25+ Unique Diwali Sweets (+Chikoo Mousse Recipe)

A party ready treat, chikoo mousse! Plus, enjoy 25 more homemade Diwali sweets recipes; from traditional mithai to Diwali cakes and other Indian fusion ideas!
Diwali sweets collage.

A roundup of Indian sweets and Indian desserts to inspire you to whip up a tasty treat for all the Diwali festival celebrations!

 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. All bakes are eggless. Where possible, I also offer alternative vegan options.

coconut rose jalebi

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights is celebrated over a period of four days. You can read more about the holiday at my post on Wilton.

Traditional sweets and mithai for Diwali are always in abundance during Diwali and the festive season.  It’s customary to give boxes of sweets to friends and family as a Diwali gift. 

Indian cuisine is varied across Indian so Diwali food is as well. There are lots of sweets and a HUGE variety of Diwali desserts.

This list includes some easy Indian sweets and desserts, including Indian fusion ones you may have not seen before because I love creating them 😊

Scroll through to find a traditional Diwali dessert recipe or one of my Indian fusion creations for your dessert table.  Each has an individual recipes link with further details.

Diwali sweets collage.

Quick snacks recipes are up including roasted poha chivda, shakarpara and even a baked pull apart samosa wreath for some savory snacks!  If you want an idea for Diwali celebration breakfast recipes, how about some Gulab Jamun Pancakes.

Happy Diwali, wish you and your loved ones a beautiful year filled with love and a belly filled with Diwali mithai 😊

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Traditional Deepavali Sweets – Including some of the most popular Indian desserts found at the sweet shop such as jalebi, kesar peda, gajar halwa and kaju katli.

Indian Fusion Desserts – Including Diwali Cakes, Cupcakes and unique burfi varieties!

Traditional Diwali Sweets and Mithai

Kesar Pedas on a steel tray.

Yummy and Easy Kesar Peda

Easy Kesar Peda recipe! Makes delicious bites of kesar peda with notes of cardamom that melt in your mouth! Pedas are a popular traditional Indian sweet.
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Kaju katli, a very popular dessert, tastes amazing and melts in your mouth with this homemade sweet recipe!

kaju katli

How to Make Easy Kaju Katli (Kaju Barfi) Mithai

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.
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15 Minute Vermicelli Kheer – Meethi Seviyan Kheer

Vermicelli kheer or seviyan kheer is a delicious sweet milk based dessert with notes of cardamom and roasted nuts
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Ricotta cheese peda on a fluted white plate.

Ricotta Cheese Peda

Delicious bites of ricotta cheese peda with notes of cardamom that melt in your mouth! Made with 5 ingredients. Pedas are a popular traditional Indian sweet.
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Kesar Pista Kulfi

Creamy, easy 5 ingredient kesar pista kulfi! No cooking required
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If you are looking for a healthy-ish treat, this dry fruits barfi will hit the spot!

Dry fruit barfi in a fluted white plate.

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.
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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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Gajar halwa or carrot halwa is one of the most common sweets made across all special occasions.

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. Made with no khoya. The carrot halwa is a easy dessert that can be served on its own or even with ice cream.
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Milk Barfi squares.

15 Minute Milk Barfi or Milk Powder Burfi

Milk Barfi / Milk Powder Burfi is an easy, delicious, melt in your mouth Indian sweet that is ready in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients.
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Three kesar pista ice cream scoops in a small white bowl with a green cloth in the background.

Kesar Pista Ice Cream

This creamy and quick kesar pista ice cream recipe can be made with just a few ingredients and time. It has a light saffron/floral taste that is the star of the treat with bits of pistachio for some contrast. It is a popular Indian ice cream recipe that is saffron and pistachio flavored. It is no churn so you don't need an ice cream maker!
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Greek yogurt shrikand topped with pistachios and rose petals.

Instant Greek Yogurt 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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Mawa kulfi cut in slices on a gray plate with ground pistaschios sprinkled on top.

Instant Homemade Mawa Kulfi or Khoya Kulfi with condensed milk (Malai Kulfi)

Instant and delicious homemade mawa kulfi with khoya that gives you the texture and taste you crave at a fraction of the time! Kulfi is a traditional frozen Indian dessert made with milk, evaporated milk solids and a hint of cardamom.
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Fruit chaat in a silver ornate platter.

15 Minute Delicious Fruit Chaat Recipe (Spicy Fruit Salad)

Fruit chaat is a simple snack using fresh fruits and a few spices to make a delicious tangy, sweet and spicy fruit salad. Great way to use seasonal fruits for a healthy snack!
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Indian Fusion Delicious Desserts

Make the festival of Diwali extra special by trying out a unique, delicious dessert that is new!

Diwali Diya Cake Pops with sprinkles and piping bags to the corner.

Diya Cake Pop

A fun, easy semi-homemade Diwali treat to make Diya Cake Pops! This can easily be made with your favorite cake recipe or even box mix!
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Diwali celebration isn’t complete without some gulab jamun. Try it out a new way with this gulab jamun flavor inspired ice cream.

Gulab jamun ice cream with gulab jamuns in an ice cream bowl with rose petals o

Creamy and Easy Gulab Jamun Ice Cream

Creamy and dreamy gulab jamun ice cream takes the very popular flavor profile of gulab jamuns and adds it to ice cream for an Indian fusion treat! This is lightly saffron and rose flavored with a hint of cardamom.
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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. 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.
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Add this to your list of must try Diwali recipes! My recipe was also featured in Metro UK.

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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Ras Malai Cake slice on a fluted white plate

Best Rasmalai Cake (Eggless)

An easy, delicious moist, milk soaked cardamom cake with layers of rasmalai topping and rose cardamom whipped cream. It actually has rasmalai in it! This cake can be made either completely homemade or semi-homemade.
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Tiramisu barfi bars stacked on top of each other.

Tiramisu Barfi

An Italian twist to the traditional milk barfi for a fun Indian fusion twist! Espresso soaked cookies, topped with melt in your mouth barfi and finished with cocoa powder. If you are looking for a fun new Indian dessert to shake things up at your next party, this is it!
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A yummy gulab jamun inspired cake topped with amazing rose water whipped cream!

Gulab Jamun cake decorated with pistaschios, roses and gulab jamuns.

Yummy Eggless Gulab Jamun Cake

Gulab jamun cake, always a party hit, is an easy, delicious,moist, saffron simple syrup-soaked cardamom cake with gulab jamun baked inside!The cake is layered with a light rose whipped cream or can be made without it.Read on to learn more about this yummy moist cake!
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Three kesar pista cookies on a white fluted plate decorated with frosting and crushed pista and rose petals. on

Kesar Pista – Saffron Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

Kesar pista cookies (shortbread) are the perfect treat with delicate saffron flavors and ground pistachios! These pistachio saffron cookies taste delicious paired with chai for a tea time snack.   Butter pista cookies melt in your mouth and come together quick.
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Chikoo cheesecake toasted coconut cardamom Parle g indian fusion

Chikoo Cheesecake – Toasted Coconut Cardamom Parle G C

Easy, no bake chikoo cheesecake. Chikoo has delicious notes of caramel. Paired with a toasted coconut and cardamom crust.
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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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kaju katli ice cream sandwiches in an oval tin

Kaju Katli Ice Cream Sandwiches

A very easy and fun dessert, kaju katli ice cream sandwiches with a variety of toppings that kids can get in on! This dessert can be completely made from store bought ingredients or you can make the kaju katli at home! This would be a great kid friendly party dessert where everyone can add toppings to their own sandwiches.
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coconut jalebi cupcakes

Coconut Jalebi Cupcakes

Indian fusion coconut jalebi cake or cupcakes! Easy coconut cupcakes with a saffron pudding filling and topped with toasted coconut flakes and topped with a jalebi
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Diwali sweets collage.

25+ Unique & Traditional Indian Diwali Sweets Recipes: Chikoo Mousse and more

Shilpa Joshi
A party ready treat, chikoo mousse! Plus, enjoy 25 more homemade Diwali sweets recipes; from traditional mithai to Diwali cakes and other Indian fusion ideas!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 195 kcal


  • cold bowl
  • cold whisk
  • serving glasses


  • 18 oz chikoo I used frozen chikoo Deep brand
  • 8 oz heavy whipping cream can substitue coconut cream for dairy free version
  • 1 cup sugar
  • pistachios optional, garnish
  • whipped cream optional, garnish


  • Puree chikoo 12 oz with sugar and set aside. Puree other 6 oz and keep in separate bowl.
  • Whip heavy cream on low-medium until stiff peaks form, about 5-6 minutes
  • Gently fold in 12 oz chikoo puree into heavy cream. Whip slow about 30 seconds, or briefly longer until mixed into mousse.
  • Use remaining 6 oz chikoo puree and layer on bottom of serving glasses.
  • Gently layer the mousse on top and refrigerate atleast 1 hour and preferably until ready to serve to give it time to set. Great make ahead dessert.
  • Optionally garnish with pistachios and whipped cream dollops


Note you can definitely make smaller servings of these and get 10 smaller desserts out of this recipe, just depends on size of cup
For a prettier look, create more layers of puree, mousse and whipped cream


Calories: 195kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 1gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 52mgSodium: 15mgPotassium: 28mgSugar: 17gVitamin A: 556IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mg
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