1.Khubani Ka Meetha
The authentic Hyderabadi dessert, Khubani ka meetha is made from dry apricots. It serves as one of the most important desserts in many Indian weddings. Hyderabad’s one of the favourite festivals, Eid is incomplete without this mouth-watering sweet. The crunchy almonds and other dry fruits added as toppings to this dish, is like cherry on the cake. It is definitely one of those dishes which one should never miss out on their visit to Hyderabad.
Jauzi halwa is the Royal Nizam sweet dish, which takes in a lot of ghee, dry fruits, spices like nutmeg, mace and elaichi as its ingredients. Consuming a cooking time of about 5-6 hours, it is worth all the efforts.
3.Double Ka Meetha (Shahi Tukre)
Giving a new shape, look and taste to the ordinary bread that we use, Double-ka-Meetha, is a sweet dish made of bread, condensed milk and dry fruits. It is also known as Shahi Tukre, which is an important dish in the Mughlai cuisine. This bread pudding dessert has crunchy bread soaked in milk and tastes absolutely delicious when served hot as well as cold. This sweet dish is particularly prepared during the festive month of Ramadan and on eid. It is an absolute heart throb.
4.Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar ka halwa is an interesting combination of grated carrot, nuts, milk, sugar, khoya and ghee. It is a common dessert which is prepared during most of the Indian festivals. Found in almost every sweet shop of Hyderabad, Gajar ka halwa is an all-time favourite to everybody.
Phirni is an eternal classic sweet dish which is made of grounded rice. It has a creamy texture and is usually served in small earthern bowls known as “shikoras”. It serves as an important dish in the Indian festivals like Karwa Chauth. It is easy to prepare and is eaten chilled.
Sheer Khurma is a vermicelli pudding and is the most important dessert prepared at almost every house during Eid. Its heavenly taste containing the combination of vermicelli, milk, ghee, dates and dry fruits, is something that is worth to have at least once in a lifetime. One shall never miss to have this on their visit to Hyderabad.
7.Chawal Ki Kheer (Rice Pudding)
Chawal ki kheer is a creamy rice pudding dessert which is made of whole rice, ghee, milk and dry fruits. It has a relishing taste when served warm as well as chilled. It is a simple and a nutritious dessert, common to all Indian household.
8.Mauz Ka Meetha
Mauz, which means ripe banana, is the key ingredient in this dish. Bananas are mashed and are added to sugar syrup along with ghee. Added with cream and nuts toppings, mauz ka meetha is a simple yet tasty dish, which is healthy and nutritious.
Shahjahani meetha is also known as Tamatar ka Halwa. It is one of the rarest and hidden recipes from the royal Hyderabadi cuisine. Its prime ingredients are tangy tomatoes, whole milk, dry fruits, khoya and sugar. It is very healthy and provides essential vitamins to the body. It is usually served hot and has an unusual taste, loved by kids.
10.Badam Ki Jali
Badam ki jali is an iconic sweet dish which is made of almonds, flour, sugar and lots of ghee. Served in different shapes and colours, it has an attractive look and a delicious taste. It is usually received as gifts during various festivals.
Ariselu is the authentic south Indian sweet dish which is prepared during Pongal and marriages. Wet rice is blended into smooth powder then jaggery syrup, along with ghee, is added to make it a smooth dough, which is then moulded into small flat roti and is fried in oil (for semi crispy taste) or ghee (for softness). Topped with sesame seeds, it has a heavenly taste which anyone would die for. These are little difficult to make, but are readily available in most of the outlets of Hyderabad.
Another sweet dish from the traditional south Indian sweets variety is Polelu or Bhakshyalu, which is usually prepared on most of the festive occasions. It is sort of a roti stuffed with chana dal/ toor dal and jaggery mixture that is fried on pan and is served with ghee. The sweet stuffing inside is known as poornam.
13.Kaddu Ki Kheer
Kaddu ki kheer is a very healthy classic sweet dish which is made of white pumpkin. The prime ingredients are pumpkin, milk, cardamom powder, ghee and it is topped with dry fruits. It is easy to prepare and has a creamy texture and yummy taste. It can be eaten both warm and chilled.
Gulab Jamun is an all time favourite for everybody and doesn’t need any introduction. Dipped in sugar syrup, the jamuns are made of milk powder, all purpose flour, yogurt and ghee. The jamuns are first fried in ghee and then added into the sugar syrup. Usually garnished with pistachios and almond slices, gulab jamuns simply melt in our mouths.
Rabdi is a sweet made out of milk and has various forms of milk like malai, in different layers. It is usually served in small traditional matkis and can be served both warm and cold. It is easy to prepare but needs a lot of attention and time. In the recent times, it is one of the favourite desserts served in the Indian weddings.
Jalebi is an attractive sweet dish, which is loved by people of all age groups. It is a common sweet that is sold in all sweet shops, small and big. Usually the jalebis found on the street outlets are even more delicious. A fine paste is made from maida and yogurt mixture, which is fried in ghee/oil in attractive circular shape.It is then added into the sugar syrup, which gives it a melt-in-mouth texture.
Out of various ladoos made in India, one made up of Besan is the Hyderabad’s favourite classic and traditional ladoo. It is usually made during Diwali. Besan is roasted in ghee, and sugar is added to it. The mixture is then moulded into spheres. They can be made in bulk and stored for few months too.
Kaju barfi or Kaju katli are one of the expensive barfis of Indian sweets. The soft and melt-in-mouth texture of kaju katli gives us the craving to have more. Sold in every sweet shop during every festival, these are slices of goodness and happiness.
Custard is a cooked mixture of milk (or almond milk), custard powder, sugar and a variety of sliced fruits. It is an extremely healthy and nutritious sweet dish that is suitable to all age groups because of the variety of fruits that are added in the custard mixture. It tastes better when served chilled.
Malpua are small fried pancakes made with maida and semolina. The little pancakes are fried in ghee and then dipped in sugar syrup. They are generally made at the time of Holi,it adds up to the happiness of the colourful festival. They are usually served hot or warm. To enhance the taste, Malpua is served with rabdi.