Indian people, since ages have chalked out numerous recipes of delightful sweets. Some of the age old traditional sweets are still the most craved ones in the country.
Indian Milk Based Sweet
Khoya or mawa is a common yet important dairy product which is used for making many luscious sweet delicacies. Khoya can also be made at home, though the method is a little tedious. It is prepared by boiling and reducing the milk to a semi-solid stage. Different Types of Indian Sweets can be prepared by khoya which vary in terms of ingredients and recipe. Sweets made of Khoya include Kesar Barfi, Kalakand, Kaju Katli, Gulab Jamun and many more. Another delicious milk based sweet is Kheer which is made with milk, sugar or jaggery and rice.
Indian Flour Based Sweet
Many sweets in India are also prepared by flour. Flour based sweets enlist Jalebi and Gujiya with coconut fillings. Recipes of many sweets are a combination of flour and milk like Malpuas.
Indian Dry Sweets
A variety of dry sweets are prepared in India which is relished throughout the country. Popular dry sweets of India are Sandesh, Gujiya, Peda, Laddu, Petha, Modak and many more. Depending on the regions, different specialities of dry sweets are found in India. They are also used as gift hampers in the festive seasons since they have a long shelf life and are not easily perishable.
Indian Fried Sweets
Another category of sweets in India are fried sweets. These are made by deep frying the ingredients in ghee or oil and are highly popular throughout the country. Some common fried sweets of India are Jalebi, Gulab Jamun, Balushahi, Malpua, Shor Bhaja, Sita Bhog, etc. Many of these sweets are exclusively prepared during particular festivals.
Indian Dry Fruit Sweets
Dry fruit sweets are made from dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds, pista and dried coconut kernel. These sweets do not contain any added flavours and have a shelf life of about a month. Some famous dry fruit sweets include Kaju Katli, Anjir Rolls, etc.
Indian sweets are not only popular in India but in abroad as well. Many foreigners also have developed cravings for Indian sweets. All Indian festivals are celebrated with a lot of pomp and show and thus the demand of sweets is also very high during festive and wedding seasons. Popularity of Indian sweets abroad can be inferred by the fact that a number of branded sweet shops that have opened their branches across the globe.