After a hearty meal, sweets are like icing on the cake. Bengalis are a die heart fans of sweets and Bengali sweets are the best.
From a child to an aged person, sweet is liked by each and every individual. In all special ceremonies, occasions, and pujas, sweets hold the utmost need.
The sweet makers in this state are creative and innovative about every type of sweet they make. The taste is lip-smacking and the word sweets are really well defined by the sweetness contained in every sweet they make.
They know what they are making and therefore the quality is great. Different parts of Bengal have different types of sweets starting from the famous Rosogolla to Mecha Sandesh, the list is never-ending.
Sweets from Bengal are often exported to different parts of India and also across the world.
Here is a list of the most popular types of sweets in West Bengal:
- Jolvora Talsans Sandesh
- Khirpai Babarsha
- Mecha Sandesh
Now let’s get to know each of these and the places in West Bengal where these sweets are popular in.
1. Morobba (মোরব্বা) of Birbhum
Birbhum, often referred to as ” Lal Matir Desh” in Bengali, creates a landmark for a special type of dessert made with fruits known as “Morobba“.
Not only in Bengal but even in India and the world “Morobba (মোরব্বা)” is being exported from here.
There are different tastes for different varieties of Morobba made with seasonal fruits like mango, orange, bel, papaya, pineapple, and more.
There is no added preservative except sugar.
2. Lyangcha (ল্যাংচা) of Saktigarh
The Lyangcha (ল্যাংচা) of Saktigarh is one of the famous sweets of Bengal. Saktigarh is located in the district of Purba Bardhaman, West Bengal.
These sweets are made by the confectioners of the area hereditarily. So the confectioners have themselves chosen “Saktigarh” as a center for making and selling their sweets.
This sweet is not only famous in Bengal but is also exported all around the world and is in huge demand.
The sweet is made with refined flour, refined oil, sugar syrup, milk powder, curd (ছানা), & khoya kheer. These Lyangcha based on their sizes have different prices.
Throughout history, many celebs, even Mahanayak Uttam Kumar had visited the Lyangcha sweet shops and relished the awesome taste of this dessert.
It is believed that the one who was the first maker of this sweet was handicapped and hence the name.
Most of the sweet shops in this area are located on the National Highway. So people can take a stop on their journey and enjoy the delicacy.
3. Kheer Doi (ক্ষীর দই) of Nabadwip
Nabadwip Doi is the most famous curd in West Bengal. This is another most famous sweet in West Bengal, which originated in Nabadwip which is located in Nadia District.
It is popularly known as “Kheer Doi”.
This specialty of this curd is that it is made by a constant boiling of milk, which slowly turns into curd.
A thick layer of kheer is present within the curd which makes it taste incredible.
The Nabadwip Lal Doi is 150 years old.
4. Sorbhaja (সর্ ভাজা) of Krishnanagar
Sorbhaja is a worldwide famous sweet from Krishnanagar, which is located in the district of Nadia in West Bengal.
It is made up of layers of “Sor”& “Kheer” with Raisins, cashews, and pistachios within, tasting smooth, creamy, and soft.
The sweet was first proposed by Adhar Chandra Das, a sweet shop owner in Krishnanagar.
The oldest shop selling the sweet is Adhar Chandra Das & Sons.
5. Moa (মোয়া) of Jainagar
Joynagar Moa is a seasonal sweet delicacy of Bengal that was first made in 1978. It originated in Joynagar, a city located in the district of South 24 Parganas.
The main ingredients of this sweet are the new palm jaggery, Kanak Chura Khoi, Khoya Kheer, ghee, and toppings made with cashew nuts, cardamom powder, and raisins.
The most famous shop selling this sweet is Shyamsundar Mishtanno Vandar.
It is exported from Bengal to various countries across the world including Bangladesh & America.
It is generally sold in kilograms. Sometimes a big Moya is made called the Jumbo Moya which is generally gifted in wedding ceremonies.
6. Sitabhog- Mihidana (সিতাভোগ-মিহিদানা) of Barddhaman
The Sitabhog -Mihidana of Barddhaman is mouth-watering and is one of the famous sweets of Bengal that is famous all around the world.
The sweet was first discovered when viceroy Lord Curzon first came to Burdwan.
To impress him the then king of the area Bijay Chandra Mahatab & Vairav Chandra Nag discovered the sweet and gifted it to the viceroy.
The ingredients of Sitavog are Gobindobhog rice flour and Chhana fried in Dalda & Ghee and dipped in sugar syrup.
The Sitavog and Mihidana are remarkably good in Burdwan.
7. Rosogolla (রসগোল্লা) of Kolkata
Rosogolla of BaghBazar Kolkata is a renowned sweet in India and all over the world. It is also the most common and most popular sweet in Bengal.
It was first made by Nabin Chandra Das and was dedicated to his wife Khirodmoni Devi in the year 1868.
He always desired to become a confectioner when he would grow up. But he failed many times before he was successful to make the Rosogolla.
Made with pure Chhana and dipped in sugar syrup, Rosogolla is a common friendly sweet in every grand and small occasion of the Bengalis.
8. Jolvora Talsans Sandesh (জলভরা তাল সাস সন্দেশ) of Chandannagar
The Jolvora Talsans Sandesh of Chandannagar Vadreshwar is famous for its uniqueness and amazing taste. It originated in Chandannagar, a city in the district of Hoogly.
The Surya Kumar Modak sweet shop is famous for the Jolvora Talsans Sandesh.
It was discovered about 200 years ago probably in 1810.
The sweet is made with a special type of cast with a filling of “Nolen Gur syrup”.
The unique taste of this sweet draws a number of sweet lovers from different parts of the state and even different parts of India.
9. Khirpai Babarsha (খিরপাই বাবর্শাহ) of Khirpai
Khirpai Babarsha is a popular dessert made in Khirpai, a city in the district of West Midnapore.
The main ingredient of this sweet is refined flour, Kheer & milk. Previously it was served with honey on top. But nowadays this trend is almost obsolete.
It is made with a special type of cast. It is an almost 400 years old sweet dish. It was offered to Emperor Babar of Delhi, since then this sweet got its name.
It costs Rs. 7 – Rs. 10/pc.
10. Mecha Sandesh (ম্যাচা সন্দেশ) of Bankura
Mecha Sandesh of Beliatore, Bankura is also a famous sweet.
Made during the era of artists like Jamini Roy, Basanta Ranjan Roy. It is made using Bengal gram flour, and other cardamom powder, cashew nut powder, ghee, khoya, & sugar.
It is made hereditarily and has become a family business. The sweet sellers want to obtain GI status from the government to ensure their pure quality of sweets and to claim their sweets are free from additives.
These are some of the popular sweets you can get in West Bengal.
People always love to end a meal by having a delightful dessert. But Bengalis can have it whenever they want to.
They are amazing, and heartfilling. From a village to a metro city everyone is fond of sweets here.
Anywhere you go, everywhere you’ll find variations, variations not only in taste but also in ingredients and in structure.
Different flavors are used sometimes for people of different tastes. People here know how to win people’s hearts with their amazingly sweet “sweets“, the ones who are visiting from different states and countries as well as people of this very state.
Bengalis are very happy and proud of the sweets that are made here.
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