Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mithai at your Indian wedding

An Indian wedding is usually a grand and lavish celebration, and would most definitely be incomplete without an assorted platter of Indian desserts or mithai.
India consists of a number of regions, each having its own desserts/mithai - different shapes, colors, flavors and sweetness and each with its own piece of interesting history. All Indian desserts can broadly be classified into two types. The milk based desserts like rasmalai, barfi or gulab jamuns and the flour based desserts, which are usually fried and dipped in sugar syrup. Some of these are motichoor laddu, jalebi and halwa.

Here are some popular mithai very commonly seen at Indian weddings:
Barfi is a fudge like dessert made of reduced milk. Different varieties of barfi are can be found in almost every sweet shop. These are bite sized colorful pieces, usually garnished with edible silver foil. The presentation of the barfi has evolved tremendously and these are now available in the form of various rolls, fruit shapes and exotic flavors.

Gulab jamuns are fried milk balls soaked in sugar syrup. This mithai is said to have originated from an Arabic dessert and was brought to India by the Mughals. This is a very popular dessert served at weddings and is usually eaten alone, warm, or accompanied by a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

The jalebi is also called the “celebration sweet of India” as it is a popular choice of sweets distributed on national holidays. Made of flour deep-fried and soaked in sugar syrup, the jalebi also originated in Arabia and was introduced to India by the Mughals. A variant of the jalebi is the flower shaped jangiri, which is commonly seen at weddings. These are served hot with rabri or a suitable choice of milk.

Kulfis are frozen milk based desserts or ice creams available in different flavors. The matka kulfi which is the kulfi served in an earthen pot is very popular for Indian weddings. These can also be served frozen on a stick or in floods.

Basundi is a sweetened dense milk dessert, a must have in all Gujarati weddings. This is also called rabdi in North India.

A delicious sweet dish prepared with carrots, milk and sugar – gajar ka halwa – is usually the first preference of dessert in Indian weddings.

Its difficult to pick a favorite, but imagine a dessert bar with a selection of the above – all colorful and so different from each other! Sure to be something your guests will enjoy and keep going back for more!

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