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Desserts, Festivals, Mumbai

Sweet Nothings: 8 Holi Desserts with a Twist

23 Mar , 2016  

Bright, colourful and boisterous, Holi revelries are an eagerly awaited event. Gujiyas, laddoos, kaju katlis, thandai form a part of the traditional Holi platter, year after year. But times are a-changing! With evolving palates, the classic Holi desserts have got a cool, contemporary makeover. We list out a couple that you must try this festive season and give your loved ones a treat to remember:

Gulab Jamun Cheesecake at True Tramm Trunk, Juhu:
Cheesecake studded with gulab jamun, what’s not to love? This one comes in a Vereen jar which makes it a wonderful gift option as well.

Image used for representational purpose only

Image used for representational purpose only

 

Khopra Pakh and Milk Chocolate Mielle Feuille at English Vinglish, Juhu:
Literally translating to ‘a thousand leaves’, the classic French dessert gets a desi twist at English Vinglish. Gorgeously plated, this dessert has house-made khopra pakh (coconut barfi) layered with rich milk chocolate ganache, promising a nutty, crunchy, sinfully smooth bite. “The idea is to keep the combination of milk chocolate and coconut alive,” says celebrity chef Ranveer Brar, Director and Mentor, English Vinglish.

Chef Ranveer Brar recreates a French classic with an Indian twist

Chef Ranveer Brar recreates a French classic with an Indian twist

 

Kaju Katli Cheesecake at Bombay Baking Company, JW Mariott, Juhu:
The Bombay Baking Company gives India’s favourite mithaai – kaju katli – a snappy makeover. A deliciously lush combination of all things nice, this cheesecake with rabri and cream cheese, hits the right notes. A hint of cardamom gives that typically Indian finish while whipped cream garnish will surely make your soul sigh.

Kaju katli meets cheesecake, a perfect marriage of flavours for sure!

Kaju katli meets cheesecake, a perfect marriage of flavours for sure!

 

Paan Rasmalai at MeSoHappi, Bandra Kurla Complex:
The creamy texture of rasmalai gets a unique flavour – paan. Yes, you heard it right. Refreshing and sweet, this does seem like an odd couple, but something tells us you’re going to love it.

Love rasmalai? Give this paan variant a chance to wow you

 

Saffron and Pistachio Cookies at Icing on Top (delivery only):
Classic Indian flavours come together in these delicious cookies. What’s more, these are bite-sized, which means you can indulge to your heart’s content without the nagging guilt of having eaten too much. A win, for sure!

These dainty cookies are big on flavour, not so much on calories

These dainty cookies are big on flavour, not so much on calories

 

Granny Smith Green Apple Jalebi at Four Points by Sheraton Navi Mumbai, Vashi:
A contemporary take on the classic jalebi, this dish has thinly sliced green apples that are batter fried and soaked in sugar syrup. Full points for creativity.

Fried apple slices in jalebi batter, a winsome promise

Fried apple slices in jalebi batter, a winsome promise

 

Spiced Panna cotta at The Baking Co,:
The silky, smooth texture of panna cotta becomes the palette for this creative dessert. Topped with saffron boondi, this dessert is served with chatpatta kala khatta jelly and thandai cream clouds that look both adorable and appetising. “A burst of flavours like spicy, sweet, sour – this one dessert does it all,” says Chef Harsh Shodhan, Owner-Executive Chef, The Baking Co. by The Gourmet Kitchen & Studios.

This spiced panna cotta looks like a dream, tastes even better

This spiced panna cotta looks like a dream, tastes even better

 

Colourful Holi Dessert Jar at Country Of Origin, all outlets:
Vibrant and oh-so-yummy, this colourful dessert brings the colours of Holi to your plate. Packed in a fancy jar, the dessert has moist velvet cake in pastel tones layered with creamy mascarpone cheese frosting. Topped with white chocolate flakes and multi-coloured M&Ms, this dessert promises a visual and gastronomic treat!

Colourful and totally yum, this one's a double treat

Colourful and totally yum, this one’s a double treat

 

So, tuck into some delicious gujiyas and thandai, yes. But definitely give these a taste (or two!).


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Nagwa enjoys long walks on the beach. When she isn't busy gorging on food, she writes about it, painting a picture with her words. Her Zen comes from making chocolate cookies at odd hours in the night and buying (and sniffing) way more books than she can manage to read.

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