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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.

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

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.

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.

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

Peanut-Chikki
Peanut Chikki

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 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.

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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Rasgulla ( Quick Recipe)
Recipe# 38687
Yesterday

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Bread and Butter Pudding, Eggless Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe
Recipe# 1309
Yesterday

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Bread and butter pudding is a popular, easy-to-make British dessert. It also happens to be a hot favourite at Mumbai’s Irani restaurants. You start by making a custard-like sauce, pour it over bread, top it with raisins and nuts, sprinkle a bit of brown sugar and butter to get crunchy coat, an ....
Modak, Steamed Modak,  Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi
Recipe# 4950
28 Sep 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Malai Barfi
Recipe# 40032
28 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A little smartness is all it takes to make traditional favourites easily at home. Malai Barfi, for instance, can be made quite speedily and easily at home by using readymade mava. While the mithai does require a day to cool, you can eliminate the many back breaking hours of work in the kitchen by us ....
Shrikhand, Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand
Recipe# 2060
28 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Nuts Khoya Ladoo
Recipe# 2428
28 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Rich and easy are terms that are not easily associated together, but you will be surprised to find that this recipe is absolutely fuss-free yet fascinatingly rich! This creamy and nutty ladoo, made with mawa, paneer, dry fruits and nuts is very easy to make and involves no cooking. It is more of ....
Rice Kheer
Recipe# 2040
28 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Kaju Katli, Kaju Katli Recipe with Step By Step Photos
Recipe# 39996
25 Sep 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Kaju Katli is an all time favourite traditional mithai, but one that is feared by most people for the time it takes to prepare. If you follow this recipe meticulously, you will be pleasantly surprised by how easily and quickly you can prepare Kaju Katli at home! Although it takes a few hours to set, ....
Lavang Latika, Bengali Labang Latika
Recipe# 2048
25 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Petha
Recipe# 2049
23 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Halim Ladoo,  Halim Laddu
Recipe# 39650
22 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Mohanthaal ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 635
20 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Mohanthaal is another famous sweet from the gujarati repertoire. This sweet needs to be prepared with tact, as the one-thread sugar syrup is the foundation stone for the success of this recipe. If overdone, the dish loses its colour and taste. Also, the mava that imparts the softness to this sweet s ....
Mango Shrikhand, Aamrakhand
Recipe# 40817
19 Sep 20

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by Tarla Dalal
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Seviyan ki Kheer, Vermicelli Kheer Recipe
Recipe# 36781
19 Sep 20

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seviyan ki kheer | vermicelli kheer recipe | jhatpat seviyan kheer | eid seviyan kheer | sev in kheer | with step by step images. seviyan ki k ....
Sitafal Phirni, Custard Apple Phirni
Recipe# 2041
17 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
sitafal phirni recipe | custard apple phirni | sitafal kheer | sitafal firni | sitafal phirni is a classic Indian dessert which leaves the lingering taste for hou ....
Nachni Ladoos, Ragi Ladoo, Recipe for Pregnancy
Recipe# 22452
15 Sep 20

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Paneer Kheer (  Diabetic Recipe)
Recipe# 7471
12 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Satisfy your sweet tooth with this cardamom-flavoured low-fat Paneer Kheer. By replacing traditional sweeteners with sugar substitute, and by doing away with unhealthy thickeners, we ward off those unnecessary carbohydrates and calories too. So, you can enjoy the rich texture and wonderful flavour o ....
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. < ....
Instant Rabri, Quick Rabdi
Recipe# 2794
11 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
instant rabri | quick rabdi | instant rabri with condensed milk | 12 amazing images. This is an instant recipe that uses bread to thicken the rabri almost instantly. It reduces the time and ....
Basundi ( Gujarati Recipe) Recipe - How To Make Basundi
Recipe# 633
09 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
basundi | gujarati basundi | how to make basundi Gujarati basundi is a rich and delicious Gujarati mishtan of thickened milk, very sim ....
Rasgulla Mithai, Bengali Style Rasgulla
Recipe# 2005
07 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
rasgulla recipe | Bengali rasgulla recipe | rasgulla at home | chhena rasgulla | with amazing 21 images. rasgulla is a milk based popular Indian dessert orginated ....
Jowar Golpapdi for Kids
Recipe# 3078
07 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
jowar golpapdi for kids | sukhadi for kids | golpapdi for toddlers | wit 13 amazing images. A flour-based mithai from Gujarat, golpapdi is a hot favourite with most people because it is n ....
Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake
Recipe# 42242
31 Aug 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Chocolate Modak, Ganpati Recipe
Recipe# 42021
25 Aug 20

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by Tarla Dalal
Ganpati loves kids and kids love Ganpati, so let’s combine their favourites and make an all-new mithai! The Chocolate Modak is an all-new sweet delight in which a mouth-watering mix of chocolate, milk, cream, nuts and crushed biscuits is set in modak moulds to make soft, chocolaty modaks that an ....
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