Photo Essay

Mouthwatering Indian Sweets

Cashew burfi- Bengali sweets

India has a large collection of sweets, with each region specializing in their own unique variety. Sweets occupy an important place in the diet of Bengali and Odia people. Even at their social ceremonies sweets play an important role. It is an ancient custom to distribute sweets during festivities. The confectionery industry has flourished because of its close association with social and religious ceremonies. Competition and changing tastes have helped to create many new sweets, and today this industry has grown within the country as well as all over the world.

The sweets of Bengal and Odisha are generally made of sweetened cottage cheese (chhena), unlike the use of khoa (reduced solidified milk) in Northern India. Additionally, flours of different cereals and pulses are used as well. Besides, the famous traditional "Chennapoda of Odisha" wins the heart of tourists, who visit the State. Some important sweets are: Shôndesh, Rôshogol, Rasmalai , Chômchôm, chhanar jileepi, kalo jam, darbesh, raghobshai, paesh,bundiya ,nalengurer shôndesh, shor bhaja, langcha and an innumerable variety of sweets.

I love sweets so much but due to health ground I am remaining away from such delicious sweets. These photographs taken during my last trip to Tripura, a Northeastern state of India.

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9 responses

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard said (10 Jun 2013):

    OK, now you have my sweet tooth aroused! Wonderful and most interesting essay and most enlightening.

  • Bailey Cooper

    Bailey Cooper said (10 Jun 2013):

    Great regional essay. The images are beautifully captured. I'll have an apple please.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (11 Jun 2013):

    I love it!! Great story! voted!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (12 Jun 2013):

    Fascinating and informative. Sure gets my vote.

  • Etan Doronne

    Etan Doronne said (13 Jun 2013):

    Thanks for the info, Saroj. Odisha is one of the few Indian states I haven't got to know yet and you sure do help me create a good apetite :)

  • chuck vona

    chuck vona   gave props (13 Jun 2013):

    I'll have one of each. Very nice work

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (14 Jun 2013):

    Thanks my lovely friends!!!

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler said (14 Jun 2013):

    I get hungry just looking at these.

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (15 Jun 2013):

    So yummy & wonderful photo essay, Saroj !!! voted

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