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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Oct 02,2020



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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Recipe# 11270
21 Oct 01

 
 by prashi
No reviews
An easy and simple recipe to prepare the delicious Indian dessert, anjir pak from dry figs,mawa and sugar. The flavourful dessert item with the goodness of anjeer or dried figs,Anjir pak is sure to be loved by all!
Recipe# 11990
16 Aug 11

 
 by m13g
Apple halwa is a fruit flavored mouth watering and healthy sweet dish prepared from grated apple fruit slices cooked with sugar, mava and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! apple halwa is a special dessert which can be served on specia ....
Recipe# 11674
16 Aug 11

 
 by bhaviniparekh2001
No reviews
Delicious apple kheer is a creative kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with grated apples boiled with the milk. The apples are cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the milk to prepare an awesome apple kheer.
Recipe# 40484
28 Oct 15

 
 
by Rekha Ghadawala
No reviews
Apricot Coconut Balls are crunchy sweet and tangy. Orange juice and lemon zest add a nice flavour, while the coconut and walnuts a nice crunch to these crunchy balls. Enjoy anytime.
Recipe# 13365
16 Aug 11

 
 by jayashri
No reviews
Learn how to prepare the aval payasam with milk and poha or rice flakes. The rice flakes are cooked with milk and sugar and then chilled with grated nuts as topping. A perfect festival dessert item.
Recipe# 12827
15 Jun 01

 
 
by anarkassamali
No reviews
Badam halva -microwave method is an almond flavored mouth watering sweet dish prepared from crushed almonds cooked with sugar, mava and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! badam or almond halwa is a favorite dessert served on special oc ....
Recipe# 10124
16 Aug 11

 
 by sumagandlur
No reviews
Badushah is a sweet dish recipe or mithai item prepared by blending together wheat flour balls which are flattened and fried. The badushah are soaked in a sugar syrup and served warm garnished with crushed pistachios.
Recipe# 40036
14 Mar 15

 
 by supriya006
Bajra is mainly made of starch, a high-energy food. Since it takes longer time to break-down starch, bajra is a long-acting source of energy that keeps you full for a longer time.
Recipe# 39731
01 Jul 15

 
 
by PRACHI AGARWAL
No reviews
Baked Kesari Moong Dal Gujiya, moong dal, mava, nuts, coconut and hints of nutmeg and cardamom go into the stuffing of this traditional favourite sweet. Unlike the traditional gujiyas that are deep fried, these are baked with a brushing of saffron-milk which gives it a nice aroma and flavour.
Recipe# 41093
07 Aug 16

 
 by Debosruti Ghosh
No reviews
Rasgulla is a Bengali delicacy and here the rasgulla is baked and is a kind of modification of the traditional rasmalai.
Recipe# 41098
01 Aug 16

 
 by Tamannagoel
No reviews
Baked yogurt is a very light, creamy and sweet dessert. A Bengali dessert made with minimum effort and with simple ingredients!
Recipe# 13446
28 Dec 00

 
 by willnajijo
No reviews
The mouthwatering fruit flavoured banana halwa is a simple and quick sweet dish prepared from mashed ripe bananas, and crushed dried fruits cooked with sugar and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be also served as a sweet snack.
Recipe# 11293
29 Nov 16

 
 by faju
No reviews
Chopped bananas with cooked with coconut and mixed nuts to form a yummy dessert. Serve hot or cold.
Recipe# 10179
27 Dec 03

 
 by sumagandlur
No reviews
It's important to remember to use a fully ripe pineapple because an unripe fruit will require a lot more sugar thus adding on unnecessary calories.
Recipe# 9596
19 Oct 03

 
 by l_ange2000
No reviews
A Bengali dessert delicacy, bhapa doi or sweet curd is a perfect sweet dish for parties and family gatherings. You can recreate the mithaiwalas magic at home with this simple sweet bhapa(steamed) doi recipe. Enjoy!
Recipe# 14300
07 Oct 02

 
 by kondai_1972
No reviews
Boondi basant is as exotic in taste as in looks. The boondis are simmered in a delicious coconut based tomato gravy which makes for a great accompaniment to rice or rotis. Top the boondi basant with roasted cashew to impart that extra taste and richness to this recipe.
Recipe# 10160
27 Dec 03

 
 by sumagandlur
No reviews
Boondi ladoo is a traditional laddu recipe of boondi or small fried balls made from gram flour. The besan boondi are mixed with ghee, sugar and cardamom and blended together in the ladoos. Boondi laddu is a tasty and healthy laddoo( sweet ball) recipe.
Recipe# 40550
07 Dec 15

 
 by sush neyveli
No reviews
A usual payasam but with a different taste made with bread. start avoiding usual mixes and try this for a change. u will surely love it
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