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8 Must-Try Traditional Indian Desserts

Succulent Sweet Jalebis Served Hot!

Succulent Sweet Jalebis Served Hot!

Desserts For The Indian Food Lover!

Have you ever tasted Indian desserts? If you are of Indian origin, then I need not even ask you this question. But if you are from outside of India, then probably it is time that you try out these absolutely delish Indian desserts.

Indian sweets are called "mithai" (pronounced mi-ta-yi) in Hindi. Most of them are made out of sugar and milk.

If you have a sweet tooth, there is an Indian dessert that caters to every individual's taste! My own personal favorite is laddoo. It is a very easy recipe and you can make it with flour, semolina, and other ingredients.

Indian food is incomplete without sweets. If and when you decide to eat Indian food, order an Indian dessert to complete the meal -- you won't be disappointed if you are a fan of sweets! I can't really guarantee that the sweet will work wonders on your health, but if you are planning on binging -- by all means go for it!

On this page, you will find the recipe for my most favorite Indian dessert (laddu or laddoo) plus many more Indian dessert recipes that are nationwide favorites.

1. Laddoo

There are various types of laddoos that are really popular nowadays. For all major occasions like weddings, engagement ceremonies "motichoor ke laddoo" are prepared and distributed. It is round in shape and is not only popular in India but other South Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. These sweets are also given as offerings at religious places like temples.

A Tray Of Laddoos For You!

Yummy Laddus!

Yummy Laddus!

How To Make Laddoos - Boondi Laddoo Recipe

Other Ladoo Recipes

2. Jalebis

Jalebis are orange-colored pretzel-shaped sugary sweets which are actually Persian in origin but are highly popular in the Indian subcontinent. This sweet made its presence felt in India during the Mughal era. Jalebis are distributed during festivities like Diwali, Republic Day, and Independence Day. But they are not limited to just those occasions. They are pretty simple to make, hence you can make them at your own leisure. Jalebis are made from the batter (maida flour) and are then soaked in sugary syrup which explains its "sticky" exterior. I prefer my jalebis hot, but they can be served cold as well. Its variation is called Zlebia in the Middle East.

Would You Like A Jalebi?

Juicy Jalebi!

Juicy Jalebi!

How To Make Jalebis

3. Rasgullas

Rasgulla is another of my favorites! It is made up of cottage cheese and is served in a sugary juice. Rasgulla is an Indian sweet that originated in Orissa. When the Oriya cooks started migrating to Bengal, they brought Oriyan recipes along with them. This is how rasgullas became popular in West Bengal. Nowadays this sweet dish is not only popular in Eastern India but in many parts of South India as well. There are varieties of rasgullas available in the marketplace nowadays. You can make them easily at home or if you do not want to take the effort, purchase them from a reliable marketplace online.

Try Some Of These Rasgullas!

Delicious Rasgullas In An Earthen Pot

Delicious Rasgullas In An Earthen Pot

How To Make Rasgullas

4. Gulab Jamuns

It is difficult to stop eating gulab jamuns - they are that delicious! This Indian dessert is made out of milk products, sugar, and flour. The ingredients are deep-fried and then soaked in sugary syrup. They appear reddish-brown in color because sugar gets crystallized when fried. Gulab jamuns have high-calorie content so if you are health conscious you might as well avoid these. If you do not want to take the trouble making the perfect batter for gulab jamun, you can always opt for buying an instant gulab jamun mix from popular online marketplaces.

Let's Dig Into Some Gulab Jamuns!

Can you eat just one?

Can you eat just one?

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How To Make Gulab Jamuns

5. Kheer or Payasam

Kheer (called as such in North India) or Payasam (the term used in South India) is an Indian dessert which is made up of milk or wheat and sugar. After preparation, it is decorated with cardamom and raisins. It is one of the most favorite Indian desserts of all time. Kheer is generally prepared with rice but even vermicelli is used as an alternative.

A Bowl Of Kheer Served Hot!



How To Make Kheer

6. Kaju Katli (Cashew Burfi)

Kaju Katli or Kaju burfi is made from ingredients like sugar, ghee, and cashews. They are diamond-shaped and are usually covered in silver edible foil. When I was a kid, my aunts used to bring the best of Kaju Katlis made using ghee from a nearby shop. I and my cousins used to wait in anticipation to get our hands on these sweet little Indian desserts. Recently I found a recipe on Show Me The Curry's YouTube channel which is not only easy to make but delicious to the core as well. Hope you like it too!

Good To Look At and Yummy To The Core -- Kaju Katli

Diamond Shaped Kaju Katlis!

Diamond Shaped Kaju Katlis!

How To Make Kaju Katli

7. Kulfis

Kulfis are termed as Indian ice creams. Even if it is quite similar to ice cream, Kulfi is considered to be richer and creamier in taste. Like the rest of the Indian desserts, this particular one is made out of milk. Kulfis are also prepared using earthen pots -- this type is called Matka kulfi. If you visit India, you will see many vendors selling Kulfis on the roadside. The common version is served on a stick. Kulfis are available in many flavors but the most popular ones include pistachio, mango, and vanilla.

Earthen Pot Filled WIth Kulfi

Delicious Kulfi!

Delicious Kulfi!

How To Make Kulfi - Indian Ice Cream

8. Mysore Pak

Mysore Pak is an Indian dessert made of chickpea flour and ghee. It has been said that this yummy dessert was created in the kitchens of Mysore Palace by a cook named Madappa. Everyone was so impressed by this recipe that the royals officially termed Mysore Pak as a "royal sweet". The Indian dessert soon became available to everyone and nowadays the sweet can be bought from any Indian sweet shop.

Mysore Pak

Mysore Pak

Mysore Pak

How To Make Mysore Pak


Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on June 22, 2011:

What a lovely hub. The first time I had jelabis was at Diwali the first year after I had gone back to India as a little boy. I will never forget that first time, and I was just thinking yesterday that I would write a hub about it, and this lovely hub has convinced me.

Marked up, useful and beautiful.

Thank you.

codeiris from Milky Way on June 22, 2011:

I have tried jalabies. Love em!

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