2021 is the year of being different! Skip the boring box of chocolates and store-bought cake! Make these super easy, super delicious Indian fusion desserts. Additionally, these desserts combine elements from Indian and American desserts. So, they are perfect for people who have never made Indian desserts before. Enjoy!
This fusion dish combines Bhapa Doi (steamed sweetened yogurt dish) with the preparation of a mango cheesecake to make a delectable cream cheese-free dessert. Swap out the mango for strawberry, raspberry or rose to match the Valentine’s Day theme.
A semifreddo is an Italian semi-frozen mousse-like dessert. Combine this easy-to-make frozen dessert with the aromatic flavors of masala chai (tea) to create a wholesome dessert.
Kesar (Saffron) and Elaichi (Cardamom)! The cornerstone of so many Indian desserts. This recipe combines the richness of a kesar macaron with white chocolate ganache that is infused with cardamom. The aroma of kesar and elaichi will have you falling in love all over again.
For everyone keeping it healthy this Valentine’s Day, this vegan trifle is the dish to make. The trifle has layers of the iconic Ghajar ka Halwa (Carrot pudding) with creamy vanilla coconut yogurt. The end result is a rich and healthy dessert.
Sweeten up with your Valentine’s Day with this rose-flavored instant kulfi. Kulfi is like a traditional Indian ice cream, but it is a lot denser. It is a versatile dessert so you can play around with flavors like pistachio or mango.
Gulab jamun is a beloved Indian dessert. They are fried balls of a dough made from milk solids and semolina, soaked in a syrup. Small pieces of gulab jamun are placed in between the cheese and biscuit part creating a delicious combination between cheesecake and gulab jamun!
For all my chocolate lovers, this is the perfect dish! Combine the crispy pastry of a samosa with a rich chocolate filling. This will definitely be more impressive than a box of chocolates.
Rasmalai is a classic Indian dessert. Basically, it consists of cottage cheese dumplings (chenna) soaked in reduced sweetened milk (rabdi), saffron, and nuts. Generally, chenna is quite difficult to make. So, this recipe switches out the chenna for an easy-to-make ricotta version.
This is not a fusion dish, but that doesn’t matter. Because, it’s jalebi! This is a classic staple in the world of Indian dessert. Flour-based dough is deep-fried in pretzel shapes and soaked in syrup to create this crispy, irresistible dish. This snack is not only perfect for dessert, but breakfast the next day.
A posset is a lemon dessert that has a texture similar to a light and creamy pudding. In this recipe, the traditional Indian flavors of cardamom and rose are blended with a lemon flavor. As a result, you get a delectable and fluffy dessert.
The great thing about Indian desserts is that you don’t need to stick to a specific flavor. As a result, you can switch out the flavors for most of these dishes and make them for any holiday. Explore the depth of Indian dishes and I promise you will never want chocolates again for Valentine’s Day.
Mariyah Rajshahiwala is a junior at Brooklyn College. She discovered her passion for format editing when she joined her high school’s literary magazine. In her free time, she loves to travel and explore halal restaurants.