A roundup of Indian sweets and Indian desserts to inspire you to whip up a tasty treat! I’ve included my favorite traditional recipes and Indian fusion creations. I hope this post gives you some new inspiration to create in the kitchen. Whether you are a pro or a beginner, there is something here for everyone. All recipes are vegetarian on my site. Where possible, I also offer alternative vegan options.
If you are looking for popular Indian sweets, I got you covered! Mithai means Indian sweet dishes.
There are festivals and holidays all throughout the year celebrated in India. It is custom to make sweets and desserts to celebrate. While some holidays have specific sweets associated with them, for the most part there is a HUGE variety of desserts, from milk sweets to kulfis, and people make what they like best. This list includes some easy Indian sweets and desserts. I’ve also included some of the most popular Indian desserts such as jalebi, gajar ka halwa and kaju katli.
Scroll through to find a traditional Indian dessert recipe or one of my Indian fusion creations!
Using my mother’s traditional recipe, once you try these homemade instant jalebis you will never go back to store-bought! They come out crispy, juicy and so flavorful every time. With only 30 minutes of time required, this recipe is easy to prepareand so delicious!
This recipe for homemade, kaju katli (kaju barfi) is delicious. It is smooth, creamy and halwai jaisa texture and made with only 5 ingredients. It’s one of those sweets you can’t just have one of! Boxes of kaju katli, amongst other Indian sweets are often gifted during Indian holidays.
Gajar ka halwa is a traditional India dessert made of shredded carrots flavored with cardamom and sugar. Made with no khoya. The carrot halwa is a easy dessert that can be served on its own or even with ice cream.
Doodh (milk) pedas are popular Indian sweets that take only 5 ingredients. They are made of sugar, milk and given a slight flavor with cardamom. Popular for Indian festivals and gift giving. Ready under 30 minutes.
Easy Khajur Burfi or Dry fruit barfi (Date Nut Roll)
Dry fruit barfi or khajoor barfi or date roll burfi is so easy and a healthy sweet treat. It is a dates sweet or date burfi that is sweet, crunchy and delicious. This dry fruit burfi is made of nuts, dates, cardamom and coconut. There is no added sugar and it comes together in minutes! Great option for a healthier mithai option to serve.
Chikki made with gur (jaggery). All it takes is five ingredients: gur (jaggery), ghee, mixed nuts, rose water and rose petals. This particular version of rose chikki is based on a well-known type we would get during trips to Lonavala, a hill station outside of Mumbai.
Delicious traditional Gujarati churma laddoo recipe made without frying! These ladoos arehearty and often prepared for Ganesh Chaturthi. These authentic Gujarati churma ladoo are popular Indian sweets, especially amongst the brahmin community. They can be served as part of a Gujarati thali or on their own during festival time
A healthy alternative to a classic Indian rice pudding type dessert using quinoa to make quinoa kheer. Kheer is a type of rice pudding usually made with – rice! This version uses quinoa, a healthy alternative. The smaller grains lend to more flavor for the sweet milk and cardamom flavor to come through.
Vegan carrot halwa or gajar ka halwa is a popular traditional Indian dessert made of shredded carrots. The carrot halwa is a easy dessert that can be served on its own or even with plant based ice cream.
Classic Indian milk burfi meets a favorite American cookie to make an Indian Fusion treat, cookies and cream burfi! Cookies and cream is a popular ice cream flavor that combines vanilla ice cream with creme filled cookie sandwiches.
Easy 3 ingredient recipe makes a quick dessert using the delicious taste of chikoo fruit, which is also known as sapodilla. This hits the spot for a creamy chikoo dessert and takes about 10-15 minutes active time. It is perfect to make ahead the day before a party and refrigerate, or even whip up for last minute guests without much stress.
No Bake Mango Cheesecake – Mango Shrikhand Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust
Creamy, mousse-y, melt in your mouth no bake mango cheesecake inspired by the popular Indian dessert, mango shrikhand! This is a fusion dessert with cardamom, saffron and pistachios to win over your guests. Eggless and gelatin free.
A heavenly sweet treat combining Parle G and chocolate! Parle G cookie butter truffles are a fun treat that has a chocolate chai flavor profile. This can be an easy homemade gift to give! The Parle G cookie butter takes only a few minutes to whip up and should be made first. The recipe includes chai spices so this is a chocolate chai cookie butter treat