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This is a list of Indian sweets and desserts, also called mithai, a significant element in Indian cuisine. Indians are known for their unique taste and experimental behavior when it comes to food. Many Indian desserts are fried foods made with sugar, milk or condensed milk. Ingredients and preferred types of dessert vary by region. In the eastern part of India, for example, most are based on milk products. Many are flavoured with almonds and pistachios, spiced with cardamon, nutmeg, cloves and black pepper, and decorated with nuts, or with gold or silver leaf.
|Arisa Pitha||Rice flour, Jaggery||Fried, jaggery based|
|Apple Halwa||Apple, Milk, Ghee||Halva|
|Balushahi||Maida flour, yogurt, oil, sugar.||Sugar syrup based|
|Boondi||Gram flour (besan), ghee, sugar.||Sugar syrup based|
|Gajar ka halwa||Carrots, milk, sugar, ghee, cashews and raisins.||Halva|
|Ghevar||Flour, ghee, kewra, milk, clarified butter, sugar, almonds, pistachio, saffron, green cardamom.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Gulab jamun||Fried milk balls soaked in sweet syrup, such as rose syrup or honey.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Imarti||Sugar syrup, lentil flour.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Jalebi||Dough fried in a coil shape dipped in sugar syrup, often taken with milk, tea, yogurt, or lassi.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Kaju katli||Cashews, ghee with cardamom and sugar.||Barfi|
|Kalakand||Milk, cottage cheese.||Burfi|
|Kheer||A rice pudding made with milk, rice, sugar and dried fruits||Pudding|
|Khirmohan||Chhena, sugar, semolina, water.||Sugar syrup based|
|Kulfi||An ice cream made with milk and sugar, with a variety of flavours such as mango, saffron, or cardamom.||Ice cream|
|Laddu||Gram flour (besan), ghee, sugar.||Laddu|
|Lassi||Yogurt, milk, nuts, can be made with mango.||Yogurt drink|
|Motichoor laddu||Besan flour, sugar.||Laddu|
|Malpua||Wheat or rice flour.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Nankhatai||Refined flour, besan, ghee, powdered sugar, yogurt green cardamom seeds.||Baked|
|Petha||Firm white pumpkin, sugar, kitchen lime, alum powder.||Sugar syrup based|
|Phirni||Rice, sugar, nuts.||Pudding|
|Rabri||Boiled condensed milk, sugar, spices and nuts.||Pudding|
|Sheera||Semolina, ghee, nuts, milk.||Pudding|
|Singori||Khoa, coconut, molu leaf.||Milk-based|
|Sohan halwa||Corn flour, ghee, dry fruits.||Halva|
|Sohan papdi, pateesa||Besan flour.||Barfi|
|Bihari Makuti||Moong Dal, Milk.||Pudding.|
|Amriti||Deep fried vigna mungo, sugar syrup.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Cham cham||Flour, cream, sugar, saffron, lemon juice, coconut flakes.||Milk-based|
|Chandrapuli||Khoa, sugar, ghee, coconut flakes.||Coconut and milk based|
|Chhena gaja||Chhena, sugar, ghee.||Milk-based|
|Chhena jalebi||Chhena, sugar, ghee.||Milk-based|
|Chhena Jhili||whole milk, refined flour, powdered sugar, cardamom, oil/ghee for deep frying||Milk based|
|Chhena kheeri||Chhena, sugar, milk.||Milk-based|
|Chhena poda||Sugar, chenna cheese.||Milk-based|
|Chuda Ghasa||Rice Flakes (Poha), Sugar powder or Jaggery, Desi Ghee, Grated fresh Coconut, Pepper Powder, big cardamon powder, Dry fruits Optional||Flatten rice/rice flakes, sugar/jaggery, ghee based|
|Coconut Barfi||Made from coconut, fine ground sugar, ghee, cardamom powder and milk.||Coconut and milk based|
|Kheer sagar||Chenna, condensed milk, sugar, saffron, cardamom.||Milk-based|
|Ledikeni||Chhena, sugar, ghee.||Milk-based|
|Lyangcha||Flour, fried milk power, sugar syrup.||Milk-based|
|Malapua (dessert)||Yogurt, refined flour, ghee, fennel seeds.||Milk-based|
|Mihidana||Besan flour, sugar, ghee.||Fried, sugar syrup based|
|Misti doi||Yogurt, jaggery.||Milk-based|
|Pantua||Chhena, sugar, ghee||Milk-based|
|Puri Khaja||Refined flour (maida), pure ghee, sugar, refined cooking oil for frying
(Pure ghee may also be used for frying)
Salt to taste
|Ghee and refined flour-based|
|Rasabali||Chenna, sweetened milk.||Milk-based|
|Ras malai||Chhena, reduced milk, pistachio||Milk-based|
|Sandesh||Made from cheese, kneaded with fine ground sugar and molasses.||Milk-based|
|Sirir naru||jaggery and gram flour, mustard oil for deep fry||Jaggery based|
|Anarsa||Slightly fermented rice flour, jaggery, khus-khus seeds|
|Bebinca||Flour, sugar, ghee, egg yolk, coconut milk||Baked layered Christmas sweet|
|Dhondas||Cucumber, rava||Baked cake|
|Doodhpak||Milk, rice, sugar, dry fruits||Milk-based|
|Kaju katli||Cashews, ghee|
|Mahim halwa||Semolina, sugar|
|Modak||Rice flour, coconut jaggery stuffing||Fried|
|Mohanthal||Besan, ghee, sugar and nuts|
|Patoleo||Rice flour, coconut jaggery and grated coconut stuffing||Wrapped in turmeric leaves and steamed|
|Puran poli||Wheat flour, gram, jaggery||Bread|
|Shankarpali||Sugar, ghee, maida flour, semolina|
|Shrikhand||A creamy dessert made out of strained yogurt, often served with dried fruits such as mangoes.||Yogurt-based|
|Sutar feni||Maida, sugar, ghee|
|Kheer||Milk, vermicelli, sugar, nuts||Milk-based, called Payasam in Southern parts of the country|
|Peda||Milk (khoya), sugar, saffron||Milk-based|
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