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 10 Indian Sweets to Brighten the Festive Spirit





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The festive season is upon us. From August to January, there is a long line of festivals queued up for us in India, and that means it is time to take out the recipe books, handwritten by momma, passed down by grandma, and her momma, and on and on. In India, celebration is incomplete without sweets. So used are we to having sweets that we often have them without any reason at all! For the people of many Indian communities, a full-fledged meal is not complete without serving a sweet or two.

From sweets like Atta Ka Sheera, which take just a few minutes to prepare, to more elaborate ones like Gulab Jamun, we have such a large repertoire of Indian mithai to choose from, and there is always a right one for every occasion. While sweets made for religious occasions use ingredients like coconut, Jaggery and til, there are others like Carrot Halwa and Rabri, which are usually made with sugar and associated with celebrations. A cup of hot Carrot Halwa at the end of a meal is awesome, almost heavenly. When you are feeling more adventurous, top it with a scoop of Rich Vanilla Ice-cream!

Malpuas is an evergreen hit in the northern parts of the country. Whether it is Holi, a wedding or a party, the dessert counter would be incomplete without these warm, deep-fried and syrup-coated flour discs. Serve the Malpuas with Rabri for a grander treat! Badam ka Halwa is equally popular, if not more. This rich and delicious treat is an all-time favourite winter recipe. Grandmas unfailingly advice their grandchildren to have a spoonful of this wholesome halwa, each morning, all through the winter.

Some recipes like Basundi are popular all over the country, although there might be mild variations in the preparation, garnishing and serving methods. Gujarati Basundi is a rich and delicious dessert of thickened milk, very similar to the North Indian Rabri. It is usually served with Puris and Undhiyu. Besan Laddoo is another mithai that is made all over India. It tastes awesome and is quite satiating too. Prepared the right way, it can be stored at room temperature for around 15 days. So, you can make a batch and keep it handy, to snack on occasionally or to serve to kids when they are back from school. Fresh hot syrupy Instant Jalebis is another versatile and evergreen sweet, which fits any occasion – it is a hot-seller on roadside shops, and is as popular at weddings and chaat parties. Basically, any time is Jalebis time!

Luckily for us, the process of sweet-making has also evolved over the years. In the past, making mithai meant that the women slogged in the kitchen for long hours, constantly stirring the ingredients till they got the right consistency. Now, there are easy methods to make any sweet. Halwas, sheeras and burfis can be made in minutes by cooking the ingredients in the microwave oven. Even jalebis can be made instantly without requiring long hours of fermentation, by smartly using ingredients like yeast.

Modern equipment and innovative techniques have taken the sweat and strain out of sweet making. All that’s left is pure, untainted joy! So, what are you waiting for? Put on your mithaiwallah hats, take your pick from our recipes, and get set go…


Top 10 Indian Sweets

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 by Tarla Dalal
Mouth-watering Atta Sheera, with a fabulous colour, texture and flavour, ready in just five minutes! If you are wondering how that magic is possible, well, just trust your microwave to do it for you. Flavoured with cardamom and garnished with slivers of almond, this is one irresistible dessert that ....
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 by Tarla Dalal
A delicacy rooted in Indian tradition, Badam Halwa is indispensable for celebrations of any kind. It is good to have on normal days too! Infact, grandmas unfailingly advice their grandchildren to have a spoonful of this wholesome halwa every morning, all through the winter. This is one delicious mor ....
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 by Tarla Dalal
Gujarati basundi is a rich and delicious dessert of thickened milk, very similar to the North Indian rabdi. Almonds and pistachios add crunch to this creamy sweet. Remember to keep scraping the sides of the vessel when cooking, as that will make the basundi thic ....
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 by Tarla Dalal
Besan Laddoo is one of the most popular mithai in Indian cuisine. It might be known by various names, but this delicious laddoos of spiced and sweetened besan is famous all over the country. When making this, remember that the rich flavour of the laddoo depends ....
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 by Tarla Dalal
Like Rasgullas in Bengal and Mysore Pak in the south, Malpua is an evergreen hit in the northern parts of the country. Whether it is Holi, a wedding or a party, the dessert counter would be incomplete without these warm, deep-fried and syrup-coated flour discs, which are best had with a topping of r ....
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 by Tarla Dalal
A cup of hot Carrot Halwa served at the end of a meal is so heavenly that it makes you forget the meal itself. Its unique texture and rich flavour linger in your palate and memory for a long time thereafter, overshadowing the glory of even the best Main Course
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 by Tarla Dalal
There are umpteen ready mixes available in the market for making Gulab Jamun, but none can beat the traditional recipe made with homemade khoya. Authentic Gulab Jamun made with hariyali mava has a very rich mouth-feel that gels well with festivity. In a bygone era, when everything was made at home, ....
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 by Tarla Dalal
Rabdi is a perfectly proportioned combination of milk and sugar, thickened in a broad-bottomed vessel. When making rabdi, it is very important to keep scraping the sides of the pan at all times, otherwise the sides will burn. Moreover, if you forget to scrape the sides, the rabdi will also not ....
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 by Tarla Dalal
Richness personified, the Anjeer Halwa is a really striking dessert made of puréed figs, powdered almonds and milk powdered, cooked with ghee and a little bit of sugar to add to the natural sweetness of figs. The almonds and figs complement each other beautifully in flavour and texture, while the mi ....
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 ....
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10 Indian Sweets to Brighten the Festive Spirit
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 on 24 Dec 16 02:04 PM


Love you collection of Indian sweets and am particularly fond of Jalebi and Rabri.