Indian Sweets - A Common Ingredient for Celebrations and Festivities
No Indian celebration is ever complete without a scrumptious mithai box. They are the heart of every wedding function. “Mu mitha kijiye” is a popular dialogue by the elders of the family. The idea is to celebrate happiness in the family with sweets.
Indians not only believe in indulging in sweets themselves, but they want others to indulge in them too. Whether it is the birth of a child, a new car or a new house, every occasion calls for the dreamy box which we love. It is seen as a symbol of expressing love and gratitude for others. Apart from marriage ceremonies, Indian festivities always call for sweets. Well, it is an incomplete festivity celebration without sweets.
Diwali won’t be bright enough and Holi definitely will be less colorful without those mouth watering sweets on the table. Also every festival celebration has their individual specialty in sweets. The essence of the festival is ruined without the mouth watering creamy sweets. Well we don’t have any favorites, but we have chosen a few popular sweets. We will be sharing a few recipes for these sweets to help you celebrate the next festival.
Top Indian Sweet Recipes for all Festivals
Gajar Ka Halwa
Known with different names like gajar ka halwa, Gajrela or Gajar Pak. This dish is a carrot based dessert pudding. The dish was first introduced during the Mughlai period. Prepared from some basic ingredients in your kitchen, this dish is popular during the winters. Here is the recipe.
- Sugar is an optional variant for this dish.
- The first step is to grate the carrots (1/2kg) and let them dry out before the cooking process is initiated.
- The grated carrots are then cooked on a heated pan in a mild flame with half liter of milk.
- Cook in low heat until the milk is absorbed. Then add ghee and cardamom powder in the pan.
- Fry all the ingredients for 4-5 minutes. If sugar is preferred you can add sugar and stir for another 3-4 minutes.
- Then add Khoya (125gram) in the mixture and let it cook for another 15-20 minutes until the ghee starts to leave on the sides. Keep stirring in between.
- Garnish the Halwa with almonds and cardamom powder (I tbsp). Serve the dish warm.
Commonly known as Indian Donuts, gulab jamun is a deep fried dumpling made of flour dipped in sugar syrup. It is typically made during the festival of Diwali. They are intensely sweet and will surely satisfy your craving for sweets. For some people, one piece serves the purpose, for other sweet tooth people, nothing is enough. Here is the recipe:
- Khoya (200 grams)
- Paneer (100 grams)
- Maida (3 tbsp)
- Rava (2tbsp)
- Baking powder
- Oil for frying
- Rose water(optional)
- Mash and grate the khoya in a bowl and there should be no lumps in it.
- Then add grated paneer, rava, maida, baking powder and cardamom to the khoya.
- Add milk to the mixture and form dough. Try not to knead to make the dough.
- Then apply a little oil to your hands and start making small balls out of the mixture. In case the balls break try adding a little milk to the mixture to gain the moisture.
- In a different pan dissolve sugar in water and heat until sticky. Switch off the flame once consistency is reached.
- Add rose water to the syrup for the enhanced flavor and smell.
- In a separate pan heat oil and lower the flame for a minute and then slowly place the balls in the pan.
- Once they start to turn golden try to keep rotating the gulab jamun for the consistent golden color.
- Drain the gulab jamun on a toilet paper and serve hot.
Known as Zulbia or zalabia , it is a sweet dessert which is a deep fried pretzel. It is a hot favorite formany occasions of weddings and festivals. It is a product which is not only loved by kids but by adults too. It is all relished with accompanied elements like hot milk or chilled rabri. In the city of Gujarat, jalebi is often eaten with Fafda while in northern states it is loved with rabri. Try this delicious recipe:
- All purpose flour (3cups)
- Corn flour(1/2cup)
- Yoghurt (2 cup)
- For the recipe you need to start by mixing all purpose flour, maida, corn flour and baking soda in a big bowl.
- Now thicken the batter and add curd and water to the mixture. Keep mixing until you get a nice thick consistency.
- Then you need to keep it aside for 8 hours for overnight.
- Now in a different pan add sugar to water for the sugar syrup. Then after stirring for 3-4 minutes on a simmer flame, add saffron, cardamom powder and rose essence.
- Now the next step is deep frying. Heat refined sunflower oil in pan on medium heat.
- Now add the batter into a muslin cloth and make a hole in the centre of the muslin cloth. Further squeeze to make concentric circles.
- Fry till golden brown.
- Then soak the jalebis into sugar syrup for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Serve the dessert hot at room temperature with creamy delicious rabri.
Cardamom Kheer is a lightened rice pudding which is a common made homely dessert in India. Find the full recipe here:
- Short grain rice (1/4 cup)
- Whole milk (3 cups)
- Whipping cream (1/2 cup)
- Rose water
- Saffron threads
- Start by heating ghee in a pan and then add crushed cardamom seeds to the pan.
- Stir for about 30 seconds and then add rice to the pan.
- Heat the rice on the pan for about a minute and then add milk and sugar to the rice.
- Then taste the mixture and add sugar to enhance the taste further if needed.
- Bring the mixture to a boil and then simmer for approximately about 30 -40 minutes.
- The mixture should turn creamy and thick.
- Add the whipping cream and rose water for another 10 minutes.
- Turn the heat off and use chopped pistachios for garnishing. For variations you can use saffron threads.
Barfi is a dense milk dessert popular all around the nation. The making of this barfi is a very simple procedure using the basic ingredients present in our food. Barfi is a derivative from the Persian word Barf which means snow. Check out the full recipe here:
- Condensed milk
- Milk powder
- Powdered cardamom
- To start with take a large bowl and add milk powder in it along with condensed milk.
- Make rigid dough from the ingredients and then keep the dough in the freezer for around 20 minutes.
- The next step is to grate the dough and keep it aside.
- Then take a deep pan , and keep it on low flame and add ghee to the pan. Add the grated dough to this pan with water.
- Then stir the mixture and further add cardamom powder.
- Cook until the water is dried out and the mixture is accumulated in the center of the pan.
- Then add pistachios and let the mixture cool for a while.
- Lastly, cut the barfi in desired shapes and serve by garnishing with almonds and silver varks.
Shahi Tukda is a traditional Hyderabad based dessert which is an inseparable culinary part of their heritage. It is also known with other popular names like Double Meetha . This is a easy traditional recipe which can be made within a few minutes. Check it out here:
- Slices of bread
- Black cardamom
- Crushed almonds
- Unlike other recipes, we will start by preparing the sugar syrup.
- Add sugar to the water and once the sugar dissolves you can add saffron threads.
- Let the syrup boil until there is thread like consistency achieved.
- Take a different pan and boil milk with medium heat.
- Cook until the milk is reduced to 1/4th but keep on stirring to avoid burn or lumping.
- Once the milk is reduced you can add cardamom powder, sugar syrup and mix well for some time.
- Then turn the heat off and start with the bread slices. Cut them into triangle shapes and fry them until golden brown.
- Further soak the slices in the syrup. Then add the rabri over the soaked bread slices.
- Garnish them with crushed almonds, pistachios and chopped nuts.
Rava laddu is a delicious aromatic sweet recipe with a slight crunch of roasted rava. Here is the full recipe:
- Rava (1 ¼ cup)
- Fresh desiccated coconut
- Cardamom powder
- Chopped raisins or cashews.
- Take a pan and add ghee to it and heat it on a medium flame.
- Then fry the rava and keep stirring so that it doesn’t burn.
- When the rava turns light and crunchy transfer it onto a new place.
- Roast the coconut keeping the aroma and then keep it aside.
- Now heat ghee in the same pan and add cashews. Then add the mixture of cashew and raisins to the rava mixture.
- Then add hot ghee to the mixture and stir continuously.
- Now take small portion from the mixture and make balls out of them.
- You can store your rava ladoos in an airtight jar.
We all know this dish from those holi morning celebrations. Malpua is not just a dessert, but a whole story with representation of culture. Try this delicious recipe here:
- Flour (200 Gms)
- Fennel seeds
- Sugar (250 gms)
- Baking powder (1/2 spoon)
- Khoya (50 gms)
- Start by making the batter of rava, maida, baking powder, cardamom, milk and fennel seeds.
- You need to further ensure that the consistency is right. Keep the batter aside for a few minutes.
- Then start with the sugar syrup in a different pan.
- Add some sugar in water and let it boil.
- When the sugar dissolves add a few spoons of milk and stir again for a few minutes.
- Remove the scum formed on the top and keep it aside once thick enough.
- Then heat ghee in a pan on medium flame.
- Add a ladleful of mixture and spread evenly. Keep the flame on low while cooking the malpua.
- After cooking you can drop them in the sugar syrup for soaking.
- After a few minutes take them out and garnish them with pistachios and almonds. Serve them hot.
Diet Dessert Recipes for Health Freaks
We all love desserts but with healthy diets, it becomes a guilty sin. We all crave these sweet delicious sweets on one hand and freak out because of the calories on the other. Well we brought some healthy option for you to indulge in. They are sweet and creamy mouthfuls in a healthier version.
Gluten Free Chocolate Cakes
They are moist, fluffy and chocolaty. These cakes are gluten free and really easy to make. Gluten free Chocolate cake is a right mix of cocoa powder and chocolate. They are perfectly in sync with the bitterness of dark chocolate and creamy sweetness of milk chocolate. Check out the recipe here:
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Cocoa powder
- You start by making a batter of flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder, sugar and salt.
- Grease the pan before you start.
- Stir the mixture and whisk it up.
- Further add oil, milk and eggs and make a luscious batter.
- Cook them using a oven and you are done.
With lowest fat content, Pear rabri is a delicious dessert. These are low calories diets which perfectly works with your gym regime diets. Check out the full recipe here:
- Grated pear
- Low fat milk
- Nutmeg powder
- You can start by boiling the milk in a pan for approx 10 – 12 mins before adding the grated pear.
- Then add the other ingredients like cardamom powder and nutmeg to the mixture.
- Lastly add sugar and refrigerate them for a hour before serving.
Try Out these Simple yet Amazing Indian Sweet Recipes in 2019
We have provided you with some of the tastiest sweet recipes. So whether you are no holds barred sweet eater, or a health freak, you can rock any occasion by trying these simple and delicious Indian Sweet Recipes. So, go ahead and spread some sweetness!