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Desserts are synonymous with the festive season and one gives into one’s guilty pleasures in the spirit of the season. Indian mithai or sweets are naturally the obvious choice, but nowadays the options are plenty and one can select other options other than ghee-laden rich sweets. From full-sized attractively plated desserts to individual dainty portions, there is a lot to wow the palate of discerning gourmets. To make the best of both worlds, one can opt for fusion desserts where the best of Indian and global flavours have been merged. Mumbai has several places to pick up or order desserts from, at the click of a button. So abandon your regular sweets and try some avant-garde ones instead.
Kala Jamun chocolate cake, Meluha The Fern, Powai
If cloyingly sweet Indian mithai is not your calling, settle for the varied cakes with an Indian twist that Chef Prashant Tikadia creates. From a Rajbhog Cake to a Gulab Jamun cheesecake and from a Thandai Cake to a Chamcham cake, Meluha, The Fern offers them all. Attractively presented and delectable to taste, the Kala Jamun Chocolate Cake is the answer to any sweet lover’s cravings. Available upon order, these cakes are apt for gifting this Diwali or gorging upon at home with family.
Vanilla Charcoal at The Dessert Street, Lower Parel
Who can resist desserts being delivered to one’s doorstep without having to wade through traffic on the streets of Mumbai? The Dessert Street, a newly opened delivery outfit, offers bespoke desserts to suit your palate. Entremet, Tarts, Bonbons, Thins, Truffles, Cookies and modern tarts which are made as per one’s specifications and home delivered, are what Dhawal Shah, a Le Cordon Bleu alumnus offers. The vanilla charcoal tart with vanilla bean charcoal mousse is a treat you will not want to miss.
Chiku Halwa at Madras Diaries, Bandra
A creamy, well-made halwa with copious amounts of ghee is always something we all look forward to and when it is made with fruits, it becomes even more enticing. This rustic halwa at Madras Diaries, sweetened with Chiku or sapodilla, is delightful as it has no artificial flavours. Add to that chopped nuts and raisins and one can polish off a bowl in a jiffy.
Jalebi Caviar with Pistachio Rabdi at Masala Library, BKC
At Zorawar Kalra ‘s Masala Library, a jalebi is deconstructed into a caviar and served on a bed of pistachio rabdi along with puffs of saffron foam. A visual delight, it is equally a treat for the palate too. One can never tire of this dessert and its popularity never wanes.
Coffee Rasagulla at The Bombay Canteen, Lower Parel
Served with salted caramel ice cream and peanut chikki, this coffee rasagulla which is a twist on the Bengali delicacy, satisfies your sweet cravings, as well as gives you a heady feeling. The spongy, soft rasagulla simply melts in your mouth and the different flavour explosions, tantalise your taste buds.
So rev up your taste buds this festive season and explore unusual flavours in desserts as you take a break from the conventional Indian sweets.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.