Pakistani Desserts (Popular Home-Made)

Pakistani Desserts Puro Foods

As is most cultures, desserts are an integral part of Pakistani cuisine. They take center stage on occasions of celebration, but are also prominent in everyday life. Pakistan has a large variety of desserts, and the ones we’re serving up here are loved and served in every home in the country.

Sheer Khorma

This is the essential dessert of Eid-ul-Fiter. It is made with milk, vermicelli, sugar, nuts, dry dates, and fragranced with cardamom, kewra or saffron. Sheer khurma is usually milky golden in color and can be runny or medium-thick depending on preference. It is mostly served warm, but can also be enjoyed cold.

Zarda

Shades of yellow in color, Zarda is a rice dessert made with milk, sugar, dry fruits, and yellow food color. This rice dessert is very famous for celebrations, especially weddings.

Rus Malai

This is a dairy dessert consisting of small, velvety balls of homemade cheese (curd cheese) floating in sugary condensed milk. The more sophisticated versions are flavored with cardamom, saffron, or rosewater. It is usually garnished with chopped pistachios. Ras Malai is best served cold.

Gajar Ka Halwa

A popular winter dessert, this treat is made from carrots, milk, khoya, and sugar. It is garnished with almonds and pistachios, and sometimes thick cream! It’s eaten hot, although it’s also very tasty cold.

Kheer/Firni

This is a rice pudding made with rice, milk, sugar, ghee and khoya. Almonds and pistashios may be added during cooking, or used as garnish, or both.

Firni is a version of rice pudding in which the rice is first finely ground. Khewra, rose water, or saffron may be added for flavor.

Kheer and Firni are served cold.

Gulab Jamun

This scrumptious indulgence consists of soft, small dumplings that are made from thickened or condensed milk, and saturated in rose-flavored syrup. It is traditionally made from newly curd milk. It is served warm. There is also a version without syrup which is served warm or cold.

Kulfa/Kulfi

Kulfa is a creamy frozen dessert is made with evaporated sweetened milk, khoya, almonds, pistachios, cardamom. Kulfa served on a stick is Kulfi!

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