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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Dec 13,2019



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# 36979
16 Mar 17

 
 by Rehana Khambaty
No reviews
A delicious mithai made using rice and pineapple! Cinnamon, cardamom, dates , raisins and saffron add to the taste and flavour.
Recipe# 37014
31 Jul 12

 
 
by sarita nagdev
No reviews
These laddoos so easy to make,no need to cook,just simply mix the ingredients,n ready to eat lajawab meethey meethey laddoos .Its so easy that even the person who don't know the cooking can make it.
Recipe# 36187
23 Feb 12

 
 by damyantiben
No reviews
Traditional srikhand an all time favourite of many is falvoured with milk masala powder.
Recipe# 35121
11 Jun 11

 
 by Foodie #529417
No reviews
In Maharashtra.. ganapati festival feast is synonymous with modak. These beautifully shaped modaks are mouthwatering its lord ganesha’s favourite food…
Recipe# 35308
13 Jul 11

 
 by LOPA SHAH
No reviews
Kheer is generally made from rice which is too time consuming, here is instant kheer which is made from poha which takes very less time in cooking in comparision to rice kheer. So what you are waiting for? try this new version of tasty and yummy kheer.
Recipe# 35693
13 Nov 11

 
 by Ankita Jain
No reviews
Mesur Pak, it is a sweet dish and can be prepared on occasions. Easy to make and the ingredients are readily available in your kitchen.
Rasabali
Recipe# 34054
18 Jan 11

 
 by Palak Rajput
No reviews
Rasabali is a sweet oriya dish made of milk. Paneer is made into balls, lightly flattened and deep fried till golden brown. The deep fried paneer are immediately soaked in thickened milk and garnished with chopped nuts.
Karanji
Recipe# 34116
26 Sep 11

 
 by Amarendra Mulye
No reviews
Karanji is a traditional maharashtrian sweet made during the festive occasion of diwali. Non-maharashtrians call it fried dumplings stuffed with a sweet mixture of fresh coconut and sugar. Karanji is also known as gujiya. Karanjis can be stored for weeks. Some people add semolina or khava in the fil ....
Halwa Lajwab-wheat and Bajra
Recipe# 34246
20 Feb 11

 
 
by Sushila Jora
No reviews
Halwa Lajwab-wheat and Bajra, bajra and wheat flour based halwa. You can also try any other flours of your choice to make this halwa.
Recipe# 34353
30 Oct 18

 
 by Chishti
No reviews
Dhaka Delight, a delectable blend of curdled milk, semolina, milk powder and kewra go into making this yummy, innovative sweet treat. Coconut complements the sweet taste of the these colourful chenna balls that are deep-fried and dipped in sugar syrup.
Recipe# 42712
26 Nov 18

 
 by ANITA BURDE
No reviews
A traditional Diwali Sweet which you can enjoy for a week. Saath ha is made with just 3 ingredients - maida, ghee and sugar. Flattened maida are deep fried, which are then dipped in sugar syrup.
Recipe# 41317
18 Dec 16

 
 by Sambit Ray
No reviews
A marbel cake is a typical cake in which a mixture of darker-color ingredients are swirled into a light cake batter to create a marbling effect. Most of the recipe for baking require and oven. But here I will give a description where it can be made without an oven.
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