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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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Happy Cooking!



Anjeer Halwa ( Mughlai Recipe) recipe
Dried anjeer is truly delicious even when eaten by itself. Here is a recipe of a scrumptious anjeer halwa that uses loads of almonds. Milk powder is used in this recipe improving its texture and adding a unique flavour. Adjust the sugar content based on the sweetness of the figs and the milk powder ....
Makhane ki Kheer recipe
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Kaju Katli, Kaju Katli Recipe with Step By Step Photos recipe
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, ....
Kulfi Shots, Malai Kulfi Milkshake recipe
Some people like to end dinner with a nice spicy beverage, while others like to have a cold dessert like ice-cream . Here is an unusual recipe that combines the best of both! By blending kulfi cubes and mi ....
Layered Fruit Sandesh recipe
A masterpiece that combines the joy of a fruit salad with the classic appeal of a Bengali delicacy, the Layered Fruit Sandesh is an eye-catching dessert in which layers of sweetened and spiced paneer alternate between layers of fruits like pomegranate, kiwi, appl ....
Sitafal Phirni, Custard Apple Phirni recipe
sitafal phirni recipe | custard apple phirni | sitafal kheer | sitafal firni | sitafal phirni is a classic Indian dessert which leaves the lingering taste for hou ....
Mohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal Mithai recipe
mohanthal | traditional gujarati mohanthal | rajasthani mohanthal | with 30 images. Mohanthal is a traditional Gujarati mithai with the ....
Petha recipe
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 ....
Mishti Doi, Baked Yoghurt recipe
mishti doi recipe | Bengali sweet yoghurt | mishti doi with condensed milk | mishti doi in 2 hours is a radically different dessert, which will take your ....
Instant Jalebi, Quick Jalebi Recipe recipe
instant jalebi recipe | quick jalebi | homemade instant jalebi | instant jalebi without eno | instant jalebi recipe | quick jalebi | < ....
Halim Ladoo,  Halim Laddu recipe
halim ladoo recipe | alive laddu | alive che ladoo | Maharashtrian halim ladoo | with amazing 17 images. halim ladoo is a traditional
Bread and Butter Pudding, Eggless Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe recipe
Bread and butter pudding is a popular, easy-to-make British dessert. It also happens to be a hot favourite at Mumbai’s Irani restaurants. You start by making a custard-like sauce, pour it over bread, top it with raisins and nuts, sprinkle a bit of brown sugar and butter to get crunchy coat, an ....
Modak, Steamed Modak,  Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi recipe
modak | steamed modak | Ukadiche Modak for Ganesh Chaturthi recipe | modak made with mould | modak handmade recipe | with 20 amazing images. Here is the
Instant Rabri, Quick Rabdi recipe
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 ....
Kesar Elaichi Ice Cream recipe
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 ....
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