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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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Pista Khaja
Recipe# 4976
03 Sep 18

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Mithai khaja is a traditional sweet made with maida and ghee, sometimes stuffed with khoya or dry fruits, deep fried in ghee and then dunked into a fragrant saffron-flavoured sugar syrup. There are different kinds of khaja - depending on the stuffing. There's malai khaja, mawa khaja, pista khaja et ....
Poha Ladoo
Recipe# 42475
25 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
For those of you who love traditional Indian mithai but do not have time to make elaborate ones, this Poha Ladoo is a dream come true. It is exceptionally easy to prepare but tastes simply awesome, with the rich and rustic flavours of jaggery and melted ghee. D ....
Punjabi Rabri Or How To Make Punjabi Rabdi
Recipe# 36355
17 Jul 12

 
 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
Rabdi, which is basically a thickened milk and sugar mixture, is one of the most versatile bases used to prepare loads of punjabi desserts. When prepared in large quantities, rabdi can take some time to cook though it is worth all the effort. Rabdi can be eaten hot of chilled. Using full ....
Puran Poli ( Gujarati Recipe)
Recipe# 637
01 Apr 20

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by Tarla Dalal
puran poli recipe | Gujarati puran poli | authentic puran poli | vedmi | with amazing 29 images. Puran poli is a famous sweet Indian flat-bread. There is the
Quick Apple Cinnamon Rabdi
Recipe# 22629
21 Jan 10

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
Milk is thickened with fresh bread crumbs to give you an instant rabdi. This is not the original recipe but one that's used to make a really creamy rabdi in a jiffy.
Quick Cashew Barfi
Recipe# 4732
23 Sep 14

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Every time you think of badam, pista or kaju barfi, do you head straight to the sweet shop? Why not make it at home? If you are thinking – no way, it will take too long to make – just take our challenge and try this Quick Cashew Barfi! It can be made in a jiffy and tastes just as awesome as the orig ....
Quick Churma Ladoos ( Churma Laddu)
Recipe# 22633
21 Jan 10

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 by Tarla Dalal
Preparing churma is usually a time consuming process, which requires a long cooking procedure to eliminate the raw smell and get a rich aroma. Here is a really unique quick-fix, which involves powdering leftover rotis and using that coarse powder along with jaggery, ghee and nuts to prepare re ....
Quick Kalakand
Recipe# 1989
13 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
quick kalakand | instant klalkand | kalakand sweet | kalakand made with paneer | indian mithai | with 18 amazing images quick kalakand ....
Quick Milk Cake
Recipe# 2054
16 May 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Milk cake, which traditionally takes hours to cook, is made quickly and easily using this recipe! Typically, milk cake is made by boiling milk for a long time till it becomes mava, which is then cooked with sugar and later allowed to set. In this version, we use readymade mava to prepare this deligh ....
Quick Orange Sandesh
Recipe# 40526
25 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
A yummy, melt-in-the-mouth treat with the contrasting flavours of milk and orange! The traditional Bengali mithai, Sandesh, is made more exciting by the addition of orange squash, which gives a lively dimension to it. We have made this Quick Orange Sa ....
Quick Rabri
Recipe# 4104
16 Aug 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
You will love this Quick Rabri over the original recipe that grandma taught you, because it does not require you to slog in the kitchen for hours. You can prepare it within minutes to surprise even a sudden guest! This recipe smartly thickens milk with fresh bread crumbs, to give an instant ra ....
Quick Rabri, Instant Rabri, Easy Rabdi Recipe
Recipe# 2067
28 Feb 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
You will love this Quick Rabri over the original recipe that grandma taught you, because it does not require you to slog in the kitchen for hours. You can prepare it within minutes to surprise even a sudden guest! This recipe smartly thickens milk with fresh bread crumbs, to give an instant rabr ....
Quick Rose Sandesh
Recipe# 40525
24 Nov 15

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Sandesh, the melt-in-the-mouth Bengali delicacy, becomes all the more special when you make it with a mild flavouring, like rose or orange. Here, we show you how to make a Quick Rose Sandesh using readymade paneer. The lilting aroma and flavour of rose make ....
Quick Shahi Tukda
Recipe# 4734
28 Mar 19

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 by Tarla Dalal
Shahi tukda is one of the most popular Indian desserts. True to its name it is a ‘shahi’ delight! Pieces of bread are dipped in delicious saffron flavoured sugar syru ....
Quick Shrikhand
Recipe# 38947
26 Jun 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
No reviews
quick shrikhand recipe | 5 minutes shrikhand | shrikhand with greek yoghurt or full fat curds | with 18 amazing images. quick shrikhand recipe is a
Rasabali
Recipe# 34054
18 Jan 11

 
 by Palak Rajput
No reviews
Rasabali is a sweet oriya dish made of milk. Paneer is made into balls, lightly flattened and deep fried till golden brown. The deep fried paneer are immediately soaked in thickened milk and garnished with chopped nuts.
Rasgulla
Recipe# 11547
23 Jan 01

 
 by vinodsharma
No reviews
A traditional syrupy chenna or freshly prepared cheese based dessert of Bengal, rasgulla is a popular Indian sweet or mithai recipe. Find many easy and tasty dessert recipes, mithai recipes at tarladalal.com.
Rasgulla ( Quick Recipe)
Recipe# 38687
01 Oct 20

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by Tarla Dalal
rasgulla recipe | rasgulla with homemade chenna | quick rasgulla | soft spongy Bengali rasgulla | with step by step images. rasgulla is an Indian mithai which nee ....
Rasgulla Mithai, Bengali Style Rasgulla
Recipe# 2005
07 Sep 20

 
 by Tarla Dalal
rasgulla recipe | Bengali rasgulla recipe | rasgulla at home | chhena rasgulla | with amazing 21 images. rasgulla is a milk based popular Indian dessert orginated ....
Rasgullas
Recipe# 14903
13 Feb 04

 
 by flying chef
No reviews
learn the trick to prepare the best tasting, softest and easiest rasgullas, an Indian dessert .Rasgullas are prepared from freshly made cottage cheese or chenna and then steamed in sugar syrup.
Rasmalai, Bengali Rasmalai Recipe
Recipe# 2011
17 Aug 20

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by Tarla Dalal
rasmalai recipe | Bengali rasmalai | soft rasmalai | with 20 amazing images. rasmalai is also called Ras malai or rossomalai which is a ....
Rava Sheera, Sooji Ka Halwa, How To Make Sooji Halwa
Recipe# 33448
30 May 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
rava sheera recipe | suji ka halwa | sooji halwa | with 13 amazing images A wonderful quick Indian dessert, rava ....
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