10 Best Traditional Mithai Recipes for This Diwali

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I know each and every person is currently googling about Diwali mithai recipes.
So, here I am, all set to make your life and search easy. Because for me too, Diwali has always been associated with lights, colours, indulgences, and the best foods available. It is a festival which is celebrated with joy and pomp. On this occasion, people enjoy making Mithais (traditional sweets), which are popular among both children and adults. Even though methods and trends have changed over the years, and the generation has advanced, some things remain constant. Especially when it comes to traditional mithai, the fare remains unchanged as many recipes are made year after year, their presence now becoming a part of the festive akin to second nature. Be it Besan Barfi or Gulab Jamun, Shakarpara or Anjeer Barfi, you can enjoy these traditional mithai recipes while reminiscing about the good old days or in the festive mood of Diwali.

Also known as Deepavali, this Hindu festival of lights is celebrated on the no-moon day (Amavasya) that falls in the month of Karthik. Goddess Lakshmi, the deity of prosperity, wealth and well-being is worshipped with great gusto and devotion. A day of light, joy and pure happiness celebrations which include cleaning and decorating homes, wearing new clothes, bursting firecrackers as well as cooking wholesome sweets and savouries.

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TBH, since childhood for me (and I am sure you will agree with the majority of you) along with bursting crackers, the best thing about Diwali has always been the multiple varieties of sweets and savouries we get to eat during the festivities. When I was young, I fondly remember my mom preparing huge batches of savouries and traditional mithai to not only eat at our place but also to distribute to the family as well as friends and all those near and dear ones who form a part of our lives not only in Diwali but always. So, today I thought, just as an ode to that innocent, simple childhood, that gentle, humble caring little gesture we have been harbouring for ages, I assimilate and get you a list of the 10 best traditional Diwali mithai recipes to indulge in this festive season:

Besan Barfi

One of the highly popular ones, this is a traditional mithai made with gram flour, sugar and cardamoms. Albeit yummy and melt in the mouth, this one is a little time-consuming and hence, pure labour of love. I believe Besan ladoos too are a rage but am attaching the recipe for the best Besan barfi here:

Gulab Jamun

Again, a melt-in-the-mouth hot favourite, imagine these delectable soft little balls that are one of the most universal ones available, made as well as eaten throughout. Psst, a secret tip. Am sharing a fast-track version of the recipe here where you can use milk powder instead of Khoya/Mawa which will not only ease the process but also make it simpler, especially for beginners.

Kaju Katli

A thin Indian fudge of sorts, this one is made of cashews and is perhaps a staple for many during Diwali. Simple and easy to make, you can make it in barely under an hour with simply 4 basic ingredients -sugar, cashews, ghee and a flavouring ingredient. Click the link to know a hassle-free method for this traditional Diwali mithai.

Kalakand

A mithai recipe consisting of condensed milk and paneer, this one is made in barely 15 minutes. Traditionally this one used to be cooked for hours, simmering milk until a thick texture full of grains was achieved. Albeit I am sharing a quick fix, a shortcut to this longer method.

Phirni

One of my personal favourite mithai recipes, this North Indian favourite is made with ground rice, milk, cardamom and saffron. An easy-to-fix, one-pot dessert, this one is a sure win-win for all alike. And that texture! Superb, out of this world ya.

Moong Dal Halwa

A labour of love, this mithai recipe surely takes up a lot of time but the result is worth the effort and wait. A confluence of time, patience and energy this one is made using lentils, ghee and dry fruits. This is one of my favourite mithai recipes and is always high up on the list of to-dos everywhere.

Shankarpali/Shakarpara

Sweet diamond cuts traditionally made with flour, cardamom, ghee and sugar, have always been my favourite. In fact, I believe mothers used to make a big batch of these during the Diwali holidays to keep the kids happy. 

Karanji

A sweet stuffed snack, this one is made by deep frying and is a universal fav mithai recipe again. A must-have to be prepared especially during Diwali and the kids’ holidays.

Jalebi

Round sweet spirals oozing away sweetness, can life get better? Not at all. jalebi is a staple in every house, for almost every occasion. The variations in this one differ from state to state throughout the country. A must-have mithai for everyone during the festive season.

Anjeer Barfi

This a super quick mithai recipe, one that can be pulled off barely in 20 minutes. The figs and dates used in this one, make it naturally sweet, healthy and delicious too.

So, these were some of the best traditional Diwali Mithai recipes to indulge in this festive season.

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18 Comments

  1. Sakshi October 20, 2022 at 9:13 pm

    Neelam – Nice way to share tradition. I am right there with you on this one -> “When I was young, I fondly remember my mom preparing huge batches of savouries and traditional mithai to not only eat at our place but also to distribute to the family as well as friends”
    My favorites were moong dal halwa, shakarpara and karangi(gujiya) Kheer and also panjiri(wheat burfi)

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    1. Flavia Cutinho October 26, 2022 at 7:49 pm

      That was some mouthwatering trip, preparing them with all that effort and love makes the taste double awesome.

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  2. Jeannine October 26, 2022 at 10:08 am

    First of all, happy Diwali! I’m so excited to write this comment as I’ve just attended my first Diwali party at my hubby’s boss last weekend! It was such a fun and eyeopener to me and most of the other guests who aren’t Indian as well. We surely divulge on those sweets that are served and carefully rate them actually. haha..Everything tastes great!

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  3. Shail Thosani October 26, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    yummy! your post has me drooling over the videos. I have made besan ka ladoo other than that this year we opted to buy the remaining sweets. My favourite of all is Kaju Katli.

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  4. Anuradha Sowmyanarayanan October 27, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    All the 10 recipes seems one top over the other. Diwali is the time for sweet indulgence.

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  5. Samata October 27, 2022 at 8:57 pm

    Diwali is not just festival of lights but much beyond that and sweets are the integral part of the same. This year Diwali was little different for me as I was away from my home where Diwali is celebrated with much zeal. Lovely post

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  6. Anjali Tripathi October 28, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Now your post is making me drool over all of the treats you’ve listed. It’s difficult to pick a favorite. I prepared phirni this Diwali because I wasn’t feeling well.

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  7. Varsh October 28, 2022 at 8:41 am

    Oh, I’m craving for some mithai now! Karanji, besan barfi and petha were a must for Diwali in my home. My MIL made gond ke laddoo as part of tradition as well. It’s great to relish this festive food.

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  8. Kaveri Chhetri October 28, 2022 at 3:54 pm

    you must have heard people’s mouth water when they see savoury food pics.. mine does when i see sweet stuff too. I looooooove everything sweet n what an amazing list of recipe videos uv compiled neelam… this’ll be my ‘go to’ link if I wish to try any of the mithaais.

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  9. Madhu Bindra October 29, 2022 at 11:09 am

    All these mithai and snacks look so tempting. Thank you for compiling the list. We always make mithai at home during Diwali. Besan ladoo is a must.

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  10. Neeta Kadam October 29, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Neelam ,what a yummyyy Treat!😋😋
    Among all of this my favorite is karanji and shakkarpara. I love to making it in traditional way. Though it is time consuming but diwali comes once in a year.

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  11. Docdivatraveller October 30, 2022 at 12:51 am

    I want to make and hog them all! I have a major sweet tooth, and this time of the year is worst for my blood glucose!

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  12. Ritu Bindra October 30, 2022 at 11:27 am

    What a droolworthy collection, Neelam. Now we make Diwali sweets only at home to ensure they are nut-free. Jalebis are my all time favorite.

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  13. Vasumathi October 30, 2022 at 4:07 pm

    Gulab Jamun & Moong Dal Halwa are my favourite. Though iam avoiding sugar lately, I would like to try & indulge in a few of your suggestions. Thanks for the recipes.

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  14. Harjeet Kaur October 30, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    Gulab Jamun is. a MUST on Diwali and Besan ladoo I am not a mithai fan but homemade is always good compared to store bought. Thank you for this extensive list of recipes.I am going to try out for my grandsons.

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  15. Monidipa Dutta October 30, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    I love mithais. When my mom was she would make it but I never tried my hand but I must say you shared it quite well.

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  16. Jhilmil D Saha November 1, 2022 at 3:46 am

    These sweets are eternal favourites. My most liked ones are Besan barfi and karanji. Diwali gives us a chance to experiment with lot of sweet making at home.

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