Relive old memories by hustling up these 5 sweet dishes!

Growing up, a large part of us comprises sweet memories from our childhood. And if you grew up in an Indian household, chances are, food makes up for a massive chunk of those memories. If anything, we all remember the desserts that our mothers hustled up on our birthdays. 

 

Some of us are away from home, and for so many others, things are just not the same anymore. So much so that we have forgotten how satisfying certain desserts can be, quite like the ones from our childhood. So, let's take a trip down memory lane with these sugary foods and be prepared to immerse yourselves in an ocean of longing! 

 

Dink ladoo

The onset of winters always welcomed us with a nip in the air and a box of homemade Dink ladoo. Made of edible gum, these sweet balls of goodness are loaded with dry fruits and known to produce heat in the body due to gondh's heating properties. It is recommended for lactating mothers or someone recovering from an illness. This ladoo can be made at home by roasting edible gum crystals in desi ghee and then loading it with dates, nuts, grated coconut, and dry fruits. Alternatively, you can get the most authentic tasting dink ladoos from Aazol foods and some other old-school goodies. 

 

Shrikhand 

This humble sweetened thick yoghurt was consumed at various festivals and had a special place in any traditional wedding thali. Shrikhand is a simple yet delicious dessert that is usually eaten with puris. Shrikhand is made using hung curd, sugar, saffron, and cardamom. During summers, people add fresh and ripe Alphonso mango pulp to the mixture to make it even more delectable, and that version of Shrikhand is called Amrakhand.

 

Puran Poli 

One of the main reasons we waited for the festival of Holi was so that we could gorge on a stack of puran polis dripping in ghee. An elaborate dish to make, this preparation usually starts a night before the big festival. It is typically a roti (poli), stuffed with sweet lentils (puran). It is prepared by roasting chana dal and jaggery in clarified butter and then stuffing it in the roti. This takes some hard work and is prepared specially for festivals; very few can resist this delicious sweet dish eaten with generous ghee. Puran poli requires some skill and patience to make.

 

Sheera 

This one reminds us of the pujas when we would wait in line for our turn to receive this fantastic prasad. This popular traditional sweet dish comprises semolina, ghee, sugar, and dried fruits. After roasting suji in ghee, add water to it; while the recipe is easy, the ratio of the ingredients needs to be on point. You can also sprinkle some dry fruits to enhance the taste. Depending on the time of the year, seasonal fruits are also added to get various versions of this sheera. The strawberry sheera, pineapple sheera, and mango sheera are popular variants of the original sheera. 

 

Jaggery coconut chikki

Chikkis were little bites of awesomeness found across many Indian households in winter and continue to find a place on the shelves, especially in December and January. A great alternative to the jaggery coconut burfi, the jaggery coconut chikki acts as the perfect sweet bite that one needs to call it a day! It is easy to make and requires simple ingredients like jaggery, coconut, and ghee. What makes things easier is, you can order this chikki from Aazol and get it delivered right to your doorstep!


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