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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# 10205
27 Dec 03

 
 by sumagandlur
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1. best if freshly made. try not to store for more than a day or two.
2. you can use a tablespoon of fresh cream to soften the paneer dough.
Recipe# 15067
09 Apr 04

 
 
by kamalacute
No reviews
Seviyan payasam is a traditional payasam or sweetened milk based dessert recipe with the Seviyan or vermicelli as main ingredients. The Seviyan is cooked with milk and sugar and then served decorated with chopped nuts and elaichi powder.
Recipe# 15454
27 Aug 04

 
 
by kavihareni
No reviews
The delectable combination of roasted semiyan or vemicelli and thickened milk in this Semiya payasam recipe is sure to entice all. Thee simple and handy ingredients makes ths payasam or kheer recipe an easy and quick dessert recipe.
Recipe# 40087
21 Apr 15

 
 by Rashi Srivastava
No reviews
Milk powder and cornflour gives the Shahi Kheer a very creamy texture and it also reduces time to thicken the milk. Paneer gives it a wonderful flavour.This kheer is so creamy and flavourful that after every you will want for more.
Recipe# 9175
08 Jul 05

 
 by goodrecipies
No reviews
Truly a shahi(royal) dessert, as its name suggests, Shahi Tukra is a rich bread pudding recipe with dry fruits, flavored with cardamom. It's simple to make and a great sweet dish to be served on festivals and special days. Relish shahi tukra with kheer or rabdi.
Recipe# 12944
07 Sep 12

 
 by palavi
No reviews
Truly a shahi (royal) dessert, as its name suggests, shahi tukray is a rich bread pudding recipe with dry fruits, flavored with cardamom. It's simple to make and a great sweet dish to be served on festivals and special days. Relish shahi tukray with kheer or rabdi.
Recipe# 14422
26 Sep 11

 
 by ektanshu
No reviews
An innovative and unique kheer recipe with chopped kand,kand ki kheer is great in taste and creamy in texture. Relish the kand ki kheer with crushed cashewnuts as garnish.
Recipe# 13796
17 Nov 02

 
 by Moongirl 999
No reviews
Shrikhand presents a popular Gujarati dessert recipe with hung curd. The hung curd is sweetened with sugar and then flavoured with mango puree or chopped nuts and elaichi. A perfect party special recipe of Shrikhand to be traditionally enjoyed with puris.
Recipe# 37319
21 Sep 12

 
 
by foods bee
No reviews
It is traditional sweet in south india. All the age group will like this sweet. Kids love it very much. And protein rich also.
Recipe# 14436
24 Oct 01

 
 by kirti_aries
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A farali dessert item, the Singhaade flour halwa is prepared from roasted singhara or water chestnut flour which is cooked with sugar and ghee. Relish the halwa with chopped nuts as garnish.
Recipe# 10990
11 Sep 02

 
 by slimjay
No reviews
Sitaphal firni is a fruit flavoured sweet dish recipe with mashed sitaphal or custard apple added to milk along with sugar. Serve sitafal firni or phirni as a sweet dish on fasting days , garnished with chopped nuts.
Recipe# 13978
24 Nov 16

 
 
by amudhan
No reviews
Sojji is a traditional sweet dish prepared from suji or semolina which is roasted in ghee and then cooked with sugar and nuts.
Recipe# 12653
12 May 01

 
 by Yamini Ramesh
No reviews
Sooji halwa is a North Indian sweet dish prepared from sooji ( rawa or semolina) sugar, ghee and spices like cardamom. A delicious dessert dish which can be served as a snack or after meal sweet!
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