Sweet, soft roshogollah was once the main dessert to cater to every Bengali palate. Warm or cold or spongy, with added flavour such as rose essence or cardamom, diabetic ones without sugar, roshogollah has had many varieties.
Guests would arrive with clay pots full of these sweets, freshly made to order. Every special occasion seemed incomplete without roshogollah.
But with time, our preferences regarding sweets changed, and western desserts such as cakes, pudding, cookies, éclairs, doughnuts and macarons gained popularity.
The current trend includes wedding cakes and theme-based cakes, which are not only fun to look at; but also delicious to eat. Chocolate ganache; caramel; cookies with cream; white forest; and butterscotch, cake flavours are endless!
For lovers of sweet and elegant dishes, there are shops such as Presley the bakers and Dessert boutique by Nadia Lakhani. Presley is famous for their array of flavoured macarons that not only look pretty but taste delicious, as well.
Nadia Lakhani sells her creations from her online shop ‘Dessert Boutique by Nadia Lakhani’. True to the title, her cakes and tarts look elegant and their reviews are good as well. Her fruit pavlova, although a tad pricey, looks as something “out of this world”.
Her flavours are also different, which include peanut butter brownie with toasted marshmallow and meringue, strawberries and cream, cookies and cream, apple cinnamon, coconut, pineapple and mint, mango and sticky rice, and much more!
Restaurants like Peyala also serve fusion desserts such as gulab jamun, cheesecake, and churros with chocolate sauce.
However, as colourful and as delicious as the non-traditional desserts are, our hearts are still with jilapis and bhapa pithas, which sometimes are served with deshi twists: with malai, kheer or syrup.
You would be wrong to think that dishes that you see in MasterChef are not available in Dhaka: Be it the Italian tiramisu, mousse or gelato; Japanese cotton cheesecake or matcha ice-cream; or kunafe and baklava of the middle-east, - they are all available in Dhaka.
If you’re into modern desserts, and love to make them at home, social media channels like YouTube can come in handy. Hundreds of popular cooking channels, such as Banglar rannaghor, show recipes that are easy to follow and the ingredients also do not cost much.