We know you are feeling exceptionally lazy in this cold and a plain chocolate bar can’t really curb the dessert cravings, so here we are with #DSSCRecommends for winter desserts you need to have! Don’t worry you won’t put on weight with one sugar serving, so chill the nerves and get out the spoons; it’s time to scoop.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Halwa is the reason we embrace winters so well. Warm, sweet, rich it’s everything we want to eat in a bowl. No Punjabi dinner in winter ends without gajrela, so who are we to say no; all the weight-loss health resolutions need to be put on the back burner, because it’s time to gorge! While every family has its own recipe passed down from grandmothers, we know a few places who do it really well like the good old Giani’s Di Hatti in Chandni Chowk that always exceeds our expectations. Their single portion of halwa is topped with enough nuts to get you through the weeks almond requirement so, technically it’s quite healthy.
Head over to: 651/52, Church Mission Road, Fatehpuri, Chandni Chowk, New Delhi
Strawberry & Mascarpone Cake
Strawberries are in season so finally we can ditch the preserves and enjoy this fruit in its full glory, because what’s better than these beautifully plump red berries to load up cakes. A topping of chocolate dipped fresh strawberries is what sugar heaven looks like, surely you understand what we are talking about. A slice of this is just what you need to soften the blow of holidays getting over and heading back to office. #DSSCVerified mood enhancer, The Big Chill is the place to ring for a slice or two (oh who are we kidding, get the whole cake)! The light sponge cake layered with Italian mascarpone and fresh strawberries, it feels like floating in a garden.
Find them at: Khan Market, Ambience Mall Vasant Kunj, DLF Place Saket and DLF Mall Of India Noida.
Soaking in the winter sun with peanuts and chikki is how we like to begin New Year. It isn’t just another tradition in the family we follow, it’s one we adore Jaggery and peanuts coming together to form this Indian version of French praline (let’s not get into the nitty gritties of it, but chikki beats praline every time), puts winters in a whole new perspective. We know you are craving some now, so head out to Gulab Wala and get your season’s haul. They use high-quality jaggery that gives it a deep amber colour and the balanced sweetness we love for our afternoon chikki sesh.
Find out about them here.
Daulat Ki Chaat
Often regarded as an Indian soufflé (only better), daulat ki chaat marks the beginning of the best season in Delhi. As the air gets nippy, the streets of Chandni Chowk get filled with vendors serving this winter favourite from their quaint carts. This hand churned dessert is light, creamy and can easily pull you into a food trance (come back to the rest of the feature for now please). Still served with the classic Old Delhi charm, it makes us feel connected to our roots. Topped with a saffron layer, silver sheets and pistachios, the name seems just about right. So, what are you waiting for? Go get yourself some from the always bustling streets of Chandni Chowk.
Head over to: Chandni Chowk streets and get a plate from any of the multiple vendors you see.
Jalebi & Kulhad Ka Doodh
We don’t really hesitate to gobble these twisted sweets during summer, but it’s particularly pleasing to eat them piping hot when it’s freezing cold. Deep fried and loaded with sugar syrup (don’t pretend like you didn’t know) they make a perfect combination with warm kulhad ka doodh infused with saffron. Old Famous Jalebi Wala is the most beloved place for big fat jalebis in Delhi, however if you enjoy the crispy petite ones, Bikanerwala is the place to go. Even though it doesn’t have the deep rooted Old Delhi vibe, the jalebis are still very delicious.
Head over to: Dariba Kalan, Chandni Chowk and you will know you have reached by the huge crowds chowing down jalebis.
Stevie’s Secret Tip: If you decide to get some packed and we recommend you do, do not microwave the jalebis. Add the cold jalebis to a bowl and pour hot milk from top. Eat & drink this classic combination for breakfast.
Heading out for these winter desserts? Don’t forget to get us some!
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