Mysore Pak to Payasam-7 traditional South Indian sweets

World Dessert Day 2023: South Indian cuisine is known for its diverse and delicious range of sweets. Here are seven traditional South Indian sweets.

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This is a popular snack/sweet from Kerala, made from rice flour, jaggery, bananas, and coconut. It's typically fried in a special pan with depressions.

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Obbattu/Puran Poli

Known by different names in different South states, Obbattu or Puran Poli is a sweet bread. It's made from a sweet lentil/ gram flour filling and dough made from flour and ghee.

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This is a deep-fried pastry stuffed with a mixture of grated coconut, jaggery, and sometimes nuts. It's popular in both Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

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This is a deep-fried sweet from TN. It's made from rice flour and jaggery and flavoured with cardamom. Adhirasam has a distinctive shape and is a famous sweet during festivals.

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While Pongal is primarily a savoury dish, a sweet version is also made during festivals. Sweet Pongal, also known as Sakkarai Pongal, is made from rice, jaggery, ghee, and flavoured with cardamom and cashews.

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This is a classic Indian dessert made across the country, but South India has its own versions. In TN, it's known as Payasam and is often made with jaggery and coconut milk. 

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Mysore Pak

Originating from the city of Mysore in Karnataka, Mysore Pak is a rich and dense sweet made from ghee, sugar, and gram flour. It has a unique texture that melts in the mouth.

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