1. Pootharekulu from Andhra Pradesh
Originally from Atreyapuram – a village in the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh, this extremely popular dessert is also known as “Paper Sweet.” A wafer-like transparent rice sheet is coated with powdered sugar and ghee, folded and repeated until thick. Preparing this sweet and getting it right is a time consuming and challenging job, which makes it delicious only at a few places that get it right – Gonguura being one of them.
Available at: Gonguura Restaurant – Shop No. 5, Juhu Ekta Co-operative Society, Juhu Versova Link Rd, Andheri West.
2. Bebinca from Goa
The queen of Goan desserts, Bebinca or Bibik is a rich, multi-layered pudding made with coconut milk, egg yolk, flour, sugar and ghee and is served on special occasions. Fluffy and delicious, it is best eaten warm, with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.
Available at: Goa Portuguesa – Mili Building, T. H. Kataria Road, Near Hinduja Hospital, Mahim.
3. Pongal from Tamil Nadu
Usually prepared during the festival of Pongal, this dish with the same name is essentially made of freshly harvested rice cooked with ghee, cashew nuts, nutmeg, cardamom and jaggery. Flavourful, fragrant and mushy, the comfort food- like qualities it possesses will instantly make you happy!
Available at: Cafe Madras – Ground Floor, Kamakshi Building, Bhaudaji Road, Kings Circle, Matunga.
4. Basundi from Gujarat and Maharashtra
Sweet and creamy thickened milk flavoured with cardamom, saffron and nutmeg and a handful of dry fruits is a reminder of childhood for many. Diva Maharastacha and Rajdhani both don’t disappoint.
Available at: Diva Maharashtracha – Next To Goa Portuguese Restaurant, Lalita Giridhar Tower, Shivaji Park.
Rajdhani – multiple outlets across the city.
5. Ghevar from Rajasthan
Although the Ghevar has been traditionally associated with the festival of Teej, it is so delicious that nobody really waits for the annual festival! A honeycomb-textured disc made with sweetened flour and milk and topped with sliced nuts and flavoured rabdi, this is one indulgent dessert you must try.
Available at: Trupti – Phoenix Shoppers Walk Way, Lower Parel
6. Semiya Payasam from Kerala
This classic dessert from Kerala is prepared with roasted vermicelli and milk flavoured with cardamom, saffron and nuts. Luscious, sweet and silky, this simple, yet delicious dessert can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Available at: Dakshin Culture Curry – T.H. Kataria Road, Near Hinduja Hospital, Shivaji Park.
7. Kharvas from Maharashtra
Soft and delicate, this melt-in-your-mouth Maharashtrian dessert is made with colostrum milk, sugar, saffron threads and cardamom-nutmeg powder. It is steamed into a pudding-like texture and served cold. Aromatic and delicious, this dessert is a fine finish to every spicy Maharashtrian meal.
Available at: Aaswad – Shivaji Park House, Ram Ganesh Gadkari Chowk, Dadar West.
8. Shufta from Kashmir
Shufta is a delectable Kashmiri dessert made during festivals, weddings and special occasions. Predominantly a mixture of dry fruits, desiccated coconut, spices such as pepper and dry ginger and sugar syrup, this delectable dessert is served with rose petals making it fragrant and absolutely unforgettable.
Available at: Poush – 2nd Floor, Phoenix Market City, LBS Road, Kurla.