5 Popular Bengali Desserts You Cannot Give A Miss
West Bengal is popular for its rich culture and richer food. It is an abode to many sweet and juicy desserts that are simply out of the world. Bengalis have a knack of preparing the most heavenly desserts. One look and you are sold! There is so much of variety that it is hard to taste each one of it in one lifetime. So here is a list of top 5 popular Bengali desserts that you must try before you die.
Nolen Gurer Payesh
This is a decadent winter delicacy of Bengal and is made on special occasions like puja, birthdays and other festivals. Gur or jaggery is the hero of the dish. Payesh is the final outcome of slowly simmering full fat milk, rice and gur for 2-3 hours. You can add dry fruits of your choice for added flavor. This is one dish that will bowl you over with its simplicity!
Kalo Jam or Kala Jamun is something Bengalis grew up eating. These are paneer or khoya balls fried until they are caramelized to a dark color and then dipped into sweet and sticky sugar syrup. Kala Jamun is also said to belong to the Gulab Jamun family. This mouthwatering sweetmeat is a common item in weddings, or you will find it accompanying a cup of evening tea and snacks.
Pronounced as ‘Kheer Kodom' this Bengali sweet is a little show of magic! At first it looks white and crumbly and oh so delectable! One bite into it and you are surprised by a burst of sweet syrup oozing from the mini rasgulla inside the crumbly exterior. A hint of saltiness in the outer cover heightens the sweetness of the slightly brownish rasgulla. Craving some already?
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The quintessential Bengali dessert – Mishti Doi, which translates to sweet yoghurt, is something you cannot miss in this lifetime. A simple mix of milk, sugar, and yoghurt is left to ferment overnight. You end up with creamy and mildly sweet curd in the morning. This dessert is commonly found during auspicious occasions and festivities.
Malai Chom Chom
Sweet, juicy and delicious, malai chom chom is as Bengali as it gets. Made out of chenna or homemade paneer with a hint of saffron (kesar) makes this sweet a popular favorite. One bite of chom chom is enough to make you fall in love with Bengali sweets.
Do give these 5 popular Bengali desserts a try to taste the rich heritage, vibrant culture and the sweetness of Bengal.