Top 20 Popular Sweets in India

We Indians are known to have a sweet tooth. All of us have a great love towards the varieties of sweets.  From auspicious occasion to festivals, sweets is the most important part of our any celebration. With the presence of delectable desserts and sweets any celebration such as marriage, birthday’s parties, etc. seems to be incomplete. It is the big reason why huge varieties of Indian sweets are popular across the world. When it comes to having something sweet, the name of listed below sweets first come in the thought of an individual.

Indian desserts & sweets are in huge demand in various markets of the world. Different dishes are from the various parts of the country & they earned massive respect from the way they are made. Every state of India has its specialty in sweet. Let’s say, the most loved sweet from Kolkata is Rasgulla. Bengal is famous for many popular Indian sweets. But none of them can beat the popularity of Rasgulla. As this exceptional Indian sweet was invented here, at no other place in the country where you can find the softest melting in mouth Rasgulla. Another example from the different state of the country is Mysore Pak. This sweet dish was invented in the city of Mysore. This sweet is made dripping in the pure ghee. It earned its name across the whole country & now people of different states love them. The list of famous Indian sweets is so long that it will never end. And many of these delectable dishes enjoy global popularity & has fans across the whole world. For example, consider the case of Ladoos & Jalebis. You can find both of them in any corner of India. Also, both of them come in many different varieties. Such as Ladoos can be made of atta, boondi, baisan, sattu, etc. Now check out the best places to have the most popular Indian sweets that have a legendary status.

1 Rasgulla

They are the dumplings of Cottage cheese and semolina dough. Light syrup of sugar is prepared for cooking them. The dish originated in West Bengal. It is also known as ‘Bangla Rasogolla.’ These spongy soft round balls are completely immersed in sugar syrup. One cannot easily decline to eat Rasgulla. It is the iconic sweet of West Bengal.

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2 Rabri

The city of Banaras is known for the famous sweet dish Rabri. It is prepared by heating the sweetened milk in a very big kadhai. It consists of dry fruits & kesar. It’s a delicious experience to enjoy a plate full of Rabri sitting on the ghats of Ganges.

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3 Sandesh

Sandesh is a sweet which was made from channa or Cottage cheese. Bengal is the place where this famous sweet dish belongs. Wide varieties of Sandesh are available in the market such as ice-cream Sandesh, Mango Sandesh, Korapak with jaggery, etc. Also, it is quite known for its brown color.

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4 Kaju Katli

A Marwari sweet which is famous in all over India is Kaju Katli. It can be found most of the times on auspicious occasions such as Pooja, Festivals like Diwali, & Marriages. Cashew nut is the main ingredient of these sweets. They are the diamond in shape with the filling of cashew nuts & sugar. No doubt that it comes at the top & main priority for many people.

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5 Ladoo

Ladoos are round sweet balls which are rolled by hands. The motichur ladoos are most popular and are the best-known variety of ladoos. This motichur ladoo has a bright orange color, and most of the time they are in high demand during the ten days celebration of Ganpati. Other varieties of ladoos are baisen ke ladoo, atta, sattu ke ladoo etc.

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6 Barfi

Barfi name originated from a Persian name, barf. This name means “snow.” Similarly, the Barfi is the condensed form of sugar & milk cooked together. This Barfi can be of various shapes and size, & is most renown in Northern India. Barfi flavor was enhanced with fruit like mango or coconut, & nuts like almonds or Cashew nuts.

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7 Mysore Pak

As the name of this sweet suggest, it comes from the city of Mysore. It is slightly brown & yellow in color & is completely immersed in ghee. This Pak is flavored with spice essence such as cardamom, honey, Rose, etc.

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8 Rasmalai

Rasmalai is the combination of the two words, first Ras means “Juice” & then, Malai means “Cream”. The most famous dessert in the whole northern belt is Rasmalai. Also, this dish can be enjoyed in places like Haridwar, Kanpur, etc. It consists of sugar white cream with the balls of channa soaked in that cream.

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9 Malpua

Malpua is the famous sweet of Odisha. You can easily get this food on the streets as it has a huge demand there & this sweet was also served to Lord Jagannath. Not only in Odisha is this fried dish quite popular but, in all over India. It’s a kind of pancake which is deep fried & then immersed in sugary syrup.

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10 Peda

The sweet which was usually used as serving to the gods are Peda. It comes in small rounded shape. They are sweet as they contain a high amount of sugar. Their sweetness is at an extreme level. The main ingredients are khoa and sugar with traditional flavors that include saffron & cardamom.

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11 Ghewar

Not only western side but eastern side of the country is also famous in the case of sweet dishes. The dessert that comes from the state of Rajasthan is Ghewar. It is made on auspicious occasions. It is a prepared circle shaped sweet cake made from flour & then, this cake is soak in sugar syrup.

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12 Modak

Another famous sweet from Maharashtra is Modak. Lord Ganesha’s favorite is Modak. Therefore,’ it enjoys’ has a special status in Marathi people. It is served to Lord Ganesha during his birthday celebration of ten days.

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13 Phirni

The main ingredient of this dish is boiled rice & broken wheat. The best Phirni you can get during the period of Ramzan or Eid. The Phirni is made by thickening the milk first & then freezing the milk in earthen pots.

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14 Halwa

It is one of the most quickly prepared sweet dish in the country. The term Halwa covers a vast variety of sweets. The most common thing in making it is that all the ingredients are boiled in milk or water. The most popular type of the sweet & which is loved by most of the Indians is Gajar Ka Halwa.

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15 Petha

Pethas come from the city of world famous Taj Mahal. Yes, they are originated in Agra & are quite known with the name of Agra ka petha. When you go to Agra make sure that apart from gazing the Taj, grab some pethas as well for your sweet memories.

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16 Soan Papdi

If we talk about food and the name of Gujarat is not mention in the list, it is impossible. Soan Papdi is the sweet that arise from Gujarat. This blistering sweet is for the people who take less sugar in their diet.

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17 Kalakand

This Kalakand is made with Khoya & was totally garnished with dry fruits. It’s very delicious & also, it melts in the mouth. Kalakand is made in a large pan. This pan is kept over a flame, and the milk is continuously stirred till it gets thickened then dry fruits are added in the dish & it is ready to serve.

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18 Gulab Jamun

These are the soft balls made up of khoya which are deep fried. They are immersed in the sugary syrup afterward. As the name is Gulab Jamun it has nothing to do with the roses. This Sweet is present in almost 90% of the weddings. Gulab Jamun is the people’s favorite choice to keep in their marriage parties.

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19 Gujiya

Again, a deep-fried sweet which is generally made in northern parts of India. This gujiya can be of two types. Either it can have the stuffing of Coconut, or it can have the filling of Jaggery. Then these balls are fried & then, dipped in the sugar syrup.

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20 Jalebi

The main ingredients of Jalebi are Channa, Urad Dal, & sugar syrup. These Jalebis are handmade criss-cross web of lines. This is then deep-fried & immersed in the syrup. This sweet dish is served with Rabdi most of the times or curd can also be used sometimes.

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