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दक्षिण भारतीय मिठाई - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (South Indian Sweets recipes in Hindi)
દક્ષિણ ભારતીય મીઠાઇ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (South Indian Sweets recipes in Gujarati)

93 South Indian Sweet Recipes : South Indian Desserts

We have a large collection of 90 different types of South Indian Sweets. Yes, it's clearly evident that South Indian Dessers and the different types of South Indan Sweet recipes are super popular not only in South India but all across our lovely country. 

Sweet PongalSweet Pongal

Sweets, which are considered as desserts in most cultures, are served at the beginning of a South Indian meal! Be it Chakra Pongal or Almond Paysaam, Mysore Pak or Rava Laddoo, South Indian cuisine has a wide range of unique sweets, which can broadly be classified as those made with jaggery and those made with sugar.

South Indian Sweets offered to God

Every household has its favourites, and its unique style of preparing these sweets. Apart from being made to celebrate special occasions and to serve at weddings, many households also have the practice of regularly making sweets and kheers (payasam) to offer to God on Fridays and other auspicious days. No doubt, this section has a lot of exciting treats in store for your sweet tooth.

Moong Dal PayasamMoong Dal Payasam

South Indian festival menus are just not complete without Moong Dal Payasam. Considered as one of the most auspicious offerings to God, it is made during most pujas, and is served as the first item on the plantain leaf during a traditional meal.

South Indian Sweets at weddings and festivals

Paal Payasam
Paal Payasam

Paal Payasam is a must-serve item during south Indian festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions. Made of rice cooked in full-fat milk and sweetened with sugar, this kheer has a very rich flavour and creamy texture, which are boosted further by spices like cardamom and saffron. This South Indian Rice Kheer is something that kids and adults look forward to enjoying on special occasions.

Sweet Pongal is compulsorily made for the Pongal festival. Freshly-harvested rice, if available, is used to make the Sweet Pongal, in new earthen pots!

Banana PongalBanana Pongal

The Sweet Banana Pongal features a jaggery-flavoured mixture of cooked rice and lentils, served with a garnish of chopped bananas.

South Indian Dessert of Kerala

Ela Ada Recipe
Ela Ada Recipe

The Ela Ada is a very famous sweet rice pancake dish in Kerala, and is made by Keralites wherever in the world they are. Serve it as an evening snack.

Looking for a sweet appam with banana and molten jaggery, then try Unni Appam. Don't forget to try the Sweet Idli which has a mixture of moong dal, coocnut and jaggery.

South Indian Sweet for son in law!

Semiyan PayasamSemiyan Payasam

Maapillai Payasam” (meaning son-in-law kheer)! With its milky flavour and rich garnishes, the Vermicelli Kheer was considered a perfect dish to serve to a visiting son-in-law, who used to traditionally be treated like a King!

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Ela Ada Recipe, Sweet Rice Pancake recipe
Ela Ada is a traditional sweet delicacy from Kerala, made by steaming stuffed rice flour pancakes wrapped in a banana leaf. Here, we have shown the Ela Ada with a coconut and jaggery stuffing. On special occasions, it may also be made with a stuffing of sweetened jackfruit pulp. Ela means le ....
Sweet Pongal, Sakkarai Pongal, Chakkarai recipe
God’s favourite offering, and man’s favourite prasad! Yes, the Sweet Pongal has won this contest hands-down. For generations, South Indians have believed the Sweet Pongal or Sakkarai Pongal to be one of the best offerings to God, as it combines rice and dal with jaggery and spices, all being aus ....
Paal Payasam in A Pressure Cooker, Sweet Milk Rice Kheer Recipe for Onam recipe
Paal Payasam is one of the most traditional kheers of South India. It is served in almost every wedding and other special occasions. The traditional method, which involves cooking the rice in milk in a heavy-bottomed vessel, takes a long time. Hence, we present you with a quick and easy alternat ....
Unni Appam, Mini Sweet Appam recipe
If you are familiar with South Indian cooking, you are sure to have encountered the traditional appam, the irresistibly sweet, deep-fried, brown-coloured balls fragrant with banana and molten jaggery! While it is traditionally made using ground wheat or ....
Almond Payasam recipe
Any dish made using almonds is unfailingly rich, quite befitting royalty! keep the spices such as cardamom to a minimum in this recipe, so as to highlight the creamy, soothing texture and flavour of almonds. Authentic ‘badam kheer’ made the south indian way omits cardamoms and nutmeg and uses a pinc ....
Semiyan Payasam, Seviya Kheer, Vermicelli Kheer recipe
Roasted vermicelli, cooked in a pot of sweetened milk, laced with cardamom and garnished with dry fruits is a delightful addition to any menu, especially a traditional South Indian meal. It is funny to hear some elders still referring to the Semiya Pay ....
Paal Payasam, South Indian Rice Kheer recipe
Paal Payasam is a must-serve item during south Indian festivals, weddings and other auspicious occasions. Made of rice cooked in full-fat milk and sweetened with sugar, this kheer has a very rich flavour and creamy texture, which are boosted further by spices like cardamom and saffron. This South In ....
Moong Dal Payasam, Pasi Paruppu Payasam recipe
South Indian festival menus are just not complete without Moong Dal Payasam. Considered as one of the most auspicious offerings to God, it is made during most pujas, and is served as the first item on the plantain leaf during a traditional meal. Moong ....
Banana Pongal, Sweet South Indian Banana Porridge recipe
Here is a traditional South Indian treat, which is prepared during most religious functions, especially during the harvest festival of Sankrant . Of a consistency similar to khichdi, the Sw ....
Sweet Idli, How To Make Sweet Idli recipe
Here’s an innovative twist to one of South India’s most traditional recipes! In this unique Sweet Idli recipe, the idli batter is layered with a pooran of moong dal, coconut and jaggery flavoured mildly with cardamom powder. Once steamed, this gives rise to soft, fluffy idlis with a pleasantly ....
Churna recipe
Coconut and jaggery, perked up with cardamom, is an all-time favourite in Konkan cuisine, especially as an accompaniment for Neer Dosa. Not only that, this popular combination known by different names like Churna, Pooran, Poornam, and so on, is popular all over south India and the western coas ....
Rice Kheer ( Microwave Recipe) recipe
A traditional recipe very popular especially in south India, where it is made on festival days and weddings too. While the original method involves slow-cooking the rice in milk and continuing to cook till the milk thickens and turns pink, Rice Kheer with the same authentic flavour can be made easil ....
Kaju Mysore Pak recipe
Delicate honeycombs of cashewnuts, a true delicacy that simply melts in the mouth. Making this requires your full attention.
Mysore Pak recipe
This delicious fudge from South India has a granular texture. Do not be alarmed by the amount of ghee mentioned in the recipe as most of it is drained out at the end of the cooking process.
Carrot and Cashew Payassam recipe
Perhaps the healthiest of payasam recipes, this is an interesting way to give your family a vitamin a rich health boost!
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