Desserts hold a special place in people’s hearts and minds. In fact, it would not be incorrect to say that they are a vibe of their own. Sweet specialities adorn and celebrate occasions bringing together people and communities. While the delectable treats are a must-have for many with a sweet tooth, some incredible ones are even hard to miss for those without much fondness for sweets. As such, Taste Atlas, an experiential travel guide, recently released the rankings of the 50 best street food sweets in the world. The list comprised puddings, pastries, waffles, cakes, and desserts that are commonly found in the streets across the world. What more? Three Indian sweet specialities made it to the list!
Can you guess?
Here are the top 50 list of the best street food sweets.
Pastel de nataSerabiDondurmaHotteokPa thong koLiege wafflesPisang GorengGarrapinadaGaufrePoffertjesKhao niao mamuangEgg wafflePicaronesMysore PakKue apeCubanitosTaiyakiKulfiLeche FritaKue PutuBrussels WafflesHot jam donutsChurrosKürtoskalácsTahoBolinhos de chuvaRoti PisangKoeksisterCurd and treacleCocadasBionicoKulfi faloodaLokmaRurkiFrituleOliebollenMaruyaCuchuflfPeanut Powdered MochiWisconsin KringleGaufres à la flamandeGalettes CampinoisesHodu-gwajaEspasolKluai ThotMazamorra moradaFunnel cakeKhao IamDou fu faChurchkhela
On the list, traditional Indian sweet Mysore Pak ranked 14th, while Kulfi earned the 18th spot. Interestingly, Kulfi Falooda ranked 32 on the list.
Mysore pak is a famous regional delicacy (Source: Wikimedia Commons)
Taste Atlas on its site described Mysore pak, invented in 1935 at the Mysore Palace by the royal chef Madappa, as the experimental sweet that was invented in the royal court of King Krishna Raja Wodeyar. The sweet dish, combining gram flour, ghee butter, and sugar into a syrup is known as the king of sweets in the South but is commonly prepared for numerous Indian festivities and celebrations and be found throughout India on various street stands.
Kulfi, the traditional Indian ice cream made with slowly simmered whole milk, makes for a “delicious, nutty, caramelised flavour”, the site noted. “The ice cream is characterised by its unusual, conical shape, a result of using traditional, special molds with tight-fitting lids,” it mentioned.
Kulfi is usually flavoured with traditional Indian ingredients, saffron, and rose water.
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Ranking it on the 32nd spot, Taste Atlas enlisted that the street food sweet that is associated with northern Indian regions is a “refreshing” summer treat made with thin falooda noodles and kulfi. “The whole dessert is often elevated with various additions such as sweet basil seeds, jelly, or rose water, and it is frequently garnished with crushed nuts,” it mentioned.
Traditionally enjoyed during the summer, kulfi falooda is commonly prepared at home, but can also be found on the menus of traditional restaurants or at specialised street stalls.
Which is your favourite?
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