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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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Garam Golpapdi
Recipe# 4943
20 Aug 10

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This dish is also called sukhadi in some parts of Gujarat. This is a version of Golpapdi , that is served warm and not cut into the traditional diamond shaped cubes. The trick to making this version is to add the gur after the wheat and ghee ....
Ghevar with Rabri
Recipe# 3913
19 Apr 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A honeycomb shaped delicacy made using plain flour and ghee that has originated in Rajasthan. Ghevars are usually large in size approx. 200 mm. Or 250 mm. (8" or 10") squares or rounds and are either sweetened with syrup or served topped with sweet rabri (i. e. thickened milk). Lakshmi M ....
Gil-e- Firdaus, Hyderabadi Rice Kheer
Recipe# 41438
22 Sep 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Gil-e-Firdaus is an elaborate but memorable sweet dish, which is made commonly in Hyderabad during festivals and weddings. Sago and coarsely-crushed rice are cooked in milk and perked up with a range of ingredients like bottle gourd, nuts, condensed milk and cashew paste to get a lusciously crea ....
Golpapdi ( Healthy Snacks For Kids)
Recipe# 39170
14 Jun 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditionally made of whole wheat flour, easy and flavoursome Golpapdi can also be made more innovatively using a mix of jowar flour, soya flour and rice flour. Make them in advance and store in airtight containers so you can satisfy your hunger pangs with something sweet and healthy!
Golpapdi, Gujarati Gol Papdi Recipe
Recipe# 636
17 Mar 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
golpapdi recipe | Gujarati gol papdi | gur papdi | sukhdi | with amazing 16 images. golpapdi recipe is a traditional Gujarati sweet dish prepared with whole-wheat ....
Gulab Jamun
Recipe# 2854
26 Nov 13

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 by Tarla Dalal
Sweet and sour, salt and spice, every experience needs to be coupled with a complementary, often contrasting experience in order to bring out the best of both. Likewise, a chaat platter must be finished off with a rich dessert in order to complete the enjoyment. And, what better mithai can you choos ....
Gulab Jamun Cutlet
Recipe# 39596
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Does the word cutlet immediately bring to your mind images of a crisp and spicy treat? While this Gulab Jamun Cutlet is tangentially different, you will love this just as much in its own special way. Delicate deep-fried rolls made with crumbled hariyali mava, nuts and spices bound together with a pr ....
Gulab Jamun Kulfi
Recipe# 4000
20 Aug 13

 
 by Tarla Dalal
It’s not uncommon to find ice-creams served with mithai like Gulab Jamun Jalebi Malpua, Gajar Halwa, etc. However, this desser ....
Gulgule Recipe, Maharashtrian Pumpkin Jaggery Sweet Dumpling
Recipe# 41469
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A melt-in-the-mouth sweet made by deep-frying a batter of boiled and sweetened pumpkin flavoured with cardamom. Whole wheat flour helps hold the batter together while coconut and poppy seeds intensify the taste and texture of the Gulgule. Mash the boiled pumpkin while it is hot, and also add the ....
Halim Ladoo,  Halim Laddu
Recipe# 39650
15 Oct 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
halim ladoo recipe | alive laddu | alive che ladoo | Maharashtrian halim ladoo | with amazing 17 images. halim ladoo is a traditional
Halwa Lajwab-wheat and Bajra
Recipe# 34246
20 Feb 11

 
 
by Sushila Jora
No reviews
Halwa Lajwab-wheat and Bajra, bajra and wheat flour based halwa. You can also try any other flours of your choice to make this halwa.
Healthy Bhapa Doi
Recipe# 42005
30 Apr 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
If anybody has an incurable sweet tooth, it’s a Bengali – and they are proud of it. Mostly made of dairy products, Bengali sweets have a unique flavour and amazing mouth-feel. Ranging from sweet curds to rasagolla, their sweets are now famous all over the world. Of these, Bhapa Doi is a rich and ....
Honey Laced Baskets with Kulfi
Recipe# 5010
17 Apr 14

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
This is a very versatile recipe - the baskets make a great addition to many desserts.
Hyderabadi Lauki Kheer with Mini Rasgullas
Recipe# 41548
10 Mar 17

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Here is a traditional Hyderabadi delicacy, which is served at weddings and other grand functions. This unique kheer is made with lauki but you will never be able to guess that when you taste it! Cooked with milk and mawa, and garnished with nuts, the lauk ....
Imarti, How To Make Imarti
Recipe# 2052
14 Nov 19

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Imarti, known in some places as Amriti, is an amazing mithai from Uttar Pradesh. A smooth batter of urad is piped out of a cloth bag to make nice, ring-shaped tubes, which are cooked in ghee till crisp and then dipped in sugar syrup. It takes a bit of practice to pipe the batter directly into ....
Recipe# 40807
25 Apr 16

 
 
by swagatika patra
Lassi is one of the most delicious smoothie prepared with yoghurt flavoured with finest fruits and purest spices. It is considered as a traditional drink all over in India. Here I have prepared lassi in a traditional style with a little twist.
Instant Jalebi, Quick Jalebi Recipe
Recipe# 33137
14 Oct 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
instant jalebi recipe | quick jalebi | homemade instant jalebi | instant jalebi without eno | instant jalebi recipe | quick jalebi | < ....
Instant Rabri, Quick Rabdi
Recipe# 2794
11 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
instant rabri | quick rabdi | instant rabri with condensed milk | 12 amazing images. This is an instant recipe that uses bread to thicken the rabri almost instantly. It reduces the time and ....
Jaggery Malpua
Recipe# 4735
17 Dec 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Jaggery has a rich taste that lingers in the palate for a while. Jaggery Malpua is a delicious but quick dessert characterised by this luxuriant flavour, speckled with exciting tinges of fennel. These melt-in-the-mouth whole wheat flour malpuas should ideally be served right off the tava, garnis ....
Jalebi
Recipe# 1991
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
This sticky, sugary, spice-tinged mithai is an all-time favourite in West and North India. It is so popular that for many, by default dessert means Jalebi! Deep-fried in ghee and resplendent with the goodness of saffron and cardamom, Jalebi is as rich as a
Jalebi - The Queen Of Indian Sweets
Recipe# 38711
21 Aug 13

 
 by Nupurs UK Rasoi
No reviews
Jalebi is basically a north indian sweet, spiral in shape filled with juicy syrup. Its enjoyed most when hot and fresh, straight out of oil and sugar syrup.
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