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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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Jalebi, Recipe For Jalebi, Homemade Jalebi
Recipe# 38012
02 Apr 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Who can resist the temptation of fresh, deep-fried jalebis garnished with aromatic saffron strands? for all of you jalebi fans, here is a quick and tasty version that can be prepared without long hours of fermentation. For breakfast the combo of Jalebi with Ganthias a ....
Jaripalla Churma
Recipe# 3646
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Churma is a word that has become synonymous with Rajasthani cuisine. Jaripalla Churma is a richer version of the regular churma, claimed to be influenced heavily by Marwari style of cooking with lavish ingredients like dry fruits, saffron and khoya. A combination of flours deep-fried in ghee gives t ....
Jhat-pat Halwa
Recipe# 1533
31 Mar 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Jhat-pat halwa can be prepared within half an hour because it is made with common ingredients, and requires very little prior preparation and planning. The creamy taste of milk acts as a suitable base, which highlights the shades of saffron and cardamom. The topping of pistachios and almonds gives i ....
Jowar Golpapdi for Kids
Recipe# 3078
07 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
jowar golpapdi for kids | sukhadi for kids | golpapdi for toddlers | wit 13 amazing images. A flour-based mithai from Gujarat, golpapdi is a hot favourite with most people because it is n ....
Kaju Katli, Kaju Katli Recipe with Step By Step Photos
Recipe# 39996
16 Oct 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Kaju Katli is an all time favourite traditional mithai, but one that is feared by most people for the time it takes to prepare. If you follow this recipe meticulously, you will be pleasantly surprised by how easily and quickly you can prepare Kaju Katli at home! Although it takes a few hours to set, ....
Kaju Mysore Pak
Recipe# 2044
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Delicate honeycombs of cashewnuts, a true delicacy that simply melts in the mouth. Making this requires your full attention.
Kaju Puri
Recipe# 2427
17 Oct 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
kaju puri | kaju badam puri | Indian mithai – kaju puri | cashew cookie | with 37 amazing images Kaju Puri consists of cashewnuts, almonds, sugar cardamom powder ....
Kala  Khatta Slush
Recipe# 41303
13 Dec 16

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kala Khatta is an ever-popular Indian flavour for juices and slushes. Here is a fascinating Kala Khatta Slush that is sure to tickle your taste buds with its icy consistency and refreshing taste. Crushed ice gives it its characteristic mouth-feel while a dash of jeera powder and chaat masala gi ....
Kala Jamun Recipe, How To Make Kala Jamun
Recipe# 2065
16 May 11

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 by Tarla Dalal
This mithai gives you the wondrous feeling of biting into a gulab jamun but in a more handy form! Kala Jamun is made with a perfect mix of hariyali khoya and maida to get super soft jamuns, which are deep-fried and dipped in warm sugar syrup to make a lovely semi-dry sweet. This mithai is ideal to s ....
Kalakand ( Pregnancy Cookbook)
Recipe# 2999
20 Aug 11

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
If made in the traditional way, kalakand is a very time consuming and intricate mithai to make. I found a much easier way to make kalakand in a few minutes and believe me, it tastes just as good. Packed with calcium and
Kamal Kheer
Recipe# 15965
26 Sep 11

 
 by chitvish
No reviews
Kamal kheer presents an easy dessert recipe with basundi( sweetened flavoured milk) mixed with orange juice and rose petals. A refreshing chilled sweet dish, the kheer is best enjoyed decorated with rose petals.
Karanji
Recipe# 34116
26 Sep 11

 
 by Amarendra Mulye
No reviews
Karanji is a traditional maharashtrian sweet made during the festive occasion of diwali. Non-maharashtrians call it fried dumplings stuffed with a sweet mixture of fresh coconut and sugar. Karanji is also known as gujiya. Karanjis can be stored for weeks. Some people add semolina or khava in the fil ....
Karanji Recipe, Rava Maharashtrian Karanji
Recipe# 42216
01 Aug 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
One of the best known traditional sweets of Maharashtra, the Karanji is a delightful treat of deep-fried plain flour shells loaded with a sweet and succulent filling of coconut, semolina, spices and nuts. As the crunchy shell gives way to the sweet stuffing, you are greeted by shades of spice, t ....
Kesar Elaichi Ice Cream
Recipe# 4007
16 Oct 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Rich and lusciously textured ice-cream made of the perfect combination of milk, milk powder and cream is sweetened just right and perked up with two of India’s most favourite and traditional flavours – kesar and elaichi. Popularly used in everything from kheer to sweets and milk shakes, these fantas ....
Kesar Malai Kulfi
Recipe# 2031
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Traditional Kesar Malai Kulfi, with the unadulterated aroma of condensed milk and spices is truly a treat for your senses. The rich flavour and fragrance imparted by saffron and cardamom linger in your taste buds for a long time after you have finished this refreshing dessert, making this the perfec ....
Kesar Malai Kulfi, Saffron Kulfi
Recipe# 4103
07 Jul 15

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Cold though it is, kulfi has a way of warming your heart, perhaps due to the spicy overtones of saffron and cardamom or the intense richness of freshly condensed milk. Kesar Malai Kulfi is one of the perfect dessert ....
Kesar Pista Kulfi
Recipe# 41192
03 Jun 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
Today, there are innumerable ice-cream varieties, from every part of the world, available at store shelves. However, the joy that the Indian palate experiences when a spoon of Kulfi rests on it, knows no bounds! Indeed, one of the most well-known desi ice-creams, the Kesar Pista Kulfi has a special ....
Kesari
Recipe# 1751
21 Feb 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kesari is a wonderful low-calorie dessert made of milk solids blended with icing sugar and spices. A generous garnish of chopped almonds and pistachios adds to the rich-feel of this saffron-tinged sweet.
Kesari Bhaat
Recipe# 42564
12 Jul 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Kesari Bhaat, the South Indian counter-part of the sheera, is an ever-popular sweet treat for young and old alike! Perhaps due to this reason, you will find the Kesari Bhaat is a part of most breakfast or lunch combos at South Indian restaurants. It ....
Kesari Milk
Recipe# 4833
20 Mar 19

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Some traditional recipes have a timeless charm, and Kesari Milk is one such. Brimming with calcium from milk and nuts, this healthy drink is so flavourful with strong hints of saffron that it is sure to be loved by kids, adults and elderly people as well. When preparing the Kesari Milk for adults, y ....
Khajur Mishti Doi, Healthy Bengali Sweet
Recipe# 42782
09 Mar 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
khajur mishti doi | healthy mishti doi with dates | healthy Bengali sweet | with 14 amazing images. Khajur mishti doi is a healthy twist to the traditional Bengali sweet. As the name says < ....
Kharek ka Halwa
Recipe# 2061
16 May 11

 
 by Tarla Dalal
This Kharek ka Halwa is like nothing you've ever tasted before! The combination of dry dates with full-fat milk gives this halwa a rich and intense texture, while an unusual combination of spices gives it a fabulous aroma and flavour. Although it is optional to add coriander seeds, we recommen ....
Khubani ka Meetha, Hyderabadi Apricot and Custard Dessert Recipe
Recipe# 30976
07 May 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Khubani ka Meetha is the perfect dessert to serve after a sumptuous meal of Hyderabadi Biryani. It is a classic Hyderabadi dessert made with apricot and custard. A puree of delightfully sweet apricots with a hint of tang and sourness, is laced with Indian spices like cardamom and saffron, and ser ....
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