We all have eaten sweet and savory food separately. Sometimes even a combination of both sweet and savory. But, ever wondered what ingredients are used to make a combination of sweet and savory.  Do, you want to know?

So, let get started!


Nuts are dry fruits which can be sweet, salty, or savory. Nuts are always a good choice because firstly, it is good for health and secondly, it makes a dish much tasty and perfect.  But, nuts give a very good consistency or harmony to any type of dish either it is sweet or savory.

For example, Nuts are used in a sweet dish like Semiyaa, Kheer, Halwa, Chocolate Almond cake, etc. And it is also used in a savory dish like Poha, Rosemary Roasted Mix Nuts, Capsicum curries (mainly added by south Indians), etc.



Cinnamon is commonly used in any kind of dish either it is sweet, or savory and is even healthier from the health point of view. If we want, to make our sweet little spicy then the first thing we add to our food is cinnamon. However, to make a dish more tasty and spicy people even use cinnamon in savory dishes too.

Cinnamon is used in a sweet dish like sweetbreads, and even in baked items like Cinnamon Nut Bars, Baked Elephant Ears (sounds horrible right, Hahaha!) You may be thinking here cutting elephant ears and baking right? When I was researching it at first I thought the same. But actually, it’s not the actual elephant ear. I have posted an image of the dish you can have a look below.

Cinnamons are even used in a savory dish like Moroccan-style chicken (chicken with dates, olives, and cinnamon), Beef curries, fish, or chicken curries. Cinnamon is used in most of Indian cuisine. It is a key ingredient in the garam masala. So, in whichever dishes the garam masala is used there we can say that cinnamon is also used.



Lemon, orange, limes, and grapefruit come under citric food. These all citric fruits and food are included in both sweet and savory food. All have the delicious ability and good fit in the dishes. Lemon is used in cake/ pastry batter, sauces, and even in chicken. Orange can be used to make a tangy orange sauce. Grapefruit can be used in ice-cream. The citrus fruit provides vitamin C to our body and is even good from a health point of view.



Moong dal is used both as ingredients in sweet and savory dishes and can be made a dish also from it. Moong dal is an ingredient that is a diabetic-friendly, plant-based protein, high in fiber, and other important nutrients. We can make a variety of breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks with the help of single ingredients and we can make both sweet and savory dishes from it.

Green Moong Dal Cheela, Andhra Style Pesarattu Upma,  Moong Dal Dosa, Green Moong Dal, and Vegetable Idli,  Moong Dal fry, Khatta meetha moong dal, etc. are some of the savory dishes made from Moong Dal. Whereas, Moong Dal Halwa, Moong Dal Ladoo, Moong Dal pitha, Moong Dal Burfi, etc. are sweet dishes made from Moong Dal.





We call Maida all-purpose flour, in our Indian cuisine. But, I feel besan should be called all-purpose flour!

Besan or gram flour is pale yellow colored, nutty-flavored flour made by grinding Chana dal (Bengal gram). Besan is high in protein content, gluten-free, and rich in other nutrients. It has anti-microbial properties, besan is mixed with different ingredients to create a homemade pack that acts as a cleanser in exfoliating all types of skin.

In the sweet, either is a Gujarati Kadhi, Rajasthani Pakoda Kadhi, or the Punjabi Kadhi, Besan, or gram flour is used and it forms an integral part of these dishes. Apart from that, besan is used exclusively as the main ingredient in a variety of dishes like pakora, authentic Gujarati snacks like Khandvi, Khaman Dhokla, and Rajasthani gravies like gate ki sabzi. Besan is also used in Maharashtras famous batata vada, pav bhaji, etc.


Some of the sweet dishes made using Besan are Mysore Pak, Sweet Boondi, Motichoor k ladoo, Besan ladoo, Besan Barfi, etc.  Whereas Karela besan, Shimla Mirch besan ki sukhi sabzi, Dahi kadi, Besan k pakode, gatte ki sabzi, etc., are savory dishes made by using Besan or gram flour.

Nuts, Cinnamon, Citrus food, Moong dal, and Besan are used most commonly in both sweet and savory dishes. Hence these are the overlapping ingredients that are used in both sweet and savory dishes.

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