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Indian Cuisine has a lot of sweet-treats to offer but the10 most popular sweet dishes from India are:

1. Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

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As the name suggests, this halwa is made of carrots and is mostly made in winters. This mouth watering sweet dish has the goodness of vitamin A. Most people prefer to have it when it’s hot because it tends to melt in the mouth, giving the taste buds a yummy treat. This winter special recipe is very easy to make and is a must try for those who have a weakness for sweets.

2. Rasgullas

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Rasgullas are a popular sweet during festival times. These small round shaped sweet is a milk based dessert made from a type of chhena which is an Indian cottage cheese, dough and cooked in sugar syrup. It’s native to the Indian state of Orissa. Rasgullas are spherical in shape.

3. Jalebi

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This sweet dish will certainly make you go crazy for it simply tastes amazing. Though the sweet looks like a messy piece of golden coloured strings overlapping each other, the taste of this unique sweet preparation will make you fall in love with it. The taste of jalebi is matchless and divine!

4. Adhirasam

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It is a traditional south Indian dish prepared especially in Tamil Nadu. This sweet is made from rice flour, jaggery, butter and cardamom powder sprinkled over the top. A famous sweet in tamil households during festivals like diwali. The most important part is making the ‘paagu’ or the syrup. If u get it correct then adhirasam will taste really delicious.

5. Shrikhand

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Shrikhand is a sweet dish made of strained yogurt. It is an important dessert of Gujarati and Maharashtrian cuisine. Preparation of this dish is very simple but time consuming, since yogurt has to be processed properly. It has a tantalizing taste with sweet aroma. Addition of saffron and pistachio make it a yummy temptation

 6. Ras Malai

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 Ras Malais are sweet dumplings made of cottage or ricotta cheese soaked in sweetened, thickened milk delicately flavoured with cardamom. It is served chilled. It’s an ultimate sweet dish meant to be eaten in summers as it provides relief from the heat.

7. Gulab Jamun

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This tasty dessert is the staple sweet-dish of India. It is made of khoya (thickened or reduced milk) balls , soaked in rose flavoured sugar syrup. Gulab Jamuns are reddish to dark brown in colour. Gulab jamun is often prepared during festivals and marriages. Almost all sweet-lovers relish eating gulab-jamuns.

8. Kaju Barfi (Kaju Katli)

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Kaju Barfi is an exotic dessert of Indian-origin. Made of cashews, this kind of barfi is garnished with a fine layer of edible silver foil. Whether, it’s Diwali, a wedding function or any other auspicious occasion, kaju barfi will certainly find a mention in the menu. It is quite an expensive recipe but the most preferred sweet to be given as gift in India.

9. Sandesh

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Sandesh is the staple sweet-dish of the Bengalis. No Bengali meal is complete without Sandesh. It is surprisingly easy to make. Almonds, pistachios cut into slivers, few saffron strands are also added in order to make it taste even better.

10. Laddoo

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This Indian dessert is not only popular in India but, in many parts of South Asia. Ladoo is one sweet dish that is mostly used for gifting on auspicious eves.

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