Apple Cinnamon Jalebi at Cafe Lota, National Craft Museum
Warm, melting cooked apples, fresh cinnamon, gooey pastry, milk and fresh coconut – the apple cinnamon jalebi is more like a doughnuty take on the North Indian sweet, combining the best elements of French, Indian and American desserts. The jalebi is however sinfully sweet and for those who want to try something that is a bit less sweet, we suggest the Bhapa-Doi Cheesecake: steamed, sweetened yoghurt on a crust of biscuits, topped with almonds and pistachios. Order a South Indian filter coffee, or a single estate coffee in French press, and we assure you a seat in cheesecake paradise!
Shaahi Jam at 21 Gun Salute, Gurgaon
A sinister cross between the innocent chuski and the wicked vodka, Shaahi Jam will hit all the right notes with the true chuski-lover. The familiar taste of Roohafza, lime juice and black salt, makes this popsicle truly delightful, always leaving us asking for more.
Parle G Cheesecake at Farzi Café
Lip-smacking cheesecake stuffed between two Parle-G biscuits standing tall in a pool of chilled rabri with floating Cadbury’s Gems and dry fruits – this beautiful dessert has all the ingredients childhood memories are made of.
Dhoda Barfi Treacle Tart at The Indian Accent, The Manor
If there is one dessert you must try from this list, we suggest you make it the warm Dhoda Barfi Treacle Tart served by Chef Manish Mehrotra at The Indian Accent. A crumbling tart filled with warm, crunchy dhoda burfi, served with a side of fresh homemade vanilla bean ice cream – it is sure to make any dessert lover go weak in the knees.
Puffed Rice with Cream and ‘Gur’ at Jakoi, Assam Bhawan
Things couldn’t get any simpler than this. Three simple ingredients – puffed rice, cream and liquid ‘gur’ (jaggery) – mixed together create this out-of-the-world dessert, that is a true delight for the senses. The place also serves some exotic kheers (read: orange, aloo, carrots) – we suggest you give those a try too if you go here.
Gulabjamun Cheesecake at Eau De Monsoon, Le Meridien
The gooeyness of gulabjamun and the goodness of cheesecake comes together in this wonderfully experimental dessert that combines the best of both Indian and Western flavours.
Filter Coffee Mousse Cake with Vanilla Ice cream at Fire, The Park Hotel
When it comes to surprising the most avid dessert fan with welcome twists on Indian desserts, Fire knows just the trick. It is difficult to choose just one dessert favourite in a menu that is teeming with exotic Indian goodness. Do try their filter coffee mousse cake, but we also suggest you make more trips to this place and try the Paan ki rasmalai (fresh cottage cheese dumplings with betel leaf and rose petal jam), Anjeer aur dahi ki lauj (baked Indian yoghurt with figs) and Gulab ki kheer.
For those of you who love Indian desserts, we hope this guide is a good place to start. Did we miss out on any of your favourites? Do let us know in the comments below.