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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Nov 28,2019



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! 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.

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.

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 Apple Rabdi to the Paan Shots, you can try delightfully innovative sweets, to share with your loved ones when you visit each other.

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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Happy Cooking!


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Recipe# 40036
14 Mar 15

 
 by supriya006
Bajra is mainly made of starch, a high-energy food. Since it takes longer time to break-down starch, bajra is a long-acting source of energy that keeps you full for a longer time.
Recipe# 39734
18 Jun 15

 
 by sbhatter05
Layered, flaky and crisp with a mava and dry fruit stuffing, Malai Khaja is an all time favourite traditional sweet.The sugar syrup gives it a mild sweet taste.
Recipe# 41097
07 Aug 16

 
 by Debosruti Ghosh
Mango Rasmalai, this is one of the summer delicacies. In India mango is everyone's favorite fruit. So here is a sweet dish made from our very own favourite fruit mango.
Recipe# 37139
03 Dec 16

 
 
by sripriya goswami
This is very easy way to make mesub at home. Everyone can make this without any hustle. Mesub is a traditional Indian sweet dish.
Peanut Chikkis
Recipe# 9914
22 Mar 17

 
 by preekar
Peanut Chikki is a traditional sweet preparation across India and is usually made by jaggery and peanuts or ground nuts blended together. A nutritious and easy to prepare peanut chikki is a favorite among children. Try other chikki recipes like Mixed Til Chikki
Recipe# 40807
25 Apr 16

 
 
by swagatika patra
Lassi is one of the most delicious smoothie prepared with yoghurt flavoured with finest fruits and purest spices. It is considered as a traditional drink all over in India. Here I have prepared lassi in a traditional style with a little twist.
Recipe# 13346
17 Mar 01

 
 by ritubanthia
A traditional Indian dessert , goondh pak made from goondh (edible gum),mawa and sugar,goondh pak makes every occasion a special one! Share and recommend your favorite dessert recipe, pak recipe online.
Paan Ki Ladoo- Betel Leaves and Coconut Fudge
Recipe# 40509
17 Nov 15

 
 by Alkajena
Coconut Ladoos are one of the sweets that can very easily be made for any festival. These can be made using fresh coconut or desiccated coconut. I have given this simple coconut ladoo which can be made instantly with two ingredients only i,e, condensed milk and desiccated coconut has been give ....
Apple Phirni
Recipe# 16027
16 Aug 11

 
 by chitvish
Apple phirni presents a novel phirni recipe with grated apples and rice flour cooked with boiling milk and sugar. A creamy delicious phirni recipe with crushed nuts and almond slivers as garnish.
Mohanthal
Recipe# 14914
08 Oct 11

 
 by flying chef
A treat for the palate, the mohanthal happens to be one of the very popular indain sweet dish recipes. The easy way for preparing this dessert item, mohanthal which is a favorite for auspicious occasions and festivals is presented in this simple and tasty mohanthal recipe.
Recipe# 11990
16 Aug 11

 
 by m13g
Apple halwa is a fruit flavored mouth watering and healthy sweet dish prepared from grated apple fruit slices cooked with sugar, mava and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! apple halwa is a special dessert which can be served on specia ....
Recipe# 9009
30 Sep 18

 
 by seetha
Since it is cooked in milk totally, does not require mava which normally does not suit some and lasts longerand healthy. Children enjoy eating this with chappatis. Hope you will try this. Enjoy eating.
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