Indian Desserts for take away in Toronto
Hi! We're having a dinner party this weekend and my husband is making various curries. I am usually in charge of the baking but I know nothing about making any Indian desserts. We've just moved downtown though and I know Gerrard East is close. So, I'm looking for recommendations for places where I can go pick up some:
oh and my knowledge of Indian desserts isn't very complete, so if there are others you think I ought to get let me know!
Thanks very much!
I like the desserts at Mahar. I don't usually buy gulab jamun as I avoid the really sweet items, but then most of them are quite sweet. (that's why they are often referred to as "sweets", not "desserts")
My wife and I usually buy rasmalai when we visit Gerrard Street.
Here are two descriptions and recipes:
This one has some good pictures:
The beloved sweet shop on Gerard street closed down a few months ago. There are still other restaurants where you can find the sweets in that strip though, so I suggest taking a peak.
you can also visit Rasoee on birchmount (if its still there) and the other location at Richmond and Spadina.
Samosa King has probably the widest selection of sweets (middlefield/finch)
Also if you' re looking for just gulab, rasmalai, and laddus...King's palace carries those.
Shirin mahal Bakery and Sweets is nice, I was there a while ago and it's a pakistani
sweet shop. Very nicely decorated and lots of fresh stuff, including western desserts and some meat pies and savoury things. Everything you listed is there I'm sure.
There are a few locations, from their card:
5651 Steeles Ave. E. Unit 9
2 Thornclif Park, unit 8
1325 Eglinton Ave. E Unit 14
Samosa King is cheaper than Mistaan. Good quality as they have a high turn over although I've had a couple of gulab jamuns that were "off". Prices range from $3.99/lb to $5.99/lb.
My favourite has always been Mistaan but you need to go on weekends as it's freshest then. Prices are slightly higher than Samosa King but I love their bela.
Thanks BamiaWruz for the Shirin Mahal recommendation. They're good but holy cow they're expensive! The sweets are $8.99/lb, mixed at $8.49/lb. Their gulab jamun was softer and I think their oil was cleaner tasting.