The 15th August is celebrated throughout Malta and Gozo as the feast of Santa Marija, one of the islands’ most prominent religious festas. However, this day also marks India’s Independence from the British Empire, which had taken place in 1947.

Wanting to enjoy the day in style, I discovered that a particular Indian restaurant was offering a very interesting deal on its lunch menu in celebration of this. The meal itself was a truly delicious blend of Indian dishes and sauces, however, at the end, we were served what at best I would describe as quite a strange-looking and unfamiliar dessert. The dish is called kheer, and although I personally didn’t fancy it all that much upon tasting it, but I was quite curious as to its blend and preparation.

Food tastes, like any kind of perspective, are so diverse from one country to another, that they appear peculiar to those who are not familiar with certain regions. Here are a number of unfamiliar and exotic desserts which will whet the appetite of any culinary traveler:


This rice pudding is made out of basmati rice which is added to boiled coconut milk, sugar and ground almonds. Once this mixture thickens over medium heat, raisins, cardamom, and pistachio nuts are also added, creating a thick white paste-like substance to be eaten with a tiny spoon. This dessert is hot, but it’s eaten both during the winter and summer in India. It’s usually prepared during festivals and special occasions.



Tavuk Göğsü

One doesn’t usually think of chicken when one is looking forward to dessert. However, this popular Turkish speciality has been in vogue since the time of the Ottoman Sultans. This sweet-milk and chicken dish is prepared by boiling fresh chicken breast and adding creamy rice flour, milk, sugar, and cinnamon to create a soft blancmange-like texture. This dessert is a traditional signature dish in Turkey.



Placenta Jelly Drink

I bet you’re looking forward to me telling you there’s no real placenta in this peach-tasting drink. Think again. This Japanese drink is actually made out of pig’s placenta. It’s marketed as being healthy and having regenerative qualities and targeted towards female consumers. It’s also labelled as a dietary product and dessert, having 0 calories and a fresh fruity taste and smell.




Also known as blodplättar – which means ‘blood splatter’ in Swedish – this dessert is made out of actual pig’s blood. The blood is whisked with milk, eggs, sugar and flour to produce thin crispy pancakes similar to black pudding. This dessert is usually eaten with jam and occasionally served with pork and reindeer meat.



Chocolate-covered Crickets

Yes, as in the insects. The name of this sweet snack says it all. Care for some bugs deep-fried in chocolate? This dessert from Thailand can also be oven-toasted for a healthier version. It’s a good source of protein and fibre. Somehow, I don’t think I’ll ever try this for real though.



Would you ever taste any of these desserts if you had the chance?

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