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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# 41108
30 Aug 16

 
 
by chandni sitlani
No reviews
Layered sweetened mawa mixture and gajar ka halwa rolled like a Swiss roll and cut into pieces make an attractive and tempeting dessert.
Recipe# 41216
31 Oct 16

 
 by Pooja Nadkarni
No reviews
Kalakand is a Indian soft milk cake which is prepared by condensing the milk to thick consistency . Though it is a long process, it is totally worth preparing for any occasion.
Recipe# 40872
21 May 16

 
 
by Uma Pandit
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Summer in India is synonymous to mango for foodies .... Sandesh is one of the fabulous dessert in Bengal .I make here norom paak aam sandesh , which is really delicious in my family . Paak means cooked .The kneaded channa which is cooked very little to achieve a melt in mouth is called NOROM PAAK . ....
Recipe# 40877
22 May 16

 
 by Radha Hoizal
No reviews
Mango Coconut Halwa, as delicious blend of mango, dalia, coconut and cream. This halwa can be enjoyed hot or cold.
Recipe# 40902
30 May 16

 
 by setseeani
No reviews
Summer season is the season of Mangoes. You can make Mango Barfi with fresh ripe mangoes or you can even use the preserved Mango Pulp.
Recipe# 40911
30 May 16

 
 
by dr neerj
No reviews
In North India Mango phirni is is also known as aam ki phirni. Mango phirni is an ultimate rich, creamy, silky smooth dessert in a bowl.Traditional Phirni is a festive sweet dish prepared with full fat milk, fragrant rice like basmati, sugar and cardamom.To give a crispy , nutty and fruity twist to ....
Recipe# 41087
14 Aug 16

 
 
by Malpat
No reviews
Palm Candy, known as Panam kalkandu in Tamil, though unrefined, is purely natural, so good for health unlike refined white sugar. It cleanses the system, has antioxidants, promotes muscles and has vital minerals. It is good for sore throat also.Sago, called Sabudhana in Hindi and Tapioca pearls ....
Recipe# 41093
07 Aug 16

 
 by Debosruti Ghosh
No reviews
Rasgulla is a Bengali delicacy and here the rasgulla is baked and is a kind of modification of the traditional rasmalai.
Sooji Gujiya
Recipe# 39753
23 Oct 14

 
 by Dhara Mehta
No reviews
A healthy twist to normal mava laden gujiyas.Sooji acts as a good substitute for mava and its taste will not be compromised at all .Its great for all those who are not able to digest mava easily or are allergic to it .
Recipe# 39862
18 Dec 14

 
 by meera girdhar
No reviews
As Winter started some nutritional supplement is required for the family and Panjiri is the perfect snack. Panjiri is an Indian sweet snacks from Punjab region. It is made from the whole wheat flour roasted in pure ghee and loaded with dry Fruits. It helps us to beat extreme winters, so to keep your ....
Recipe# 39971
21 Jan 15

 
 by Cherrie
No reviews
Winters. The very mention of this season brings a magnitude of things to one's mind - woolens,tweeds,boots and FOOD! The very mention of FOOD catches my attention. There is a section a food items, common in households across India, that is made only in winters, namely-goond ka ladoos, gur chakki, be ....
Recipe# 39986
29 Jan 15

 
 by Dhara Mehta
No reviews
Sweetness of malpua and goodness of til combined together to form best dessert for the month of Jan . Til being warm for body are good in winter months .
Recipe# 40087
21 Apr 15

 
 by Rashi Srivastava
No reviews
Milk powder and cornflour gives the Shahi Kheer a very creamy texture and it also reduces time to thicken the milk. Paneer gives it a wonderful flavour.This kheer is so creamy and flavourful that after every you will want for more.
Recipe# 40150
11 May 15

 
 by Rashi Srivastava
No reviews
It's a very healthy burfi which you can prepare any time and give to your loved ones.Peanuts and sesame seeds give extremely nice flavor n bit of crunchiness.
Recipe# 40227
26 Jun 15

 
 by Dr. Kalpana Chauhan
No reviews
This summer, replace the unhealthy outside ice-creams and kulfies with this sweet and enamoring Coconut Rabdi. This coarse-textured dessert is a yummy, innovative sweet treat devoted to my little baby.
Recipe# 40425
08 Oct 15

 
 by Neevkanak
No reviews
Tasty Coconut Kheer, wE usually make it in diwali. The combined taste of coconut and khoya gives the kheer a good taste and a special festive flavour.
Recipe# 40484
28 Oct 15

 
 
by Rekha Ghadawala
No reviews
Apricot Coconut Balls are crunchy sweet and tangy. Orange juice and lemon zest add a nice flavour, while the coconut and walnuts a nice crunch to these crunchy balls. Enjoy anytime.
Recipe# 40485
28 Oct 15

 
 by Rekha Ghadawala
No reviews
Coconut Sago Pudding with Toasted Coconut is an unusual pudding for fasting days. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Kiwi Fruit Sandesh
Recipe# 40505
17 Nov 15

 
 by Alkajena
No reviews
Sandesh being an inherent part of Bengali culture and festivity, became a 'messenger' of auspicious news creating an atmosphere of celebration and jubilation in Bengali households. Sandesh is a very popular Bengali sweet made with fresh homemade paneer or chenna. The traditional sandesh is made with ....
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