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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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Til and Dry Fruit Chikki
Recipe# 33114
28 Dec 18

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by Tarla Dalal
A tasty and energy-dense bar, which you ought to carry around in a small box in your handbag, if you tend to feel tired often! Rich in nutrients like protein, iron and vitamin E, this Til and Dry Fruit Chikki will beat fatigue and satisfy your sweet tooth in one shot. Nutritious jaggery ....
Coconut Chikki, Kopra Chikki Made in Jaggery
Recipe# 40999
05 Jul 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Coconut Chikki is quite unique in its flavour and texture. It is thinner than most other chikkis, has an exhilarating crispness, and the rich flavour of coconut and jaggery. Here is a detailed step-by-step recipe that shows you how to make Coconut Chikki at home. Keep all the required item ....
Pineapple Basundi
Recipe# 3603
10 Jan 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The rich and intense flavour of boiled milk tinged with enchanting spices like saffron and cardamom, is uniquely coupled with freshly-grated pineapple in this innovative Pineapple Basundi. The flavour of pineapple is quite strong in this dessert, as the fruit is grated rather than chopped. Make ....
Gajar ka Halwa, Microwave Gajar ka Halwa
Recipe# 2779
14 Nov 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
At restaurants, mithai shops, parties and weddings, Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa) is a wonderful addition to the spread, as nobody has enough grit to resist it! Indeed, the unique juicy texture of this halwa, its balanced sweetness and innate richness make it totally irresistible. Now, we shar ....
Double ka Meetha, Hyderabadi Dessert
Recipe# 42202
31 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A festive sweet from the rich Hyderabadi repertoire, the Double ka Meetha is a little on the sweeter side as the name suggests, but it is meant to be like that – rich and pampering, so go for it! Made with a unique mix of ingredients like bread, mava and ....
Apple Halwa
Recipe# 33090
21 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The mushy sweetness of cooked apples and the crunchy nuttiness of walnuts are a made-for-each-other match. Here, this admirable duo comes to you in the form of a tasty Apple Halwa prepared with sautéed apples, mawa and milk cooked with sugar and walnuts. While this gives the perfect flavour and text ....
Karanji Recipe, Rava Maharashtrian Karanji
Recipe# 42216
27 Oct 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
One of the best known traditional sweets of Maharashtra, the Karanji is a delightful treat of deep-fried plain flour shells loaded with a sweet and succulent filling of coconut, semolina, spices and nuts. As the crunchy shell gives way to the sweet stuffing, you are greeted by shades of spice, t ....
Peanut Ladoo Recipe, Indian Festival Dessert
Recipe# 42107
09 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This is an easy, no-fuss recipe to make an unbelievably tasty Peanut Ladoo – just what you need to satisfy your sweet tooth when it craves for something with a rustic charm! The rich, nutty flavour of coarsely crushed peanuts sweetened with sugar is accentuated by the aroma of ghee and the mild ....
Hyderabadi Lauki Kheer with Mini Rasgullas
Recipe# 41548
10 Mar 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a traditional Hyderabadi delicacy, which is served at weddings and other grand functions. This unique kheer is made with lauki but you will never be able to guess that when you taste it! Cooked with milk and mawa, and garnished with nuts, the lauk ....
Fruit Kulfi, Banana and Apple Kulfi
Recipe# 2853
26 Nov 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kulfi is an all-time favourite Indian dessert , which captivates us with its intensely milky flavour and spicy notes. You might have tried different variants of
Malai Peda, Diabetic Friendly
Recipe# 3475
20 Aug 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Here's the traditional Indian sweet made using a combination of low-fat and full-fat milk, as compared to the other sweets which are made only using low-fat milk. A combo of both the milk is what gives these pedas its required grainy texture. However, we have u ....
Kalakand ( Pregnancy Cookbook)
Recipe# 2999
20 Aug 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
If made in the traditional way, kalakand is a very time consuming and intricate mithai to make. I found a much easier way to make kalakand in a few minutes and believe me, it tastes just as good. Packed with calcium and
Baked Besan Gujiya
Recipe# 42011
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
The Baked Besan Gujiya is a crisp pocket of whole wheat flour dough stuffed with a rich mixture of roasted besan and nuts. This version of gujiya is interestingly healthier than the traditional version as it is baked rather than deep-fried. Yet, it has an amazing crispness that gives way to the ....
Rice Kheer
Recipe# 2040
19 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
rice kheer recipe | chawal ki kheer | Indian rice pudding | with 16 amazing images With the onset of the festive season, every other day there is a reason to prepare something sweet and tempting! Of the many
Gulab Jamun
Recipe# 2854
26 Nov 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Sweet and sour, salt and spice, every experience needs to be coupled with a complementary, often contrasting experience in order to bring out the best of both. Likewise, a chaat platter must be finished off with a rich dessert in order to complete the enjoyment. And, what better mithai can you choos ....
Mawa Kesar Roll, Khoya Kesar Roll
Recipe# 2063
16 May 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Another variation of mawa peda which resembles a Swiss roll and is attractive to serve for any festive Occasion like Diwali , Di ....
Nariyal Vadi, Naralachi Vadi, Maharashtrian Coconut Mithai
Recipe# 41950
03 Sep 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
A crunchy coconut treat with a sugary rush, this Nariyal Vadi is a Maharashtrian mithai that is worth trying in this festive season. It is easy to make but tastes just awesome – the creamy crunch of coconut is combined with the charm of mixed nuts and t ....
Paal Payasam in A Pressure Cooker, Sweet Milk Rice Kheer Recipe for Onam
Recipe# 41914
19 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Paal Payasam is one of the most traditional kheers of South India. It is served in almost every wedding and other special occasions. The traditional method, which involves cooking the rice in milk in a heavy-bottomed vessel, takes a long time. Hence, we present you with a quick and easy alternat ....
Baked Rasgulla, Bengali Sweet Dessert Recipe
Recipe# 8702
27 Jun 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Love rasgullas? Then, this Baked Rasgulla is just the right dessert for you. Made by baking rasgullas bathed in a creamy paneer mixture, this innovative dessert has a very nice mouth-feel and flavour, which will delight your taste buds. The aroma and flavour of spices like saffron and cardamom a ....
Golpapdi ( Healthy Snacks For Kids)
Recipe# 39170
14 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditionally made of whole wheat flour, easy and flavoursome Golpapdi can also be made more innovatively using a mix of jowar flour, soya flour and rice flour. Make them in advance and store in airtight containers so you can satisfy your hunger pangs with something sweet and healthy!
Quick Shrikhand
Recipe# 38947
23 Sep 14

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 by Tarla Dalal
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A dollop of gooey, creamy shrikhand laced with saffron and elaichi, topped with mixed nuts, and served with steaming hot puris – that’s something to yearn for! Now, with this quick shrikhand recipe, you don’t need to yearn for it; you can prepare it any time you feel like. However, remember it’s loa ....
Badami Kewra Sevaiyan
Recipe# 30975
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Seviyan is used by most of us to prepare kheer. This recipe uses almond paste for thickening the kheer. This paste also adds a different flavour. Essence of the highly scented kewra flower has been used as flavoring along with lots of chopped almonds. Kewra essence is readily available at most provi ....
Date Oats and Mixed Berries Granola Bars
Recipe# 41451
14 Dec 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
These yummy no-bake granola bars with crunchy almonds, tangy mixed berries, wholesome dates and creamy peanut butter will become your best friend, coming to your rescue whenever hunger strikes! The combination of ingredients in the Date, Oats and Mixed Berries Granola Bars is such that they bala ....
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