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.

Pachai Payaru Payasam Recipe - Green Moong Dal Payasam

Pachai Payaru Payasam Recipe is a Green Moong Dal Payasam, where the green moong dal is boiled and dunked in creamy smooth coconut milk, then flavoured with intense cardamom powder, sweetened with rustic and earthy jaggery and finally served with cashew nuts fried in ghee !  Serve Pachai Payaru Payasam Recipe along with a South Indian meal that consists of Steamed Rice, Chettinad Style Poondu Rasam Recipe - Garlic Rasam Recipe, Beetroot Poriyal Recipe (Stir Fried Beetroot), Cabbage ...

Maharashtrian Anarsa Recipe

Anarsa is an authentic Maharashtrian sweet snack recipe prepared during the festive season. The recipe calls for common ingredients available in all households like powdered jaggery, rice, and ghee. The pastry-like snack is authentically prepared by deep frying the rice discs in a surplus amount of ghee. But I have deep fried in cooking oil. Though they look like a perfect quick fix, the authentic way of preparation is time-consuming as the rice has to be soaked in water for 3 days. If you are short ...

Puran Poli Recipe With Toor Dal And Chana Dal

Puran Poli or Vedmi is a well-known sweet bread recipe from Gujarat and Maharashtra. Gujarati style puran poli is prepared using toor dal and Maharashtrian style puran poli is made using chana dal. In this Puran Poli recipe, we have used both the dals to make this yummy and mouth watering dish even more interesting.  Preparing puran for the puran polis is a very time consuming process, so, here is an easy recipe of preparing puran partly in microwave. It will give the same rich aroma and flavours ...

Besan Ka Sheera Recipe (Natural Cold Remedy)

Besan Ka Sheera is an effective natural home remedy for cold and cough. Besan or chickpea flour is slow roasted until aromatic and then simmered with milk, turmeric and freshly cracked black peppercorns. Turmeric and Black pepper have a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties aiding in giving relief from cold. It is a popular home remedy used in Northern part of India. The drink also induces good sleep when ill. The Besan Ka Sheera is served hot and best had before the bedtime. If ...

Kavuni Arisi Halwa Recipe (Black Rice Halwa)

Kavuni Arisi Halwa or Black Rice Halwa is a traditional halwa recipe prepared by constant stirring of black rice paste in coconut milk and made richer by adding ghee. This is also called as dhol dhol or dodol in Anglo Indian cuisine, which is prepared for Christmas.  Black Rice or Kavuni Arisi is cultivated in northeastern and southern parts in India. Black rice also known as Forbidden Rice is a deep coloured because of the presence of a powerful antioxidant called anthocyanin making this variety ...

Dry Fruit Barfi Recipe - A Healthy Dry Fruit Halwa

The Dry Fruit Barfi is a delicious quick sweet made from figs, dates, pistachios, almonds, cashew nuts and walnuts. The recipe to make the dry fruit barfi is quick and easy and makes it a perfect sweet for Diwali or even as a healthy snack for kids. These are also high energy and nutritious squares that can be enjoyed by each and everyone in the family. Serve the Dry Fruit Barfi Recipe for any festivals or as a  Tea Time snack for children. If you are looking for more Dessert Recipes ...

Chironji And Makhane Ki Kheer Recipe

The Chironji and Makhane Ki Kheer Recipe is a delicious kheer that is rich and yet delicious, packed with flavors from the saffron and nutmeg. If you love Phool Makhana and Chironji then this recipe is just for you. The flavors from the condensed milk, along with the roasted nuts makes this kheer as a perfect dessert to serve for special occasions or even as a dessert for parties. Serve Chironji And Makhane Ki Kheer after your delicious festive meal of Jodhpuri Aloo, Ajwain ...

Banana Sheera Recipe - Sweet Banana Halwa/ Pudding

Banana Sheera Recipe (Sweet Banana Pudding Recipe) is a rich sweet pudding made with semolina and chopped banana. The pudding is then enriched roasted cashew nuts and raisins in ghee. In Maharashtra it is usually called as “Sheera” but in various other languages it is referred to as “sajjige”, “sooji halwa”, etc., The common ingredients in most of their dish is semolina, sugar, ghee and milk while the flavor changes accordingly. Serve the Banana Sheera Recipe along with a spicy upma ...

Badam Ki Kheer Recipe - Spiced Almond Milk

The Badam Ki Kheer recipe is a very simple dessert that is perfect to serve it cold for a summer lunch party or hot during the winters. Its refreshing, nourishing and delicious as well. Almonds are high in protein, therefore its good to include them in your daily meals.  Serve Badam Ki Kheer as a dessert after your delicious meal of Dal Makhani, Paneer Butter Masala, Phulka, Jeera Rice and Satvik Carrot Sprout Salad.  If you like this recipe, you can also try other Kheer Recipes ...

Akhrot Ka Sheera/Halwa Recipe - Walnut Pudding/Fudge Recipe

Akhrot Ka Sheera or Walnut Halwa is often prepared during the winter months, as it is believed to keep the body warm and protect it from the bitter cold. It is considered to be auspicious for Holi and Diwali and it even features on wedding menus. Walnut is a wrinkled biggish nut that is encased in a very hard shell. It has several known, impressive benefits and contains high quantities of omega 3 and antioxidants that is good for your brain. It’s usually commonly added to desserts, but in this ...

Thengai Poli Recipe - Coconut Poli Recipe

Thengai Poli is a classic sweet Indian flatbread stuffed with a filling of coconut and jaggery. Also known as Obbattu or holige in Karnataka,  puran polis in Maharashtra. There are different fillings that go into a poli or obbattu. Sometime dal and jaggery mixture is filling in and sometime dal and coconut filling is stuffed in between to make the poli. Each house has their own style of making the Poli as well.  Thengai Poli recipe is made with a coconut and jaggery filling. It is ...

Godhuma Rava Payasam - Dalia/Broken Wheat Payasam

Godhuma Rava Payasam is a Dalia/Broken Wheat Payasam that is a Tamilian speciality prepared during festivals and celebrations. This particular payasam uses Broken Wheat and is a healthy alternative to the usual Rice Kheer. Instead of sugar, it also uses jaggery which is pumped with iron. This wholesome, satisfying kheer can be prepared in little time, making it a good option when your guests show up unexpectedly.   Serve Godhuma Rava Payasam along with a festive meal.  You ...

Ragi & Whole Wheat Halwa Recipe - Finger Millet Pudding

Ragi Halwa or Finger Millet Pudding is a delicious alternative to the Wheat Flour Pudding / Gehun Ka Halwa that we make at home. The distinct taste of the finger millet along with the ghee and almonds make it nutritious and wholesome too. This halwa can be prepared for festive occasions such as Diwali, Navratri or Ganesh Chaturti - if you wish to add a touch of health to your sweet dish. But it can just as well be made as a simple post-meal treat for a homely lunch or dinner with the family.Halwas ...

Chocolate Cheese Gujiya Recipe

Chocolate Cheese Gujiya Recipe is made up with the 2 evergreen ingredients - chocolate & cheese and when it comes together, it gives you a delectable treat. Gujiyas are pastry crusts filled with different savoury or sweet ingredients and deep fried. Gujiyas are served during family occasions or festival seasons such as Holi or Diwali.  The most popular savoury snacks during Holi snacks are Gujiyas, Kachoris, Samosas, Dahi Vada etc. There are many versions of gujiya available with different ...

Gulab Sandesh Recipe - Cottage Cheese Flavored with Rose Water

The Gulab Sandesh Recipe also known as the Shondesh is traditional sweet in every Bengali home. Sandesh is made from fresh homemade chenna, combined with sugar and flavors. In this recipe, the Sandesh is flavored with gulab jal or rose water, giving it a delectable earthly flavor and taste. Serve the Gulab Sandesh with a warm cup of Tetley Cinnamon and Honey Green Tea that compliments and balances out the sweetness of the sandesh. You can also make more Indian Sweet & Mithai recipes ...

Thengai Poornam Kozhukattai / Ukadiche Modak Recipe With Rice Flour

Thengai Poornam Kozhukattai / Ukadiche Modak Recipe is a very festive sweet that is made for Lord Ganesha's Birthday also known as Vinayaka or Ganesh Chaturthi that is observed in the month of August - September. The festival lasts for 10 days and is celebrated very popularly across most regions of India. On this day, Kozhukattai, that are steamed rice dumplings filled with coconut and jaggery (a sweet variant) and lentils (for a savory variant) are a staple offering made to Lord Ganesha, and enjoyed ...

Chocolate Rava Ladoo Recipe

Chocolate Rava Ladoo Recipe, sounds interesting, isn't it? Chocolate, all time favourite of kids and these ladoo are a superb snack for them and even the adults who enjoy it as much as the kids. These ladoos are easy to make, and are full of nuts. The rava is roasted and mixed along with almond powder, roasted raisins and cashews and cocoa powder. They are wholesome and a great snack to have to give you the right boost of energy. You can even make it during festivals. You can add your choice ...

Kesar Peda Recipe

Kesar Peda Recipe is one of the easiest Indian sweets to make and doesn't require too much time or effort. It's a traditional Indian dessert made by combining sweetened khoya with other flavors such as saffron and cardamom and formed into small balls or other shapes. A favorite with kids and adults alike, Indian festivals are usually incomplete without this delicious sweet.  This recipe of Kesar peda is so simple and quick to make that it can easily be made for a large crowd. Make this for ...

Baklava Rolls Recipe - Turkish Sweet Rolls

Baklava is a Middle Eastern sweet/dessert made from phyllo sheets and nuts that are soaked in syrup. If you have the readily available phyllo sheets, you can make these Baklava Rolls in about 30 minutes and have an exquisite dessert for the festive season. You and your family will surely fall in love with this recipe. There is a hint of lemon in the recipe which complements the sweetness in the sugar syrup. Serve these Baklava Rolls at your next house party as a delicious dessert or prepare these ...

Pori Urundai Recipe - Healthy Puffed Rice Balls With Jaggery

Pori Urundai or Puffed Rice Balls is a traditional sweet preparation made using puffed rice mixed with jaggery. The crunchiness of the rice and the sweetness of it, makes this dish tasty and one that is easy to prepare. Here are more snack recipes to try Kobbari Kudumulu Recipe (Indian Spiced Steamed Rice Balls) Vellai Seedai or Cheedai (A Gokulashtami Recipe) Malida Recipe (Healthy Whole Wheat Afghan Sweet) Mangalore Buns Recipe (Mangalore Style Puffed Banana Puris)

Kaju Pista Roll Recipe - Cashew Nut Pistachio Fudge

The Kaju Pista Roll Recipe is a delectable recipe that is packed with flavors from cashew Nut Pistachios and made into a fudge. The Kaju Pista Roll is most often made during festivals like diwali or on special occasions like weddings or as a gift for someone you love. If you like festival indian sweets, then you must try some of our favorites like Nagli/Ragi Laddu Recipe Peanut Kesar Burfi Recipe Microwave Carrot Rava Laddoo Guilt-Free Coconut Barfi  

Atte Ka Halwa Recipe - Whole Wheat Flour Halwa with Khoya

The Atte Ka Halwa Recipe is a delicious and traditional Indian sweet that is made from Whole Wheat Flour. This recipe uses sooji and khoya to add to the richness of the halwa. The Atte Ka Halwa is a tricky halwa to make - the most important process is the roasting of the wheat flour on low to medium heat until it turn a good brown color.  The addition of nuts to the Atte Ka Halwa brings out the richness of the this dish.  Serve the Atte Ka Halwa along with a traditional Indian meal ...

Beetroot Carrot Halwa Recipe

Beetroot and Carrot Halwa is a perfect sweet to be served hot or chilled after a perfect Indian meal. Traditionally carrot halwa or beetroot halwa are made separately. Adding Beetroot to carrot halwa not only gave beautiful color to halwa but also made it more delicious.  Serve the Beetroot and Carrot Halwa as a healthy dessert after your Delicious Sunday lunch or just have it as a snack during the evening.  If you are looking for more Halwa recipe here are some :  Gajar ...

Papaya and Carrot Halwa Recipe

The Papaya & Carrot Halwa Recipe is a simple, quick and delicious sweet dish that is made  from papaya and carrots giving it a rich flavor and taste. You will be surprised how well the papaya goes into the halwa and gives it a creamy texture. Serve the Papaya & Carrot Halwa along with vanillas ice cream as a Dessert for parties or as a special sweet for the festivals like Diwali, Navratri, Raksha Bandhan and Holi. If you are looking for more Halwa recipes here are some :  Gajar ...

     
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