#Foodventures – Desserts complete a meal
Aaj meethe mein kya hai?
(What’s for dessert today?)
A sentence that I hear almost every single day and has never annoyed me. As much as my husband loves a dessert after dinner, I can’t deny I also crave for one. The only challenge is health and the calories we can pile on with everyday sweets. So, I smile and say jaggery.
I believe desserts have a reserved place in our tummy. However full you may be after a meal, there is a little space remaining for that spoon of heaven. Red velvet cake, a gulab jamoon, a barfi or a bowl of dry fruit laden kheer. It’s for that rush of sugar in our blood and doesn’t matter if it’s an Indian recipe or not. A muffin is as good as a petha. Isn’t it?
Watching this video made me think of all those twists in desserts I have seen. These are all the simple ones I am sure you would have seen on many buffet tables. A chilled cheesecake, a sizzling brownie with ice cream, a hot gulab jamoon with ice-cream or even gajar ka halwa with ice cream. There are now dessert parlours and who would have thought flavored frozen yogurt with fruits, a common recipe in most homes is now selling like a hot cake. I have also read about Adrak ka halwa which is one of the many #Foodventures that are possible. Recently a friend mentioned of onion kheer which I need to try before I write about that. Not sure how will that taste!
When it comes to Indian desserts, I cannot think beyond a traditional sweet. The khova barfi. Now imagine fresh, soft, slightly sweetened khova as the filling and a ripe green parwal over it. The pointed gourd is a vegetable and versatile in the way it can be used for a meal – a dry bhujia or a curry, stuffed ones or fried ones are very flavorful but trust me, a parwal ki mithai has its own unique taste. The crunchiness of the gourd and the soft and sweetened khova on the inside literally melts in the mouth. The vegetable cleanses your palate and leaves that freshness even after having the sweet.
For the calorie conscious like me, you are just having another green for dessert. A golden rule I tell myself is desserts should be consumed without any guilt else you are insulting it! Do you have an interesting dessert to talk about? Share your story and get a chance to be in a #Foodventures video with either Vikas Khanna or Vir Sanghvi!
I don’t have a sweet tooth, I have a full set. What about you?