44 Indian Desserts (Easy + Recipes)

If you have not tried some dessert recipes from the world of Indian cuisine, then you are missing out on a lot. Yes, India is famous for curry dishes, but it has more than that.

These dessert recipes have unique tastes, and you will appreciate the experimenting nature of Indian cuisines.

Most of these dessert recipes are fried foods with ingredients like condensed milk, sugar, and milk.

Indian Desserts

Most of these dessert ideas, ingredients vary according to the regions in India, and some of the recipes are a national treasure.

So, if you crave a sweet treat, you can run to one of these Indian dessert recipes.

They are perfect for cold days when you need something warm, and it would be nice to try something new and different.

So, let’s take a ride through a list of some delicious dessert options.

1. Thandai Ice Cream With Rose Syrup

 

This Holi festival drink is a spiced cold milk drink. This drink Thandai ice cream is also called Thand, and it means cold in Hindu, and the Holi festival signifies the beginning of spring. The ingredients for this dessert include spices and lots of nuts steeped in warm milk and then served cold.

Booze is also part of the ingredients, but you can skip it if you prepare this dessert for children. All the nuts are grounded into powder form, and they are then steeped into the warm milk.

The nuts for this recipe include cashew, almonds, pistachio.

Also, this ice cream recipe contains spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamon, cloves, poppy seeds, dried rose petals, and black pepper. This ice cream is exciting and fun because of its texture and crunch.

This ice cream is irresistible; it has a floral flavor and is different from all the flavors of ice cream that you have ever tried. If you love cooking, you will enjoy making this flavorful dessert.

2. Rasgullas

 

Some Indian dessert recipes are much more popular than others, and this Rasgullas dessert is one of the most popular. This dessert is made with Chhena, cheese curds made from regular cow milk, or water buffalo by adding food acids.

This cheese curd is cooked in light sugar syrup and flavored with cardamom and rose. This dessert is easy to prepare, and you can easily prepare it from home. The ingredients for Rasgullas include full-fat milk, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, ice cubes, cardamom powder, saffron strands, rose water and chopped pista.

It takes you about one hour to make this sweet and delicious dessert. To get good quality Rasgullas, it will be advisable to use full-fat milk for this recipe. Also, kneading your Chhena will determine the quality of your Rasgullas.

You need to knead the Chhena until it becomes smooth and soft like dough. And this dessert is best served after you have chilled it.

3. Easy Malai Kulfi

 

Malai Kulfi is another Indian dessert that has milk as its main ingredient. It is a densely frozen dessert, and it is not whipped like ice cream, so its melting point is very high. As a result, it has a thick, dense texture that is similar to that of custard.

Malai Kulfi can be flavored in various ways, and the most popular flavors are mango, pista, Kesar, and badam. This dessert is very easy to make at home, and you only need few ingredients. All you need is whole milk, cardamom, sugar, corn starch, white bread, rose water, and unsalted pistachios.

You can garnish the Malai kulfi with rose syrup, chopped nuts, and mango slices. If you have kids around the house, you can treat them to this dessert, and they will be excited.

4. Amber Maharani Teacups Cupcakes

 

If you are looking for some fun and exciting cupcakes to add variety to your dessert list, these Maharani cupcakes can come in handy. These cupcakes are flavored with tea, and they are designed in individual teacups. But don’t worry, you do not have to drink them, it is a cake with a fun touch.

These delicious cupcakes have tea flavor, and they have a natural color. When brewing your tea, you need to make it on the strong side to notice the flavor with all the other ingredients. The ingredients for these cupcakes include baking powder, cake flour, cinnamon, unsalted butter, vanilla, egg yolks, and tea.

You can garnish the cakes with cinnamon and cinnamon sticks. It would be nice to spray the inner part of your teacups with grease spray so that the cake batter won’t stick to them. Also, before you begin baking, it would be essential to check if your teacups are oven-safe.

5. Indian Bread Pudding

 

If you like bread pudding, it would be nice to try out this different pudding recipe. You will find the combination of sweet sauce and bread so irresistible, and this recipe takes it a notch further with Indian flavors. The two essential ingredients for this bread pudding are fried bread and saffron rabri.

You can get the saffron rabri by simmering milk for an extended period over low heat, and you add some ground cardamom and saffron milk to the rabri. Also, you can get the fried bread by frying your bread slices in ghee until they are golden brown.

You can top the fried bread and saffron rabdi with Plenty of pistachios and nuts. The flavors from this bread will excite your tastebuds, and you might maintain this recipe for your bread pudding.

6. BESAN LADOO

 

Besan Ladoo is a very popular Indian sweet that you will find in almost every Indian household. You can make this dessert recipe with a handful of ingredients like ghee, gram flour, sugar, cardamom, and nuts. You can give your ladoo a nutty flavor by adding almond flour.

Adding semolina gives the ladoo a grainy texture, and you can garnish them with pistachios. The frying process is essential because you want your Besan ladoo to turn golden brown, but you also need to cook well so that they won’t be raw.

So it is necessary to pay attention and be patient while roasting your gram flour and semolina in ghee. It takes you about forty-five minutes to prepare this dessert. 

7. Chai Tea Ice Cream

 

Ice cream always brings delight not just to children but adults as well. This chai tea ice cream has spicy chai flavors and signifies the exploring nature of Indian cuisine. This ice cream will go well with some warm brownie or warm apple pie.

You need only a few ingredients to recreate this at home, including milk, heavy cream, egg yolks, sugar, and tea bags. This chai tea ice cream is an easy treat to make, and your kids are going to love them.

8. Mango Shrikhand

 

This mango dessert consists of a rich tropical flavorsome and creamy-based yogurt. It is flavorful, and you can miss the flavor of the mangoes and the delightfully smooth and creamy yogurt. The mangoes and yogurt are ornamented with mango chunks and pistachios.

This mango shrikhand can be served chilled on its own or served with some hot pooris. If you love mangoes and yogurt, you would want to try out this excellent combination. This is one dessert that is eaten all over India.

The ingredients for this dessert recipe include Greek yogurt, powdered sugar, ground saffron, cinnamon, mango puree, pounded pistachio, and mango chunks. It will take you about eight hours of prep time and ten minutes of cook time to prepare this dessert.

9. Easy Coconut Ladoo

 

If you are looking for an Indian dessert that is easy to prepare in no time with few ingredients, this coconut ladoo dessert will be a perfect choice. This dessert is sweet and also very soft and moist. The ingredients include condensed milk, ghee, desiccated coconut,  and milk.

This coconut ladoo is tasty and moist, and you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature for two days. If you want it to last longer, store them in the refrigerator, and it will last for a week.

Indian Sweets For Diwali

10. Gulab Jamun

 

Gulab jamun is so tasty and yummy, and they are the perfect treat to serve at parties. These snacks are perfect for Diwali celebrations, and they are easy to prepare and only require a few ingredients. Gulab jamun is fried milk balls that are soaked in cardamom flavored syrup.

The other ingredients needed for this recipe are butter, all-purpose flour, baking powder, milk, ghee, sugar, and cardamom. It takes you only forty minutes to come up with these cute and tasty Gulab jamun.

11. Carrot Coconut Ladoo

 

Carrot coconut ladoo is the perfect vegetarian option for the Diwali celebration. They have a lovely taste, and they are easy to make with a lovely color. You can use the same quantity of carrots and coconut, or you can increase one of them depending on your taste.

These snacks are perfect for celebrations, especially if you have kids around; they are colorful and lovely. The ingredients include raisins, condensed milk, ghee, silvered almonds, desiccated coconuts, and shredded carrots.

12. Surti Ghari

 

Surti Ghari is a sweet and delicious Indian sweet, and they are made with refined flour, which is used as the covering, and the filling is made with pistachio and mava. This recipe is very simple, and you can alter the filling whenever you want.

The covering, the outer part of the dessert, is made with all-purpose flour, ghee, and milk. The filling includes clarified butter, pistachios, mava, cardamom powder, and chickpea flour. These Surti Ghari are mouth-watering when you taste them.

13. Indian Chole Aloo Tikki

 

Indian chole aloo Tikki is popular delicious street food. The ingredients for this food include potatoes, hot chana masala, mint coriander chutney, coriander leaves, onions, chickpea curry, tamarind, and some sev.

Combining these ingredients gives you a crispy potato patty and spicy chickpea curry, which is irresistible. This crispy potato patty is topped with spicy, flavorful, sweet, and tangy tamarind chutney with crunchy onions.

The sight of this dish is very mouthwatering, and you will love to try some spoonfuls. Of course, you can enjoy this dessert in the street kiosks, but you can also make this tasty dish at home very easily. 

14. Besan Halwa

 

Besan Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert made from gram flour, ghee, sugar, and milk. This dessert is very aromatic, and it is healthy as well because you can use it as a remedy for sore throats and colds. The ingredients for this dessert include besan flour, sugar, ghee, hot milk, saffron, cashews, and cardamom.

15. Air Fryer Pakoras

 

If you have a strict healthy diet plan, you might want to consider this fantastic dessert during the Diwali celebrations. It is a healthy snack and can be made with different food items like onion pakoras, green chili pakoras, spinach pakoras, and potato pakoras.

The most common of these types of pakoras are onion pakoras. They are deep-fried so that they can have a crunchy, crispy exterior which is irresistible. In addition, these onion pakoras are healthy because they are made with an air-fryer, and they do not require oil.

The other ingredients for this healthy dish include chili powder, coriander powder, chickpea flour, Tumeric, baking soda, chopped and sliced onions, and coriander. You need some oil to spray the baking molds where you will place these ingredients.

The baking molds prevent the batter from causing a mess as you cook. But, of course, you can always reheat your pakoras in the air fryer for about a minute or two, and they will turn out great.

16. Dahi Batata Puri

 

This is another popular street food that is filled with chutney, sweet yogurt, and spices mix. This dish presents sweet, spicy, tangy, fruity, and juicy flavors. This recipe needs two chutneys, spicy coriander chutney and sweet and tangy chutney.

The ingredients required include powdered sugar, roasted cumin powder, thin sev, pomegranate seeds, chopped coriander leaves, boiled potato, yogurt, tamarind chutney, red chili powder, and golgappa.

17. Banana Malpua

 

This dessert recipe is an excellent way to put your banana fruit to good use. The dessert is soft, fluffy, on the inside, and crispy at the edges. Malpuas are Indian pancakes, and it is spiced with cardamom. Topping these amazing banana pancakes with maple syrup adds extra flavor to the dish.

You can also decide to top these banana pancakes with nuts, whipped cream, ghee, butter, and jam. The ingredients for this recipe include baking soda, cardamom, coconut milk, rice flour, mashed banana, maple syrup, and crushed walnuts.

Orange Indian Desserts

18. Orange Burfi

 

Orange burfi is a sweet dish for occasions, and it is a sweet dish that can be prepared in few minutes. The ingredients for this dessert include oranges, all-purpose flour, sugar, ghee, milk, and almonds. But, first, you have to peel the orange, keep the pulp and do away with the peels.

This dessert is delicious and healthy, and it is an excellent way to incorporate oranges into your desserts. Orange burfi is tangy and delightful and very popular in Indian households.

19. Orange Basundi

 

You might be surprised when you hear about the mixture of orange in milk. But you might be surprised how amazing this combo is when you try it out. This milk-based dessert is delicious and easy to prepare with few ingredients.

Orange Basundi is rich and creamy and contains ingredients like milk, condensed milk, oranges, green cardamom powder, orange rind, and orange segments. It takes you forty-five minutes to prepare this creamy drink, and it is incredible for vegetarians.

20. Orange Pudding Cake

 

This orange pudding cake is one of the best desserts you might want to add to your dessert recipe list permanently. It is moist and light at the top part, with a delightful bubbling sauce underneath. With pudding, garnishing is optional because you can enjoy the pudding without the garnishing.

It takes you only about five minutes to prepare this pudding, and you serve it right away from the oven. This orange pudding is a lovely way to spice up things and break from the traditional chocolate and lemon pudding.

The ingredients for this lovely orange pudding include orange zest, eggs, fresh orange juice, milk, vanilla extract, sugar, all-purpose flour, and salt. 

21. Orange Kesari

 

Orange Kesari is an Indian dessert pudding that uses semolina, nuts, cardamom, and fresh orange juice. The fresh orange juice adds a lovely fruity flavor to the pudding, and it does not require any food color; the orange juice gives it a lovely natural color.

The other ingredients for this fruity dessert include ghee, cardamom powder, semolina, water, sugar, and nuts. 

South Indian Desserts

22. Dates Payasam

 

This dates dessert is delicious, tasty, and very healthy. You do not even need to add any sugar or sweetener to this dessert because the dates give it a natural sweetness. This dates payasam is best served chilled, especially during summer.

The ingredients for this dessert include dates, dry ginger, milk, cardamom, and chopped nuts. In addition, you can add condensed milk or coconut milk to this mix to give it a richer texture and flavor.

23. Mysore Pak

 

Mysore Pak is an Indian sweet that melts in your mouth, and it is very popular, especially during festivals like Diwali.  This dessert is prepared with gram flour which is cooked in a mixture of ghee and sugar. It is very easy to prepare this dessert at home, and this recipe provides an easy-to-follow guide.

This sweet is irresistible thanks to the ghee-infused goodness which melts naturally in your mouth. You can make this dessert in two textures, soft and semi-hard. The semi-hard type has a crumbly, honey-comb-like texture. The soft version is soft and creamy with a glossy appearance.

The few ingredients for this recipe include ghee, gram flour, sugar, oil, and water. It takes you about one hour to come up with this soft creamy dessert.

24. Unni Appam

 

Unni Appam is a traditional and authentic Indian dessert. You can make this dessert by soaking raw rice and grinding it or using rice flour. These snacks are crispy on the outside and chewy and soft on the inner part.

They are slightly sweet, and they contain ingredients like rice flour, grated jaggery, ground cardamom, ghee, mashed banana, coconut bits, and optional sesame seeds. You can serve these snacks while they are hot or at room temperature.

25. Paniyaram

 

Paniyaram is a classic and healthy crispy snack made up of rice and lentils. It is fermented batter which is flavored with different spices, and it is incredibly satisfying. This batter is poured into molds to make crispy balls, and you can dip them in your favorite chutney.

You can make spicy and sweet versions of this Paniyaram snack; the recipe here uses the spicy version. The ingredients for this dessert include tempered spices like ginger, mustard seeds, black gram, chopped onions, chopped chilies, and chopped coriander leaves.

The batter consists of dosa batter or leftover idli, and you can serve with any chutney of your liking. You need ten minutes of prep time and ten minutes of cook time to prepare this delicious spicy snack.

26. Banana Pongal

 

Banana Pongal is A South Indian dessert that is mainly prepared during occasions and festivals. It features a mixture of cooked lentils and rice and is garnished with chopped bananas. Also, it contains a mixture of different spices, which give the dish a rich, intense flavor.

If you want a spicier taste, you can add cloves to the dish to improve the taste, and you can use melted ghee to boost the flavor and aroma. The other ingredients for this dish include Bengal gram, raw rice, chopped cashew nuts, cardamom powder, raisins, saffron, chopped jaggery, split yellow gram, and nutmeg powder.

North Indian Desserts

27. Pheni Recipe

 

If you love flatbread, this flatbread dessert recipe might be perfect for you. This Pheni Paratha recipe is flaky and crispy at the same time, and it is delicious and easy to make. The ingredients for this flatbread include semolina, all-purpose flour, salt, sugar, ghee, and warm milk.

28. Boondi

 

Boondi is a deep-fried snack that is soaked in sugar syrup and then rolled into sweets. It is one of the best Indian desserts, and it is truly irresistible. This snack is enhanced with cardamom flavor and adorned with raisins.

If you have a sweet tooth, these delicious sweets are made specifically for you. The only ingredients you need for this dessert are besan flour, ground cardamom, raisins or chopped almonds, sugar, oil, and water. It takes you only thirty-five minutes to prepare these sweet little balls.

29. Churma

 

Churma is an Indian dessert made with coarsely ground besan flour, wheat flour, or maize flour. The most popular is the churma made with wheat flour, which is most times shaped like laddus. One of the ingredients used for this recipe is ghee.

Ghee helps you shape the laddus, and the more ghee you use, the easier it would be for you to shape it. You can make churma by grinding wheat flour fried balls and mixing it with sugar, jaggery, and desi ghee.

These churma snacks are commonly made during celebrations like marriage and festivals. However, you can make these snacks beforehand and warm them in the microwave shortly before serving them if you expect guests.

Indian Fusion Desserts

30. Thandai Mousse Cake

 

If you love cake desserts, you might love this Thandai mousse cake with an Indian touch to it. The base of the cake is a general eggless sponge cake. It is flavored with cardamom, which gives it an outstanding flavor.

This cake is filled with flavors from Thandai masala, and it is a perfect Indian dessert. The ingredients for the base of this cake include all-purpose flour, curd (yogurt), Vanilla extract, oil, cardamom powder, and baking soda.

The mousse part of the cake contains ingredients like fresh cream, white chocolate, heavy whipping cream, and Thandai syrup. You can garnish the cake with pistachios, almonds,  and saffron strands.

31. Apple Jalebi

 

This dessert looks healthy, and it is delicious as well. It is made with apple rings dipped into a fermented batter, and then they are deep-fried. The delicious flavor is gotten by soaking these deep-fried apple rings in saffron-flavored syrup.

The apple rings are crispy, and you can serve them with pistachios and almonds. The ingredients for this recipe include apple rings, refined flour, wheat flour, fresh yeast, ghee, vanilla powder, masala powder, saffron strands, and cinnamon powder.

32. Butterscotch Toffee Sheera

 

This fusion dessert is popularly prepared during the Holi festival, which ushers in springtime. This dessert is made with traditional ingredients like jello, butterscotch instant pudding, and Rawa (cream of wheat).

Butter and ghee give flavor to the butterscotch toffee sheera. This dessert is soft and sticky, and it is not too sweet. You can top it off with butterscotch pudding sauce. It is a radiant and colorful dessert that displays the joyful mood of the festivity.

33. Beetroot Tofu Barfi

 

This beetroot tofu barfi dessert recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, suitable for vegans, and has no added sugars. So if you are planning on enjoying your dessert but with some healthy restrictions, you can try this delicious and healthy Indin sweet.

Most of the ingredients needed for this dessert are readily available, and you do not need anything special. Also, preparing this beetroot dessert does not require much time; you only need thirty minutes for prepping and cooking.

The six ingredients needed for this recipe are beetroot, tofu, soya milk, seedless dates, green cardamom, and coconut butter.

34. Peda Pies

 

If you love pies, then you should try out this peda pie. They are delicious, and if you serve this to your guest, they will most like come back to you asking for the recipe. The ingredients for the filling of this pie include ghee, milk, condensed milk, and coarsely crushed roasted nuts.

The ingredients for the pastry include clarified butter, cardamom powder, Buckwheat flour. This dessert is delicious, and the fillings are yummy; you will certainly get compliments from friends and family for this dessert.

Easy Indian Desserts Recipes For Dinner Parties

35. Easy Rasmalai Recipe

 

Rasmalai is a soft and delicious dessert, and it is a perfect idea for dinner parties, especially if it is an intimate affair. This dessert is made with an Indian cottage cheese ball; you curdle the milk and cook it in sugar syrup. After cooking it, you soak it in condensed milk that has been sweetened.

The dessert has a soft texture, and it melts in your mouth, and they are delicious and juicy. The fantastic thing is that this dessert is easy to prepare, and it would be ready in no time. 

36. Zarda Recipe

 

Zarda is a delicious yellow sweet rice popularly prepared in the Northern parts of India. It is flavored with dried fruits, saffron, aromatic spices, and nuts. This delicious rice recipe is a perfect idea for a warm and satisfying dinner dessert option.

This rice is easy to make as long as you have all the key ingredients in place. There are many variations of this rice recipe, and one requires you to add orange zest. The orange zest adds aroma, flavor, and freshness to the rice, making it irresistible. 

The ingredients for this dish include good quality basmati rice, saffron, orange zest, ghee, Khoya, sugar, cashew nuts, raisins, and dried coconut slices.

37. Bengali Kacha Golla

 

Kacha Golla is a traditional Indian sweet made from freshly curdled milk. They are delicious, and they are a good source of protein. They are simple and easy to prepare and will serve a large crowd at your dinner party. The ingredients include whole milk, cardamom powder, lemon juice, pistachios, and sugar.

38. Shahi Saffron Pistachio Seviyan

 

This dessert is an exciting, flavorful, and creamy dessert option for dinner parties. It is thick made with creamy vermicelli using milk, rosewater, almond, saffron, and pistachio. This traditional Indian dessert is commonly served at festivals and dinner parties.

This dish is thick, creamy, and aromatic, but you can make it lighter if that is your preference. This recipe requires only twenty minutes to prepare, and you will delight your guests.

Classic Indian Dessert

39. Ras Malai

 

Ras Malai is one of those classic Indian dessert recipes that are popular all over the country. It is a sweet milk dessert with dumplings. The dumplings are made with freshly made cottage cheese; the cheese is shaped into dumplings and then soaked in sweetened milk.

The ingredients for the dumplings include milk powder, baking powder, whisked eggs, and ghee. The ingredients for sweet milk are whole milk, condensed milk, almond powder, cardamom pods, and a pinch of saffron. You can garnish the dessert with pistachios and slivered almonds.

40. Mango Saffron Ginger Ice Cream

 

If you love ice cream and the tropical flavors of mango, you might want to try this ice cream recipe with a bit of Indian touch. Saffron works perfectly with the fruity flavor from mango. The ice cream is floral, musky, and delicious, and you will undoubtedly love it.

The ingredients for this recipe include fresh mangoes, heavy cream, whole milk, saffron threads, fresh ginger, kosher salt, and granulated sugar. You need only these few ingredients, and you do not need an ice cream maker for this recipe.

Vegan Indian Desserts

41. Vegan Rasmalai Cake

 

This vegan cake is the dairy-free version of the popular ras malai dessert. This recipe is made up of a moist cake and immersed in a sweetened rich cashew pistachio cream. It is perfect and delicious, just like the other version made with soft cheese curd balls.

This dessert cake is usually served during Diwali festivities when there is a positive spirit in the air. So you do not have to miss out on the lovely dessert treats because you are vegan, This vegan cake is an excellent alternative, and it is also gluten-free and soy-free.

The ingredients for the milk sauce include raw cashews, raw pistachios, cardamom pods, saffron, and sugar. While the ingredients for the cake are almond flour, cornstarch, saffron strands, cardamom pods, vegan butter, vegan cream cheese, raw cashews, and a pinch of salt.

42. Vegan Almond Halwa

 

This vegan almond halwa does not contain added dairy products, ghee, or refined oil, and it is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and grain-free. It is a perfect healthy dessert substitute because it caters to the health concerns of a lot of people.

This halwa is delicious and perfect for festive occasions. You can make this halwa in three different textures, and it could be soft spoon fudgy, set jelly texture, and crumble texture. The texture you chose will depend on your preference.

The ingredients for this recipe include lime juice, almond flour, cardamom seeds, saffron strands, salt, sugar, and water.

43. Vegan Malai Ladoo

 

You can customize these sweet fudge balls to be vegan and enjoy them during the festivities. Vegan malai ladoo balls have a fudge texture, and they are flavored with cardamom. They are also soy-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

This malai ladoo is made with almond flour and cashew cream, which gives the dessert the required texture and flavor. Other ingredients are vegan cream cheese, coconut flour, and cardamom. These snacks are smooth, and they melt quickly in the mouth. 

44. Carrot Pudding With Cardamon

 

This delicious pudding is made from grated carrots, cardamom, condensed milk, milk, and sugar. This dessert is simple to make, and you can prepare it in just thirty minutes. This recipe will show you how to use an instant pot or a regular pot on your stovetop.

You make this dessert by cooking grated carrots together with sugar, milk, nuts, and ghee. You can also add condensed milk to give the dish a richer creamy texture.

Finally

If you have never tried any Indian desserts, this list presents many possibilities for you to try out. They are many options for different tastes and occasions, and hopefully, one or more options here will undoubtedly be perfect for you.

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