From bub­bling kul­fis to choco­late balls be­ing served in flames, take your pick from these quirky and un­usual desserts

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - City - - LIFESTYLE - Ruella Fer­nan­des­dus­tan­

Bored of hav­ing your usual desserts? Ho about havin some­thing that i seem­ingly a flower pot but ac­tu­ally is a Mis­sis­sippi mud pie brownie with ed­i­ble flour­ishes in dis­guise. This trend could be cred­ited to the grow­ing com­pe­ti­tion in the food in­dus­try or the in­her­ent pas­sion within chefs these days, but our usual desserts are be­ing given in­no­va­tive and quirky looks and we can­not help but marvel at the ef­fort put in and the end re­sult. Jer­son fer­nan­des, chef at Jeon, Juhu, feels there is an in­creas­ing need to come up with new con­cepts and thus the Mush­room Gar­den was born. “Mush­room be­ing a unique and un­com­mon in­gre­di­ent, I al­ways wanted to use it in a dessert. This dish sells by its name it­self, later sur­pris­ing the guest with its unique flavour, tex­ture and colours.” Talk­ing about de­ceiv­ing looks, the Dessert Burger, con­cep­tu­alised by chef Aditya Gupta, at the Rolling Pin, Lower Parel looks like a win­ner. He says that while chefs have this car­nal hunger to in­vent new dishes, they also have to keep in mind that it needs to have rel­e­vance and rea­son. He says, “We are essen­tially a burger, sand­wich and dessert place and we thought why not com­bine the essence of these and cre­ate a dessert burger.” But, there is also the ques­tion of ap­pre­hen­sion and ac­cep­tance on the part of cus­tomers, Gupta adds, “Ini­tially, we had to tell cus­tomers that ‘if you don’t like it we won’t charge you’ as cus­tomers were hes­i­tant and would think twice to even try a burger that was sweet.” But all’s well that ends well. To feed your ap­petite, we have rounded up 10 such ex­cit­ing and quirky desserts that you can dive into.

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