Bengalis are known all the world over for their sweet tooth, and why not? With varieties like Sondesh (dry) and Rosogolla (syrupy) and the entire jamboree in between, one can always find an excuse to indulge in the sweet revelry. Now, I have been asked by Atrai to share my top favourite sweets and this has put me in a quandary. How to select just 10 names when you can grab them all?
Touch decision. But nonetheless, here is my list:
10. Malai chumchum
When you put a piece of Malai Chumchum in your mouth, you will forget about all your worries and savour those moments of bliss. The softness of the chumchum, accentuated by the taste of the cream is definitely a ‘cardinal sin’.
9. Kheer Mohan
A delectable dessert, this will leave you wanting for more. The mouth-watering sweet will leave your taste buds tingling.
8. Jolbhora Sondesh
A sondesh with a liquid filling in the center, this is perhaps the most common ‘dry’ sweet in Bengal.
A must-have at weddings, Rosomalai is best savoured after a sumptuous meal.
Bardhaman er sitabhog. Enough said.
5. Nolen gurer sondesh/rosogolla
This is nostalgia; the best companion for winters. The taste of jaggery accentuates the charm of the ras (syrup).
4. Mishti doi
If you are visiting Bengal, never ever forget to taste the Gangarampurer Mishti Doi. Red in colour and sweet in texture, the sweet curd will complete your Sunday lunch.
A bowl of hot pantua/ledikeni topped with ice cream. Heaven on earth.
The trick is to gulp down an entire lyangcha at one go.
Best competition one can enrol in – how many Rosogollas can you eat at a wedding. My highest count is 25.
I nominate all my readers for this challenge. Let’s put our sweet teeth to task 😀
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