All-time favourite desi sweets

by Sanjeev Kapoor

When it comes to Indian cuisine, there is a never-ending list of mithais to gorge on. Almost every region in India has its own popular sweet to accompany their meals. Mithais are an indispensable part of any cuisine for that matter, and every meal too! You know what they say, ’all’s well that ends well’ and that’s the reason a sweet is a must, post a meal. Mithais are also an important part of any Indian occasion or celebration, but we feel you don’t really need a reason to indulge in your favourite sweet somethings!


Here is a list of some most popular desi sweets, that are irreplaceable and their taste remains unmatched till date!

Gulab Jamun:

It would have been a little unfair to start this list without our good old luscious Gulab Jamun. Not only is this a classic, but also a childhood favourite of many. Come what may, you can never say no to a Gulab Jamun . The soft texture of the gulab jamun and sweetness of the syrup makes it absolutely irresistible. A piping-hot bowl of Gulab Jamuns in a chilly weather has surpassed all levels of comfort.


Motichoor ke Laddoo:

Let’s talk about the two most difficult things in life – one, maths and second, resisting laddoos, especially Motichoor ones.  Typically, this mithai is offered as a prasad during pujas, but, if you can’t resist till the puja gets over and grab one instantly, you’re a true laddoo lover! Motichoor means ‘crushed pearls’ and we think the person who named it has done the best job possible. Each bite is pure bliss!


Gajar ka Halwa:

Winter is here, and so is the season of Gajar ka Halwa! Nothing can beat the flavour and elegance of a warm bowl of this super Indian dessert.  It has, is and will always be one of the most loved sweets. The texture of carrots with the playful crunch of dry-fruits creates a carnival of flavours like none other!


Kaju Katli:

This recipe has been there now for long taking care of your sweet tooth. Even if you keep a bag full of muffins and cakes in front of a true Kaju Katli lover, he/she will still go for this decadent sweet. And, it does deserve all the praises!  Slightly dull in colour, the upper layer prettied up with silver varq, shaped like diamonds, and so yummy. Looks don’t count really as its popularity is unquestionable.



Did you think we were going to miss out on this essential Indian mithai? Flour and yogurt turned into a lovely batter, which is then fried into crisp spirals and dunked in saffron flavoured sugar syrup resulting in pure delectableness! There have been various discussions about how to make the perfect Jalebi, but it’s not so difficult. Try this recipe to find out!


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.