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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# 13464
31 Oct 00

 
 by ksreemathy
No reviews
Tasty and quick apple kheer is a popular kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with grated apples boiled with the milk . The grated apples are cooked with sugar and elaichi powder in the milk to prepare the quick and creamy apple kheer.
Recipe# 14941
27 Dec 03

 
 by sumagandlur
No reviews
Quick kaju bari is an awesome recipe to create cashew nut flavoured mithai quickly within minutes. The sugar is made into a syrup and then mixed with cashew nut or kaju powder, saffron and ghee and then cut into diamond shapes and enjoyed decorated with silver vark.
Recipe# 9791
16 Feb 05

 
 
by P_malathi
No reviews
It is very good for health and digestive system for kids.
add more jaggery if you like it more sweet.
add more ghee to make it more rich.
it can be stored in a refrigirator upto 3 days.
it has different tastes when served hot/chilled.
it tastes kind of kulfi when served chilled.
it ....
Recipe# 13781
10 Dec 02

 
 by gargsuchi
No reviews
Quick ras malai is a quick and easy way of preparing the Bengali dessert delicacy, ras malai at home. This festive fare, rasmalai can be prepared with rasgullas simmered in thickened and sweetened milk.
Recipe# 38928
24 Oct 13

 
 
by damyantiben
No reviews
A gluten free, warmth providing and healthy sweet for your family. It is especially good for diabetics, lactating mothers, children and grand parents and for those who are allergic to wheat.
Recipe# 14874
28 Feb 04

 
 by pearlie
No reviews
The popular Bengali sweet dish, Rasagola's can now be prepared at home by following the easy to prepare rasgulla recipe. The chenna balls are cooked in sugar syrup and then flavoured with rose water and served as dessert after meals.
Recipe# 40902
30 May 16

 
 by setseeani
No reviews
Summer season is the season of Mangoes. You can make Mango Barfi with fresh ripe mangoes or you can even use the preserved Mango Pulp.
Recipe# 37947
24 Feb 13

 
 by damyantiben
No reviews
This is a simple recipe inspired from our angoori basundi. Good for summers. And making it with mango pulp will make it a festive day for all at home. To make it more festive top it with soft white butter or fresh scoop of ice cream and nuts.
Recipe# 11087
01 Feb 02

 
 
by Foodie #48100
No reviews
(1)do not tie the paneer in a cloth and press for rosogullas and rasmalai. just hold under running water, press out extra water and knead gently with fingers not palms. always use freshly made paneer from cow's milk for best results.
Recipe# 13555
05 Feb 01

 
 by ANITHA
No reviews
The Indian sweet delicacy ,rasmalai offers a simple and quick recipe for preparing the soft and mouthwatering rasmalai at home.The chenna based sweet balls or flat rasgullas are simmered in a sweetened creamy milk mixture and relished chilled after meals.
Recipe# 13534
21 Jan 01

 
 by dalmiakavita
No reviews
Rasgulla delight offers a traditional syrupy chenna or freshly prepared cheese based dessert of Bengal, rasgulla which is served in a bed of melted vanilla ice cream. Find many easy and tasty dessert recipes, mithai recipes at tarladalal.com.
Recipe# 15068
09 Apr 04

 
 by kamalacute
No reviews
Relish the Rava payasam prepared by simmering roasted rava or semolina with sweetened milk. The payasam is superb in taste, quite easy to prepare and is sure to leave your guests craving for more.
Recipe# 37133
04 Aug 12

 
 
by sarita nagdev
No reviews
These laddoos are very simple n easy to make,we can make it easily.It is not essential to know much about cookery,u can make it very easily.
Recipe# 13788
07 May 03

 
 by Jazvik
No reviews
Rice & coconut halva is an unique halwa recipe with soaked rice and freshly grated coconut. The left over rice can also be used to prepare this halva which is best served hot garnished with chopped nuts.
Recipe# 39484
18 Jun 15

 
 by Foodie sona
No reviews
Rice Ball Rasmalai, the popular Bengali sweet dish with a twist. This super delicious dessert is made from steamed rice balls served in a rich and creamy sweetened thick milk.Easy to cook and good to make when unexpected guests arrive.
Recipe# 13321
14 Mar 01

 
 by bhagyshree0
No reviews
Rice balls kheer is a traditional kheer(sweetened milk) recipe with cooked rice balls added to the milk during boiling. The rice balls are cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the milk to prepare an awesome healthy rice ball kheer or rice kheer.
Recipe# 13448
18 Oct 00

 
 by meenal72
No reviews
An authentic recipe to prepare the dessert queen rice kheer in an easy and quick way. The rice is cooked with milk and sugar and served chilled with chopped nuts as garnishing.
Recipe# 11549
23 Jan 01

 
 
by vinodsharma
No reviews
Rice kheer or also known as payasam is a traditional kheer(sweetened milk)recipe with raw rice added to the milk during boiling. The rice gets cooked with sugar, elaichi powder in the milk to prepare an awesome healthy chawal ki kheer or rice kheer.
Recipe# 13514
05 Apr 01

 
 by veenalokesha
No reviews
Rice payasam or rice kheer is prepared by mixing rice with condensed and sweetened milk. A traditional kheer or payasam recipe, rice payasam is best served cold, garnished with chopped nuts.
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