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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Sep 24,2020



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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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

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Peanut Chikki

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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)

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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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Recipe# 9596
19 Oct 03

 
 by l_ange2000
No reviews
A Bengali dessert delicacy, bhapa doi or sweet curd is a perfect sweet dish for parties and family gatherings. You can recreate the mithaiwalas magic at home with this simple sweet bhapa(steamed) doi recipe. Enjoy!
Recipe# 9791
16 Feb 05

 
 
by P_malathi
No reviews
It is very good for health and digestive system for kids.
add more jaggery if you like it more sweet.
add more ghee to make it more rich.
it can be stored in a refrigirator upto 3 days.
it has different tastes when served hot/chilled.
it tastes kind of kulfi when served chilled.
it ....
Recipe# 11991
17 Aug 11

 
 by mozetasha
No reviews
Discover an easy way of creating your own unique and tasty indian dessert recipe like beetroot ka halwa, dudhi ka halva and gulabjamun.
Recipe# 12028
30 Aug 11

 
 
by smithasrini
No reviews
Carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa is a north indian sweet dish prepared from grated gajar(or carrots) cooked with sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa is a favorite dessert served in north india ....
Recipe# 12088
12 Apr 01

 
 by ektanshu
No reviews
Give full attention while stirring as khuskhus tends to stick fast.
this halwa stays 3-4 days in summer and 7-8 days in winter without refrigeration.
Recipe# 12093
01 Oct 11

 
 by Foodie #20143
No reviews
Makhane ki kheer is a sweet dish recipe with lotus stem seeds or makhana cooked in sweetened and nutmeg flavoured milk. Devour this creamy and unique kheer recipe as a delicious dessert.
Recipe# 12099
28 Aug 01

 
 by deepsakshi
No reviews
Learn how to prepare the Indian traditional dessert favorite, kaju katlee at home.A sinful indulgence, kaju katli is made from cashewnuts, sugar,khoya, ghee and cardamom powder. The silver topped and diamond shaped kaju katlis are one of the special sweets which are relished on festivals.
Recipe# 12147
08 Oct 11

 
 by Niraja
No reviews
Moong dal halwa is a north indian sweet dish prepared from cooked dal and crushed nuts cooked with sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! moong dal halwa is a favorite dessert served in north india during winters garnished ....
Recipe# 12410
29 Jun 01

 
 by haseen36
No reviews
Venn Pongal is a South Indian savory preparation made from rice, lentils and spices. Pongal is an easy dish that is tasty but not too heavy on spice. Serve pongal as breakfast or meal with coconut chutney.
Recipe# 12653
12 May 01

 
 by Yamini Ramesh
No reviews
Sooji halwa is a North Indian sweet dish prepared from sooji ( rawa or semolina) sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet!
Recipe# 12711
19 Jul 01

 
 by avksagar
No reviews
Puran poli is a sweet delicacy prepared on many festive occasions in Maharashtra. Sprouts puranpoli is a nice variation of the traditional puranpoli recipe and includes mashed sprouts as filling. Its one of the favorite Indian sweet dishes and relished everywhere.
Recipe# 12827
15 Jun 01

 
 
by anarkassamali
No reviews
Badam halva -microwave method is an almond flavored mouth watering sweet dish prepared from crushed almonds cooked with sugar, mava and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! badam or almond halwa is a favorite dessert served on special oc ....
Recipe# 12944
07 Sep 12

 
 by palavi
No reviews
Truly a shahi (royal) dessert, as its name suggests, shahi tukray is a rich bread pudding recipe with dry fruits, flavored with cardamom. It's simple to make and a great sweet dish to be served on festivals and special days. Relish shahi tukray with kheer or rabdi.
Recipe# 13321
14 Mar 01

 
 by bhagyshree0
No reviews
Rice balls kheer is a traditional kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with cooked rice balls added to the milk during boiling. The rice balls are cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the milk to prepare an awesome healthy rice ball kheer or rice kheer.
Recipe# 14941
27 Dec 03

 
 by sumagandlur
No reviews
Quick kaju bari is an awesome recipe to create cashew nut flavoured mithai quickly within minutes. The sugar is made into a syrup and then mixed with cashew nut or kaju powder, saffron and ghee and then cut into diamond shapes and enjoyed decorated with silver vark.
Recipe# 15067
09 Apr 04

 
 
by kamalacute
No reviews
Seviyan payasam is a traditional payasam or sweetened milk based dessert recipe with the Seviyan or vermicelli as main ingredients. The Seviyan is cooked with milk and sugar and then served decorated with chopped nuts and elaichi powder.
Recipe# 15068
09 Apr 04

 
 by kamalacute
No reviews
Relish the Rava payasam prepared by simmering roasted rava or semolina with sweetened milk. The payasam is superb in taste, quite easy to prepare and is sure to leave your guests craving for more.
Recipe# 15069
25 Aug 11

 
 by kamalacute
No reviews
A fresh coconut flavoured coconut payasam recipe prepared form freshly grated coconut as ingredient. The payasam has the coconut cooked with milk and sugar and then served as a dessert after meals.
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