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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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 by Tarla Dalal
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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 ....
Amrit Modak
Recipe# 37207
21 Jan 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Wish to get into Lord Ganesha’s good books? Look no further. The Amrit Modak is inarguably his favourite food! Widely made during Ganesh Utsav, this delicious sweet treat is made using mawa, sugar and kesar. The tinge of saffron is quite noticeable and hence this is also called the Kesar Modak. ....
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 ....
Kaju Mysore Pak
Recipe# 2044
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Delicate honeycombs of cashewnuts, a true delicacy that simply melts in the mouth. Making this requires your full attention.
Quick Apple Cinnamon Rabdi
Recipe# 22629
21 Jan 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Milk is thickened with fresh bread crumbs to give you an instant rabdi. This is not the original recipe but one that's used to make a really creamy rabdi in a jiffy.
Kharek ka Halwa
Recipe# 2061
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This Kharek ka Halwa is like nothing you've ever tasted before! The combination of dry dates with full-fat milk gives this halwa a rich and intense texture, while an unusual combination of spices gives it a fabulous aroma and flavour. Although it is optional to add coriander seeds, we recommen ....
Dilkushar
Recipe# 3917
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This divine mithai is also called "Besan ki Chakki" or "Mohanthal". This is usually made at weddings and on special occasions. It is a complicated mithai to make and one needs a little practice to perfect this recipe. It is traditionally made with coarsely ground besan, so that the barfi has a nic ....
Gulab Jamun Kulfi
Recipe# 4000
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
It’s not uncommon to find ice-creams served with mithai like Gulab Jamun Jalebi Malpua, Gajar Halwa, etc. However, this desser ....
Meva Bati, Rajasthani Mawa Bati Recipe
Recipe# 2855
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Meva Bati is a rich North Indian mithai made by stuffing a mava based dough with a rich mixture of nuts and mava, and deep-frying the delicate, stuffed balls till golden brown. These Meva Batis are then soaked in sugar syrup for a while and served warm. You will love the crispness, balanced sw ....
Shahi Puran Poli, Indian Sweet Roti
Recipe# 8701
06 Dec 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
While the normal puran poli is made with a stuffing of sweetened coconut, the Shahi Puran Poli is a much grander version, made with sweetened and spice-tinged mawa inside. The polis made of whole wheat flour become very soft when cooked with a stuffing of mawa, which lends its rich milky taste a ....
Kesari
Recipe# 1751
21 Feb 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kesari is a wonderful low-calorie dessert made of milk solids blended with icing sugar and spices. A generous garnish of chopped almonds and pistachios adds to the rich-feel of this saffron-tinged sweet.
Apple Jalebi ( Eggless Desserts Recipe)
Recipe# 1117
20 Aug 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Batter-coated apple rings fried till crisp and coated with fragrant saffron-flavoured sugar syrup… doesn’t that sound heavenly? it is! apple jalebi is nothing short of a delicacy, especially if served immediately after preparation. To make sure your jalebis are perfect, you need to be tactful when d ....
Garam Golpapdi
Recipe# 4943
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This dish is also called sukhadi in some parts of Gujarat. This is a version of Golpapdi , that is served warm and not cut into the traditional diamond shaped cubes. The trick to making this version is to add the gur after the wheat and ghee ....
Mawa Kachori, Khoya Kachori, Mawa Sweet Samosa
Recipe# 3648
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Jodhpur is famous for its Mawa Kachoris. Rich dry fruit and mawa (khoya) stuffed crisp deep- fried kachoris are coated in sugar syrup. These kachoris are a welcome treat at any time of the day. These sweet kachoris are often called "gujjias" and are a "must have" for the
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