List of Indian sweets and desserts

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This is a list of Indian sweets and desserts, also called mithai, a significant element in Indian cuisine. It spans the regions of Pakistan and Bangladesh as well, since both countries were parts of India before 1947. 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.[1]


Name Image Main ingredients Category
Agra petha Petha-from-Agra.JPG Firm white pumpkin, sugar, kitchen lime, alum powder etc. Sugar syrup based
Badam halwa Badam halwa.jpg Almonds, ghee Halva
Balushahi Balu shahi.jpg Maida flour, yogurt, oil, sugar Sugar syrup based
Besan laddu Besan Laddoo Sweets India cropped.jpg Gram flour (besan), ghee, sugar Laddu
Boondi Bonde - Kolkata 2011-03-15 1991.JPG Sugar syrup based
Gajar ka halwa Carrot gajar halwa with kheer India Sweets.jpg Carrots, milk, sugar, ghee, cashews and raisins Halva
Gajar ki barfi Dried milk with ground cashews, pistachios or peanuts, often with edible silver foil as decoration[2] Barfi
Ghevar GhevarRajasthaniSweet.jpg Flour, ghee, kewra, milk, clarified butter, sugar, almonds, pistachio, saffron, green cardamom Fried, sugar syrup based
Gulab jamun 1 Gulab Jamun Mithai Sweets of India cropped.jpg Fried milk balls soaked in sweet syrup, such as rose syrup or honey.[3] Fried, sugar syrup based
Imarti JalebiIndia.jpg Sugar syrup, lentil flour Fried, sugar syrup based
Jalebi Jalebiindia.jpg Dough fried in a coil shape dipped in sugar syrup, often taken with milk, tea, yogurt, or lassi.[4] Fried, sugar syrup based
Kada prasad Wheat flour, sugar, nuts, ghee Halva
Kaju katli Kaju katli dessert - side view.jpg Cashews, ghee with cardamom and sugar.[5] Barfi
Kala jamnu
Kalakand Kalakand.jpg Milk, cottage cheese Burfi
Kheer Kheer.jpg A rice pudding made with milk, rice, sugar and dried fruits[6] Dessert
Khopra paak Milk, coconut, sugar Burfi
Kulfi[7] Matkakulfi.jpg An ice cream made with milk and sugar, with a variety of flavours such as mango, saffron, or cardamom.[8] Ice cream
Motichoor laddu Motichur ka laddu.JPG Besan flour, sugar Laddu
Lassi Fatfreelassi.jpg Yogurt, milk, nuts, can be made with mango (mango lassi) Yogurt drink
Malai ki gilauri Milk cream, chhena, khoya
Malai laddu Milk cream Laddu
Malai pan Milk cream
Malpua Malapua.jpg A type of pancake, made of wheat or rice flour, deep fried and dipped in sugar syrup.[9]
Meetha lola Wheat flour, Sugar, ghee Sweet roti
Mung halwa Moong dal halwa.JPG Milk, mung bean, dal (lentil), dry fruits Halva
Nankhatai Nankhatai, an Indian sweet Refined flour (maida), gram flour (besan), ghee, powdered sugar, yogurt, green cardamom seeds Flour based sweet
Peda Indian Sweet Dessert Peda in a white bone china plate.jpg Milk
Phirni Phirni.jpg Rice, sugar, nuts pudding
Rabri Homemade Rabri.jpg A sweet, condensed milk-based dish made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes dense and changes its color to pinkish. Sugar, spices and nuts are added for flavour. It is chilled and served as a dessert.[10] pudding
Ras malai Rasmalai - 02.JPG Chhena, reduced milk, pistachio Dessert
Rasgulla Fruity rasgulla cropped.JPG Chhena, sugar Milk-based
Rava laddu Rava Ladoo.jpg Semolina, coconut, sugar, ghee Laddu
Sevai kheer Vermicelli, sugar, nuts pudding
Sheera Sooji Halwa (Semolina Pudding).JPG Semolina, ghee, nuts, milk Pudding
Singori Milk, coconut, molu leaf
Sohan halwa Sohan Halwa.JPG Corn flour, ghee, dry fruits Halva
Sohan papdi, pateesa Soan sohan papdi India Festive Sweets.jpg Besan flour Barfi
Teerangi barfi


Name Image Main ingredients Remarks
Abar-khabo Milk-based
Amriti Amriti - Dum Dum - Kolkata 2012-04-22 2205.JPG Urad flour based
Chhena gaja Chena gaja Odia cuisine.jpg Chhena, sugar, ghee Milk-based
Chhena jalebi Chhena, sugar, ghee Milk-based
Chhena kheeri Chhena, sugar, milk Milk-based
Chhena payesh Chanar Payes.jpg Milk-based
Chhena poda Chennapoda.jpg Milk-based
Cham cham Chum chums.jpg Flour, cream, sugar, saffron, lemon juice, coconut flakes Milk-based
Jal-bhora Milk-based
Kadapak Milk-based
Kalo jam Milk-based
Kheer er chop Milk-based
Kheer sagar Milk-based
Komolabhog Milk-based
Ledikeni Chhena, sugar, ghee Milk-based
Lyangcha Langcha - Saktigarh 2014-06-29 5576.JPG Milk-based
Malapua (dessert) Malapua Odia cuisine.jpg Milk-based
Mihidana Mihidana - Saktigarh 2014-06-29 5578.JPG Besan flour, sugar, ghee Besan-based
Misti doi Mishti Doi.jpg Milk-based
Narkeler naru Coconut-based
Pantua Pantua - Kolkata 2011-09-20 5431.JPG Chhena, sugar, ghee Milk-based
Pati shapta Milk-based
Pithe Pitha for Wedding- Pakan, Patishapta, Bharandash.jpg Milk-based
Rabri Homemade Rabri.jpg Milk-based
Rajbhog Milk-based
Rasabali Milk-based
Rasgulla Rasgullas.JPG Chhena, sugar Milk-based
Raskadamba Milk-based
Ras malai Ras Malai 2.JPG Chhena, milk, sugar Milk-based
(several types)
Sondeshnolen.jpg Made from cheese, kneaded with fine ground sugar and molasses.[11] Milk-based
Shor bhaja Sarbhaja - Krishnanagar - Nadia 2013-03-23 7039.JPG
Shor puria Sarpuria - Krishnanagar - Nadia 2013-03-23 7040.JPG
Sitabhog Sitabhog - Saktigarh 2014-06-29 5579.JPG Rice flour, chhena, sugar, ghee Milk-based


Name Image Main ingredients Remarks
Ada Ada (food).jpg Rice flour, grated coconut, jaggery or sugar
Adhirasam Adhirasam2a.jpg Rice flour, jaggery, ghee, vegetable oil, elachi
Ariselu Ariselu sesame.jpg Rice flour, jaggery, ghee
Aval nanachathu, ethakka appam, pal-adai, paruppu prathaman, acchappam, kuzhalappam
Badam halwa Badam halwa.jpg Almonds, ghee Burfi/paste
Badushaah Maida flour, sugar syrup
Bandar laddu Bandar Laddu.jpg Besan, jaggery, cardamom powder, ghee, cashews and raisins, jaggery syrup, sugar Laddu, popular in Machilipatanam, Andhra Pradesh[12]
Bellam garelu Black gram, jaggery
Bellam pasham Wheat flour, jaggery
Coconut Burfi Coconut Barfi.jpg Grated coconut, butter, sugar/jaggery, cardamom, fired gram, milk Burfi
Coconut laddu Nariyal ka laddu.JPG Coconut, sugar syrup, cardamom
Dharwad pedha Dharwad peda.jpg Burfi
Dhudh pedha Khova Burfi
Double ka meetha Double Ka Meetha.JPG Loaf bread, milk
Gavvalu Sweet gavvalu 27.11.13. (1).JPG Rice flour
Halbai Ground wheat, milk Burfi
Jaangiri Jaangiri.JPG Black gram Fry syrup based
Kakinada khaja Wheat flour, sugar
Kajjikaayalu Wheat flour, coconut powder, Bengal gram, sugar
Karjikai Wheat flour, cardamom, coconut, raisins
Kashi halva Halwa Kashi Sweets of India.jpg Grated pumpkin Halva
Kozhakkattai Kozhukkatta.jpg Rice flour, sugar/molasses, coconut, cardamom
Kozhikode halwa
Kozhukattai (kolukattai or kudumulu) Rice flour, jaggery
Kuzhi paniyaram Kuzhi Paniyaram.jpg Black lentils and rice
Manoharam Rice flour, gram flour, jaggery, ghee
Mysore pak Mysore pak.jpg Besan flour, semolina, mung bean, jaggery, coconut, skimmed milk powder, sugar, ghee Burfi
Neyyapam, modakam, ksheera-kesari, sukiyan, pazham pori MMutta- Savouries1.JPG
Obbattu / holige Coconut holige.jpg Maida flour Bread
Pal kozhukkatai Rice Flour, coconut grated, jaggery, milk, cardamom, salt
Palathalikalu Rice flour, milk
Poornalu Poornalu.JPG Chana dal, jaggery
Pootharekulu Pootharekulu dry fruits.jpg Rice flour, powdered sugar/ghee
Qubani ka meetha Khobani Ka Meetha.JPG Apricots, sugar syrup
Rava laddu Rava Laddu.jpg Semolina, coconut, sugar, ghee
Sajjige Sooji Halwa (Rava Sheera).jpg Rava (semolina)
Sarkarapuratty Banana, sugar/molasses, dried ginger powder
Sheer korma Sheer khurma.jpg Vermicelli pudding, milk
Sundalu Black Gram, sugar, ghee, cardamom
Unni Appam Unniyappam.jpg Rice flour, banana, jaggery, coconut


Name Image Main ingredients Remarks
Aamras Alphonso mango pulp, sugar, nutmeg
Adadiyu Udad dal flour, sugar, ghee, dry fruits
Anarsa Anarsa.jpg Slightly fermented rice flour, jaggery, khus-khus seeds
Basundi Basundi Indian Dessert Mithai Sweets.jpg Sugar, milk
Chirote Maida flour Fried
Coconut cake (Naralachi wadi) Rice, coconut, sugar/jaggery, dry fruits, ghee Cooked, dried till it forms cakes
Coconut rice (narali bhat) Rice, coconut, sugar/jaggery, dry fruits, ghee cooked
Dhondas Cucumber, rava Baked cake
Dinkache ladoo, gond laddu Fried dinka, sugar, dry fruits, kharik powder, ghee, coconut
Doodhpak Milk, rice, sugar, dry fruits Milk-based
Dudhi halwa Dudhi, milk, sugar
Gavhachi kheer / Dalia kheer Sugar, milk, dalia, nutmeg
Gharge Wheat flour, grated pumpkin, jaggery Fried
Ghari Maida, Ghee
Gol papadi Wheat flour, jaggery, ghee Jaggery based
Gul poli Wheat flour, gul, ghee Jaggery based
Kaju katli Kaju katli dessert - side view.jpg Cashews, ghee
Karanji Flour, coconut, sugar/jaggery, maida, khoa Baked/fried
Kharwas Colostrum Steamed
Magas Sugar, ghee, gram
Mahim halwa Mahim halwa.jpg Semolina, sugar
Modak ModakSL370103.JPG Maida flour, coconut jaggery stuffing Fried
Modak ukkadicha Modak offered to Lord Ganesh.jpg Rice flour, coconut jaggery stuffing Steamed
Mohan thaal Besan, sugar syrup, ghee Sugar syrup based
Narali bhaat Coconut crush, sugar syrup, ghee, rice Coconut based
Phanas poli Wheat flour, phanas (jackfruit), ghee Jaggery based
Puran poli Obbattu.jpg Wheat flour, gram, jaggery Bread
Rava / besan ladoo Chickpea flour/semolina, raisins Baked
Shankarpali Shankarpali sweets mithai Western India 2012.jpg Sugar, ghee, maida flour, semolina
Shikran Milk, banana, sugar Banana fruit salad
Shrikhand Shrikhand london kastoori.jpg A creamy dessert made out of strained yogurt, often served with dried fruits such as mangoes.[13] Yoghurt-based
Sudha ras Sugar, water, lemon, saffron
Sutar feni Pathar peni.jpg Maida, sugar, ghee
Sweet potato halwa (ratala che kaap) Sweet potato, sugar/jaggery, ghee Baked


Name Image Main ingredients Remarks
Barfi Anjur burfi.jpg Burfi
Halva Semolina Boiled
Kheer Milk, rice/noodles Milk-based
Laddoo Milk, flour
Peda Pera - Sweet - Banke Bihari Mandir Area - Vrindavan - 2013-02-22 4793.JPG Milk (khoya), sugar Milk-based

See also[edit]


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  7. ^ Caroline Liddell, Robin Weir, Frozen Desserts: The Definitive Guide to Making Ice Creams, Ices, Sorbets, Gelati, and Other Frozen Delights, Macmillan, 1996, ISBN 978-0-312-14343-5, ... Kulfi is the traditional Indian ice cream and has a strongly characteristic cooked-milk flavour and dense icy texture. ... The basis of making kulfi is to reduce a large volume of milk down to a very small concentrated amount ... 
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  13. ^ Barry A. Law (31 July 1997). Microbiology and Biochemistry of Cheese and Fermented Milk. Springer. pp. 128–. ISBN 978-0-7514-0346-6. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 

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