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Rasraj Sweets Hicksville Review
257 South Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
Rasraj Sweets Hicksville Review: Good Indian SweetsI've been feasting on Rasraj Sweets since 1997.
Except on one occasion a few years back, Rasraj offers consistently good quality sweets.
The other day, in addition to picking up a food takeout from Rasraj on South Broadway in Hicksville, I purchased a pound of assorted Indian sweets ($7/lb) and a cold Saffron Pista Milk Shake to beat the scorching summer heat.
Rasraj Sweets Counter
Rasraj's Sweets came packed neatly in a small box and a clean plastic bag.
Assorted sweets at Rasraj are priced at $7 per pound. My Rasraj sweets box was slightly less than a pound and included nine different types of sweets picked by me.
Here's my take on Rasraj's Indian sweets starting with Chocolate Barfi:
Rasraj Sweets - $7 per pound
- Chocolate Barfi came in two layers - top chocolate layer and the bottom kova layer.
The Chocolate layer was slightly bitter like with Chocolate based sweets. The bottom layer was sweetish as it ought to be.
Overall Chocolate Barfi was fresh, tasty and needless to say much relished.
- Rasraj's Laddu came in two colors - yellow and orangish red.
Yellow color Motichoor Ladu packed a nice, freshly prepared taste. Laddu Boondi was fried evenly and included right amount of sugar and ghee. It was delicious.
Orangish red color Ladu also belong in the Motichoor category but either saffron or food color or both were added to give the bright color.
I am not a big fan of food colors as they are not healthy. Nevertheless, I found the red color Laddu equally tasty and good.
- Coconut Pista Barfi was a close competitor to Moti Choor Ladu in fine taste.
With right proportion of sugar and ghee it packed a nice and subtle Coconut flavor and just melted in the mouth.
- Punjabi Pinni was yet another delectable sweet that I picked from Rasraj sweets counter. The wheat flour used for making Punjabi Pinni was well fried and included right amount of ghee and sugar. Hey it reminded me of the Minapasunni south Indian sweet prepared with Urad dal powder instead of wheat flour.
- Kaju Pista roll was fresh and tasty as it should be.
- Besan Barfi or yellow color barfi was alright. No complaints, folks
- Mysore Pak was also alright. I would have enjoyed this South Indian sweet more were a tad more ghee was used in the preparation.
- Green and Yellow Barfi was below par in taste, freshness and the dark green food color was nauseating.
Saffron Pista ShakeOn a scorching day, a cold shake would have been divine and I quickly asked for a Tutti Fruiti shake.
Since it was not available, I settled for Rasraj's Saffron Pista Milkshake.
Boy, was it heavenly.
Kesar Pista Milkshake - $4
With right temperature, sweetness and fragrant saffron flavor it was made to order.
Very soothing and refreshing.
But the $4 price was a little high for the serving size.
Ambiance and ServiceJust like its quality sweets, Rasraj's ambiance has not changed over the years.
As you enter the restaurant, you have the tables upfront, sweets counter on the right, and food counter and kitchen at the rear.
The price of assorted sweets is displayed clearly.
More importantly, the young waitress behind the sweets and food counter was polite and smiling.
Smiling waitstaff in Indian restaurants are as rare as the Halley's Comet.
The young waitress diligently followed my request and included only one piece per variety (of the sweets chosen by me).
But the waitress was clueless about the names of different sweets. Also unlike Maharaja Sweets in Jackson Heights or Bengali Sweets on Newark Ave in Jersey City, there were no labels for different sweets in Rasraj's sweets counter.
Rasraj Sweets RatingNotwithstanding my minor irritation about absence of labels, I still recommend the $7 per pound assorted sweets from Rasraj on Broadway in Hicksville. They are delicious and great value for money. - © LongIslandIndia.com
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