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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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Recipe# 13365
16 Aug 11

 
 by jayashri
No reviews
Learn how to prepare the aval payasam with milk and poha or rice flakes. The rice flakes are cooked with milk and sugar and then chilled with grated nuts as topping. A perfect festival dessert item.
Recipe# 13371
29 Sep 11

 
 by MONITA
No reviews
Preparing the popular and everybody's favorite kulfi ice-cream is now made simple with this easy and quick kulfi recipe. Try this traditional and authentic kulfi recipe with full cream milk , sugar and flavors of your choice.
Recipe# 13384
21 Mar 01

 
 by heena20003
No reviews
Strawberry phirni is a Kashmiri cuisine inspired phirni recipe with fresh strawberry pulp added. An awesome dessert recipe with a typical strawberry flavor, strawberry phirni is simply irrestible!
Recipe# 13397
22 Jul 16

 
 by akilamani
No reviews
Prepare the creamy 1-2-3 barfi in minutes with condensed milk, grated coconut and sugar. The 1-2 -3 barfi can be cut into any interesting shapes and sizes as per your choice and garnished with pista or almond slivers.
Recipe# 13401
26 Nov 00

 
 by ranjana
No reviews
Quick and easy kaju burfi recipe at tarladalal.com. The burfi is cooked with condensed milk, sugar and crushed Cashewnuts or kaju. A special dessert for festivals and parties.
Recipe# 13417
18 Oct 00

 
 
by ayeshatalat
No reviews
The creatively designed sweet potato ka halwa is a lovely variation to the traditional Indian sweet dish called halwa. The sweet potato halwa is prepared from boiled and mashed sweet potatoes, sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom.
Recipe# 13430
23 Aug 11

 
 by mangala-rao
No reviews
Chana dal halwa is an indian sweet dish prepared from cooked chana dal, sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be relished with chopped nuts as garnishing!
Recipe# 13433
23 Sep 11

 
 
by divyasamvit
No reviews
Vermicelli kheer is a creative kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with vermicelli or seviyaan added to the milk during boiling. The roasted vermicelli are cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the milk to prepare an awesome seviyan or vermicelli kheer. An unique sweet dish recipe to entice one and all.
Recipe# 13446
28 Dec 00

 
 by willnajijo
No reviews
The mouthwatering fruit flavoured banana halwa is a simple and quick sweet dish prepared from mashed ripe bananas, and crushed dried fruits cooked with sugar and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be also served as a sweet snack.
Recipe# 13448
18 Oct 00

 
 by meenal72
No reviews
An authentic recipe to prepare the dessert queen rice kheer in an easy and quick way. The rice is cooked with milk and sugar and served chilled with chopped nuts as garnishing.
Recipe# 13451
01 Jan 00

 
 by gayathri
No reviews
Khus khus kheer presents an innovative kheer recipe with ground khus khus or poppy seeds. The thick creamy and delicious khus khus kheer is sure to make all occasions a special one.
Recipe# 13460
06 Aug 15

 
 by gattu
No reviews
Prepare the magical sweet delicacy, Kalakand with this easy and quick to prepare quick Kalakand recipe. The crumbled and mashed fresh chenna or cottage cheese is mixed together with sugar, milk powder, elaichi and flavoured with saffron to create the wonderful mithai, Kalakand. Serve soft and rich K ....
Recipe# 13464
31 Oct 00

 
 by ksreemathy
No reviews
Tasty and quick apple kheer is a popular kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with grated apples boiled with the milk . The grated apples are cooked with sugar and elaichi powder in the milk to prepare the quick and creamy apple kheer.
Recipe# 13466
03 Oct 11

 
 by sr1511
No reviews
Preparing the kid's favorite mango kulfi ice-cream is made simple with this mango kulfi recipe! prepare this mango kulfi recipe with full cream milk , sugar and freshly prepared mango puree. Serve mango kulfi as dessert in birthdays and parties, topped with fresh mango slices.
Recipe# 13489
01 Apr 01

 
 by alafiya
No reviews
A traditional Indian dessert made from walnuts which are crushed, mawa and sugar, walnut pak is enriched with the goodness of walnuts and sure to make every occasion a special one!
Recipe# 13494
27 Sep 11

 
 by made4theweb
No reviews
A yellow colored kesari is a sweet preparation or dessert recipe prepared by cooking semolina or rava with saffron or kesari. The addition of whole spices like cloves and cardamoms in the delicious kesari along with chopped nuts and sugar makes kesari a much sought after dessert recipe.
Recipe# 13500
23 Sep 11

 
 by manishacook
No reviews
Jatpat kheer is a quick recipe to prepare the sweetened rice based milk recipe. Also known as payasam, this rice kheer can even be prepared with semolina or vermicelli.
Recipe# 13514
05 Apr 01

 
 by veenalokesha
No reviews
Rice payasam or rice kheer is prepared by mixing rice with condensed and sweetened milk. A traditional kheer or payasam recipe, rice payasam is best served cold, garnished with chopped nuts.
Recipe# 13528
10 Dec 00

 
 by uma sharma
No reviews
Traditionally malai malpuas are made from thickened milk or rabdi but this recipe is of instant malpuas which uses cream and can be prepared quickly. An excellent festival dessert item , malpuas are simply amazing.
Recipe# 13531
01 Oct 11

 
 by setaram
No reviews
An unique variation to the typical halwa recipe, makhana ke halwa is prepared from soaked makhanas, ghee and sugar. A simple and quick dessert item, makhane ke halwa is best enjoyed with chopped nuts as topping.
Recipe# 13534
21 Jan 01

 
 by dalmiakavita
No reviews
Rasgulla delight offers a traditional syrupy chenna or freshly prepared cheese based dessert of Bengal, rasgulla which is served in a bed of melted vanilla ice cream. Find many easy and tasty dessert recipes, mithai recipes at tarladalal.com.
Recipe# 13555
05 Feb 01

 
 by ANITHA
No reviews
The Indian sweet delicacy ,rasmalai offers a simple and quick recipe for preparing the soft and mouthwatering rasmalai at home.The chenna based sweet balls or flat rasgullas are simmered in a sweetened creamy milk mixture and relished chilled after meals.
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