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.

http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/sauces-syrups-spreads/sauces/condensed-soy-milk

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

http://www.vegrecipesofindia.com/recipes/desserts-recipes/

 

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