Desserts/Mithai and Snacks for Festivals

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Indian Desserts /Mithai for Festivals and Special Occasions

Desserts/Mithai for Festivals.. Collection of Sweets and Desserts/Mithai for Festivals and Special Occasions


Checkout the collection of easy and doable Homemade Desserts/Mithai along with some fusion desserts and savoury treats for serving and gifting your friends and family. 

Mithai or Desserts are one of the most important part of any celebration. In Indian culture, sweets are also offered as bhog/prasad to the Divine.

Here is the collection of easy and fuss-free desserts(except a few) especially for the busy professionals and homemakers. Make for Prasad or serve to guest or pack up in beautiful decorated boxes to gift to your loved ones!! Easy recipes with readily available ingredients for Diwali, Holi or any other celebration and festivities.

Instead of buying from outside, make these sweet treats at home and share your love with your loved ones!!

Enjoy the festivities with your loved ones .. Let’s Explore, Cook, Eat and Celebrate!!

Desserts/Mithai Collection

This post into different sections like Puddings/Kheer, Ladoo and other Mithai items, chocolate desserts and fusion desserts. Also will be updating the collection as and when I make a new dish.

One of the most important ingredient to make Indian desserts is Khoya or evaporated milk solids, that is used in many recipes. You can buy from stores or make homemade. Preparing Khoya in traditional way takes lot of time, so I make a batch of homemade khoya. When pressed on time I prefer to use Almond Meal/Milk Powder/Milk Mawa(available in Indian grocery stores as a substitute for it. It also gives the authentic taste like the ones made with . Click on the link for homemade Khoya recipe..

Please click on the dish name/recipe to go to the detailed recipe.

Kheer and Puddings

Chawal Ki KheerOne of the most popular and commonly made kheer recipe all over India. Chawal ki Kheer is rice pudding that is a favorite among the kids and grown ups alike. 

Rice Kheer(Indian version)/Chawal Ki Kheer

Meethe Jave— Vermicelli Pudding with nuts and raisins.

Meethe Jave

Apple Kheer.. A delicious milk based pudding with apples and nuts.

Mango or Aam ki Phir Aam ki Phirni or Mango Phirni flavorful and creamy mango rice pudding with sweet seasonal mangoes and soaked and ground rice.

Not the season of mangoes, make phirni without mango with kesar/saffron or elaichi/cardamom or use canned puree. 

Aam ki Phirni

Badam Aur Gur ki Phirni.. Traditional Rice Phirni made with Jaggery and almonds.. a rich and delicious treat to enjoy on festivals

Badam Gur Ki Phirni


Moong Dal Kheer.. Moong Dal and Jaggery cooked in milk/coconut milk . We love to have it chilled topped with almonds and cashews.

Moong Dal Kheer/Paitham Paruppu Payasam

Mini Rasgulla Kheer..Mini Rasgulla soaked in rabri, served chilled. 

Basundi..Traditional Basundi recipe with mixed nuts, flavoured with cardamom and nutmeg.


Quinoa Kheer- Protein rich, vegan/plant based, dairy free, gluten-free healthy and nutritious dessert for special occasion. Especially for those on restricted diets.

Quinoa Kheer

Instant Almond Rabri.. Traditional way of cooking Rabri takes long standing time and monitoring. Make quick Rabri with almonds/almond meal 

Fruit Custard..Everyone’s favourite Fruit custard, eggless, gelatin-free and can be made ahead. Served chilled with fruits. 

Halwa and Chrooma

Moong Dal Halwa.. one of the most popular winter treat in Northern India, made with Moong Lentils, desi ghee and loaded with nuts.

Moong Dal Halwa

Sooji Ka Halwa.. Semolina pudding served with dry fruits and raisins.

Sooji Ka Halwa

Gajar Ka Halwa..Grated Carrots cooked in khoya, milk, nuts and topped with nuts, served warm.

Gajar Ka Halwa

Besan Ka Halwa..A gluten-free dessert with chickpea flour and nuts. 

Besan ka Halwa

Choorma.. Rajasthani special Choorma, made with whole wheat wheat flour,lots of nuts and desi ghee.

Indian Mithai/Ladoos/Fudges

Gujjiya.. Cripsy, flaky Indian pies filled with mawa(evaporated milk mixture and nuts). Known as Karanji in 

Gujiya for Holi

Kesar Pista Burfi.. Homemade Kesar Pista Burfi without any condensed milk and khoya. Royal flavour the festive times.

Kesar Pista Burfi

Gulab Jamun.. Melt in mouth Gulab Jamun made with milk powder. Easy recipe for busy days.

Gulab Jamun

Jalebi..Make crispy Instant Jalebi at home for the festivities.

Mawa Kachori..Sweetened Indian hand-pies filled with nuts and khoya, dipped in sugar syrup. These can be stored for a week.

Mawa Kachoris

Basic Kalakand .. Made with fresh homemade Indian Cottage Cheese/Paneer/Chenna and condensed milk, a quick and yumm dessert for the special occasions!!


Layered White and Dark Chocolate Kalakand..Double treat for Kalakand lovers, made with milk and dark chocolate and fresh Indian Cottage Cheese.

Layered Dark and White Chocolate Kalakand

Coconut Ladoo..Easy and instant coconut ladoos, with condensed milk and desiccated coconut.

Malai Ladoo.. Made with fresh Cottage Cheese Malai Ladoo can be made within 15 minutes with readily ingredients at home.

Besan aur Badam Ke Ladoo..Everyone’s and all time favourite Besan ke Ladoo with added goodness of almonds/badam.

Wheat, Ragi and Edible Gum and Nut Ladoo .. Nutritious Ladoos for the changing weather and perfect to make for Diwali!!

Whole Wheat Ragi and Edible Gum Ladoo

Ragi Dried Fruits and Nuts Ladoo..Healthy and nutritious sugar-free ladoo with goodness of Ragi/Millet flour and nuts. 

Til aur Ladoo.. Gluten-free winter special ladoos made with Sesame seeds and jaggery. Good for digestion, keeps body warm in cold and chilly weather. Perfect to make for festivals and special occasions.

Til Bhugga/Til Khoya Ladoo

Oats and Jaggery Ladoos.. Gluten-free  and delicious nutritious ladoos with goodness of oats, nuts and sweetened with jaggery


Cheena Burfi..Quick and easy fudge made with fresh Indian Cottage Cheese/Paneer.

Fusion Desserts and Desserts with Chocolates

Chocolate Pudding.. No gelatin, no agar agar, eggless chocolate pudding with easy 3 ingredients. A favorite among kids and  grown ups alike. Make ahead and serve chilled topped with fruits and more chocolate!!

Mango Kalakand in Parle G Tarts.. Make quick and easy mango kalakand and serve in Parle-G tarts. If not the mango season, make simple kalakand  or chocolate kalakand.

Nutella and Nuts Gujiya..Traditional Gujiya gets  makeover, with nutella and mixed nuts!!

Nutella and Nuts Gujiya

Chocolate Fudge with Nuts.. Three ingredient Chocolate fudge with nuts, perfect to be packed in beautiful boxes along with other sweet treats. 

Chocolate Truffles..Dark Chocolate truffles, ideal for gifting and treating the chocolate lovers!!

Dark Chocolate Truffles

Homemade treats for gifting(Sweet and Savory)

Homemade treats for gifting to your loved ones are the best!! We now the ingredients, free from preservatives and made with love!! If your have still not decided what to gift to your friends and relatives and loved ones, try make these homemade goodies , pack into beautiful boxes and share your love!!

You make any of the dried treats from the above collection also ladoos/kalakand. Hopefully will soon update more dessert and recipes for the festivities!!

Coconut Paan Ladoo..Coconut Ladoos flavoured with paan/betel leaves for a delicious festive treat.

Chocolate Mawa Thandai Muffins.. Rich Chocolate muffins with thandai flavours.

Chocolate Thandai Muffins

Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies.. Chocolate Cookies with hint of Garam Masala flavours.

Chocolate Garam Masala Cookies

Nan Khatai.. Traditional Indian Cookies with cardamom flavour.

Nan Khatai

Almond Coconut Cookies.. Crunchy almond and coconut cookies made with whole wheat wheat flour, almond flour and desiccated coconut.

Egg-less Almond and Coconut Cookies

Crispy Masala Peanuts.. Crunchy Munchy Masala Peanuts  with baked and fried versions!!

Crispy Masala Peanuts

Baked  Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Crackers.. Baked light and crispy Parmesan Crackers with sun-dried tomato pesto. Something different with the usual mathri or namakpare!!

Baked Parmesan and Sun-dried Tomato Crackers

Poha Chivda– Roasted Rice flakes with nuts and peanuts is a light savoury snack. Enjoy with friends and family over cup of tea or pack with sweets for gifting.

Poha Chivda

Khasta Methi Mathri– Flaky Crispy Mathri made with Whole Wheat Flour and fresh fenugreek leaves. A must make in most of the homes during festivals or even for daily snacking.

Crispy Masala Papdi(Air Fried and Baked)..Make your favourite Papdi Chaat or enjoy with tea and snacks, low oil crispy papdi made with whole wheat flour. 

Crispy Masala Papdi

Chocolate and Nut Rocks, another homemade treat with chocolate and nuts can be made at home. To make melt chocolate,dip different nuts of your choice, drop spoonfuls of the chocolate and nut mix on parchment/wax paper, and let these dry. Pack in beautiful  wrapping chocolate paper and and  For gifting pack these goodies in beautiful boxes and potalis and can gift to you and gift to your loved ones!!

Hope the collection will make it easy for you to plan and organize your celebrations and get-together. Planning a festive get-together checkout this collection of easy snacks and starters.

Do check out the collection of 30 Pulao, Biryani and Khichdi dishes for every occasion.. Be it festivities, get-togethers, lunch box for kids, quick and easy meals for busy weekdays or detox khichdi recipes.

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Author: Swati

Some who believes 'EAT WELL, READ DAILY, TRAVEL OFTEN AND LAUGH KHUL KE'!!! Hi!! Swati here!!! Chef, Chocolatier, food admirer, reader, love to travel, listen to music, Bollywood and shoot nature and food pics!! Welcome to my Foodtrails and join me in my food adventure!!

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