Sweets and Indians are closely knit with each other. Indians love to have sweets during the course of their meals. A lot of Indian sweets are typically made from ghee and jaggery in combinations with semolina, whole wheat flour or gram flour to name a few.
Sweets made from jaggery have a religious significance. A Gujarati wedding engagement function is named after jaggery called Gol Dhana; where Gol means jaggery and Dhana means coriander seeds. In the event of a new business, work, new home jaggery is given to sweeten the palate to indicate a good start to the event.
Come every festival like Holi, Navaratri, Diwali the women folk of the Indian families are busy whipping up the traditional sweets for that occasion. The recipes in this section will guide you to making some of the tried and tested recipes that have been handed down through many generations. If you have never tried attempting sweets before, some of these recipes could be the easiest you could ever try.
Bhaja Pithe Recipe is a traditional sweet recipe in the region of West Bengal. This recipe is traditionally made for harvest festival. Made with nolen gur (palm jaggery), this recipe can also be substituted with normal cane jaggery. Coconut filling is stuffed in the dough made from dal, sweet potato and rice flour, and is deep fried to make Bhaja Pithe Recipe. Serve this as a dessert after meals.
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Kaanole are steamed sweet delicacy from Maharashtrian Cuisine. Made from whole wheat flour and Jaggery, this sweet dish is prepared especially on the occasion of Naag Panchami in my family since ages. A dough is made with whole wheat flour , Jaggery syrup and oil and rolled out and made into small triangle shape kaanole and then steamed in the cooker. Kaanole Recipe (Maharashtrian Steamed Wheat Flour Sweet) is served piping hot with the Appe Payasa.
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Narkel Naru - Ladoo Recipe With Grated Coconut is a Bengali festive recipe which is usually prepared during Durga pooja and in countryside of India during special occasions like festivals. Traditionally prepared with reduced milk, here I have used sweetened condensed milk instead of taking hours to reduce milk manually. Serve these easy to prepare Narkel Naru - Ladoo Recipe With Grated Coconut for dessert option during evening or after meal.
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Khurchan means the scrapped leftover. Khurchan Mawa Burfi Recipe is made with this ghee residual which is left behind after extracting ghee from butter. If you are one of them who loves homemade ghee over the store-bought one, you might have often used the leftover khurchan to knead the dough, or mix with the gravy side dish recipes. Here's an interesting sweet recipe to make out of Khurchan and khoya. Khurchan Mawa Burfi Recipe Made With Ghee Residual is a melt in mouth barfi that can be served ...
Singhal is a traditional festive recipe from Kumaon, Uttarakhand. It is a deep fried snack recipe which is very popular in that region. I happened to learn this from a friend of Kumaon. Made with semolina, yogurt and banana, Uttarakhand Style Singhal Recipe is mildly sweet fritter dish that is served with adrak chai or qahwa.
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Adadiya is famous winter special gujarati sweet. Traditionally Gujarati Style Adadiya Pak Recipe contains ingredients which helps to keep body warm in cold winter. Adadiya is prepared with urad dal roasted in ghee on slow flame along with healthy nuts and spices. Enjoy this healthy recipe during cold winters. Have a piece of Gujarati Style Adadiya Pak Recipe for breakfast with coffee or masala chai. (The recipe is slowly digested and heavy).
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Arbi Ke Chande are truly a lip smacking sweet light chips prepared from Arbi (Colocasia root). This recipe is especially prepared during festivals like Navami, Janmashtami etc and is used as Prashad in my family since ages. I learnt this heirloom recipe through my grandma. Have Arbi Ke Chande recipe as an evening snack or as a munch during picnic, with healthy nankhatai or ribbon pakoda recipe.
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Nolen Chawal Bhog Recipe is a Rice Pudding With Nolen Jaggery. This is a signature dish of Makar Sankranti festival (South India) / Poush Parbon (West Bengal). During this period, nolen gur or date palm jaggery is a seasonal ingredient which is freshly available in winters. With just 3 ingredients, Nolen Chawal Bhog Recipe (Rice Pudding With Nolen Jaggery) tastes divine as a dessert delicacy.
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Karnataka Style Utthatthi Payasa Recipe is the Dry Dates Kheer made with handy ingredients like jaggery, nuts, and dry dates. This recipe is an apt treat for the unexpected guests since it can be made in 40 minutes. This recipe can be prepared in the vegan style with thick coconut milk instead of milk. This payasa is also suited for diabetic people for a spoonful of indulgence as it doesn’t call for cups and cups of sugar. Prepare this Uttatthi Payasa and you will be lost in the delectable sweetness ...
Black Rice which is called Kavuni Arisi in tamil, is high in nutritional value and very good source of iron, vitamin E and antioxidants. The rice is hard, dark black in colour and turns purple when cooked. The Kavuni Arisi sweet is very famous in Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu. It is not only healthy but also very delicious. The rice needs to be soaked for long time as it is hard. Though it turns soft as cooked, we get the chewy chunks of rice while eating.
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Murmura Jaggery Laddu / Pori Urundai Recipe (Puffed Rice Balls with Jaggery Recipe) Recipe is a crunchy and crispy delightful dessert made from puffed rice and roasted channa dal. These laddus are favorite among the Kids, so when you prepare them during the festival it will done in a couple of minutes.
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Kuzhal Payasam is a old traditional recipe prepared during any festival especially for vinayagar chathurthi. This has become forgotten recipe as I don’t see anyone preparing it often. I got this recipe from my grandmother who prepares this for us when we were young. There are many variations in preparing hand made noodles with wheat flour, rice flour or maida. I used wheat flour and cooked in jaggery syrup. This is not only delightful but also healthy.
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Ghevar is a Rajasthani easy dessert specially made on Festivals in rainy season like the Teej and Raksha Bandhan. The reason why ghevar recipe is made only during the rains is that a degree of moisture is necessary. It is a round plate-shaped sweet which is made with flour and sugar syrup and deep fried in oil. It is also known as Honeycomb dessert and is one of the best dessert recipes. Serve Rajasthani Ghevar Recipe during evening with Cinnamon Spiced Orange Iced Tea Recipe or more snacks.
Ganne Ke Ras Ki Kheer Recipe (Sugarcane Kheer Recipe) is a wonderful way to use sugarcane as a dessert. As winter is the season for sugarcane and many harvesting festivals coming up on the line, we have come up with a delicious and healthy dessert that uses broken wheat and the natural sugar from the Sugarcane to make the Dessert.
Serve the Ganne Ke Ras Ki Kheer Recipe (Sugarcane Kheer Recipe) as a festival Dessert to enjoy with your loved ones.
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Til Ke Laddu Recipe (Sesame Seeds Laddu Recipe) is a festival dessert made to be relished by kids and shared among friends. The laddu is made from roasted sesame seeds, jaggery, dry fruits and coconut which make it the perfect sweet to bite into and chew the crunchy seeds.
Serve the Til Ke Laddu Recipe (Sesame Seeds Laddu Recipe) as a Party Dessert for any festival occasion.
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Gulkand Kala Jamun is a dessert recipe that hails from Rajasthan. Khoya balls stuffed with rose petal jam (gulkand) and dry fruits are deep fried to get that blackish color is then dunked into saffron and rose scented sugar syrup. One of the finest recipe i got to learn from my Grandma when she was alive. Gulkand Kala Jamun is certainly a show stopper in your festival spreads.
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Bread Halwa also called Double Ka Meetha is a delicious dessert recipe that originated during the Mughals and Nizam Era. This recipe is commonly served in Hyderabad and is often seen served during festivals and special occasions. Another heirloom recipe from my Grandmother, Bread Ka Halwa is easy to make an a great dessert option to serve your guests on their sudden arrival and tastes great too.
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Pappulo Undrallu Recipe is a popular recipe cooked in the Andhra households during the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Undrallu means rice flour dumplings in Telugu, and it is cooked in a moong dal sweetened with jaggery. It is nothing but plain modaks dunked in a moong dal payasam / kheer. Serve the Pappulo Undrallu Recipe, along with Spicy Sweet Corn & Oat Fritters Recipe as a part of festive lunch or Andhra meals.
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Rasgulla Custard Pudding is a fusion dessert where the rasgullas are loaded over the custard. I always prefer to use mini rasgullas for this type of pudding. The flavor is much unique and quick to prepare, even you can prepare if your guests are at your door step.
Serve Rasgulla Custard Pudding on its own as a dessert after your meal.
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Karnataka Style Kashi Halwa Recipe With Ash Gourd is an authentic Udupi style recipe. Udupi Recipes are popular around the world and is known for its delectable Sattvic Vegetarian Cuisine.'Kashi Halwa' is a famous recipe from the Udupi Cuisine. White Pumpkin/Ash gourd is used in this recipe. Ash gourd is cooked along with sugar and is flavoured with saffron and cardamom. Kashi halwa is a delicate and delicious dessert that can be made quickly using just a few ingredients. I ...
Parsi Lagan Nu Custard is a traditional Parsi Dessert recipe made specially during Parsi weddings. It is a rich Custard with flavours of Nutmeg and Cardamom, and serves as dessert.
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The Annanas Ka Muzzafar Recipe (Pineapple layered Rice Recipe) is a sweet dish made traditionally in “Dum” which is one of the oldest method of cooking, the saffron flavored spiced rice is layered with sweetened pineapple chunks that are reduced in sugar syrup. The layer is then topped up with toasted paneer and nuts in order to give an extra crunch to the layered dessert.
Rice and pineapple is a different texture that has been discovered so far, which compliments really well with each other.
Kuvar Pak Recipe is an Aloe Vera sweet recipe that is famous in Manavdar of Gujarat. Kuvar pak includes a much researched and beneficial main ingredient-Aloe vera. The sweet is made from aloe vera extract/ aloe vera milk. Try this mild sweet which also has a delectable aloe vera tinge of flavour to it, as a festive sweet or as a dessert after a Gujarati lunch. You will love the taste for sure!
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Weetbix Halwa is something which I prepare very often at my home during festivals which fall on a working day. This is because they are healthy, quick & easier. The measurements given in this halwa is for 4 pieces of weet-bix, each with 15gms. The timings and other measurements would change based on the amount of weetbix we use. I had used palm sugar as they are healthier than refined sugar. This makes the dish completely guilt free too. The measurements of ghee are the most minimal one required ...