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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Oct 26,2020



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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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
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Paal Payasam, South Indian Rice Kheer
Recipe# 32884
10 Jan 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Quick Rose Sandesh
Recipe# 40525
24 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sandesh, the melt-in-the-mouth Bengali delicacy, becomes all the more special when you make it with a mild flavouring, like rose or orange. Here, we show you how to make a Quick Rose Sandesh using readymade paneer. The lilting aroma and flavour of rose make ....
Doodhi ka Halwa ( Microwave Recipe )
Recipe# 33953
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A traditional mithai that everybody has a reason to like—some for the taste, some for the goodness of doodhi and milk, and some for the warm feeling it instills on a rainy day! I know some busy-bees who would stop over at a sweetmeat stall, have a cup of halwa and a
Low Calorie Gajar Halwa
Recipe# 4078
07 Jul 15

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by Tarla Dalal
Like the evergreen filmy numbers of the 70s, Gajar Halwa is a traditional hit you cannot resist! However, even a single serving can be dynamite for weight-watchers, as it is loaded with ghee and khoya. Here is a Low-Calorie Gajar Halwa that will please your palate at just 109 kcal and 4.8 gm o ....
Quick Orange Sandesh
Recipe# 40526
25 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A yummy, melt-in-the-mouth treat with the contrasting flavours of milk and orange! The traditional Bengali mithai, Sandesh, is made more exciting by the addition of orange squash, which gives a lively dimension to it. We have made this Quick Orange Sa ....
Shahi Rabri,  How To Make Shahi Rabri
Recipe# 4935
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Thickened milk flavoured with saffron and cardamom. Making rabri has never been so easy. The condensed milk helps to thicken the rabri quickly, while the cottage cheese helps to add body and flavour to the rabdi. It is necessary to use unsalted paneer for this recipe as salted paneer will caus ....
Phirni
Recipe# 1111
08 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Quick Churma Ladoos ( Churma Laddu)
Recipe# 22633
21 Jan 10

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 by Tarla Dalal
Preparing churma is usually a time consuming process, which requires a long cooking procedure to eliminate the raw smell and get a rich aroma. Here is a really unique quick-fix, which involves powdering leftover rotis and using that coarse powder along with jaggery, ghee and nuts to prepare re ....
Kesari Milk
Recipe# 4833
20 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Some traditional recipes have a timeless charm, and Kesari Milk is one such. Brimming with calcium from milk and nuts, this healthy drink is so flavourful with strong hints of saffron that it is sure to be loved by kids, adults and elderly people as well. When preparing the Kesari Milk for adults, y ....
Malpua Recipe ( Indian Dessert)
Recipe# 2037
16 May 11

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by Tarla Dalal
Like Rasgulla in Bengal and Mysore Pak in the South , Malpua is an evergreen hit in the northern parts of the country. Whether ....
Saffron Chenna Pie ( Microwave Recipe )
Recipe# 33955
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Fresh and soft paneer has a light yet rich feel. Add saffron to that, and the scales definitely tilt in favour of luxury even though this innovative pie does not have maida, ghee, or any such heavy ingredients. Even the amount of sugar used is relatively less. Moreover, the microwave makes it very e ....
Sevaiyan ki Kheer ( Microwave Recipe)
Recipe# 35102
22 Feb 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sevaiyan (vermicelli) ki kheer is a recipe that has withstood the test of time and geographies, being a favourite all over the country. Nickname it noodles kheer, and your kids will slurp it up too!
Seb ki Kheer
Recipe# 30974
23 Nov 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Thought the only dessert you could make with apples is apple pie? Well think again! This Mughlai recipe of apples cooked with sugar, milk and raisins and flavoured with saffron, cardamom and rose water is a treat for all your senses. Rubbing the saffron with your fingertips while dissolving it in t ....
Carrot and Cashewnut Payasam, Protein Rich Recipe
Recipe# 33244
12 Mar 09

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Carrot and Cashewnut Payasam, protein plays an important role in vision. Opsin a type of protein combines with retinal (a form of vitamin A) to form visual pigment called rhodopsin. Lack of protein in diet can affect this process. Hence this payasam is a perfect combination as carrots are rich ....
Low- Fat Kulfi with Strawberry Sauce
Recipe# 4079
07 Jul 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Tradition meets innovation in this creative Low-Fat Kulfi with Strawberry Sauce. Sure to earn the praises of all your guests and family members, the visually appealing dessert is very low in fat despite the creamy likeness to authentic kulfi. This is because adding citric acid to low-fat milk ....
Chenna Rabri, Chenna Rabdi
Recipe# 1065
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Chenna, made at home by curdling full-fat milk, is thickened and sweetened to make a delicious Chenna Rabri. With aromatic hints of saffron and cardamom, this rabri is a delightful dessert all by itself, but adding chopped fruits to it before refrigerating makes it all the more irresistible. ....
Jaripalla Churma
Recipe# 3646
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Churma is a word that has become synonymous with Rajasthani cuisine. Jaripalla Churma is a richer version of the regular churma, claimed to be influenced heavily by Marwari style of cooking with lavish ingredients like dry fruits, saffron and khoya. A combination of flours deep-fried in ghee gives t ....
Gulab Jamun Cutlet
Recipe# 39596
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Does the word cutlet immediately bring to your mind images of a crisp and spicy treat? While this Gulab Jamun Cutlet is tangentially different, you will love this just as much in its own special way. Delicate deep-fried rolls made with crumbled hariyali mava, nuts and spices bound together with a pr ....
Three Flour Golpapdi
Recipe# 22440
11 Nov 08

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 by Tarla Dalal
An effective energiser, this Three Flour Golpapdi is perfect to carry in the dabba to office or school to catch up on energy levels quickly. It is also a healthy way to indulge your sweet tooth. Wholesome flours of ragi, soya and whole wheat along with jaggery make this a protein an iron packed snac ....
Sweet Potato Puranpoli
Recipe# 3606
05 Feb 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A healthy version of the traditional calorie laden puranpolis. Sweet potatoes have been used instead of dal to minimize the sugar used. Cardamom powder, nutmeg and saffron add to the pleasing aroma of these low-fat puranpolis. Enjoy them with low fat milk instead of ghee for a sweet ending!
Kesar Malai Kulfi
Recipe# 2031
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditional Kesar Malai Kulfi, with the unadulterated aroma of condensed milk and spices is truly a treat for your senses. The rich flavour and fragrance imparted by saffron and cardamom linger in your taste buds for a long time after you have finished this refreshing dessert, making this the perfec ....
Ghevar with Rabri
Recipe# 3913
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A honeycomb shaped delicacy made using plain flour and ghee that has originated in Rajasthan. Ghevars are usually large in size approx. 200 mm. Or 250 mm. (8" or 10") squares or rounds and are either sweetened with syrup or served topped with sweet rabri (i. e. thickened milk). Lakshmi M ....
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