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Best Indian Desserts Houston 2006 - Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)

Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (BAPS)

1150 Brand Lane

Stafford, TX 77477

281-765-2277, ext. 128

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Indian desserts are harder to find than Indian curries, but they're no less important to Indians. Anyone who has seen Deepa Mehta's film Water knows that a saccharine gulab jamun can be transcendent. And no place makes better dessert for the soul than one of the area's authorities on matters of the soul: the Swaminarayan temple. "We always use very pure ingredients," explains temple volunteer Naresh Gadhiya, "because it is the order of our spirituality." It's also the best way to ensure that the anjir bahar you're ordering explodes with nutty, fruity, milky goodness. Houston Gujaratis (North Indians known for their sweet tooth) say it's hard to go wrong with the temple's offerings, which can be catered. Classic favorites from the subcontinent include buttery magas, barfi (it tastes much better than it sounds) and shrikhand -- sweetened, condensed yogurt liberally flavored with saffron and ground pistachio. Eat some in view of the ornately hand-carved granite temple; you could just as well be in the heart of India.
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Prof. Steave Heady
Prof. Steave Heady

The BAPS Swaminarayan Madir is serving real test of Indian desert and the management is also very powerful and genuine to satisfy customer. I found that the administrator of it Mr. Naresh Gadhiya is really good in nature and very smart in his service with his friendly nature to all.