Making Indian Sweets From Scratch at Raja Sweets — Cooking in America

Making Indian Sweets From Scratch at Raja Sweets — Cooking in America

(upbeat, jazzy music) – So, we’re going to
Raja Sweets in the heart of the Mahatma Gandhi
District here in Houston, but, before that, we’re gonna go check out
this super cool spot. It’s a mandir, the first
one in the country. Thirty-three thousand pieces
that was first assembled in India and then kind of
built like a Lego set right in the middle of Houston. Look at that. That’s no joke, man. Raja Sweets was the first
Indian Restaurant to open here in Houston, back in 1986,
by the Gahunia family. Today, Sharan is keeping
her father’s legacy alive, alongside her mother, by
bringing Indian flavors of their homeland to the people of Texas. – [Sharan] My dad’s motto was
bring the streets of India to Hillcroft, so we make food
the way you would find it in India, you know? You know you’re in
different country for, like, a better life or for work
purpose, but you wanna be able to feel at home and,
when people come here, that’s what they feel. It’s a feeling of, okay, we’re home. My parents migrated from London, landed in the United States. They picked Cleveland. (Sheldon laughs) And too cold there, as well. He was like, oh my God, it
snows and it’s way too cold. So, then, he was like, I’m
just gonna go far south as possible and he
landed in Houston, Texas. – Houston’s pretty far
south as you can get. – Yeah, exactly. Landed in Houston and he realized there’s
not a big gathering place where Indian people can go,
like during Diwali and Ramadan. So, he was like I want a place where the community can get together. We have a sari store and a jewelry store, but no Indian restaurant. You know, there’s no other place here that makes fresh sweets from scratch. Everything’s frozen,
coming in from New York or coming in from India. So, that’s where the idea came up – That’s amazing. – for Raja Sweets. – So, this area is called Hillcroft? – It’s called Little India. The City of Houston gave
us our own proclamation and it officially got named as
the Mahatma Gandhi District. Three business were in
the early 80s Indian and Pakistani businesses. Now, we have over 65. So, jalebi is a very
popular dessert back home. They’re literally like little funnel cake. Flour, a little bit of baking soda. Everything that they make,
they make by hand and fresh. (upbeat, funky music) And then, the sugars in
that are in the syrup. On a daily basis, they make fifty pounds. – A lot of flick of the wrist, ah? Okay, just gather up like this? – Yeah. (Sharan and Sheldon laugh) – I ain’t got the flick
of the wrist like you do. I made those special, just for you. (laughter) – So, ras gulab is like a
cheese- and milk-based dessert. So, they actually boil the milk
and then, once it’s boiled, they take it to get cooled
and they add a little bit of vinegar to it and then
it makes this texture. – [Sheldon] It has the
feeling of, like, ricotta. And then, each one by hand. Unko, yeah, the feeling, ah? – Yeah. – No even need, no – No, no, no.
– No scale? – No, no scale. – That’s for amateurs. – Yeah. (Sharan laughs) – Little India feels like home? – Oh, yeah. – [Sharan] So, wives work in the front. The uncles work in the back. – [Sheldon] Family-operated restaurant. (upbeat, jazzy music) – [Sharan] Raja means king. Raja Sweets is like King Sweets, you know? – King Sweets. Coming to the right spot then. – So these are all made by hand and they’re different flavors. Some have almond. Some have pistachios. This one’s made from
chickpeas flour and sugar. One of my good favorites. Actually tastes like
peanut butter brittle. – Mom, what’s your favorite? – Jooli. – The jooli, yeah. – And this one. – I like the crunchiness of that. You made it! – I know, I made it! Where’s mine’s one? Let me see if it’s in there. That’s like crunchy, sticky, and gooey. It gets all over your fingers. – That’s very old traditional,
like more than 500 years in India. – [Sharan] So, that’s
grinded chickpeas flour. – Oh, man, that’s delicious. – We make a food, also, like,
homemade food, you know? One of our customer, he come everyday. – [Sheldon] Every single day? – Every single day. – That’s dedication. How many years has he been coming? – Last – Last 10, 12 years. (Sheldon laughs) Yeah. Every day. – [Sharan] Because you always
want to be able to connect to your roots and your
culture and where you’re from. – [Sheldon] What was your thought when your husband said
I’m going to America? – Open, big country. It’s better life. – When my parents did land
here, they had literally, I think my dad had $20, ’cause he had lost all
his savings from London, closing that restaurant and
then opening it in Cleveland. They saved up for six years? – No, four years, four years. – Four years. She worked at Dunkin’ Donuts. – Yeah. – That was her job.
– For one year. In the nighttime. Because my children is small. (Sheldon laughs) – He worked at Burger King. He was a manager at Burger King. In their minds, they were like we’re gonna
achieve the American dream, which is being successful in America, because there’s so much opportunity and then we were first,
longest-running Indian restaurant in Texas now. – Thirty-one years. – Thirty-one years. – On April 20th, yeah. – So back in 2002, your dad passed away. – [Sharan] Yes. It was hard. But we wanted to keep his legacy alive. – What type of man was he? – He was very good. He was very active in
the community, you know. – Very strict with you guys? – Yeah, he was pretty strict.
– Yeah, he was. (Sheldon laughs) And he’s a very outgoing personality. Very charming. Everybody that would come in,
he would just make friends with them.
– Yeah. And you would say, sit down, have tea.
– Sit down, eat. – You know, eat what you want. – Let’s feed them. (laughs) – He would give away so much free stuff. Then, after he passed, he wasn’t able to see the city proclaim it
is Mahatma Gandhi District, but he came up with the idea. Him and the other two, the
one that owns the sari place and the jewelry place.
– [Sheldon] Yeah. – [Sharan] It was their idea. Like, let’s make this home. (upbeat music) – Well, that’s amazing
what your father did. – Yeah, he did. – [Sheldon] He was kind of
like the founding father of, you know, Indian food here in Houston. (Sheldon laughs) (rock music) – Welcome to Houston. (Sheldon laughs)


  • Muhammad Khan

    May 3, 2018

    That lady was hot not gonna lie

  • vahika chinni

    May 7, 2018

    Hello food lovers, for tasty indian recipes please visit our website
    Hope you will like friends

  • girlgreenivy

    May 9, 2018

    Some of the pronounciations that she uses for these sweets is so off. It's amazing how you can be so far removed but still find a way to connect to your culture. She can still make it all from scratch

  • ladyshkspre

    May 10, 2018

    I LOVE the savory dishes of India but my experience with the desserts is that they are too sweet. Definitely a deeper concentration of sweet than my American palette is used to lol.

  • Vivek Singh

    May 10, 2018

    the quality of LIFE………..its very poor in India

  • Captain Price

    May 17, 2018

    its akshardham

  • Kresna Mukti P

    May 17, 2018

    ……….. Is near but i always forget about it

  • toby zwog

    May 20, 2018


  • Bob

    May 22, 2018

    Whats up with her pronunciation lol

  • Angel S

    May 23, 2018

    dang I’ve lived in this city for 22 years and haven’t ever seen that temple or been to that restaurant. gotta go there soon

  • ManiacalMind

    May 24, 2018

    I wanna tryyyyyy, I live in Jordan and I haven’t found a decent Indian restaurant, let alone Indian desserts 😢

  • Adam Solomon

    May 26, 2018

    Makes me want to move to Texas especially with all the Muslims, just need a wife 😀

  • Shaun Romios

    May 28, 2018

    Big Up Raja Sweets For doing it big and proper!!! Imma go there for sure when I'm in Houston!! Big up also to this Guy from Eater yo Sick location!!!

  • jogleKAR98

    May 30, 2018

    Gordon Ramsay would go batshit crazy if he saw that cooking pan

  • Suresh Ruparel

    June 1, 2018

    I got slight sugar problem not very serious but little higher side "HEY I'M GOING TO SUE FILE CASE YOU MADE ME GO CARVING FOR ALL SWEET'S HA HA HA 😪😂😩😊😉😁 CRAZY KIYAA RAY"

  • Farhan

    June 3, 2018

    Yooo you went by where I live

  • Sourav Poddar

    June 3, 2018

    Rossogolla isn't a sweet, it's love😍😍😍😍😍😍

  • Aditya Goed

    June 4, 2018

    Why I'm on this channel while fasting.

  • OMMBoy

    June 5, 2018

    Indian sweets are good, especially the Punjabi ones in my opinion.

    But take my word, the chocolate isn’t something worth trying at all.

  • YeahMart online store

    June 6, 2018

    This is also north african (algeria,morocco and tunisia)

  • john here

    June 10, 2018

    Anyone know what music or track is that saxo from at 3:22–3:35

  • no thanks

    June 11, 2018

    Such a great video to watch as an American born to Indian parents who visits Houston at times (relatives live here and I’m pretty sure they’ve taken me here before!). Tbh I don’t like Jalebi personally but Gulab Jamun, Ladoo, and Rasmalai are my weaknesses

  • Giang Nguyễn

    June 11, 2018

    This channel is amazing

  • Hannah14

    June 16, 2018

    All of this food looks so good. I want to go there so badly. Indian food is my favorite cuisine 🙂

  • riderharry

    June 16, 2018

    Nice family and restaurants

  • ցíɾísհ

    June 17, 2018

    I respect this family.

  • ցíɾísհ

    June 17, 2018

    Actually we Indian people respect all religion and like to feed all.

  • Anu Bhaumik

    June 17, 2018

    Mujhe Abhi jalebi khana hai….😁

  • Ranjan Biswas

    June 22, 2018

    He is really a nice host, respectable 🙂

  • Shel DeMax

    June 22, 2018

    What the Hindi for diabetes

  • Melissa Govender

    July 7, 2018


  • Sahashranshu Barik

    July 17, 2018

    Rosagolla and Chenna Poda are the king of Indian Sweets. ❤❤❤

  • Writi Deb

    July 29, 2018

    america cannot replace the feeling of India

  • Shahtaj Ali

    August 4, 2018

    Been coming here since I was 4 years old for sweets!!

  • Padma Veerapaneni

    August 5, 2018


  • Askee mee

    August 5, 2018

    I never try Indian sweets, I'm curious about the sweetness, are they really sweet or not too sweet? But they look so delicious..

  • Sahara Brijraj

    August 5, 2018

    Dee-WAH-lee ugh cringe

  • J Prathap

    August 8, 2018

    I love sweets but 3:46 i just want to look at it .

  • Andy Raman

    August 8, 2018

    So much depth in his videos

  • Chemo

    August 10, 2018

    Jalebi and Rasgulla <3

  • Jan Michael Vincent

    August 12, 2018

    I wish I could go to India..but Pakistani aren’t allowed there after 2008 Mumbai terror’s a shame


    August 17, 2018

    That's look delicious 😋

  • Beep Bop

    August 19, 2018

    Gloves please.

  • john here

    August 20, 2018

    Does anyone please know the sax beat at 3:22–3:36 …. it’s soo soothing

  • Trumpet Friday

    August 24, 2018

    The title kind of almost had me puking,I read like,'Making Indian Sweets after Scratching'

  • Madhurjya Saikia

    August 26, 2018

    Feeling hungry

  • abhi raut

    September 8, 2018

    Come to India Udaipur Bro You will Love it ..

  • Vijay Kumar

    September 13, 2018

    Don't say Texture. Say we are breaking the milk as we are adding venegar!!

  • Dollar Hanjabam

    September 17, 2018

    I have seen a lot of youtuber eating indian sweet but they always miss out raj malai idk why🤔

  • Sanjog K.

    September 19, 2018

    I am an Indian but I don't like Indian sweets. There's nothing to balance out all the richness. It's just full of calories. I like my dark chocolate mouse.


    September 21, 2018

    Kaju katli is the best

  • Jeezie

    September 24, 2018

    Food hygiene doesn't matter I guess.

  • Hit Stoner

    September 29, 2018

    This are Mughalai Muslim cuisine & delicacies , not Indian , but Indian-Muslims & Pakistani .

    Not others

  • mujib kazi

    September 30, 2018

    Hello "THE INDIAN ZAIQA "new easy cocking channel launched please see like and SUBSCRIBE & SHARE it.

  • dumbbrowngirl

    October 3, 2018

    I live in Houston and I love hilcroft! I practically grew up there!

  • Manpreet Kaur

    November 9, 2018

    This sweet shop sucks

  • Vesamatti

    November 18, 2018

    Anyone knows what the song is at 03:21?

  • I agree with you, but

    December 4, 2018

    rasgulla and rasmalai are Bengali sweets

  • Gigi Bigh

    December 11, 2018

    Its called Hillcroft not little india


    December 23, 2018

    Ima rank my favourite

    1. jalebi
    2. Kaju kattli
    3. Habshi halwa
    4. Ladoo
    5. Coconut gulab jamun

  • roy sam

    December 27, 2018

    Hard work pays. Thank you for sharing.

  • Rizwana Sriz

    January 17, 2019

    Please talk in hindi

  • John Ames

    January 23, 2019

    2:46 nice moo moo, homer simpson would be jealous

  • ECO dom

    January 27, 2019

    Are those candied black beans, powdered sugared orange trix, date-brownies, sugar free jellybeans, and candied spaghetti? They should come up with one that is flour soaked in sugar syrup!

  • vaibhav

    January 29, 2019

    raja sweets… raja is a hindi word which measn King !!

  • Johnny Speed

    February 6, 2019

    Indian food AND sweets?? I'd probably be there every day for 10 years too, haha.

    But, always funny how people who achieve the "American Dream" weren't afraid to work for it…

  • mandeepsekhon

    February 19, 2019

    If you want indian food , come to London . Or Toronto

  • Amandeep Malhotra

    February 21, 2019

    Omg it’s so tempting. U dude forced me to have sweets 😛. So finally made gulab jamun, phirni and sabudana kheer. Wel wel I put on 1 kg 😆😆

  • Sudendu Gupte

    March 13, 2019

    Wow, Indian so good thanks.

  • YaBoiiiHarry

    March 23, 2019

    I mean theres a lotta indian restaurants in la. But I haven't found a single one that is on the same level as food in India. Idk why

  • Animesh Singh

    March 26, 2019

    The host sound more indian to me ?

  • kuya sam

    March 31, 2019

    You make Indians proud ! ☺

  • Gaurav Sharma

    April 12, 2019

    Loved it..!
    You are a lucky man..,!

  • apun hicr7

    April 12, 2019

    Taki taki rumba–mahatma gandhi

  • A N

    April 13, 2019

    That jalebi looks soooo yummm😋

  • Lorette D

    April 15, 2019

    Nice, please open a few branches in New York to


    April 17, 2019

    Man deer?🤔 what sort of gum is holding your mouth from pronouncing words correctly? 😌 God , save yourself from listening to all these pronunciations, else😈


    April 17, 2019

    In Indian sweets EGG=besan,maida.

  • Jayanth Kumar

    April 18, 2019

    It's awesome……..

  • Sourav Baskey

    April 19, 2019

    Oh no!!
    I’m gonna have diabetes watching this 😂

  • Swati Mummidivarpu

    April 20, 2019

    personally I felt the food there was mediocre.

  • Alex Jacob

    April 20, 2019

    He missed out on the gulab jamn

  • Noor Khusrau

    April 30, 2019

    The way she said “jalebi” gave me an ear disease 💀

  • Sandra Seven

    May 4, 2019

    No gloves hmmm

  • Tyson Games

    May 9, 2019

    I'm going to go there this weekend. There is also Bombay Sweets just a little further up the road.

  • Rajesh Patil

    May 16, 2019


  • HassBRO.

    May 18, 2019

    sheldon is an o.g

  • Faataatia Tupuola,Jr

    June 4, 2019

    Do you know of any restaurant or bakery that make these here in San Diego? ????😎

  • Yakisoba Dreams

    June 12, 2019

    Love the presenter!

  • Rohit Bhatti

    June 24, 2019

    Lol imagine naming your district after a rapist

  • Mane Elegance

    June 28, 2019

    Last time I ordered Indian food to be delivered to my house they served me burned naan. I love naan. It was burned, I was so disappointed.

  • Hazrat UlHaq Ul deen

    July 7, 2019

    Why would you bother moving to another country and drag your cultural garbage with it. Stay back in your dirty Hindu country

  • sandeep kumarreddy padala

    September 19, 2019

    I love rasagulla

  • Rajeswari Ghosh

    October 10, 2019

    Roshogolla fans hit like!

  • Kamado Tanjiro

    November 16, 2019

    Pakistanis hate us but they love our food…😂😂 Hipocrites

  • WelfareChrist

    November 22, 2019

    I like that there’s a local Filipino guy doing one of these shows now. Having grown up in Honolulu his very slight accent reminds me of home.

  • A k

    December 1, 2019

    My favs-
    Gulab Jamun
    Ghee jilabi
    Kaju katli
    Mysore pak

  • g d

    January 5, 2020

    3:51 deep fries chickpea flaur not maida(white flaur) maida is unhealthy make us obese.

  • n krish

    January 7, 2020

    I like to thank Americans for openings up your country for other peoples

  • Rajesh Rajendran

    January 7, 2020



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