From apple jalebis to macarons: Six places in Delhi where you can eat amazing desserts

Gulkand Ice Cream at Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge.

Who doesn’t like to tuck into a plateful of sinfully gooey chocolate cakes, especially on a rain soaked day? It’s the stuff dreams are made of where you can just stare at the downpour through the window, share a laugh with friends and chomp away to glory! If you are from the Capital and a dessert lover you probably already know of The Big Chill Cafe’s Banoffee Pie or Elma’s Bakery’s Red Velvet Cake. But they are not the only places where you can add an Instagram post and devour every bit of sugar you can lay your fingers on.

Here are a few other places where you can get a sugar high too:

The Artful Baker: Can’t afford a trip to France? No problem. Instead, make a trip to Khan Market to try out the Monte Cristo, a concoction of Belgian chocolate and hazelnut chocolate on a bed of almond sponge. You won’t be disappointed.

Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)Apple Jalebis at Cafe Lota. (Source: Flickr/Anita)

Cafe Lota: Their apple jalebis with coconut rabdi– crispy apple fritters, dusted with cinnamon and served with a coconut dip is a must have. It goes well with a cup of Attikan coffee – a Chikmagalur roast.

Groghead: Their Groggy Chocolate Fondue – melted Swiss chocolate with dark rum and chocolate liqueur, served with fruits, marshmallows, jujubes, churros and the Apple Cider Cake – pound cake, mascarpone, apple cider glaze will give you dessert goals.

Sugarama Patisserie: Enjoy little blobs of sugary goodness at this quaint little bakery. The Belgian Chocolate and Peanut Butter macarons are a must-have.

Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie) Macarons at Sugarama Patisserie. (Source: Facebook/Sugarama Patisserie)

Dramz Whiskey Bar & Lounge: You will love their Gulkand Ice Cream – traditional ice cream flavoured with rose preserve and their Kesari Phirni – ground rice cooked in milk, flavoured with cardamon and saffron.

Sakura: Try the Black Sesame Seed Ice Cream and the Matcha Green Tea Ice Cream at Sakura. It will nearly give you a food-gasm. It’s that good!

Ready in 30 mins: Cheese soufflés with apple, walnut and pomegranate salad recipe

Cheese soufflés are the stuff dreams are made of! Pair them with a healthy apple, walnut and pomegranate salad and you have the perfectly balanced dish. This recipe is worth saving to pass down to your future generations because not only is it easy to make but also equally delicious. We are glad Chef Akhilesh Jha of Fresc Co, New Delhi shared it with us.

Serves 2

240ml – Milk
3 tbsp – Plain flour
60g – Unsalted butter
6 eggs, whole
175g – Mature cheddar, grated
1 tbsp – Chives
Sea salt
Cracked black pepper
5 tbsp – Parmesan, grated
2 red apples, cored and cut into eight pieces
6 tbsp – Whole walnuts
150g – Rocket
6 tbsp – Pomegranate seeds
2 tsp – Walnut oil

* Pour the milk into a saucepan and warm gently over low heat to take the chill off it. Sift the flour into the milk and mix well.

* Cook on moderate heat until you can no longer taste the flour in the mixture and there are no lumps. Remove from the heat and beat in the butter.

* Beat the egg yolks into the mixture, then add the cheddar and chopped chives. Season with salt and pepper.

* Grease the four moulds/ramekins with softened butter and coat the insides with grated Parmesan.

* Whisk the egg whites in a bowl until you have firm peaks. Carefully fold the egg whites into the cheese sauce, taking care not to deflate them by overworking or being too heavy handed.

* Spoon the mixture into the moulds and cook in a steamer for 12 mins. When cooked, remove from the steamer and leave to stand for 10 mins or until they are cool enough to handle.

* Remove the soufflés from the moulds. At this stage, you can either put them in the fridge until needed or cook straight away.

* To cook, preheat the oven to 200 degree celsius. Put the soufflés on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper and bake for 6–8 mins.

* To serve, arrange the apple on four small plates with the walnuts, rocket and pomegranate seeds scattered over. Remove the soufflés from the oven and place straight onto the salad. Drizzle with walnut oil and serve straight away.

5 Surprising Benefits of Custard Apple Leaves

The custard apple fruit which is available for a short season (August to October) is one of the most sought after fruits in India. It is made up of a hard green exterior which is non-edible and the main sweet and fleshy fruit is revealed upon cutting open the exterior. While the custard apple has countless health benefits like being rich in antioxidants and minerals like calciumand potassium, its leaves are equally nutritious. They are prized for their health benefits especially in Ayurveda.

The leaves are often used for medicinal purposes due to their quick healing capability. They could be applied directly on to the skin or could be used as a combination with other ingredients. Boiling the leaves and consuming them is believed to be quite beneficial. Ayurvedic expert, Dr. BN Sinha suggests the following benefits of custard apple leaves.

5 Surprising Benefits of Custard Apple Leaves

1. Regulates sugar in the body 

Packed with fibers, the leaves are known to slow down the absorption of sugar in our body and thus, they help in keeping the blood sugar levels in check. Since fiber is digested slowly, over a period of time, it does not cause sudden spikes in your blood sugar levels and thus, helps in keeping your digestive tract working well. 2-3 leaves can be boiled in water and then the mixture can be consumed every morning for best results.

2. Prevents aging of the skin

The leaves are rich in antioxidants that protect your skin from sun damage and delay the aging of cells. A herbal tea made with simmering custard apple leaves in water can be consumed once a day to ensure optimum benefits for the skin.

3. Keeps the heart healthy

Potassium and magnesium, present in high quantities in these leaves, are known to relax the muscles of the heart  and thus, help in preventing the risk of strokes and heart disease.

healthy heart

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4.Gives the body overall strength and power

Boiling the leaves in half a cup of water and consuming the mixture every morning keeps your metabolism rate and energy levels up through the day. It helps in flushing out the toxins from your body and you feel more energetic and powerful.

5.Heals wounds

The juice of the leaves can be applied to heal wounds as it has anti-inflammatory properties and a soothing effect.

These leaves are a storehouse of benefits. When applied or consumed correctly, they can do wonders to your health. So, don’t throw them away!