Recipes: Traditional, easy-to-make Indian sweets
October 9, 2019 | 5:22 PM
by Oneza Tabish


Delicious laddoos made in a snap with the goodness of coconut.


• 1 cup coconut, finely shredded

• 1/2 cup condensed milk

• 1/4 tsp cardamom powder

• Slivered almonds, for garnishing


• Gently roast the coconut in a pan for 2 minutes.

• Combine the cardamom powder to this and mix.

• Now stir in the condensed milk and mix till all the “coconut cardamom mix” is well coated with the same.

• In a few minutes, the mixture will thicken.

• Switch off the flame and let the mixture cool down for 5 minutes.

• Apply some ghee/unsalted butter on your palm, take some mixture and make a round ball out of it and garnish with sliced almonds.

• Repeat till you have used all the mixture.


A popular Bengali sweet thats quick and easy to make at home.


• 1 cup of ricotta cheese,

•Few drops of rose essence

• 1/2 cup of sugar

• 1 tablespoon of pistachios for garnish.


• Crumble the ricotta cheese and mix with sugar in a bowl.

• Add this to a pan and cook by stirring gradually on low heat.

• Once the ricotta cheese absorbs the sugar, add the rose essence, mix well and switch off the flame.

• Pour this mixture into a flat plate and press it down with the help of a spoon.

• Allow it to cool completely.

• Cut into desired shapes and garnish it with the pistachios.


High in energy and sugarless, date rolls are the perfect answer to healthy sweets this festive season.


• 1 cup dates, deseeded and finely chopped

• 4 tbsp mixed dry fruits such as almond, cashews and pistachios( finely chopped)

• 1 tbsp ghee


• Heat ghee in a wok and add the dates and saute on medium heat, while pressing the dates with a ladle.

• Once the dates have mixed well with the ghee, add the dry fruit mix.

• Combine well and continue to cook and stir for another 3 to 4 minutes.

• Remove from the flame, cool and roll into a cylinder shape.

• Slice and serve.


A scrumptious Indian dessert made with pureed apples,sugar and ghee.


• 2 peeled and pureed Apples

• 1/2 cup sugar

•1/4 cup ghee

•1/2 tsp cardamom powder

• 2 tbsp cashews


• Heat 1/2 tsp ghee and fry cashews in a small pan. Drain and set aside.

• In another pan, add apple puree and cook till the moisture evaporates.

• Now add in sugar and mix well. Cook for few minutes.

• Add in ghee and mix well.

• Cook till it leaves the side of the pan.

• Add in fried cashews, cardamom powder and mix well.

• Serve hot.

Oneza Tabish is a food blogger, consultant, and columnist based in Oman. She is also the owner of Oman’s popular Facebook group ‘What’s Cooking Oman.’

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