Indian Sweets Recipes
 Indian Desserts

Festival sweets - Diwali Sweets

Indian sweets are made and eaten a lot on the occasion of festivals, feasts, celebrations and ceremonies, such as religious festivals, get-together s, weddings, engagements, birthdays and also just because one wants to have sweets.

Indians love sweets. Festivals are just an excuse to eat sweets.

Most sweets are available in sweet shops but some are just homemade sweets. These sweets are made in different ways. Boiled, steamed, roasted, deep fried etc. You can choose according to your taste.

Indians serve most sweets as a part of meal and not just as a dessert at the end.

Some sweets are served with a particular accompanying dish. For example Srikhand, an Maharashtrian / Gujarathi sweet is served with poori.

Some sweets are special to regions too. Bengali sweets, such as rasgolla(also spelt as rasagolla/rosogolla), sandesh are popular all over India and outside India too. They are now available everywhere in india.

Kheer(payasa) is a sweet made all over India. Most kheer recipes are easy to make and are healthy sweet recipes as no deep frying is involved.

Kheer is generally made with milk and vermicelli. Kheer is also made with rice, mung dal, Bengal gram dal, wheat, (dalia)broken wheat, poppy seeds etc in South India.

These kheer recipes do not need milk so are good for vegan sweet recipes. Read more about Kheer and Kheer Recipes

Halwa (also spelt as halva) is another commonly made sweet with a variety of ingredients.

Indian Sweets Recipes For You

Mango kalakand is a sweet made with Indian paneer and ripe mangoes.

Ripe fresh mangoes or mango pulp are used. when they are available in plenty in summer season.

Mango kalakand is a Indian milk paneer sweet recipe is a Summer sweet recipe.

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Aamras - Indian mango puree

Aamras is a summer special dish.

Serve it as a desert by itself or with chapati or poori.


Besan laddoo - Chickpea flour balls

Besan laddo is made with bengal gram dal flour / chickpea flour. A must for traditional festivals such as Diwali festival.


Shankarpale - Shakkarpare

Shankarpale or shakkarpare is a festival sweet recipe made for Diwali or Christmas festival.


This rich dessert is a Maharastrian / Gujarati recipe. Prepare in advance. Keep in fridge for a week and serve when you want.

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Kaju katli - Kaju katri - Indian cashewnut fudge

Indian Festival - dessert recipe - Made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and keeps for long.


Roasted gram laddoo - Tambittu unde

- Nag Panchami / Ganapati festival sweet. Made in Karnataka and Maharashtra


Semiya payasam - vermicelli pudding - Sevai kheer

Shavige payasa, Traditional Indian sweet - dessert. Easy to make and doesn't take a long time. Can keep in fridge for 3 days. Serve hot or cold


Carrot Halwa -Gajar ka halva

Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week. Even a novice can make carrot halva very easily.


Chiroti - chirote

- Chiroti - Chirote - Phenori - Indian flaky pastry is a festival recipe.


Besan burfi - Indian dessert

Besan burfi - Indian dessert and festival sweet recipe made with Besan / gram flour/ chickpea flour.


Coconut burfi is a  sweet made with freshly grated coconut.

Very quick and easy, can be made at any festival time.

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- Sweet rice pudding recipe made on narali paurnima day in Maharashtra. Also in North Karnataka.

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Dalia sheera / halwa

 - Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat. Can also serve as a sweet dish.

Use coconut oil or any vegetable oil instead of desi ghee if you want to make it vegan.


Sheera - Semolina Halwa - Sooji Halwa

- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish. Breakfast / snack / sweet. Known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.


Shrikhand - Srikhand

Festival sweet - Curd/ Yogurt based dessert recipe, flavored with saffron and cardamom - Easy and simple.



- Ganesh chaturthi / Nag panchami festival recipe, made in Karnataka.


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