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Feb 28, 2008 07:36 AM

Favorite Dessert after Indian food?

I'm having a lunch for a group of friends on Sunday, and the menu is Indian. However, I'm unable to decide on what to do for dessert. I would like to order dessert, rather than make it at home - I'm just not good with my desserts. So my question is - if you live in Brooklyn, and have Indian food for a meal, where would you go for dessert. I live in Fort Greene, so recommendations around Fort Greene, Pask Slope, Bocaca, etc are welcome.

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  1. I would ask the restaurant where you can get jelebi. It's an Indian dessert. It's wonderful!

    1. I doubt you're going to get anything good in Brooklyn. If you have the time, make the trip to Sukhadia's in Midtown Manhattan and pick up some of their excellent sweets.

      1. Maybe it's not the most authentic and traditional dessert, but I like when they give you free mango ice cream at Indian restaurants. And if you are interested in doing the ice cream route, we saw the gentleman who runs Adirondack Creamery demo-ing some of his flavors at Get Fresh in Park Slope. One of the flavors that sounded intriguing was Kulfi-Pistachio Cardamom. Their website describes it as "Inspired by the dessert famous in South Asia, where Paul’s father is from, this flavor is made with chopped pistachio nuts and cardamom spice and as with our mint chip does not contain any green coloring." There are a few stores that carry their ice cream in Park Slope and Brooklyn Heights.

        1. Why not boxed Indian sweets? There are mishti stores on Church Ave for sure. You can also get them in advance if this is an at home Indian meal. The above rec for jelebi is good, but pretty much any sweet store you'll find around Church Ave will be Bengali, which means you need to get rashmalai (among about a dozen other things.) Jackson Heights obviously has much better.

          1. Thanks for the recs and keep em coming!

            I probably wont go the icecream route, but it sounds so delicious that I plan to get some for myself!

            JFores - I'm new to the Brooklyn area. Can you recommend a couple of places on Church Ave?

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            1. re: fatema

              The problem is I actually don't know of specific ones. I'll ask my friend who lives over there. I usually get mishti in JH, but I know for a fact that I've seen a number of Bengali and Pakistani owned mishti places on/around Church Ave and CIA.

              1. re: fatema

                When I was riding the 68 bus to Di Fara's the other day, I noticed there are a TON of Indian/Bengali/Pakistani restaurants and sweet shops on Coney Island Avenue. I haven't tried any of them myself, but this thread had a few recommendations...

                Let us know what you end up going with!

                1. re: brooklynbrownie

                  Thanks for the rec brooklynbrownie.

                  Unfortunately, my lunch had to be canceled on Friday due to some ciscumstances. Its now been rescheduled for 03/15. This gives me some more time to sample some of the items from the links above.

                  I will still post back after the 15th of what I ended up with.

                  On a side note - a friend of mine did bring me a box of gulab jamuns from a Bengali store in NJ and they were absolutely delicious. However, NJ is a long shot, so am going to stick around Brooklyn and see what I can find.

                  Thanks again!