I had decided to make Indian Desserts. For those who do not know, we do not actually have something that can be strictly called dessert in Indian cuisine. Especially in the south Indian cuisines, desserts would refer to the many payasams and other sweets that are common. Other than the Pal Ice that I know of, I don't remember any other dish that can be classified as cold dishes.
When it comes to festival occasions, sweets are served as part of the meal. In fact, in a typical Andhra Thali, payasam is served first, where the sweet activate your digestive juices to get ready for the heavy food to follow. Of course one can always end the meal with a second helping of the sweet. After the meal is done, fruits are offered followed by beetal leaf/ Pan.
Growing up, I have always observed only a typical payasams or kesari or even a burfi only being offered as dessert. Only later with the western influence, we have started seeing Ice creams, cakes being offered as desserts. Even our own Kulfi or Falooda is not part of the South Indian Meal. Now you find so many changes done to a menu that one can no longer differentiate the different cuisines.