We are making vegetable curry with rice and need a dessert to go well with it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Have you looked at common Indian desserts? This is a bit of a broad question for this site, as there isn't really a single answer.
    – Cascabel
    Jan 4, 2012 at 2:51
  • I did look at common Indian desserts. I was recommended Kulfi but it takes 8 hours of freezing time. allrecipes.com/recipe/kulfi Jan 4, 2012 at 3:15
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    @atomiccharles: If you have an ice-cream maker, I suspect kulfi would take a lot less than 8 hours. You can also investigate kheer (rice pudding), lassi (spiced yogurt), and simple grilled fruit. Really, there are thousands of options. Jan 4, 2012 at 3:42
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    kheer would be my first guess, but it's true -- there really is a lot of options.
    – franko
    Jan 4, 2012 at 4:35
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    If easy-to-make is your priority I would go for mango lassi. It is simply mango blended with youghurt. You can also add milk to adjust consistency, or add sugar to adjust sweetness. Jan 4, 2012 at 8:16

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Not authentic but a rice pudding cooked in coconut milk (cardamom opt) and chilled in individual portions is lovely with fresh fruit at the table. I had it served with passionfruit -lovely.

Keep portions dainty after a full curry meal!

  • If you do a recipe for Kheer, I think that would make it authentic :)
    – Manako
    Jan 6, 2012 at 17:15

Plain yogurt.

I had it several times in Indian dish. It refreshes the mouth and takes away the the lingering of the spices from Indian curry and clear the hotness away from a spicy Indian dish.

  • While your answer is true, Yoghurt does not carry the psychological effect of a "dessert"
    – Midhat
    Jan 4, 2012 at 16:53
  • Top with honey and sweetened nuts, would that psychologically make it a desert? :)
    – KMC
    Jan 5, 2012 at 10:47
  • @Midhat: in France white yoghurt, or fresh cheese are often served as dessert (often with honey or fruit)... I guess it is just cultural differences
    – nico
    Jan 22, 2012 at 10:53
  • @nico Je assumer toi ne get drunk pas on "lassi" (mix de yogurt e eau) :D
    – Midhat
    Jan 22, 2012 at 16:45
  • @Midhat: LOL :)
    – nico
    Jan 22, 2012 at 16:53

It's a little sweet by itself but a scoop of kulfi with some fresh 'tropical' fruit is absolutely delicious!


I would go with Caramel Custard.


One easy option would be "Phirni".

The basic difference between Phirni and Kheer is that in Phirni the rice isn't cooked. It is simply soaked in milk for about 2 hours, and then it is ground to a fine paste.
While the remaining milk is cold, rice paste mixture is to be added to it and stirred properly.

It will be ready in "5" minutes when you put the vessel (containing the mixture) on the Gas with medium flame.
TIP: The mixture is to be stirred "continuously" when on Gas.

  • What's the flavoring? Cardamom? Rose water? Almonds?
    – BobMcGee
    May 23, 2012 at 2:08
  • @BobMcGee Actually till last month I used to put "grated" Almonds, Cashew, and "Pistachio" in it. But, grating them is a time consuming thing, so I left it all together and consumed "plain" Phirni and I liked it very well too. BTW, this dish is supposed to be served cold. P.S. If you want the exact measurements of milk and rice, I can present them here. May 23, 2012 at 3:29

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