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.
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!
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, 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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