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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Jul 03,2020



पारंपारिक भारतीय मिठाई की रेसिपी - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Traditional Indian Mithai recipes in Hindi)
પરંપરાગત ભારતીય મીઠાઈઓ રેસિપીઝ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Traditional Indian Mithai recipes in Gujarati)

Traditional Indian Mithai recipes, Indian Desserts, Indian Sweets

The Magic of Indian Mithai– All about Traditional Indian Sweets

In India, mithai or traditional sweets are something special, not merely an aspect of our cuisine. Traditional Indian sweets are more than just desserts served at the end of a meal; they are part and parcel of our culture. Weddings, celebrations, pujas, temple rituals, everything requires a mithai for fulfillment. 

Quick Cashew BarfiQuick Cashew Barfi

Traditional Indian Sweets from North, South, East and West

Although nowadays menus are turning cosmopolitan, and we often find a mix of sweets from across the country – and even the world – being served, everyone has a soft corner for the special mithai of their region or community.

So, from the sweets served and gifted at a wedding or other celebration, you can easily find out which region the host is from!

 Mysore PakMysore Pak

If you spot Mysore Pak, Coconut Laddoo and Athirasam, you are probably at a South Indian sweets at a  wedding. If the table is filled with sweets, especially Rasagolla, Rasmalai and Sandesh, you are probably in the East. And, if there is a predominance of jaggery, til, coconut and groundnut based sweets like Puran Poli and Kopra Pak, you might be in the West. If the sweets resonate with milky and nutty opulence, like Rabdi or Chenna Malpua, you are undoubtedly in the North. 

Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai RecipeRasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe

There are some common notes too. For e.g., the Paal Payasam of South India and the Phirni of North have striking similarities as do the Rava Kesari and Rava Sheera.

Some sweets like Puran Poli, Cashew Burfi, Halwa, Laddoo, etc. are popular all over the country, often known by different names and prepared with mild variations.

Paal Payasam, South Indian Rice KheerPaal Payasam, South Indian Rice Kheer

When we think of sweets, another option that instantly comes to mind is our own indigenous and ingenious dessert… the king of ice-creams, Malai Kulfi! The rich milky taste of this ice-cream with its enchanting spice notes has become a great hit in Indian food outlets across the world, not just in India.

Malai KulfiMalai Kulfi

Traditional Indian Mithai for Different Festivals 

Interestingly, we also have special sweets associated with different festivals. Modak, for example, is prepared during Ganesh Chathurthi. Modaks with different fillings, ranging from milk-based to coconut-based sweet fillings and savory fillings too are made across the country during Ganesha festival.

Modak, Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh ChaturthiModak, Steamed Modak, Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi

Likewise, jaggery, coconut, til and peanuts come to the fore during Sankaranthi, and you find a range of sweets made using these ingredients.

While Sweet Pongal is prepared down South, Maharashtrian Puran Poli and Peanut Chikki are prepared in the West.

Peanut-Chikki
Peanut Chikki

During Navratri, a variety of traditional Indian sweets are made to please Devi Shakthi. Sheera, Boondi Payas, Coconut and Rava Laddoo, Mohanthal,  Gujarati Basundi… the list is endless and you can go for a sweet splash during the festival season!

Mohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal MithaiMohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal Mithai

Diwali is the time for plenty of variety. It is the time to experiment, come up with exotic diwali sweets to notch up your reputation with friends and family!

From the Cored Apples with Kesar and Rabdi to the Paan Shots, you can try delightfully innovative sweets, to share with your loved ones when you visit each other.

Cored-Apples-with-Kesar-and-RabdiCored Apples with Kesar and Rabdi

Traditional Indian Sweets for Parties

In a party, people look for novel desserts and plenty of variety too. Yet, it is the traditional formats that instantly strike a rapport with the taste buds. So, it is wise to find a balance between the two. You can go for sweets like the Apple Jalebi or Gulab Jamun Cutlet, which are traditional with an innovative twist.

Go for sweets that appeal to all age groups and also easy to serve. If it is dripping with syrup or drowned in milky sauces, it might be difficult to hand around at parties and turn out to be a bit messy too. So, try stuff like the Malai Peda or the Mini Anjeer Paratha! Messy or not, never omit the Kulfi though. 

Malai PedaMalai Peda

The Indian palate is so fond of the rich and spicy notes of our mithai that we are always looking for reasons to celebrate, pretexts to enjoy more sweets! Even if you are short of time or on a special diet, you can still enjoy traditional Indian sweets once in a while.

Not all sweets are time consuming or unhealthy – we have come up with numerous quick recipes too, such as the Quick Apple Cinnamon Rabdi, Atta Ka Sheera and Quick Churma Ladoos

Quick Churma Ladoos ( Churma Laddu)Quick Churma Ladoos ( Churma Laddu)

Whatever be the occasion, celebrate it with a traditional Indian sweet. Best of all, make it at home! Pick from our 500+ recipes the sweet that catches your fancy, fits the occasion, matches your time availability and diet constraints too. We are sure we have a best fit for every sweet tooth

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Rasgulla ( Quick Recipe)
Recipe# 38687
03 Jul 20

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by Tarla Dalal
This is one sweet the Bengalis cannot live without, and you too are sure to fall in love with it once you taste these super-soft, milk-white rasgullas. Remember that everything matters in the making of perfect rasgullas -- from the amount of lemon juice used ....
Rice Kheer
Recipe# 2040
30 Jun 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
rice kheer recipe | chawal ki kheer | Indian rice pudding | with 16 amazing images With the onset of the festive season, every other day there is a reason to prepare something sweet and tempting! Of the many
Mohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal Mithai
Recipe# 2047
05 Jul 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
mohanthal | traditional gujarati mohanthal | rajasthani mohanthal | with 30 images. Mohanthal is a traditional Gujarati mithai with the ....
Churma Ladoo
Recipe# 2045
05 Jul 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
churma ladoo recipe | Rajasthani churma ladoo | atta churma ladoo | with 23 amazing images. churma ladoo recipe is an Rajasthani churma ladoo and also called
Puran Poli ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 637
01 Apr 20

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by Tarla Dalal
puran poli recipe | Gujarati puran poli | authentic puran poli | vedmi | with amazing 29 images. Puran poli is a famous sweet Indian flat-bread. There is the
Kesar Elaichi Ice Cream
Recipe# 4007
03 Jun 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Rich and lusciously textured ice-cream made of the perfect combination of milk, milk powder and cream is sweetened just right and perked up with two of India’s most favourite and traditional flavours – kesar and elaichi. Popularly used in everything from kheer to sweets and milk shakes, these fantas ....
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
Recipe# 2011
01 Jul 20

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by Tarla Dalal
Get set to prepare the all-time favourite Bengali delight right in your own kitchen! We show you the whole process, right from curdling the milk to make fresh and succulent paneer, to making super-soft rasgullas from it, and soaking them in aromatic and spi ....
Kesar Pista Kulfi
Recipe# 41192
03 Jun 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Today, there are innumerable ice-cream varieties, from every part of the world, available at store shelves. However, the joy that the Indian palate experiences when a spoon of Kulfi rests on it, knows no bounds! Indeed, one of the most well-known desi ice-creams, the Kesar Pista Kulfi has a special ....
Jalebi
Recipe# 1991
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
This sticky, sugary, spice-tinged mithai is an all-time favourite in West and North India. It is so popular that for many, by default dessert means Jalebi! Deep-fried in ghee and resplendent with the goodness of saffron and cardamom, Jalebi is as rich as a
Rava Sheera, Sooji Ka Halwa, How To Make Sooji Halwa
Recipe# 33448
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
rava sheera recipe | suji ka halwa | sooji halwa | with 13 amazing images A wonderful quick Indian dessert, rava ....
Banana Pongal, Sweet South Indian Banana Porridge
Recipe# 32897
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a traditional South Indian treat, which is prepared during most religious functions, especially during the harvest festival of Sankrant . Of a consistency similar to khichdi, the Sw ....
Poha Ladoo
Recipe# 42475
25 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
For those of you who love traditional Indian mithai but do not have time to make elaborate ones, this Poha Ladoo is a dream come true. It is exceptionally easy to prepare but tastes simply awesome, with the rich and rustic flavours of jaggery and melted ghee. D ....
Mango Shrikhand, Aamrakhand
Recipe# 40817
25 May 20

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by Tarla Dalal
Like there are chocolate lovers, there are mango lovers too. They like everything mango-flavoured, from mousses and puddings to shakes and shrikhand! Here is how you can make rich and luscious Mango Shrikhand freshly at home. It calls for just common ingredients like curds, mango pulp, sugar and spi ....
Kurmura Chikki, Murmura Chikki Recipe
Recipe# 5015
25 May 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
murmura chikki recipe | kurmura chikki | puffed rice and jaggery bars | with 14 amazing images. A traditional treat that has withstood the test of time, murmura chikki, with its wonderful ....
Bread Gulab Jamun Recipe, Quick Indian Sweet
Recipe# 42125
25 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Festive occasions seem incomplete without at least one mithai but sometimes we are so busy we do not have time to prepare anything complex. The Bread Gulab Jamun is just right for such occasions. It gives the same results as traditional gulab ....
Mango Kulfi
Recipe# 4002
20 May 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Come summer, the strong aroma of mangoes captivates your senses even as you enter the market. It is simply impossible to leave without buying some. Fair enough, because this amazing fruit can be used to make a practically endless range of recipes – right from snacks to main course and of course, ....
Instant Rabri, Quick Rabdi
Recipe# 2794
20 May 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
instant rabri | quick rabdi | instant rabri with condensed milk | 12 amazing images. This is an instant recipe that uses bread to thicken the rabri almost instantly. It reduces the time and ....
Malpua Recipe ( Quick Shallow Fried )
Recipe# 1520
23 Sep 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Hot malpuas are irresistible, whether had plain or with a topping of cold rabadi . Try making this delightful treat at home itself, and with a slight twist. In this version, I have avoided deep-frying the malpua ....
Churma
Recipe# 3647
20 May 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
churma recipe | Rajasthani churma | traditional churma | choorma | with amazing 20 images churma recipe is the Rajasthani sweet accompaniment served with popular ....
Quick Kalakand
Recipe# 1989
13 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
quick kalakand | instant klalkand | kalakand sweet | kalakand made with paneer | indian mithai | with 18 amazing images quick kalakand ....
Chocolate Coconut Balls with Khoya
Recipe# 41461
03 Feb 17

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Chocolate Coconut Balls with Khoya is a no-cooking-required mithai that is delightfully easy while being extraordinarily delicious! Cocoa combines beautifully with the mellow taste and crunch of coconuts, while crumbled khoya adds to the richness of this sweet and improves the mouth-feel further ....
Shrikhand, Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand
Recipe# 2060
25 Jun 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
shrikhand recipe | keasr elaichi shrikhand recipe | with 20 amazing images. It is simply amazing how the humble dahi transforms into a mouth-watering shrikhand < ....
Besan Ladoo, Indian Mithai
Recipe# 2034
08 May 20

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by Tarla Dalal
besan ladoo recipe | besan ke ladoo | besan ladoo with step by step photos | with 20 amazing images. besan ladoo is one of the most popular mithai in Indian ....
Khubani ka Meetha, Hyderabadi Apricot and Custard Dessert Recipe
Recipe# 30976
07 May 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Khubani ka Meetha is the perfect dessert to serve after a sumptuous meal of Hyderabadi Biryani. It is a classic Hyderabadi dessert made with apricot and custard. A puree of delightfully sweet apricots with a hint of tang and sourness, is laced with Indian spices like cardamom and saffron, and ser ....
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