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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Dec 11,2019



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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Happy Cooking!


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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 ....
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.
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.
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.
Makai Jajaria ( Pressure Cooking )
Recipe# 33373
16 Feb 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Makai jajaria, an innovative dessert made with tender sweet corn, this can be made with 15 minutes in th pressure cooker, unlike the long- drawn kadhai cooking process!
Makai Jajaria ( Microwave Recipe )
Recipe# 33954
20 Aug 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
I don’t know whether it is the weather, the palace-laden ambience, the sight-seeing, or the smell of roasted jeera. But, the land of namkeens makes you hungry! incidentally, rajasthan is not just famous for its fried snacks, but also for its royal sweets, which are not always difficult to make. Here ....
Carrot and Cashew Payassam
Recipe# 32886
20 Aug 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Perhaps the healthiest of payasam recipes, this is an interesting way to give your family a vitamin a rich health boost!
Baked Boondi Gulab Jamun
Recipe# 37323
15 Mar 13

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This unusual baked combination of rich rabdi, readymade gulab jamun and boondi makes a fantastic dessert option that you can make in just a few minutes!
Shahi Tukra ( Punjabi Khana)
Recipe# 36353
17 Jul 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Shahi tukda is a rich dessert and it lives up to its name. Pieces of bread that have been deep fried till golden brown and crisp are topped with the very popular rabdi and garnished with loads of dry fruits and some varq.
Stuffed Apples with Rabri
Recipe# 36106
03 Sep 18

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Baby apples poached in a saffron-flavoured sugar syrup are stuffed with a mixture of cottage cheese and pistachios and served with rabdi.
Punjabi Rabri Or How To Make Punjabi Rabdi
Recipe# 36355
17 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Rabdi, which is basically a thickened milk and sugar mixture, is one of the most versatile bases used to prepare loads of punjabi desserts. When prepared in large quantities, rabdi can take some time to cook though it is worth all the effort. Rabdi can be eaten hot of chilled. Using full ....
Sukhi Sevaiyan ( Punjabi Khana)
Recipe# 36357
17 Jul 12

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
In india there are numerous desserts that call for the use of vermicelli, but this simple dessert is a popular one in punjab. Traditionally, vermicelli was made at home, but now a variety of vermicelli are readily available at most stores. The kind that is absolutely right to use for this recipe is ....
Bread Gulab Jamun Recipe, Quick Indian Sweet
Recipe# 42125
19 Dec 18

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Festive occasions seem incomplete without at least one mithai but sometimes we are so busy we do not have time to prepare anything complex. The Bread Gulab Jamun is just right for such occasions. It gives the same results as traditional gulab ....
Poha Ladoo
Recipe# 42475
29 May 18

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
For those of you who love traditional Indian mithai but do not have time to make elaborate ones, this Poha Ladoo is a dream come true. It is exceptionally easy to prepare but tastes simply awesome, with the rich and rustic flavours of jaggery and melted ghee. D ....
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