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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# 11374
18 Jul 01

 
 by Foodie #20917
No reviews
Tender coconut kheer is a creative kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with tender coconut pulp added to the milk during boiling. The tender coconut are cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the coconut milk to prepare an awesome coconut kheer.
Rasgulla
Recipe# 11547
23 Jan 01

 
 by vinodsharma
No reviews
A traditional syrupy chenna or freshly prepared cheese based dessert of Bengal, rasgulla is a popular Indian sweet or mithai recipe. Find many easy and tasty dessert recipes, mithai recipes at tarladalal.com.
Recipe# 11549
23 Jan 01

 
 
by vinodsharma
No reviews
Rice kheer or also known as payasam is a traditional kheer(sweetened milk)recipe with raw rice added to the milk during boiling. The rice gets cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the milk to prepare an awesome healthy chawal ki kheer or rice kheer.
Recipe# 11559
29 Aug 11

 
 by vinodsharma
No reviews
Dudhi halwa is a north indian sweet dish prepared from grated doodhi(also known as bottle gourd or lauki) cooked with sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet!
Recipe# 11580
07 Aug 15

 
 by vinodsharma
No reviews
Gulab Jamun is a very popular Indian sweet loved by all. A sweet treat to that can be devoured in just one bite. Hariyali mava which is traditionally used to make Gulab jmauns is not easily available everywhere, so instead of mava, I have used milk powder, cream and maida to make this delicious swee ....
Recipe# 11665
03 Jun 02

 
 
by BHAVINIPAREKH2001
No reviews
White pumpkin basundi is a delicious Indian desert recipe with grated white pumpkin boiled in milk with sugar and served chilled with almond flakes as topping.
Recipe# 11674
16 Aug 11

 
 by bhaviniparekh2001
No reviews
Delicious apple kheer is a creative kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with grated apples boiled with the milk. The apples are cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the milk to prepare an awesome apple kheer.
Phirni  By Pooaryan
Recipe# 11723
13 Oct 11

 
 by pooaryan
No reviews
The sweet dish, phirni is a kashmiri cuisine inspired dessert recipe with rice flour added to milk and sugar. An awesome dessert recipe with a typical cardamom flavor, thick and creamy phirni is simply irrestible!
Orange and Pear Stuffed Kalakand
Recipe# 40510
18 Nov 15

 
 
by Alkajena
No reviews
India is a diverse nation and its diversity is reflected in its foods which every state has to offer. Every Indian state is known for its own set of traditional sweets . But Kalakand is one such sweets which is relished by one and all. This is one of the most scrumptious sweet in North and Eas ....
Recipe# 40513
20 Nov 15

 
 
by Pooja Nadkarni
No reviews
Boondi is a Rajasthani snack made from fried chickpea flour. It is normally prepared sweet and can be also prepared plain. Non sweetened boondi can be used to prepare raita which has yogurt and boondi mixed together. To prepare spicy boondi, the batter is mixed with spices and salt before fryi ....
Recipe# 40514
20 Nov 15

 
 
by Pooja Nadkarni
No reviews
Mysore Pak was first prepared for the King of Mysore (City of Karnataka, India) and was called as ‘Mysore Paka’. Paka in Kannada means a sweet concoction. It was made using gram flour(besan)ghee and sugar. Now this sweet is prepare everywhere in India during festival like Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, N ....
Recipe# 40516
20 Nov 15

 
 by Pooja Nadkarni
No reviews
Ladoo or laddu is one of the popular sweets prepared during festivals in India. Earlier I had prepared rava ladoo and coconut meva ladoo.Today I have prepared these nutty whole wheat ladoos , where I have used powdered cashew nuts mixed with whole wheat atta (flour) to give it more taste.This recipe ....
Recipe# 40853
16 May 16

 
 
by Preity Bhatia
No reviews
Mango Kulfi, mango and kulfi, both are an all time fafourite with young and old alike. So here is a summer special kulfi with a mango flavour. A perfect desert to enjoy when mangoes are in season.
Recipe# 40543
02 Dec 15

 
 by Jyoti V B
No reviews
Mini Anjeer Paratha, the stuffing is a combination of dry figs and khoya. Tastes yummy. Figs are high in iron fibre and calcium.
Recipe# 40550
07 Dec 15

 
 by sush neyveli
No reviews
A usual payasam but with a different taste made with bread. start avoiding usual mixes and try this for a change. u will surely love it
Recipe# 40567
20 Dec 15

 
 
by Uma Pandit
No reviews
Strawberrie malai sandesh is a favorite delicacy of my family . l make it all time when I am happy or sad . The addition of cardamom powder give it a beautiful aroma making it an irresistible treat ........
Recipe# 40595
23 May 16

 
 by Radha Hoizal
No reviews
Stuffed Chikki Cone, an innovative chikki recipe. Sesame cones are stuffed with a mixture of dates and cashewnuts and garnished with colourful vermicelli. Innovative and attractive chikkis to give and serve for festive occassions like Sankrant and Raksha Bandhan.
Recipe# 40601
22 Jan 16

 
 by Radha Hoizal
No reviews
Chikki are usually high up in the air during sankranti season.We usually make til and groundnut chikki.Let us try kaju chikki this uttarayan.
Recipe# 40657
22 Feb 16

 
 by Jyoti V B
No reviews
This is a quick recipe. The combination of green peas, condensed milk and cardommom is delicious and loved by all. Instead of using Gajar or Suji, I tried making the halwa with Green Peas and it turned out to be delicious! Green Peas have a wonderful texture, and health-promoting nutrients.
Recipe# 41098
01 Aug 16

 
 by Tamannagoel
No reviews
Baked yogurt is a very light, creamy and sweet dessert. A Bengali dessert made with minimum effort and with simple ingredients!
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