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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Nov 28,2019



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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Halim Ladoo,  Halim Laddu
Recipe# 39650
02 Dec 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Do you know that 100 grams of garden cress seeds offers 100 mg of iron? Who would have thought that this tiny seed is a goldmine of iron! Halim Ladoo is a traditional Maharashtrian sweet made with iron-rich garden cress seeds. Other ingredients like j ....
Besan Ladoo, Indian Mithai
Recipe# 2034
28 Nov 19

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by Tarla Dalal
besan ladoo recipe | besan ke ladoo | besan ladoo with step by step photos | with 20 amazing images. besan ladoo is one of the most popular mithai in Indian ....
Mysore Pak
Recipe# 2043
27 Nov 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Mysore pak | soft mysore pak recipe | Indian sweet mysore pak | easy homemade mysore pak recipe | with 22 amazing images This delicious
Peanut Ladoo,  Quick Peanut Laddoo
Recipe# 42045
26 Nov 19

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by Tarla Dalal
peanut ladoo recipe | singdana ladoo | peanut laddu | quick and easy peanut ladoo | with 13 amazing images. Peanut ladoo is a popular
Paan Shot
Recipe# 40139
22 Nov 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
paan shots recipe | betel leaves drink | paan sharbat | paan drink | with amazing 12 images. The Paan Shot is a mouth-watering combination of paan and rose gulkha ....
Doodh Pak, Gujarati Doodh Pak
Recipe# 634
20 Nov 19

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by Tarla Dalal
doodh pak recipe | Gujarati doodh pak | Parsi doodh pak | with amazing 20 images. Doodh pak is a semi-thick mithai, brimful with the goodness of milk. The milk is simmered for a while; then ....
Imarti, How To Make Imarti
Recipe# 2052
14 Nov 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Imarti, known in some places as Amriti, is an amazing mithai from Uttar Pradesh. A smooth batter of urad is piped out of a cloth bag to make nice, ring-shaped tubes, which are cooked in ghee till crisp and then dipped in sugar syrup. It takes a bit of practice to pipe the batter directly into ....
Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa
Recipe# 4102
13 Nov 19

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by Tarla Dalal
Many a shortcut there might be, but sometimes the traditional method of making a mithai yields the richest taste! This authentic recipe of Gajar Halwa proves that! Made with grated carrots, khoya, milk, dry fruits and ghee, this halwa has a divine taste and aroma that take you to another world. ....
Mawa Peda, Quick Mava Peda, Khoya Peda
Recipe# 2057
04 Nov 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
mawa peda recipe | quick mawa peda | khoya peda | with 16 amazing images. Festival or no festival, Indians love sweets! And, with the festival season just around the corner, the search for easy but tasty sweets like ....
Mohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal Mithai
Recipe# 2047
03 Nov 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
mohanthal | traditional gujarati mohanthal | rajasthani mohanthal | with 30 images. Mohanthal is a traditional Gujarati mithai with the ....
Jowar Golpapdi for Kids
Recipe# 3078
30 Oct 19

 
 
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 ....
Unni Appam, Mini Sweet Appam
Recipe# 32887
28 Oct 19

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by Tarla Dalal
unniyappam recipe | unni appam | mini sweet appam | quick unniyappam | banana appam | with 24 amazing images. South Indian unniyappam ....
Badam ka Halwa
Recipe# 3915
26 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A delicacy rooted in Indian tradition, Badam Halwa is indispensable for celebrations of any kind. It is good to have on normal days too! Infact, grandmas unfailingly advice their grandchildren to have a spoonful of this wholesome halwa every morning, all through the winter. This is one delicious mor ....
Date and Nut Slices
Recipe# 1755
25 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Easy, quick, irresistibly delicious – that describes the Date and Nut Slice best of all. A mouth-watering combo of dates and condensed milk cooked in butter is further enhanced with a generous dose of mixed dried fruits, all of which is then prepared into handy-sized slices. Store it in an < ....
Sitaphal Basundi, Custard Apple Basundi
Recipe# 42775
23 Oct 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
sitaphal basundi recipe| custard apple basundi | sitaphal rabdi | with 15 amazing images. Sitaphal basundi is a rich and delicious mishtan of thickened milk, variation to plain
Kesar Peda
Recipe# 40033
22 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kesar Peda has a characteristic opulence about it, with the dominant flavours of saffron and cardamom lacing the intense richness of mava. By using readymade mava we have brought down the cooking time required to make this traditional mithai. You still have to plan ahead when you want to prepare ....
Coconut and Rava Ladoo  ( Laddu)
Recipe# 36287
22 Oct 19

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by Tarla Dalal
With the chewy texture of coconut, the rich flavour of roasted rava, the crunch of nuts and dried fruits, and the intense aroma of spices, this Coconut and Rava Ladoo is a mouthful of delight that nobody can resist! Although the procedure is a little long, requiring a spot of cooking and a perio ....
Rice Kheer
Recipe# 2040
19 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
rice kheer recipe | chawal ki kheer | Indian rice pudding | with 16 amazing images With the onset of the festive season, every other day there is a reason to prepare something sweet and tempting! Of the many
Kaju Puri
Recipe# 2427
17 Oct 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
kaju puri | kaju badam puri | Indian mithai – kaju puri | cashew cookie | with 37 amazing images Kaju Puri consists of cashewnuts, almonds, sugar cardamom powder ....
Gil-e- Firdaus, Hyderabadi Rice Kheer
Recipe# 41438
22 Sep 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Gil-e-Firdaus is an elaborate but memorable sweet dish, which is made commonly in Hyderabad during festivals and weddings. Sago and coarsely-crushed rice are cooked in milk and perked up with a range of ingredients like bottle gourd, nuts, condensed milk and cashew paste to get a lusciously crea ....
Modak, Steamed Modak,  Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi
Recipe# 4950
20 Sep 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
modak | steamed modak | Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi recipe | modak made with mould | modak handmade recipe | with 20 amazing images. Here is the
Instant Rabri, Quick Rabdi
Recipe# 2794
19 Sep 19

 
 
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 ....
Chocolate Modak, Ganpati Recipe
Recipe# 42021
17 Sep 19

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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 ....
Basundi ( Gujarati Recipe) Recipe - How To Make Basundi
Recipe# 633
14 Sep 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
basundi | gujarati basundi | how to make basundi Gujarati basundi is a rich and delicious Gujarati mishtan of thickened milk, very sim ....
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