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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# 40872
21 May 16

 
 
by Uma Pandit
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Summer in India is synonymous to mango for foodies .... Sandesh is one of the fabulous dessert in Bengal .I make here norom paak aam sandesh , which is really delicious in my family . Paak means cooked .The kneaded channa which is cooked very little to achieve a melt in mouth is called NOROM PAAK . ....
Recipe# 40516
20 Nov 15

 
 by Pooja Nadkarni
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Ladoo or laddu is one of the popular sweets prepared during festivals in India. Earlier I had prepared rava ladoo and coconut meva ladoo.Today I have prepared these nutty whole wheat ladoos , where I have used powdered cashew nuts mixed with whole wheat atta (flour) to give it more taste.This recipe ....
Recipe# 11289
23 May 02

 
 by rajikutty
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Pal kozhukkattai is an authentic South Indian payasam or kheer recipe with rice flour balls simmered in a thick coconut based sweet syrup.
Recipe# 39862
18 Dec 14

 
 by meera girdhar
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As Winter started some nutritional supplement is required for the family and Panjiri is the perfect snack. Panjiri is an Indian sweet snacks from Punjab region. It is made from the whole wheat flour roasted in pure ghee and loaded with dry Fruits. It helps us to beat extreme winters, so to keep your ....
Recipe# 9010
01 Jan 00

 
 
by ashakq
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A rajasthani preparation, Lauki ke gatte brings a nice twist to a traditional gatte ki subzi recipe. Bottle gourd (lauki) blends well with besan gattas and curd based gravy. A nutritious main course Marwari dish.
Recipe# 10122
30 Jun 16

 
 by sumagandlur
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Peda, a quick version of the traditional Indian sweet flavoured with cardamom and garnished with pistachios. Make them for festive occassions like Ganesh Chaturthi and Daserra.
Recipe# 9258
09 Jul 05

 
 by pokemonstones
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Pedha is a popular Indian sweet dish or mithai available at stores across India. Now you can recreate the same magic of pedha at home with this easy to prepare, delicious pedha recipe. Learn to make delicious and sumptuous pedha and other Indian sweets and desserts at tarladalal.com.
Recipe# 9309
01 Jul 06

 
 by cookingtime4g3
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Learn an easy way to prepare tasty traditional Punjabi pinni at tarladalal.com.The pinni is prepared by tossing wheat flour with ghee and sugar. This Punjabi sweet delicacy is best served hot with crushed cardamom and shaped like balls.
Recipe# 9925
21 Oct 03

 
 by amshumaan
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Whenever we have to clean vessels in which milk has been boiled, we find that the sides of the vessels are difficult to clean. for this, you can use an used toothbrush dipped in vim bar. the stains will come off quite easily.
Recipe# 10408
07 Sep 02

 
 by kalyanig
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Pongal rice is a South Indian rice preparation with vegetables, rice, lentil and spices.A South Indian take on popular khichdi recipe, pongal rice is often served with sambhar or coconut chutney. A sweet variation of pongal rice is also popular.
Recipe# 10861
09 May 02

 
 by v_anushree
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A payasam recipe with a nice twist. Poppy seeds payasam or kheer is condensed milk cooked with ground poppy seeds or khus khus, sugar and cardamoms. An unique creamy kheer recipe with an irrestible taste.
Recipe# 12088
12 Apr 01

 
 by ektanshu
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Give full attention while stirring as khuskhus tends to stick fast.
this halwa stays 3-4 days in summer and 7-8 days in winter without refrigeration.
Recipe# 12711
19 Jul 01

 
 by avksagar
No reviews
Puran poli is a sweet delicacy prepared on many festive occasions in Maharashtra. Sprouts puranpoli is a nice variation of the traditional puranpoli recipe and includes mashed sprouts as filling. Its one of the favorite Indian sweet dishes and relished everywhere.
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