From spicy jhal muri to bhapa ilish, Bengali cuisine is every foodie’s dream come true. But if you’re the kind who craves for some mishti shesh pate (at the end of a meal), you won’t be disappointed either. The sheer range of delectable Bengali sweets is enough to leave you happy as a clam. We promise, once you bite into these soft and mushy wonders, you’ll be transported to another world altogether. But enough talk, let’s get you started with these 10 must-have sweets from Bengal.
1. Kheer Kodom
All good things come in small packages, and this sweet wonder from Bengal is no exception. Mini rasgullas covered with milk cream and coated with grated khoya is a favourite with sweet lovers. Say hello to happiness!
Churned out from sweetened fresh milk curd (chhana or chenna), shondesh is a staple served in every Bengali household. This little wonder usually comes in shades of milk white and beige. However, flavours like chocolate, mango and pista are turning out to be hot favourites too.
3. Khirer Chop
The khirer chop is a wonderful mix of flour, suji, milk, sugar, nutmeg and bread. Stuffed with kheer, this chop is lightly tossed in sugar syrup. Bite into these little pouches for a slice of heaven.
Here comes a sweet that’s synonymous with Bengali cuisine. Simple yet heavenly, these soft and spongy balls soaked in sugar syrup make for the ultimate comfort food for many.
5. Bhapa Doi
A variant of the Bengali mishti doi, bhapa doi is made by blending yogurt and condensed milk which is then steamed. Though it looks a bit like pudding, it’s absolutely free from gelatine, and is healthy and cooling too. Enjoy it straight out of the refrigerator with a generous garnishing of almonds and pistachios.
6. Chanar Jeelapi
Made of fresh milk paneer, khoya and maida, chanar Jeelapi is another mouthwatering sweet from Bengal that will leave you wanting more. Fried and dunked in sugar syrup, this juicy delight is what your sweet tooth has been craving!
7. Pati Shapta
Pati Shapta is a traditional Bengali sweet that’s a part of every Bong’s childhood food memory. Prepared on special occasions like Poila Boishakh (Bengali New Year), this is India’s answer to pancakes. These thin crepes made of maida, sooji and rice flour are filled with grated coconut and taste delightful.
This one is a spin-off on the boondi laddu of the North. This yummy sweet is made of bonde (another bengali sweet) rolled into laddoos with generous handfuls of khoya and dry fruits. Hungry anyone?
9. Nolen Gurer Paayesh
A popular sweet dish from Bengal, nolen gurer paayesh is made on special occasions. This dish is made by boiling basmati rice in milk and adding dollops of date palm jaggery instead of sugar. Garnished with nuts and pistachios, payesh is easily on every Bong’s favourite food list.
10. Lady Kenny
Made of maida rolled into oblong balls, fried and dipped in sugar syrup, this sweet has an interesting history. Legend has it that this sweet bowled over the wife of Viceroy Lord Canning in the 19th century, and hence the name. It is also known as langcha.
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