Verdict: Rasgulla is one of the more approachable Indian sweets. Although it is soaked in sugar, I feel that the lemon juice and maida helped reduce the sugar’s potency. Sometimes cardamom and/or rose water are added, as well as pistachios, though the latter serves more as a garnish. Still, upon looking at that giant bowl of sugar syrup, how could you not want to go bobbing for rasgulla?
*chhena (Hindi)= a curd cheese made from water buffalo milk maida= refined and bleached wheat flour, common in Indian breads and desserts mithai= sweets/confectionery
Welcome to the world of Mexican corn smut, better known as h(c)uitlacoche.
What is huitlacoche?
Also called corn mushroom, Aztec caviar or Mexican truffle, it’s a fungus that the Aztecs knew about; the name derives from the Náhuatl words cuitlatl, or droppings, and cochi, sleeping. The corn kernels become entirely consumed by the fungal disease, swell, turn grayish and surprisingly, wind up in your street food; when the huitlacoche is still white, you can eat raw, but if it has already turned gray/black, it should be cooked. It doesn’t ordinarily devastate whole corn crops at one time, so a visit to a cornfield might take you a while to find husks that are infected.