In the game of Desserts or Sweets, for most of the sweet-tooth in India, Gulab Jamun, Gajjar Ka Halwa or Boondi Ka Laddoo (or any other mithai or sweet) would win the competition.
Traditionally, “Thodi gujiya-wujiya lete chale? Ya barfi?” is what one used to hear for “kuch meetha ho jaye” on festivals before Cadbury’s marketing tactics entered the Indian Economy.
So, without any further delay, let’s dive into a short competition: Dessert or Sweets. We’ll also understand the difference between the two.
1. When we talk about sweets and desserts, one can almost immediately sense the differences but don’t know exactly what. When you crave something sweet, anything can work that time: candies, icecreams, biscuits, cakes, etc. However, did you know that desserts and mithai are not exactly the same thing?? (What! It’s surprising, right?)
2. The difference between Desserts or Sweets lies in how each of them is served or eaten.
3. Dessert usually refers to a course that concludes the meal. The purpose of desserts is to digest the meal, especially a rather heavy one.
4. On the other hand, mithai or sweet is used to break the Fasting Period (“vrat”); mithai has no religious significance.
5. In India, old traditions have been kept alive for centuries and centuries. Accordingly, sweets or mithai are always served at times of celebration. (“Ruk ruk ruk! Pehla din hai! Thorda dahi-shakar kha ke jaa”)
6. Sweets are a coarse dish in themselves. Desserts are usually consumed after one course of a full meal.
7. In other words: Desserts cannot be sweets, but sweets can be desserts.
8. As much as mithai are irresistible and tasty, they are also the reason behind some of the deadly diseases in India, especially Diabetes (called “Sugar” at most Indian abodes).
9.When it comes to Desserts or Sweets, well, here are their examples:
- Desserts: Cakes, Pastries, Kulfi, Pies, Puddings, Candies, etc.
- Sweets: Gulab Jamun, Tiramisu, Churros, Jalebi, Lamington, Rum Cake etc.
So, which ones do you think has won? Desserts or Sweets.
“Abb itti Desserts or Sweets pe baat chali hai toh:
thodi mathri-vathri le chalte hai, yaa chakli-chivda le chalte hai, ya kuch teekh-veekha le chalte hai! NAA! Chalo, meetha-meetha le chalte hai!”
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