Lavish décor, yellow marigolds, shimmering silk sarees, the aroma of Eastern spices, all under the echo of the latest hip shaking Bollywood track….
All of the above make the perfect combination for a traditional South Asian event. However, it is true that when our Indian guests leave with a lasting impression of an event based on the vast menu offerings, can there possibly be a dull moment for your guests in such a vibrant environment? Surprisingly, YES!
For someone who’s always drawn towards the dessert corner at any time of day, not being able to indulge in the sweet delicacies on offer can certainly leave me feeling slightly ‘deserted’.
We are now part of society where intolerance to certain foods and ingredients are the norm. Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Fructose Free and Nut Free, are some common dietary requirements. Looking at Vegetarianism in particular, during the period of festivities for a traditional Hindu wedding, it is not uncommon for the ‘Wedded-couple-to-be’ and their families to follow Hindu traditions and observe vegetarianism (if not already a part of their daily lifestyle) It can also be expected there would be a large number of guests who are in fact ‘Hindu’ Vegetarian.
What does ‘Hindu-Vegetarianism’ really mean?
Individuals adopt a vegetarian diet in different ways, however, to classify a typical ‘Hindu – Vegetarian’, it would be safe to use ‘Lacto-Vegetarianism’ as the closest definition. A Lacto-Vegetarian is a person who abstains from eating meat and eggs with other forms of dairy still included.
Whilst Vegetarian options are commonly considered in menu planning, desserts are the most desired yet most challenging to meet all those dietary needs. Below, I will share with you how my exclusive dessert ideas for South Asian events that are not only interesting, but are able to accommodate for a Lacto-Vegetarian diet of guests:
- Mithai Twists – it requires just a few moments to think through some of your favourite indian sweets and realise they are Egg Free!
Vegan Pistachio, Coconut Cream and Carrot Halwa Trifle: This trifle features layers of vegan carrot halwa, pistachios and coconut whipped cream. It makes for a healthy yet indulgent dessert. (Image: Peas and Peonies)
Motichoor Rabdi Parfait: This fusion dessert combines traditional indian sweets, Motichoor Ladoos and Rabdi and is served with a western twist (Image: The Food Kiosk, Pinterest)
2. We’re sceaming for Lassi Ice-Creams! These mango-lassi ice cream sticks are a fun way to serve the most common indian beverage (Image: Just One Cookbook, Pinterest)
3. ‘Make a statement’ Finding it too difficult to organise special desserts? Consider a statement eggless cake that can cater for all your guests.
Photos sourced via Pinterest
4. Make it an activity! – Looking for a fun Bachelorette party? Cupcake Central not only serve up some of the most scrumptious cupcakes in Melbourne (Australia), but offer cupcake decorating workshops for teams! The best part? They offer a variety of vegan cupcakes on their menu that you get to take home at the end of your workshop. In addition, you can arrange to speak to one of their event planners to assist with catering needs for your special day.
(Images: Cupcake Central)
So, there is a few ideas to help take the headache out of finding tasty Lacto-Vegetarian desserts.