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Must try Mithais from all over India

India being so diverse in terms of its culture, religion and traditions, also has a range of sweets which are not that popular all over India but are surely enjoyed in that particular region all the time. Festive season has already started and we are super excited. So we thought, why not give you some exclusive mithai ideas to try this festive season for you and your loved ones!

Get ready to drool over some decadent Indian sweets!

North: A North Indian might be able to live without anything else, apart from sweets and we cannot deny the fact that their sweets are loved all over India. From gulab jamuns, jalebis, gajar ka halwa, rasmalais and more, we have a special place for them in our hearts. But there more mithais which are not as popular as these, but just as delicious.


  • Punjab ki Panjiri: Many Punjabis call it as the “Pride of Punjab” and we won’t deny because this sweet is extravagantly delicious. Made with an array of ingredients, almonds, pistachios, fox nuts, kamar khas, edible gum and loads of desi ghee. Our grandmothers use to treat it as the perfect desi nuska to treat our colds in the winter season.
  • Himachal- Khus khus Makhane ki Kheer: Kheer is a go-to sweet when you want to make something easy and simple to satiate your sweet tooth. But this Kheer from Himachal has a slightly hatke recipe from the usual ones you’re used to. Made with poppy seeds and fox nuts, this Kheer is not only a blessing in terms of taste but it’s also super nutritious. So then make a bowl and treat yourself guilt-free this festive season!


South: When we say South Indian desserts, what usually comes to your mind? We are guessing either its Payassam or maybe laddoos! But, apart from the famous South Indian breakfasts, this part of the country has an extraordinary dessert menu too. Let’s take a look!


  • Tamil Nadu-Achappam: They are also called Rosettes and are definitely a part of Christmas celebrations. Made with coconut milk and eggs, this snack is not only a delight to your taste buds but also one hell of a treat to the eyes. Sweet and crunchy snack with a flower-like shape, serve this lovely sweet snack to your loved ones.
  • Karantaka- Godak Karandhatu:Similar to Barfi, this sweet comes from a very small town in Karnataka called Godak, and holds a special place in the hearts of the local population. It has been famous since pre- independence era and still holds the same place. This mithai is loaded with nutritious ingredients like raisins, cashew nuts, copra, peanuts and more. But not to forget, jaggery is the star ingredient of this exclusive sweet.


East: When we talk about sweets from East India, they carry an exclusive taste and title both.  Generally, West Bengal and Bihar are the two most famous states with popular sweets. Kolkata has Roshogullas, Chomchom, Sandesh and more. And Bihar has Rabri, Thekua, Malpuas, Tilkut and some more amazing sweets. But there are many more sweets from other states of Eastern India which are worth trying!


  • Orissa- Kakara Pitha: In Orissa, they offer this sweet to the deities on festivals and poojas. Crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside. Deep fried balls stuffed with coconut and coated with semolina. This scrumptious sweet cake is an absolute delight to all. 
  • Jharkahnd- Lemcha: It is made with Khoya, a form of solid milk and if you do not have khoya, you can use milk powder instead.Deep fried cylindrical shaped sweet dipped into rose or cardamom flavoured sugar syrup, this flavourful sweet is worth-trying.


West: Maharashtra’s cuisine definitely has a long list of recipes you love but if you are a mithai person, you might have a longer list of sweets. Undoubtedly, there are a lot of popular sweets from Western India but today we will give you some lesser known ones from Maharashtra and Goa.


  • Maharashtra: Singhada Sheera: This Sheera is absolutely acceptable even if you are on a fast. What more could one ask for? Lip- smacking Singhada sheera is made of chestnut flour, desi ghee and garnished with nuts. So, Ganesh Chaturthi is nearing and we are sure you will love this sheera in your Vrat menu.
  • Goa: Kulkuls: Commonly this Goan sweet is a part of Christmas celebrations, but who needs a reason to indulge in sweets? Bite-sized sweet shells, glazed with sugar syrup, this savoury dessert snack is sure to be a family favourite.

We are already filled with festive feels and can’t wait to eat these sweets. If you are excited too, then do try these mithais and make it a memorable festive day!



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