Meatless Monday – Mithai

mithai = Indian sweets

For the vegetarian/vegan with a sweet tooth, India has got you covered. Popular ingredients include:

edible silver foil, sweetened condensed milk, cashews, sesame seeds, pistachios, peanuts, rose-water

Photo by Kimberley (c)2015
Photo by Kimberley (c)2015









Gulab jammun are like Indian timbits doused in a sugar syrup. They are mack daddy of Indian sweets. Pictured below are ones I made in one of my baking classes.

Photo by Kimberley (c)2013
Photo by Kimberley (c)2013


Kulfi = ice cream

kheer = rice pudding

burfi = like fudge

Photo by Kimberley (c) 2016
Photo by Kimberley (c) 2016

rasgulla = sweet cheese balls made with paneer

halwa =  a sort of Indian carrot cake in pudding form

ladoos = dough balls with gram and semolina

jalebis = crunchy fried spirals with sugar syrup

jaggery = palm sap. It is hard and brown in texture and appearance and used as a sweetener.

Substitute dairy and cheese with non-dairy alternatives. To make your own sweetened condensed vegan milk, see link below.

Indian sweets certainly earn their name. You can easily cut down on the amount in recipes and still have it turn out sweet.


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