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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Oct 02,2020



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.

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So, from the sweets served and gifted at a wedding or other celebration, you can easily find out which region the host is from!

 Mysore PakMysore Pak

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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.

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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

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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.

Malai KulfiMalai Kulfi

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.

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While Sweet Pongal is prepared down South, Maharashtrian Puran Poli and Peanut Chikki are prepared in the West.

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Peanut Chikki

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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!

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From the Cored Apples with Kesar and Rabdi to the Paan Shots, you can try delightfully innovative sweets, to share with your loved ones when you visit each other.

Cored-Apples-with-Kesar-and-RabdiCored Apples with Kesar and Rabdi

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.

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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.

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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)

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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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Boondi Payas
Recipe# 3919
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
An interesting version of kheer in which sweet boondis are used to thicken and flavour the milk. It is important to remember to cool the milk completely before you add the boondi so that the boondi stays whole. If you add it into hot or warm milk it is sure to disintegrate giving you a besan flavour ....
Doodhiya Kheech
Recipe# 3920
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This dish is very popular in Udaipur from where it is said to have originated. Its texture is similar to that of rabdi although wheat is used to thicken this dessert. "Kheech" refers to a "mashed texture" that is almost like porridge. As wheat and milk are rejuvenating foods that provide plenty ....
Motichoor Ke Ladoo
Recipe# 3916
05 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
motichoor ladoo recipe | how to make perfect motichur ladoo | motichoor ke ladoo | For many of us Diwali just seems incomplete without motichoor ke ladoo! Indian mithai reinforces the mood ....
Almond Payasam
Recipe# 32885
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Any dish made using almonds is unfailingly rich, quite befitting royalty! keep the spices such as cardamom to a minimum in this recipe, so as to highlight the creamy, soothing texture and flavour of almonds. Authentic ‘badam kheer’ made the south indian way omits cardamoms and nutmeg and uses a pinc ....
Mawa Karanji, Gujiya Recipe
Recipe# 41207
11 Sep 20

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by Tarla Dalal
mawa karanji recipe | gujiya | khoya karanji | mawa gujia is a famous Indian mithai most often made during Holi and Diwali. Learn how to make khoya karanji. < ....
Seb ki Jalebi, Apple Jalebi Recipe
Recipe# 6486
07 Jul 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Try this different, yet delicious jalebis made of apple rings. Apple rings are dipped into a fermented batter and deep fried and soaked in a saffron-flavored sugar syrup. Crispy and syrupy, serve it with slivers of pistachios and almonds. Mmmm…yummy! Treat your family to a dinner of Delhi ka Za ....
Rose Sandesh
Recipe# 7473
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Although Sandesh, one of the all-time favourite amongst Bengali Sweets , can be made quickly using readymade paneer, nothing can match the texture you get with soft, homemade paneer. And, all it will take you is a few minutes longer to curdle the milk and ....
Fresh Fruits Stuffed Rasmalai
Recipe# 2429
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Fresh Fruits Stuffed Rasmalai is a dessert beyond comparison, a creation that has to be experienced to be understood! The rich, milky flavour of succulent rasmalai is complemented beautifully by a fruity stuffing, and enhanced further by a topping of masala milk. When you refrigerate the assem ....
Semiya Payasam, Vermicelli Kheer
Recipe# 32883
14 May 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Roasted vermicelli, cooked in a pot of sweetened milk, laced with cardamom and garnished with dry fruits is a delightful addition to any menu, especially a traditional South Indian meal. It is funny to hear some elders still referring to the
Pineapple Sandesh, Paneer Mithai with Pineapple
Recipe# 2075
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
One of the most traditional Indian mithais gets a fruity twist in this recipe. By mixing chopped canned pineapples with this paneer-based sweet, we balance the dairy flavour and introduce an exciting tanginess that makes it appeal to everybody. We have used c ....
Kulfi and Jalebi Sundae
Recipe# 39712
23 Sep 14

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by Tarla Dalal
When mithai and malai come together, what you get is a glass full of delight! Here is an innovative yet quick dessert of malai kulfi topped with jalebis and falooda sev, drizzled temptingly with rose syrup. The Kulfi and Jalebi Sundae is a dessert perfectly suited to the desi palate, pampering the d ....
Doodhi Kheer
Recipe# 39600
30 Oct 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
When sautéed in ghee, bottle gourd sheds its raw smell and takes on a rather rich aroma, which fits perfectly into a milky kheer. The addition of milk powder helps to bring about a luxuriant feel to the milk without requiring to boil it for a long time, while cardamom powder and almond garnish ....
Baked Boondi with Rabri
Recipe# 1534
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Sweet boondi is drowned in rabdi, laced with spices and nuts, and baked in an oven. What you get, is just incomparable to any dessert you might ever have tasted so far! Baked Boondi with Rabdi combines the intensely milky flavour of rabdi with the charming aroma of cardamom and speckles of swe ....
Sitafal Phirni
Recipe# 39585
20 Sep 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Classic rice phirni enhanced with custard apple pulp, the Sitafal Phirni has a memorable flavour that lingers in your taste buds. The sweet and soothing fragrance of custard apple that fills the air as soon as you open the bowl, doubles your confidence in the power of this dessert to captivate all d ....
Sugar Free Shrikhand, Low- Fat Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand
Recipe# 3474
20 Aug 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Who does not love the traditional charm of Shrikhand? Now, for all those diabetics who crave for this delightful dessert but cannot have it, here is a Sugar Free Shrikhand recipe, which you can enjoy occasionally in small portions. This creamy delicacy is full of the goodness of curds, but sans ....
Kulfi and Fruit Ice Cream
Recipe# 4006
20 Aug 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Any mention of Kulfi immediately brings to mind the rich flavour of condensed milk laced with spices. We discovered that this amazing desi flavour also blends beautifully with fruity notes! Yes, here we present Kulfi and Fruit Ice-Cream, a fabulous dessert that combines the timeless charm of Kulfi w ....
Dry Fruit Gola ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )
Recipe# 33449
06 Apr 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Dry fruit gola, tu hi tu, tu hi tu, satrangi re… look out for the seven colours of the rainbow on your favourite gola! golas, made from crushed ice laced with sherbets of different flavours, are a relief from the scorching heat. Crushing machines keep churning out the ice, to be merged with various ....
Mixed Fruit Shrikhand, Healthy Diabetic Recipe
Recipe# 33703
20 Aug 08

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 by Tarla Dalal
Shrikhand is no longer out of reach of diabetics! This delectable Mixed Fruit Shrikhand keeps the fat in check by using low-fat curds and replacing sugar with sugar substitute. Apart from bringing in ample nutrients, the fruits also increase the fibre count of this dessert. Try and avoid peeling ....
Makai ka Halwa
Recipe# 30973
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a unique halwa made of grated sweet corn sweetened with sugar and flavoured with spices like cardamom and saffron. Milk gives the Makai ka Halwa a very rich flavour while grated coconut improves the mouth-feel. Although it is a unique recipe, it still has a traditional touch to it. This ....
Mango Barfi
Recipe# 1525
03 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Making Mango Barfi can be back-breaking work if you do not know the right shortcuts such as this! Using readymade khoya and mango pulp makes the job simpler and faster, as you do not have to cook the milk for hours. ....
Quick Shahi Tukda
Recipe# 4734
28 Mar 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Shahi tukda is one of the most popular Indian desserts. True to its name it is a ‘shahi’ delight! Pieces of bread are dipped in delicious saffron flavoured sugar syru ....
Bhapa Doi, Bengali Sweet
Recipe# 4941
21 Feb 20

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by Tarla Dalal
bhapa doi recipe | instant Bengali bhapa doi | bhapa doi in microwave | with 8 amazing images. Yummmmm! bhapa doi, an all-time favourite, traditional Bengali sweet is now ready in minutes. ....
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