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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Sep 24,2020



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 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 ....
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
Microwave Makai Jajaria, Sweet Corn Dessert
Recipe# 4942
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Makai Jajaria is a creamy dessert of grated sweet corn cooked in milk and sweetened with sugar. A touch of cardamom and a garnish of almonds adds to the appeal of this dish, helping it rise to the top of everybody ....
Pista Khaja
Recipe# 4976
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Mithai khaja is a traditional sweet made with maida and ghee, sometimes stuffed with khoya or dry fruits, deep fried in ghee and then dunked into a fragrant saffron-flavoured sugar syrup. There are different kinds of khaja - depending on the stuffing. There's malai khaja, mawa khaja, pista khaja et ....
Honey Laced Baskets with Kulfi
Recipe# 5010
17 Apr 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This is a very versatile recipe - the baskets make a great addition to many desserts.
Stuffed Malpuas with Paneer and Strawberry in Saffron Syrup
Recipe# 1119
20 Aug 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Just plain malpuas can be very tasty, but Stuffed Malpuas in Saffron Syrup is far, far beyond the normal! Once Malpuas are immersed in saffron syrup, they become softer and tastier. Add to this a stuffing made of strawberry, almonds, raisins and cottage cheese, and you have a rich treat on th ....
Carrot Pancakes with Rabri
Recipe# 1112
20 Aug 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
A unique east-west blending of Desserts Carrot halwa, a sweetmeat popular all over India, rolled within freshly made pancakes, topped with thickened milk and baked in a casserole.
Mixed Fruit Sandesh
Recipe# 1114
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Ingenuity transforms readily available ingredients into an exotic creation that is beyond all comparison! Using paneer and icing sugar enables you to prepare this popular Bengali favourite within minutes, while kewda ess ....
Rose Falooda (  Cooking with Kids)
Recipe# 2568
20 Aug 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
You might have picked rose falooda from the menu so often when dining out with your parents. Have you ever imagined it can be made so easily at home? get set with the required ingredients, and you can put this together in a jiffy for yourself and your friends.
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