Diwali Sweets Recipes

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A collection of traditional mithai, desserts, and fusion recipes for your Diwali menu!

Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates the triumph of good over evil. And what better way to celebrate than with sweets? Here is a collection of our favorite Diwali recipes that include traditional recipes such as Badam Peda, Kheer, and fusion desserts such as Diwali Dessert in a Jar, and Saffron-Coconut cake inspired by nariyal ladoo.

If you are looking for something a little different, a unique flavor combination or just want to get a little creative this Diwali, here are 7 of my recipes that may serve as inspiration. Happy Diwali to you and yours!

  1. Quick and Easy Badam Peda: An easy way to make the classic Badam Peda
Badam Peda

Badam peda is a rich almond and milk fudge, a popular Indian ‘mithai’. This recipe is a simple one that uses almonds and milk powder and comes together in less than 30 minutes

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2. Carrot Halwa: Deliciously rich gajar halwa (carrot fudge) can be made quick and easy using an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Gajar Halwa

Gajar halwa is a cardamom-scented carrot pudding traditionally made during winter in India. Decadent, fudgy and utterly delicious, this Instant Pot Gajar Halwa is an easy way to make this much-loved Indian dessert!

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3. Layered Diwali Dessert Jars: Three layers of pure indulgence: Dulce de Leche, Gajar Halwa, and Phirni layered in a jar

Diwali Dessert Jars

This layered dessert-in-a-jar has three layers of pure indulgence! It makes for the perfect Diwali treat or hostess gift

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4. Rose Kalakand with Cardamom Shortbread: Kalakand is a traditional Indian milk cake, and my rose-flavored version is made easier with the use of condensed milk, ricotta cheese, and milk powder and a cardamom-flavored shortbread base for added texture.

Easy Rose Kalakand

Kalakand is a traditional Indian milk cake, and this easy Rose Kalakand is made with the use of condensed milk, ricotta cheese and milk powder, flavored with rose water, and an added cardamom-flavored shortbread base for added texture

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5. Instant Pot Kheer: Rich and delicious, kheer or Indian rice pudding can be made with ease in the Instant Pot.

Instant Pot Kheer

Kheer is a classic Indian rice pudding infused with cardamom and saffron. It can be made in the Instant Pot, with ingredients you are likely to have already in the pantry.

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6. Coconut Ladoos:
Coconut ladoos or ‘nariyal ladoos’ are delicious sweets served during Indian Festivities such as Diwali and Ganesh Chaturti. These sweet balls are made with just 3 ingredients and come together in under 15 minutes!

Coconut Ladoos

These sweet coconut ladoos are made with just 3 ingredients and come together in under 15 minutes!

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7. Mysore Pak

Learn how to make the traditional Mysore Pak, similar to the famous Sri Krishna Sweets version of Mysore Pak!

Mysore Pak Recipe

Mysore Pak is an Indian sweet prepared with besan (gram flour) cooked in a mixture of sugar and ghee. A melt-in-the-mouth delicacy, this sweet treat is very popular especially during the festival of Diwali.

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8. Coconut & Almond Egg-less Cake with a Saffron Rosewater Glaze: This ‘nariyal-laddu’ – inspired cake is made egg-less for guilt-free indulgence over Diwali

Coconut, Almond and Rose Water Cake with a Saffron-Rose Water Glaze

This naariyal-laddu (coconut sweet) inspired cake is made egg-less for guilt-free indulgence over Diwali

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9. Carrot Fudge & Saffron White Chocolate Mousse: A dessert that pairs the intense, moreish flavors of a traditional Indian carrot fudge dessert (gajar halwa) with a more restrained, elegant saffron white chocolate mousse.

Carrot Fudge & White Chocolate Mousse – And a special offer from Invin Jewellery

A dessert that pairs the intense, moreish flavors of a traditional Indian carrot fudge dessert (gajar halwa) with a more restrained, elegant saffron white chocolate mousse.

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