11 Best Mithai Recipes | Popular Indian Dessert Recipes

Indian Sweet recipes: No Indian festival or celebration is complete without a plateful of mithai. We have the 11 of the best Mithai recipes here that you can try at home.

NDTV Food  |  Updated: September 22, 2020 16:06 IST

11 Best Mithai Recipes | Popular Indian Dessert Recipes

Here are some of the best Indian sweets that you can make at home.

  • 10 Best Mithai Recipes
  • Indian sweets differ in tastes and textures.
  • Sweets symbolize good luck.

Indian Dessert Recipes- We have a serious penchant for sweet food and we'll happily agree. No Indian festival or celebration is complete without a plateful of mithai. Every region, culture and household has one or the other type of mithai that is synonymous to the occasion and integral to our traditions. We've all grown up watching our mothers and grandmothers find immense joy in preparing sweet treats for the family and coming back to a house filled with delicious aromas. Most festivals are marked with a special mithai that is usually made at home and offered to the deities. In fact, the journey of Indian mithais dates back to the ancient mythological period. The tradition of making mithai during festivals probably comes from the ritual of preparing Bhog or Prasad which is offered to God. Be it Lord Krishna's love for Doodh ki Barfi or Ganesha's Motichoor ke Ladoos, mithai has been considered God's most beloved food and even ours. Moreover, sweets symbolize good luck and therefore, you'll always find them gracing our tables.

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You'd be surprised with the mind-blowing variety of sweets that we can make with a just a handful of humble ingredients such as milk, khoya, besan and nuts. Interestingly, most Indian mithais may use similar ingredients yet each one of them differs in taste and texture. Over the years, many of us have conveniently shifted to the store-bought stuff but at the risk of our health. Adulteration and use of synthetics colours and flavours is common and known but often ignored. Time to go back to the basics and we'll help you rewind the clock.


Learn how to make regional classics from all across the country and bring back sweet memories with our 11 best mithai recipes. 

1. Milk Cake

These fudge-like sweet is an instant hit and also very easy to make at home. This simple mithai is made with milk tastes so good that it will surprise you.

milk cakeAn Indian mithai made with curdled milk, saffron and lots of dry fruits.

2. Kalakand

This mithai is believed to have originated in Alwar, Rajasthan and is made with only two main ingredients sweetened milk and paneer. It's soft, creamy and melts in your mouth when made well.

A soft tasty barfi from the desert land comes this Indian dessert for any festive occasion. 

3. Zafrani Kaju Katli

This is, undoubtedly, one of the most loved Indian mithais. It is made with creamy cashew nut and has a typical diamond shape adorned with silver varq. In this recipe, the chef uses saffron and cardamom to add more flavour.

kaju katli
Recreate the sweet sensation of kaju katli right in the comfort of your kitchen.

4. Besan Ki Barfi

This rich and delicious mithai is made with gram flour and nuts. Gram flour is cooked over low heat for hours to form a smooth base which is then shaped into barfis and garnished with toasted almonds or crushed pistachios.

barfi Gram flour or besan sauteed with ghee and sugar to make this mouth watering delicacy.

5. Nariyal Ladoo

Of all the sweet treats made during festivals, ladoos are most iconic. In this recipe, freshly toasted coconut is rolled with khoya, cashews and condensed milk.

Shaped into round balls and stuffed with almonds and cashews, these coconut ladoos are every festive treat!

6. Balushahi

This mithai is similar to a doughnut – fluffy with delicate layers. In South India, a similar sweet is prepared which is known as Badushah.

balushahi recipeA traditional North Indian flaky dessert that is super delicious.

This famous mithai from Karnataka needs only three ingredients – gram flour, sugar and lots of desi ghee and is famous for its melt in the mouth texture.

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(Also read: How Mysore Pak originated)

mysor pak
Mysore Pak is a sweet dish of Karnataka, prepared especially during Diwali.

8. Ghevar

This delicious mithai from Rajasthan is an absolute delight. It is a disc shaped dessert dipped in sugar syrup and topped with mava, paneer or malai. It is most popularly made during the month of August or the auspicious month of Shravana or Sawan when the festival of Teej and Raksha Bandhan falls.

(Also read: Ghevar and Teej Celebrations)

There are a plenty of varieties of the traditional dessert Ghewar including mawa and malai.

9. Peda

You may have heard of the famous Agra ka Peda, now learn how to make it at home.

Three simple ingredients make for this popular Indian sweet native to Uttar Pradesh.

10. Sandesh

This all-time popular mithai from West Bengal made with cottage cheese is soft, smooth and moist.

Comments(Also read: 10 Best Bengali Recipes)

sandeshBengal's super hit sweet, made with sweetened cottage cheese and flavored with cardamom and kesar.

11. Gulab Jamun

Gulab meaning rose and Jamun meaning berry makes for Gulab Jamun as a berry-sized ball dunken in rose flavoured sugar syrup. It can be served hot with vanilla ice-cream or just a stand-alone chilled dish.

gulab jamun
The classic Indian dessert that is usually enjoyed during festive and celebratory occasions.

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