Authentic Indian Sweets & Dessert Recipes (Mithai)

Jalebis, pedas, mithai on an oval platter and kaju katli collage.

A roundup of Indian sweets and 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. Where possible, I also offer alternative vegan options.

Jalebis, pedas, mithai on an oval platter and kaju katli collage.

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 and people make what they like best.

Scroll through to find a traditional Indian dessert recipe or one of my Indian fusion creations!

Table of Contents

  1. Traditional Indian Sweets
  2. Indian Fusion Desserts

Traditional Indian Sweets

Orange jalebis on parchment paper

30-Minute Easy Jalebi Recipe

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!
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kaju katli

How to Make Easy Kaju Katli (Kaju Barfi) Mithai

This recipe for homemade, authentic, easy kaju katli (kaju barfi) is delicious. It’s one of those sweets you can’t just have one of! Boxes of kaju katli, amongst other sweets are often gifted during Indian holidays. My family makes them every year to gift for the Diwali holiday season. Enjoy!
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Gajar Ka Halwa Indian Carrot Sweet Pudding

Gajar Ka Halwa – Indian Carrot Pudding

Gajar ka halwa is a traditional India dessert made of shredded carrots flavored with cardamom and sugar. The carrot halwa is a easy dessert that can be served on its own or even with ice cream.
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milk peda

Doodh Peda (Milk Peda) Recipe

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.
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Dry fruit barfi in a fluted white plate.

Khajur Burfi or Dry fruit barfi

Khajur burfi 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. 
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coconut rose jalebi

Coconut Rose Jalebi

Classic jalebis are given a new taste with rose flavor and sweetened coconut shreds for a fun new spin on a popular Indian dessert
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rose chikki piece with rose petals for garnish

Rose Chikki

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.
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Churma Ladoo No Frying

Churma Ladoo No Frying

Delicious traditional Gujarati churma ladoos made without frying! These ladoos are hearty and often prepared for Ganesh Chathurti.
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Kesar Pista Kulfi

Creamy, easy 5 ingredient kesar pista kulfi! No cooking required
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shrikhand in a jar

Quick Shrikhand Recipe

Shrikhand is a popular Indian sweet from Western India that is yogurt based and easy to make! I love making it with greek yogurt. Best served chilled and to give the flavors some time to soak in.
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quinoa kheer

Quinoa Kheer

A healthy alternative to a classic Indian rice pudding type dessert using quinoa
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vegan gajar ka halwa in a gold trim bowl with raisins and pistaschios

Vegan Gajar Ka Halwa

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.
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beetroot halwa on a plate with pistachios garnished on top

Beetroot Halwa Recipe

This beetroot halwa recipe is an easy to make creamy Indian dessert flavored with a bit of cardamom. Made with milk powder instead of khoya.
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kesar milk

Kesar Milk

Kesar milk or saffron milk is a quick treat flavored with saffron, crushed almonds and a hint of cardamom. A traditional Indian drink!
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Unique Indian Fusion Desserts

cookies and cream burfi indian fusion dessert

Cookies and Cream Burfi – Indian Fusion Dessert

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.
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coconut jalebi cupcakes

Coconut Jalebi Cupcakes

Easy coconut cupcakes with a saffron pudding filling and topped with toasted coconut flakes and topped with a jalebi
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indian carrot cake gajar ka halwa cake with frosting

Gajar Ka Halwa Cake – Indian Carrot Cake

Indian carrot cake inspired by gajar ka halwa which is carrot halwa. Cake is loaded with cardamom, carrots, nuts and raisins. Topped with easy to make whipped cardamom cream cheese frosting.
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chikkoo fruit mousse recipe sapodilla recipe

Chikoo Fruit Mousse – Sapodilla Recipe

Easy 3 ingredient recipe makes a quick dessert using the delicious taste of chikoo fruit, which is also known as sapodilla.
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eggless mango shrikhand cheesecake with pistaschio garnish

No Bake Mango Cheesecake – Mango Shrikhand Cheesecake with Pistachio Crust

Creamy, mousse-y, melt in your mouth no bake mango cheesecake. Fusion dessert with cardamom, saffron and pistachios to win over your guests! Eggless and gelatin free.
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kesar pista cupcake indian fusion dessert

Kesar Pista Cupcakes (Saffron Pistachio)

Pistachio cupcakes with a cream cheese saffron topping! Easy to make cupcakes use ground pistachios for a delicious flavor.
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saffron milk cake indian

Kesar Pista Milk Cake – Indian Milk Cake – Saffron Milk Cake

Pistachio cake soaked in saffron infused milk. Made with ground, roasted pistachios. Eggless recipe.
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Chikoo cheesecake toasted coconut cardamom Parle g indian fusion

Chikoo Cheesecake – Toasted Coconut Cardamom Parle G C

Easy, no bake cheesecake. Chikoo has delicious notes of caramel. Paired with a toasted coconut and cardamom crust.
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Indian fusion baklava

Indian Baklava – Thandai flavors Indian fusion

Indian flavors meet a Greek dessert in this Indian fusion sweet treat. Flavors are inspired by Thandai.
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Indian carrot halwa cupcake with cardamom cream cheese

Gajar Ka Halwa Cupcakes

Cupcakes filled with a traditional Indian sweet, gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa), and topped with a cream cheese cardamom icing
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gulab jamun pancakes

Gulab Jamun Pancakes

Flavors of gulab jamun, a popular Indian dessert, infused into pancakes!
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No Churn Kadak Masala Chai

Easy masala chai ice cream
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Parle G Cookie Butter Chocolate Truffles

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
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Jalebis, pedas, mithai on an oval platter and kaju katli collage.

25+ Authentic Indian Sweets and Dessert Recipes: Jalebi & more

Shilpa Joshi
My mom's 30-minute jalebis come out crispy, juicy and so flavorful everytime! Plus, enjoy 26 more Indian sweets and dessert recipes above; some Indian mithai-inspired
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian, indian fusion
Servings 30 jalebis
Calories 72 kcal

Equipment

  • pan for frying

Ingredients
  

Saffron Sugar Syrup (Chaasni)

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 pinches saffron generous pinches for more color
  • tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp cardamom powder
  • orange color optional, I use the natural color from saffron for the color

Jalebi

  • 1 cup all purpose flour maida
  • tbsp urad dal flour grind urad dal and sieve to make your own flour if you do not have it
  • 1 tbsp ghee
  • tsp Eno
  • cup water
  • 2 tbsp water note: total ⅔ cup plus 2 tbsp water total
  • oil for deep frying

Instructions
 

Sugar Syrup (Chaasni)

  • Bring 1 cup water and 2 cups sugar with cardamom and saffron to a boil. Sugar should be dissolved, stir. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes more. Turn off gas and add in lemon juice.

Jalebi

  • Mix ingredients of urad dal flour, all purpose flour, eno and ghee
  • Add water (⅔cup plus 2 tbsp water) to make a dough that is not too thin and not to thick. It will be on thicker side. If you need more water add 1 tbsp at a time.
  • Fill squeeze bottle or piping bag with batter. Heat oil. Once oil heated make jalebi shapes in oil to fry on medium heat.
  • Fry until golden brown
  • Remove from syrup and garnish with pistachios. Best enjoyed fresh!

Nutrition

Calories: 72kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 1mgPotassium: 7mgFiber: 1gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 1mgIron: 1mg
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