With the festive season in full swing, every household is relishing traditional sweets. From laddoos and jalebis to gulab jamun and kalakand, every desi food lover has a specific favourite. And just like the rest of us, the timeless Bollywood beauty Neena Gupta also has a sweet tooth. How do we know? Well, her latest Instagram Stories provide all the proof we need. The actress shared a video where she expressed her love for balushahi, a sweet Indian pastry. In the video, we can see a plate full of balushahis. Behind the camera, Neena Gupta can be heard saying, “Aur yeh hai balushahi meri favourite. Lekin kha nahi sakti. Badi Heavy hai. [And this is balushahi, my favourite. But I can’t eat it; it’s quite heavy.]”
Here’s a screengrab from the video:
If you are also a fan of Indian sweets like Neena Gupta, here are some dishes you can prepare in your own kitchen.
A traditional North Indian sweet, known for its flaky texture and sweet, sugary glaze. It is made from deep-fried maida dough and is garnished with pistachios or almonds. Click here for the recipe.
A spherical sweet made from ingredients like gram flour, semolina, or even grated coconut. They come in many different flavours. These sweet balls are often flavoured with cardamom and garnished with nuts. Here is a recipe for one of the classic laddoos.
This milk-based sweet is often associated with festivities. It is made by condensing milk and then flavouring it with cardamom, saffron, or pistachios to create a rich, fudge-like texture. Detailed recipe here.
A beloved Bengali sweet made from fresh chhena [cheese curds] and semolina dough balls. They are soft, spongy, and delightfully sweet. Click here and get the recipe.