made of lentils, it contains cumin, cardamom, jiggery, and coconut, and tastes heavenly. Don’t miss a chance to sample this treat at an Onam sadhya this year.