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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# 13657
10 Jun 11

 
 by deepukittu
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An easy sweet dish recipe, caramel halwa is rich in taste and looks. The caramel halwa recipe is sure to make everyone drool over and ask for more.
Recipe# 10500
07 Nov 02

 
 
by paulachand
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Carrot halwa or Gajar ka halwa is a North Indian sweet dish prepared from grated gajar (or carrots) cooked with sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet! Carrot halwa or Gajar ka halwa is a favorite dessert served in North Indi ....
Recipe# 15070
21 Aug 11

 
 
by kamalacute
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A lovely kheer or payasam recipe, carrot payasam is not only rich in taste and looks, but also high in health benefits. The grated carrots makes for an unique combination in the milk and is best enjoyed with chopped nuts and raisins as garnish
Recipe# 9566
21 Aug 11

 
 by lavisrini
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South indian delicacy. . . Mouthwatering and delicious smelling chakkara pongal. Try this recipe, you will surely love this!
Recipe# 13430
23 Aug 11

 
 by mangala-rao
No reviews
Chana dal halwa is an indian sweet dish prepared from cooked chana dal, sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be relished with chopped nuts as garnishing!
Recipe# 39028
30 Nov 13

 
 by Radha Hoizal
No reviews
Chana Dal Rice Kheer is South Indian delicacy prepared mainly on the festive days. This recipe is ambrosia for all sweet lovers, especially those fond of kheer.It is sweetened with jaggery and condensed milk and flavoured with elaichi powder.
Recipe# 14869
08 Mar 01

 
 by alpana_f75
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A festive special dessert item, Chenna Malpua is amazing with the crisp malpuas dipped in sugar syrup and then served hot with rabdi or thickened malai.
Recipe# 37134
03 Aug 12

 
 by Radha Hoizal
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This is a combination of chocolate,walnuts and mava.Enjoy htis rich dessert and prepare it for the upcoming Janmastmi to please the Lord...
Recipe# 15569
26 Sep 04

 
 by usmishra
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Add cholia paste, sugar, ghee and milk to prepare the tasty Cholia halwa. Sprinkle the cardamom powder over the hala and enjoy as desset or a sweet healthy snack.
Recipe# 15069
25 Aug 11

 
 by kamalacute
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A fresh coconut flavoured coconut payasam recipe prepared form freshly grated coconut as ingredient. The payasam has the coconut cooked with milk and sugar and then served as a dessert after meals.
Recipe# 40227
26 Jun 15

 
 by Dr. Kalpana Chauhan
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This summer, replace the unhealthy outside ice-creams and kulfies with this sweet and enamoring Coconut Rabdi. This coarse-textured dessert is a yummy, innovative sweet treat devoted to my little baby.
Recipe# 40485
28 Oct 15

 
 by Rekha Ghadawala
No reviews
Coconut Sago Pudding with Toasted Coconut is an unusual pudding for fasting days. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Recipe# 13851
25 Aug 11

 
 by bhavnahk
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Condense milk kulfi presents a no fuss and hassle free way of preparing the kulfi using condensed milk. Add nuts or flavours of choice to the kulfi and enjoy topped with badam or pista.
Recipe# 16465
17 Oct 06

 
 by kalpanakalpana
No reviews
Tasty and sweet halwa recipe made with cornflour and sugar. A delicious indian dessert.
Recipe# 14864
29 Sep 11

 
 by shubaraj
No reviews
A popular creamy malaidar kulfi recipe is basically a traditional indian ice cream recipe with thickened and sweetened milk cooked with chopped nuts and fresh cream.
Recipe# 13466
03 Oct 11

 
 by sr1511
No reviews
Preparing the kid's favorite mango kulfi ice-cream is made simple with this mango kulfi recipe! prepare this mango kulfi recipe with full cream milk , sugar and freshly prepared mango puree. Serve mango kulfi as dessert in birthdays and parties, topped with fresh mango slices.
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