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Traditional Indian Mithai recipes


Last Updated : Jun 06,2022



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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Churma Ladoo
Recipe# 2045
06 Jun 22

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

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 by Tarla Dalal
mohanthal | traditional gujarati mohanthal | rajasthani mohanthal | with 30 images. Mohanthal is a traditional Gujarati mithai with the ....
Dry Fruit Gola ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )
Recipe# 33449
21 Apr 22

 
 by Tarla Dalal
Dry fruit gola, tu hi tu, tu hi tu, satrangi re… look out for the seven colours of the rainbow on your favourite gola! golas, made from crushed ice laced with sherbets of different flavours, are a relief from the scorching heat. Crushing machines keep churning out the ice, to be merged with various ....
Rava Sheera, Sooji Ka Halwa, How To Make Sooji Halwa
Recipe# 33448
13 Apr 22

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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 ....
Shrikhand, Kesar Elaichi Shrikhand
Recipe# 2060
08 Apr 22

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
shrikhand recipe | keasr elaichi shrikhand recipe | with 20 amazing images. It is simply amazing how the humble dahi transforms into a mouth-watering shrikhand < ....
Petha
Recipe# 2049
22 Mar 22

 
 by Tarla Dalal
petha recipe | petha sweet | Agra petha | dry petha - Indian sweet | with step by step images. petha is a special north Indian mithai that is especially famous in ....
Badam ka Halwa
Recipe# 3915
11 Feb 22

 
 by Tarla Dalal
badam ka halwa recipe | badam halwa | almond halwa | Indian almond halwa | with amazing 23 images. badam ka halwa recipe, an
Instant Rabri, Quick Rabdi
Recipe# 2794
10 Feb 22

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

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 by Tarla Dalal
nachni ladoos recipe | ragi ladoo | healthy recipe for pregnancy | ragi laddu | nachni ladoos is a healthy dessert compared to sugar laden sweets available in the ....
Anjeer Basundi
Recipe# 8706
23 Dec 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
anjeer basundi recipe | easy anjeer basundi | with 14 amazing images. Rich enough to pamper your senses, tinged with the magic of Indian spices, the anjeer basundi is a
Rice Kheer
Recipe# 2040
10 Nov 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
rice kheer recipe | chawal ki kheer | Indian rice pudding | with 16 amazing images With the onset of the festive season, every other day there is a reason to prepare something sweet and tempting! Of the many
Besan Ladoo, Indian Mithai
Recipe# 2034
11 Nov 21

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by Tarla Dalal
besan ladoo recipe | besan ke ladoo | besan ladoo with step by step photos | with 20 amazing images. besan ladoo is one of the most popular mithai in Indian ....
Chum Chum
Recipe# 2013
11 Nov 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
chum chum recipe | cham cham sweet recipe | Bengali chomchom recipe | Diwali sweet | with 8 amazing images. chum chum is a Benga ....
Gil-e- Firdaus, Hyderabadi Rice Kheer
Recipe# 41438
11 Nov 21

 
 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 ....
Paan Shot
Recipe# 40139
11 Nov 21

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 by Tarla Dalal
paan shots recipe | betel leaves drink | paan sharbat | paan drink | with amazing 12 images. The Paan Shot is a mouth-watering combination of paan and rose gulkha ....
Kaju Katli, Kaju Katli Recipe with Step By Step Photos
Recipe# 39996
11 Nov 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 by Tarla Dalal
kaju katli recipe | kaju barfi | kaju burfi | homemade kaju katli diwali special | Indian style cashew barfi | Kaju Katli is made from ....
Rasgulla ( Quick Recipe)
Recipe# 38687
09 Oct 21

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by Tarla Dalal
rasgulla recipe | rasgulla with homemade chenna | quick rasgulla | soft spongy Bengali rasgulla | with 21 amazing images. rasgulla is an Indian mithai which needs ....
Khajur Mishti Doi, Healthy Bengali Sweet
Recipe# 42782
08 Oct 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
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 < ....
Atte ka Malpua
Recipe# 3911
06 Oct 21

 
 by Tarla Dalal
atte ka malpua recipe | easy wheat flour malpua | Rajasthani malpua | Indian sweet recipe | with 16 amazing images. atte ka malpua recipe is a fascinating Indian ....
Halim Ladoo,  Halim Laddu
Recipe# 39650
13 Sep 21

 
 
by Tarla Dalal
halim ladoo recipe | alive laddu | alive che ladoo | Maharashtrian halim ladoo | with amazing 17 images. halim ladoo is a traditional
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 ....
Rasgulla Mithai, Bengali Style Rasgulla
Recipe# 2005
18 Apr 22

 
 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 ....
Peanut Ladoo,  Quick Peanut Laddoo
Recipe# 42045
16 Aug 21

  This recipe has an associated video
 
by Tarla Dalal
peanut ladoo recipe | singdana ladoo | peanut laddu | quick and easy peanut ladoo | with 13 amazing images. Peanut ladoo is a popular
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