Indian Fusion Desserts

Gulab jamun cupcakes topped with a slice of gulab jamun on a white tray.

I love creating Indian fusion food and thinking of new ideas, it meshes the best of both worlds.

In this list I’ve included some of my favorite Indian fusion creations. Popular ones include Indian Cakes, Cookies and Cream or Oreo Barfi, Rasmalai Cake, and Kesar Pista Cupcakes to name a few!

Whip something up for a Diwali sweet during festive season, celebration or just to satisfy your sweet tooth.

If you are looking for a traditional Indian dessert recipe, I have tons of those up too including most popular Indian desserts like Kaju Katli

I hope this post gives you some new inspiration to create in the kitchen. Whether you are a pro or a beginner, there is something here for everyone.

All recipes are vegetarian on my site. All bakes are eggless. Where possible, I also offer alternative vegan options.

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Fusion Dessert Recipes

Pistachio cupcakes with a saffron cream cheese frosting! Inspired by the flavors of Kesar Pista Ice Cream. Saffron strands are are soaked in milk. That saffron milk is used to infuse the cream cheese mixture. This is used as a frosting!

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Kesar Pista Cupcakes (Saffron Pistachio)

Pistachio cupcakes with a cream cheese saffron topping! Easy to make cupcakes use ground pistachios for a delicious flavor.
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Tiramisu Barfi

Tiramisu barfi bars stacked on top of each other.

Tiramisu Barfi

An Italian twist to the traditional milk barfi for a fun Indian fusion twist! Espresso soaked cookies, topped with melt in your mouth barfi and finished with cocoa powder. If you are looking for a fun new Indian dessert to shake things up at your next party, this is it!
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Inspired by one of the most popular Indian desserts, next up is Gulab Jamun Ice Cream. Heavy whipping cream and condensed milk are two of the main ingredients to make this saffron, cardamom ice cream that has a hint of rose. Add in some sweet gulab jamuns and top with rose petals for garnish.

Another idea is to use ready made vanilla ice cream. Add in mini gulab jamuns and saffron milk for an even quicker treat.

Gulab jamun ice cream with gulab jamuns in an ice cream bowl with rose petals o

Creamy and Easy Gulab Jamun Ice Cream

Creamy and dreamy gulab jamun ice cream takes the very popular flavor profile of gulab jamuns and adds it to ice cream for an Indian fusion treat! This is lightly saffron and rose flavored with a hint of cardamom.
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Jalebis taste best fresh and hot so it is definitely a sweet I love best homemade. All this recipe does is add rose flavor and sweetened coconut shreds for a delicious new taste.

Jalebis are flavored primarily with saffron sugar syrup. So the saffron syrup tastes delicious paired with coconut. I’ve used this flavor pairing to make Coconut Jalebi Cupcakes as well.

coconut rose jalebi

Coconut Rose Jalebi

Classic jalebis are given a new taste with rose flavor and sweetened coconut shreds for a fun new spin on a popular Indian dessert
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Thandai baklava is one of the most unique Indian fusion desserts.

Layers of phyllo sheets with a delicious thandai nut mixture in between are baked and topped with a sugar syrup. Try it out for your next special occasion!

Indian fusion baklava

Indian Baklava – Thandai flavors Indian fusion

Indian flavors meet a Greek dessert in this Indian fusion sweet treat. Flavors are inspired by Thandai.
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Parle G cookie butter is dipped in melted chocolate and then drizzled with toppings making chocolate-filled treats.

The options are endless and some include crumbled Parle G cookies, sprinkles, cocoa powder and gold foil.

Parle G Cookie Butter Chocolate Truffles

A heavenly sweet treat combining Parle G and chocolate! Parle G cookie butter truffles are a fun treat that has a chocolate chai flavor profile.  This can be an easy homemade gift to give!  The Parle G cookie butter takes only a few minutes to whip up and should be made first. The recipe includes chai spices so this is a chocolate chai cookie butter treat
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Satisfy your sweet tooth with this next idea using either Homemade Kaju Katli or from the store.

This would be a great kid friendly party dessert where everyone can add toppings to their own sandwiches.

kaju katli ice cream sandwiches in an oval tin

Kaju Katli Ice Cream Sandwiches

A very easy and fun dessert, kaju katli ice cream sandwiches with a variety of toppings that kids can get in on! This dessert can be completely made from store bought ingredients or you can make the kaju katli at home! This would be a great kid friendly party dessert where everyone can add toppings to their own sandwiches.
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These are the OG jalebi cupcakes.

Jalebis are a classic Indian dessert. Here is a fun spin on them:

coconut jalebi cupcakes

Coconut Jalebi Cupcakes

Indian fusion coconut jalebi cake or cupcakes! Easy coconut cupcakes with a saffron pudding filling and topped with toasted coconut flakes and topped with a jalebi
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Ras malai filled cake of your dreams topped with a rose whipped cream! The topping is easy to make with heavy cream.

Topped with edible flowers. Sure to be a hit at an upcoming festive occasion!

I wanted a rasmalai cake that actually tasted like rasmalai, not just a rasmalai milk soaked cake or tres leches type of cake. This moist, rasmalai and cardamom/rose whipped cream cake hits THE SPOT!

Ras Malai Cake slice on a fluted white plate

Best Rasmalai Cake (Eggless)

An easy, delicious moist, milk soaked cardamom cake with layers of rasmalai topping and rose cardamom whipped cream. It actually has rasmalai in it! This cake can be made either completely homemade or semi-homemade.
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Chai masala is a big component of this next recipe and can easily be found online or in Indian stores. Generally chai masala inclues cloves, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon and ginger. 

A lot of homes make their own chai masala blend at home with their own preferences/rations of spices

No Churn Kadak Masala Chai

Easy masala chai ice cream
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Anything with gulab jamun is always the best dessert!

Gulab jamun cake is an easy eggless cardamom cake baked with ready made gulab jamuns inside.

Once baked, the cake is brushed with a saffron simple syrup (chaasni), just like gulab jamuns are.

Gulab Jamun cake decorated with pistaschios, roses and gulab jamuns.

Yummy Eggless Gulab Jamun Cake

Gulab jamun cake, always a party hit, is an easy, delicious,moist, saffron simple syrup-soaked cardamom cake with gulab jamun baked inside!The cake is layered with a light rose whipped cream or can be made without it.Read on to learn more about this yummy moist cake!
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Chikoo is one of my favorite fruits and tastes so good with cheesecake, hence this Indian fusion dessert. It is a no bake cheesecake recipe which is the best part, especially for these hot summer days.

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Chikoo Cheesecake – Toasted Coconut Cardamom Parle G C

Easy, no bake chikoo cheesecake. Chikoo has delicious notes of caramel. Paired with a toasted coconut and cardamom crust.
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Eggless Indian carrot cake or gajar ka halwa cake because carrot is an absolute favorite in my family. This cake is loaded with flavor with spices, nuts, raisins, carrots and even pineapple.

It is easy to make and vegan. The cake is Indian inspired by gajar ka halwa which is carrot halwa in English.

indian carrot cake gajar ka halwa cake with frosting

Gajar Ka Halwa Cake – Indian Carrot Cake

Indian carrot cake inspired by gajar ka halwa which is carrot halwa. Cake is loaded with cardamom, carrots, nuts and raisins. Topped with easy to make whipped cardamom cream cheese frosting.
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Classic Indian milk burfi (barfi) meets the favorite Oreo cookie to make an Indian Fusion treat, cookies and cream burfi!

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Cookies and Cream Burfi – Indian Fusion Dessert

Classic Indian milk burfi meets a favorite American cookie to make an Indian Fusion treat, cookies and cream burfi! Cookies and cream is a popular ice cream flavor that combines vanilla ice cream with creme filled cookie sandwiches, Oreos.
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This is an Indian milk cake recipe taking inspiration from Kesar Pista which is a popular Indian ice cream flavor.  It is a favorite combo in my home and I have an alternate recipe for Kesar Pista cupcakes up as well.

The idea for a saffron milk cake Indian influenced came from Kesar Doodh or Saffron Milk which I also have posted as a recipe.

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Kesar Pista Milk Cake – Indian Milk Cake – Saffron Milk Cake

Pistachio cake soaked in saffron infused milk. Made with ground, roasted pistachios. Eggless recipe.
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This delicious twist adds cardamom, saffron and pistachios to win over your guests!

eggless mango shrikhand cheesecake with pistaschio garnish

No Bake Mango Cheesecake – Mango Shrikhand Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust

Creamy, mousse-y, melt in your mouth no bake mango cheesecake inspired by the popular Indian dessert, mango shrikhand! This is a fusion dessert with cardamom, saffron and pistachios to win over your guests. Eggless and gelatin free.
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Kesar pista (saffron pistachio) cookies inspired by a hugely popular Indian flavor profile based on kesar pista kulfi or kesar pista ice cream! I have used the flavor profile to make fusion desserts such as Saffron Pistachio Milk Cake and Kesar Pista Cupcakes.

So, making a pistachio saffron cookie version was just a matter of time! If you are really into the flavors, have this with kesar milk! I would love them with a cup of masala chai.

Three kesar pista cookies on a white fluted plate decorated with frosting and crushed pista and rose petals. on

Kesar Pista – Saffron Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Kesar pista cookies (shortbread) are the perfect treat with delicate saffron flavors and ground pistachios! These pistachio saffron cookies taste delicious paired with chai for a tea time snack.   Butter pista cookies melt in your mouth and come together quick.
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This Indian fusion recipe takes a cardamom cupcake with a fluffy texture which is lightly brushed with saffron simple syrup, giving it a similar mouthwatering taste.

As a bonus, it has a gulab jamun stuffed inside!

Gulab jamun cupcake with rose whipped cream frosting.

Eggless Easy Stuffed Gulab Jamun Cupcake

Fluffy eggless gulab jamun cupcakes are topped with a light rose whipped cream and stuffed with gulab jamun on the inside!
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Gajar ka halwa is a traditional Indian sweet that is easy to make and super yummy!  Its main ingredient is carrots and it is cooked with milk and flavored with spices and some sugar. 

It tastes delicious on its own but in this recipe, I’m doing a spin on this sweet by combining this traditional sweet with another dessert which you may be more familiar with – carrot cupcakes!

Indian carrot halwa cupcake with cardamom cream cheese

Gajar Ka Halwa Cupcakes

Cupcakes filled with a traditional Indian sweet, gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa), and topped with a cream cheese cardamom icing
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I love making this creamy dreamy chikoo fruit mousse recipe (sapodilla recipe) when I’m craving chikoo ice cream but don’t want to spend the time waiting for it to be ready to devour!

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Chikoo Fruit Mousse – Sapodilla Recipe

Easy 3 ingredient recipe makes a quick dessert using the delicious taste of chikoo fruit, which is also known as sapodilla. This hits the spot for a creamy chikoo dessert and takes about 10-15 minutes active time.  It is perfect to make ahead the day before a party and refrigerate, or even whip up for last minute guests without much stress.
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Apple pie cupcakes with a cookie crust! When you cannot decide between apple pie and cupcakes you make this fun mash-up!

Garam masala gives a a delicious twist!

Garam Masala Apple Pie Cupcakes

Apple pie cupcakes with a cookie crust! When you cannot decide between apple pie and cupcakes you make this fun mash-up!
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