A potpourri of Indian sweets are available at Pastries N Chaat.EXPAND
A potpourri of Indian sweets are available at Pastries N Chaat.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

6 Indian Sweets to Try at Pastries N Chaat in Scottsdale

Scottsdale's Pastries N Chaat showcases a wide variety of Indian sweets. For less than $8, walk in and sample a potpourri of the same desserts sold by small and large vendors in India. It's an adventure for the uninitiated, and evokes a sense of nostalgia for those who've already tried these delights.

The jalebis taste crisp, with the right amount of sweetness.EXPAND
The jalebis taste crisp, with the right amount of sweetness.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

During weddings and other special occasions, jalebi is a popular item to serve guests. Deep-fried fermented maida flour is soaked in a sugar syrup and served either hot or cold. Pastries N Chaat offers the cold version of the dessert, but the crisp texture wasn't compromised. The crystallized sugar coating wasn't overbearing, but harbored an ample amount of deliciousness.

Kaju rolls didn't have the aftertaste of clarified butter – a sign they were made fresh.EXPAND
Kaju rolls didn't have the aftertaste of clarified butter – a sign they were made fresh.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

The kaju rolls house a mixture of cashews and pistachios. They are often a staple during Diwali and other religious gatherings. Condensed milk, butter, rose water and cardamon are added to the blend and each roll contains a handful of chopped nuts. This Indian dessert is the American equivalent of fudge and neither the pistachios or cashews took center stage. Both flavors were equally represented. The rolls were soft and didn't have the aftertaste of ghee (clarified butter) - which is a sign they were fresh.

Kaju katli has little fanfare, and cashews dominate the flavor in a good way.EXPAND
Kaju katli has little fanfare, and cashews dominate the flavor in a good way.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

If you aren't ready for a more complicated, decadent Indian dessert, try kaju katli. The main ingredients are cashews, sugar and ghee. Cashews are soaked overnight and then grounded to make a paste. A separate sugar syrup is made and combined with the paste. Saffron and dried fruits are optional ingredients that can be added to highlight the flavors of the cashews. The paste is then flattened and cut into diamond pieces. It is the signature shape of kaju katli. It will appeal to the minimalist who doesn't want to analyze a fusion of flavors, but seeks to only feast on one predominant ingredient - cashews. The version at Pastries N Chaat wasn't unique or fancy, but captured the essence of this dessert.

These pedas were subtle, doughy, and the hint of saffron added the right amount of sweetness.EXPAND
These pedas were subtle, doughy, and the hint of saffron added the right amount of sweetness.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

In India, pedas are gifted to family and friends when a baby is born. It's the sweet that indicates auspiciousness. Usually cut into thick circles, pedas are made out of dried milk, cardamon, saffron and pistachio nuts. They are typically yellow in coloring, but can also have an off-color white hue too. Think of shortbread cookies, but flavored with exotic spices. This is an iconic Indian sweet, but some might find the it too sweet and overwhelming. These particular pedas were subtle, doughy and a hint of saffron added the right amount of sweetness.

Mawa barfi features an authentic quality analogous to what you may find in India.EXPAND
Mawa barfi features an authentic quality analogous to what you may find in India.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

The mawa barfi was a favorite. Topped with colored pieces of whole nuts, it magnified the dense snow-white squares. The contents are simple, but enticing. Condensed milk is combined with sugar and the barfi can take the personality of the ingredients you choose, from chocolate, peanuts or coconut. The textures are interesting as they land on your tongue, but comforting. This barfi tasted authentic, similar to what you could find in the pastry shops of India.

The boondi ladoo weren't aesthetically pleasing, but still tasted great.EXPAND
The boondi ladoo weren't aesthetically pleasing, but still tasted great.
Rudri Bhatt Patel

We ended our tour of Indian desserts with boondi ladoo. Although on first glance, these didn't look as appealing, they tasted better than their appearance. These desserts are not for those who are watching their cholesterol - each small dot of batter is deep-fried and then doused into syrup and smashed together to create a rounded ball, a ladoo.

Pastries N Chaat
15050 North Northsight Boulevard, Suite #101, Scottsdale
602-365-0848
Other locations include Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler
www.pastriesnchaat.com

Hours:
Monday – Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday 11:30a.m. to 2:30 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. / 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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