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A collection of recipes to make vegan desserts and Mitthai

The lack of vegan desserts during celebrations

Often, when family members have cooked for celebrations, I've been fed well, but there hasn't been a dessert option. The host has often been apologised and said that they didn't know what to make. 

I know that it's not that difficult, but I realised that after I looked for recipes and tried them out; so I understand why they might feel unsure. 

Breaking the myth that making vegan desserts is difficult 

I think that this post will break the myth without me needing to do anything but add the recipes! There are so many of them! There are quick ones and others which need a little more time, and most them don't need any out of the ordinary ingredients either! 

This post is NOT complete

I will be adding to this post, so that you have a selection of recipes for vegan desserts and Mitthais to hand, in one place. 

The selection of recipes to make vegan desserts and Mitthai so far...

Indian sweets, also known as, Mitthai

Maava Na Penda

I am super biased about this recipe, because these Penda remind me of when I was at University and my Dad used to get them sent to me in the post! Why? It was one of the few 'Indian' sweets that I enjoyed and this recipe replicated the taste of non-vegan Maava Na Penda for me. Delicious!

Date and nut slices also known as Khajur Paak

This is quick and easy to make. You end up with healthy, moreish slices of dates that are infused with nuts and desiccated coconut. Yum!

Halwa

I haven't made this recipe yet but I got to taste the fruits of it! Many of us had more than one piece because it was so nice! It was soft and had a subtle flavour. 

Pista Barfi

This is another versatile recipe. You can flavour it with Pistacious or rose syrup. I enjoyed making and eating both of them as they create very different, yet delicious Barfis. They melt in your mouth and are very satisfying! 

Kaaju Pista rolls

Jigna used this recipe to make a very cool looking, and even better tasting, roll, which has subtle flavours, and is simply moreish! 

Dudhi No Halvo

Sandip followed this recipe to make a Mitthai, which draws you in from the minute you look at it. Why? The colour is stunning! Beyond that, it is soft and sweet and you'll experience a variety of textures. These are created by the kind of, soft fudge effect plus the nuts which are within in it and on top of it. Very nice! 

Other desserts  

Chocolate Truffles 

This recipe creates delicious truffles that melt in your mouth! It's versatile too! You can give it a new flavour and texture by rolling the truffles in cocoa or desiccated coconut or chopped nuts.

Cherry chocolate slices

Rena experimented with the original recipe, which wasn't vegan and kindly shared the goodies with a few of us! There's three different layers to this slice. That's why I liked the fact that they were cut into small pieces! When I had another slice, to explore the layers again, I didn't feel so greedy! 

So do vegans have to miss out when it comes to dessert?

I think it's so easy to cater for a vegan diet now. I wouldn't hesitate to host an event, which included a plant-based starter, main and dessert. From past experience, it hasn't been difficult. 


"I've been vegan about two years. I used to miss cheese but now I make my own cheese sauce and there are some good commercial cheeses. I used to miss alfredo sauce but I learned you can mix cashews and macadamia nuts and make a rich sauce. I thougth I missed whip cream but then I found soya-too... I loved meatloaf sandwiches and then I discovered The Vegan Table cookbook. I tried some ricemallow this past weekend it was awesome... I'm still trying to think of what I really miss... I guess there's nothing I miss."
- ninav

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