Mishtaan or sweets are an intrinsic part of an Indian meal. One usually ends a meal with a sweet or two. Traditional Indian sweets offer tremendous variety and given the vast array, satisfy everyone’s guilty pleasures. This festive season, for a change, park the panna cottas and red velvet cakes, aside and relish our very own Indian sweets. Several restaurants in Mumbai serve authentic ones, which are a memorable treat for the palate. Some are served hot and others cold, but both offer an unparalleled experience. My 5 favourite ones.
Moong Dal Halwa at Tuskers, Sofitel Mumbai BKC
This rustic but traditional halwa made of a green gram with copious amounts of ghee is something every foodie wants to indulge in. Tuskers serves a home-style version which will wow your palate instantly and leaves you craving for more. Piping hot, this one simply melts in the mouth.
Jalebi at Neel - Tote on the Turf, Mahalaxmi
This deep-fried crispy sweet – Jalebi, is best enjoyed hot and that is exactly how Neel serves these. Topped with a generous dollop of Rabdi, this is a match made in heaven and a perfect way to round off one’s meal. One almost forgets one is at a fine-dining restaurant and not a roadside halwai in North India, as the taste here is so accurate.
Double Ka Meetha at Ummrao, Andheri East
Inspired by the Royal kitchens of India, Ummrao offers traditional food and the desserts too are Nawaabi. Double Ka Meetha, a popular dessert from Hyderabad, with bread slices soaked in milk, dry fruits and nuts, is a rich and creamy dessert but is exceedingly well-made. One can safely skip a course but indulge in this instead. 'Chef Mukhtar Qureshi' ensures that.
This simple, rice-based pudding flavoured with saffron and rose water, never fails you. Although sweet, it is light and creamy and is the perfect finale to a great Indian meal. Punjab Grill offers one of the best versions with the right balance of flavours.
Malpua Rabdi at Ustaadi, CST
Who can resist a syrupy, sweet deep-fried Malpua slathered with Rabdi? Indulge in this rich Indian sweet which is an unparalleled treat. The one served at Ustaadi is aesthetically presented and looks even more enticing. The flavours are spot on and the taste lingers long after you have devoured the entire portion.
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.
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