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Thursday, October 13, 2022

4 places to visit in India on ‘sweet’ pilgrimages


Kolkata, West Bengal

Kolkata is inarguably one of the sweetest cities of the  India. The city of joy is brimming with tempting sweets and mithais at all corner. Head to the local institution Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick to sample few of the city’s best traditional desserts from decadent nolen gur payesh, a creamy Bengali kheer created from palm jaggery, to the famous patishapta, which is a delicate crepe filled with coconut and nuts. If you are on the lookout for sondesh, Bhim Chandra Nag is one of the great places to go to. It has an enviable variety of Bengali sweets on display, from the classic flavors such as nolen gur to the more modern such as mango. For the quintessential rasgulla  , look no further than K C Das’s succulent rasgullas, which are prepared from fresh chenna and soaked generously in a fragrant saffron-infused syrup. 


Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh

The old city of nawabs has a wealthy culinary scene that is enjoyed by fans from all over the world. Despite the famous notion, Lucknow has more to it than just kebabs and biryanis, and is house to a myriad variety of appetising sweets. Mainly noteworthy are its seasonal winter offerings.  Taste the different and toothsome black carrot halwa   made from winter black carrots, and sample the creamy makhan malai at Chhappan Bhog Sweet Shop, one of the oldest sweet shops in the town. Makhan malai is easy but extremely flavourful, with airy lightly-sweetened makhan topped with saffron and crunchy pista. If you are visiting at other times of the year, fret not, as there are so much of mithais to choose from. Indulgent Lucknow ki revdi, rich shahi tukda and the triangular pan-such as malai ki gilori, which has an irresistible melt-in-the-mouth texture are few of them! 

creamy makhan malai

Mangalore, Karnataka 

No trip to Mangalore can ever be finish without a pit stop at the popular  Pabba’s. The famous ice-cream parlour is known for its delectable and creative ice-cream sundaes and flavors; don’t leave without trying the gad bad sundae! If searching to sink your teeth into something more traditional, enjoy the surnoli (a sweet pancake) at Sagar Ratna at the Oceanic Pearl Hotel. Tuck into the eponymous Mangalore buns, which are less buns and more deep-fried puris sweetened with a ripe bananas, at the New Taj Mahal Cafe. Another must-try Karnataka sweet is the moreish chiroti, a fried flaky pastry  served on main occasions. 

fried flaky pastry 

Amritsar, Punjab

Amritsar, with its endless delectable offerings, is all foodie’s mecca. While juicy tandoori tikkas and ghee-laden parathas are what most person go there for, its equally-rich sweets are not to be missed either! Kanha Sweets is an old Amritsari institution recognized for its crisp puris and the accompanying tangy aloo sabji, but its moreish besan laddoos   and pinnis are the appropriate sweet ending to a savoury meal, and they even make great souvenirs to take back house. Luscious phirnis and hot jalebis are another popular that can be found on the streets of Amritsar. One can’t go to the holy town and not chug a glass (or two) of the thick, creamy lassis that require to be scooped with a spoon! Try the mango and saffron flavours at Ahuja Milk Bhandar. For a classic Amritsari sweet that you’ll not discover anywhere else, fruit cream and kulfa is a must-have. It is a take on the nice ol’ kulfi falooda but with a yummy twist. Layers of phirni are topped with kulfi, falooda, some gond (edible gum) and a dash of rose water. It is completed with some sweet rabdi; it all comes together in a dish that is really a work of art. 


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