Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Traditional Sweets of Nepal - (Part 2 of 4)

Enjoy the Traditional Sweets of Nepal - मिठाई हरु, गुलियो खाना 
 This is the continuation of photo blog of Nepali sweets
 Take another virtual tour (part 2 of 4)

Savor the festive Sweets especially prepared for Tihar-Bhai-Tika Festival in Nepal.  They are more decorative, infused with cardamom, saffron and many other fancy ingredients. Click here to read more about Tihar and Bhai-Tika.
 Here is another picture of Sweets prepared during Tihar and Bhai-Tika.
 These are the unique varieties of sweets made from cashew nuts, blanched almonds and pistachios nuts.  Irresistible treats!
Home-made Kaaju ko Mithai - काजु को मिठाई - Cashews and Pistachio nuts are the perfect partners for this elegant and delicious sweet dish. It is made from pure ground cashew-nuts filled with a combination of sweetened ground pistachios, cardamom, saffron and khuwaa (thickened milk).
Artful presentation of assorted sweets.
Above (L top) Milk Cake, Round Milk Peda (दूध को पेडा), Besan ko Laddu (बेसन को लड्डु), and the bottom is Gud-Paak (गुडपाक) which is a traditional Nepali sweet made from flour, edible gum, brown sugar and assorted mixed nuts and flavorings.
Home-made Cashew sweets - pictured (L) Cashew Rolls (made from pure ground cashews with pistachio filling) and (R) Kaaju Katri (diamond shaped, wafer-thin sliced,  pure cashew sweets).
Kalaakand (कलाकंद) - Grainy textured sweets made from whole milk, sugar, flavoring and decorated with chopped pistachios and  silver leaf (varak paper).
Cashew Burfi (काजु को बर्फी) - most delicious diamond shape burfi made from pure ground cashew nuts, sugar, flavoring and garnished with silver varak paper.
Almond-Coconut Burfi (बदाम-नरिबल बर्फी) - A delicious burfi made from blanched almond and ground coconut and topped with sliced almond and pistachios.  You can taste bits of ground almond in every bite. 
Mango Flavored Burfi
A plate of mixed sweets served at a wedding party.
The sweet maker is showing me how to cut the sheet of Burfi into diamond shape.  He first cut the sheets into several lengthwise pieces.  He then cuts each pieces into diamond shape by using a thin, sharp knife.
After applying a layer of varak paper (silver leaf) on top of the sweets, he cuts the sheets into attractive square pieces, then arranges into a tray to create a professional finish.  The tray will be transferred to the shop window for sale.
The sweet maker is working on a eye-catching presentation of sweets at a local Haluwai Pasal in Kathmandu.
Roth (रोट) -  A typical Newari traditional sweet cookie or biscuit made with flour, butter and sugar.  The dough is rolled out into flat pieces and cut into diamond shapes.  They are deep-fried and some are decorated with glaze. They are usually prepared during family celebrations and religious festivals, Vijaya Dashami and Tihar.
Display of a typical traditional Nepali sweets stacked at the back of the wall-shelves at a Haluwai Pasal  (traditional sweet shop) -   pictures here are Roth (रोट), Khajuri (खजुरी), Anarsaa-roti (अनर्सा रोटि), Khaaja (खाजा), Ainthe-Mari (ऐन्ठे मरी ), Nimki (निम्की), Fini (फिनी), sweet Nimki (गुलीयो निम्की), Chimti, and Punjabi.
Here is another picture of more elaborate, uniquely flavored and textured Roth prepared during Tihar and Bhai-Tika Festival in Nepal. 
Picture above is (L) Roth and (R) small-sized Laakhaa-Mari.
Gulaab Jaamun (Dumplings in Saffron-Cardamom Syrup) a very popular dessert, Gulaab jaamun, also called Gup-Chup, or Lal Mohan, are round fried dumplings soaked in saffron-cardamom syrup.  They resemble small reddish-brown plums and have a soft, spongy texture.
Kaalo Jaamun is a variation of Gulab Jaamun.  It is deep-fried, dark-brown, succulent and firmer textured sweets, smothered in flavored sugar syrup (cardamom, rosewater, kewra or saffron).  In the above picture Kaalo Jaamun is decorated with sliced pistachio, shredded coconuts, and khuwaa (thickened milk). 

Please turn to the next chapter (Part 3 of 4) to take another tour of the Traditional Sweets of Nepal.

Traditional Sweets of Nepal - (Part 1 of 4)

Traditional Sweets of Nepal - (Part 2 of 4)

Traditional Sweets of Nepal - (Part 3 of 4)
Traditional Sweets of Nepal - (Part 4 of 4)

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  1. but these are all indian sweets!!

    1. Thank you for stopping by at my blog and commenting. All the uploaded pictures of traditional sweets are captured at different locations of Haluwai Pasal in Nepal. Some of the sweets come from my own home-made version, from friends' kitchens, as well as other imported sweets (mainly Nepali version of Indian Mithai) available at local shops. Please check all the four sections (part 1-4) of the traditional sweets of Nepal.

  2. I want to always try new things, learn new things, and I also think staying curious keeps me humble (because it’s very hard to be a know-it-all and curious at the same time). These are mouth-watering sweets.

  3. Hi Joythi.. such lovely food and pictures. and my favourite is gulab jamun.. can you please share the recipe? thank you so much

    1. Thank you. Please check my cookbook “the taste of Nepal for recipe.

  4. I like all the information mentioned here. Can you also mention the name of the shop and its location, please?