Indian Dessert Recipes

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Besan Laddu

Rating: 5 stars
A delicious Indian sweet, commonly gifted during celebrations like Diwali. I got this recipe from my neighbor when I lived in India. She always brought me sweets that she made herself.


Rating: 4.8 stars
If you are intimidated by the idea of making rasgullas at home, please do not be any longer. I was too, until one day I tried it and realized I was worried for no reason all these years. They are quite easy and super quick to make. Give these a try.

Rose Ice Cream

Rating: 4.91 stars
Go on, indulge yourself with this exotic combination of rose and saffron. Serve this ice cream for dessert to your guests next time you host a party and wow them! Cashews and almonds also go well with this ice cream.

Besan (Gram Flour) Halwa

Rating: 4.58 stars
If you like the flavour of besan (chickpea flour) in sweets, you will love this halwa. I often make this halwa instead of 'Besan Ladoo' or 'Mysore Pak.' My kids gobble it up even before it has a chance to cool down.

Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Rating: 4.46 stars
This is a very flavorful Indian rice pudding. It's the best rice pudding I've ever had, and very easy to make!

Gulab Jamun

Rating: 3.71 stars
This is a traditional Indian dessert. Spongy milky balls soaked in rose scented syrup. Delicious with fresh cream, Kulfi, ice cream etc. To make it even more fancy, sprinkle gold-leaf on top of each serving.

Easy Malai Kulfi

Rating: 4.86 stars
Kulfi is best described as Indian-style ice cream. However, unlike ice cream, kulfi is not churned. This is a fantastic summer dessert. This is a quick and easy version of kulfi. I almost never make kulfi the old way any more.

Shahi Tukra (Indian Bread Pudding)

Rating: 4 stars
This is a very famous Hyderabadi dish and is a very simple, but rich dessert. It is great for a large dinner party as the recipe can be easily multiplied to make more. It is best eaten chilled. If available, you can add a few drops of Kewra essence to the milk mixture once it has cooled.


Rating: 4.58 stars
This is a simple but delicious recipe for Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream) that I got from my sister-in-law. I have made this several times, and it always gets rave reviews - even the kids love it! For extra flavor, you could add a few drops of rose water or ground pistachios.

Maharani Cupcakes

Rating: 4.52 stars
Named for a queen in India, these coconut cupcakes with curry lemon curd and a sweet basil cream topping will wow your friends and family. They have sweet but exotic flavors and a stunning presentation. The cupcakes take time to create, but the final product is worth it! The lemon curd and basil cream need time to chill, so they can be made the night before.

Ras Malai

Rating: 4.53 stars
Ras Malai is cheese dumplings in cream sauce. This is a popular Indian dessert and takes a long time to prepare the traditional way. I came up with some shortcuts and ended up with this recipe which tastes exactly the same as traditional Ras Malai.

Sawine (Vermicelli Kheer)

Rating: 4 stars
Kheer is a sweet dessert-like dish. In Trinidad, we eat sawine every Eid. In India, kheer is eaten as a regular dessert.

Inspiration and Ideas

Gulab Jamun

"I added about twice as much milk powder; the dough held its shape at this point. It turned out great!" – fluteplanx


"My husband could not stop raving about this one!" – DarkAngel

Carrot Halwa

Rating: 3.33 stars

This is one of my favorite recipes. Easy to cook, tasty to have. Hope you guys enjoy my recipe.