14 Authentic Indian dessert recipes that are quick & easy to make and simply delicious. These Indian sweets recipes can be made ahead, stored in the refrigerator and are perfect for dinner parties, festivals like Diwali and Holi, or any special occasion.
Indian festivals and celebrations are incomplete without sweets, also referred to as Mithai or Meetha (in Hindi). Much like the variations in food, Indian desserts also vary by region. Locally produced ingredients, weather and historical influences form the key flavors in these recipes.
From semolina and coconut flavors in the south, to the use of palm jaggery (unrefined cane sugar) in Bengali sweets, to the north, where mithais share Persian and Mughal influences. Common sweets include nuts or Mawa (Khoya) based sweets with cardamom and saffron, and adorned with an edible silver leaf, called 'Vark'.
Despite the variations, one thing is common in all these desserts- it is impossible to stop at one serving 🙂
Weeknight-Friendly Quick Indian Sweets
All the recipes in this collection are simple to follow, can be made ahead and refrigerated 3 to 4 days in advance. I make most of these in 30 minutes or less, using the Instant Pot, microwave or a simple skillet.
These easy Indian desserts are perfect for dinner parties, or when festivals fall on a weeknight. Whether it's a traditional Carrot Halwa, Moong Dal Halwa, Besan Ladoo (Indian Dessert Balls) or Kalakand, or Indian inspired desserts like Kulfi Ice Cream, and Mango Cheesecake, or the incredibly easy Indian dessert with milk, Rasmalai, you're sure to find a favorite here!
These Indian sweets recipes include pictures and video, but do read the recipe notes. I've included tips to achieve that 'authentic' taste in a short amount of time. I hope you enjoy this Indian dessert collection as much as my family does!
14 Easy Indian Dessert Recipes
I hope you enjoy making these recipes and sharing with family and friends. These sweets fill any occasion with a little bit more love and lot more flavor to make some beautiful memories.
If there's a recipe you would like to see in this post, simply comment below and let us know! Happy celebrations!