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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Jun 08,2021



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.

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

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.

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

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.

While Sweet Pongal is prepared down South, Maharashtrian Puran Poli and Peanut Chikki are prepared in the West.

Peanut-Chikki
Peanut Chikki

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!

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.

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.

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)

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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Mohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal Mithai
Recipe# 2047
05 Jul 20

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Kurmura Chikki, Murmura Chikki Recipe
Recipe# 5015
17 Jun 21

 
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Besan Ladoo, Indian Mithai
Recipe# 2034
14 Jun 21

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by Tarla Dalal
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Mango Kulfi
Recipe# 4002
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Churma
Recipe# 3647
07 Jun 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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Mango Shrikhand, Aamrakhand
Recipe# 40817
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Kulfi Shots, Malai Kulfi Milkshake
Recipe# 41230
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Jowar Golpapdi for Kids
Recipe# 3078
07 Sep 20

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Badam Burfi Recipe, Healthy Almond Burfi
Recipe# 42002
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 by Tarla Dalal
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Rasgulla ( Quick Recipe)
Recipe# 38687
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Shrikhand, Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand
Recipe# 2060
23 Apr 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Shakarkand Ka Halwa, Faraal Sweet Potato Halwa Recipe
Recipe# 33297
06 May 21

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Golpapdi, Gujarati Gol Papdi Recipe
Recipe# 636
17 Mar 20

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Nachni Ladoos, Ragi Ladoo, Recipe for Pregnancy
Recipe# 22452
09 Apr 21

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Carrot Halwa ( Microwave)
Recipe# 666
25 Mar 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
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Badam ka Halwa
Recipe# 3915
17 Mar 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
badam ka halwa recipe | badam halwa | almond halwa | Indian almond halwa | with amazing 23 images. badam ka halwa recipe, an
Date Oats and Mixed Berries Granola Bars
Recipe# 41451
26 Apr 21

 
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These yummy no-bake granola bars with crunchy almonds, tangy mixed berries, wholesome dates and creamy peanut butter will become your best friend, coming to your rescue whenever hunger strikes! The combination of ingredients in the Date, Oats and Mixed Berries Granola Bars is such that they bala ....
Lapsi, Pressure- Cooked Broken Wheat Dessert Recipe
Recipe# 33374
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Recipe# 33114
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Quick Gajar ka Halwa, Carrot Halwa Without Mawa
Recipe# 1749
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Baked Rasgulla, Bengali Sweet Dessert Recipe
Recipe# 8702
18 Feb 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Love rasgullas? Then, this Baked Rasgulla is just the right dessert for you. Made by baking rasgullas bathed in a creamy paneer mixture, this innovative dessert has a very nice mouth-feel and flavour, which will delight your taste buds. The aroma and flavour of spices like saffron and cardamom a ....
Kopra Pak
Recipe# 2035
23 Mar 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
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Churma Ladoo
Recipe# 2045
12 Feb 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
churma ladoo recipe | Rajasthani churma ladoo | atta churma ladoo | with 23 amazing images. churma ladoo recipe is an Rajasthani churma ladoo and also called
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