Any good occasion in India, including weddings, is incomplete without different varieties of Mithai, or Indian sweets as wedding favors. Particularly, in India there are wedding traditions for eating sweet items and hence, they depend on all their favourite Mithai during Indian weddings.
What does ‘Mithai’ signifies in an Indian Wedding?
Any Indian wedding has 3-4 family functions for a wedding ceremony followed by a grand lunch and dinner party. Mithai is considered as the most important dish during these lunch and dinner buffet parties because it is a symbol of ‘sharing the happiness’. Having Mithai in the wedding lunch and dinner menu is as good as sharing the family’s happiness with all the guests.
Let us begin the delicious tour with our take on the 15 best Indian sweets
An Indian wedding is incomplete without this important sweet ceremony, where ‘Gol (jaggery) and Dhana (coriander sweets) are mixed and tasted by the bride and groom and also the close relatives during the wedding as well as engagement. Without ‘Gol Dhana’ the Indian wedding ceremony doesn’t proceed further. This is the first sweet that everyone tastes during a typical Hindu Indian Wedding.
Basundi (Pineapple Basundi)
The Indian weddings are becoming more modern with their selection of Mithai, and Pineapple Basundi is trending on the charts of every American-Indian wedding menu. This Mithai is famous in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Both Gujarati and Marathi families include Basundi or flavoured Basundi in their wedding menu list.
Moong Dal Sheera
Moong Dal Sheera is one of the most common Indian wedding Mithai that is served during the main wedding ceremony lunch with a ‘Live Counter’. The sweet baker provides a live counter for the guests where they can get a bowl of fresh and hot ‘Moong Dal Halwa’ during the wedding. This sweet is quite famous amongst the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, and Rajasthan.
Besan Ke Ladoo/Laddu
Laddu comes in different varieties, but Indian wedding traditions mostly prefer ‘Besan Ke Laddu’ in their wedding buffet menu. These laddus are prepared from chickpea and gram flour. The laddus are even packed in boxes and served to the guests as return gifts. This Mithai is famous across North India.
One of the most famous sweets in West Bengal, Rosogulla is a soft and mildly sweet flavour Mithai served in Bengali weddings. The Mithai is gaining acceptance in many other states of India and hence, many couples prefer to have Rosogulla in their wedding lunch menu in the Indian states of Gujarat, Punjab, and Maharashtra.
Balushahi (UP ke Pethe)
Often referred to as Balushahi or Pan ki gillori or Petha, this Indian Mithai is a true speciality of Uttar Pradesh, and you won’t find this sweet anywhere in India expect the particular state. It is soaked in sugar syrup to enhance the taste. This sweet is famous in Uttar Pradesh weddings. Cities like Mathura delivers the best Pethe in India.
Mysore Pak is prepared with the goodness of gram flour and extra butter, this sweet is famous in Mysore, Karnataka. Typically, it is also called as South-Indian Mithai is famous in the South-Indian weddings. It has dry fruits garnished on it for a richer taste.
Khoya Jalebi/Mawa Bati
Though it looks like ‘Gulab Jamun’ (Mithai), Mawa Bati is a popular Madhya Pradesh Mithai with little crisp and a lot of sweetness. The sweet is often garnished with dry fruits to give it an extra creamy taste to the guests at the wedding. Across Madhya Pradesh, this Mithai is famous for the wedding lunch menu.
Ghevar is the royal Rajasthani Mithai served in the Rajasthani Weddings in India. It is extremely sweet and has a layer of dry fruits and kesar. It is gaining popularity among the other states of India too. If a Rajasthani is married in any other state, Ghevar is still the first choice as Mithai in the wedding menu.
Very few people outside India as well as outside the Indian State of Manipur have heard about Chakhao Kheer. This is a Manipur special Mithai that is served as the main sweet dish in Manipur weddings. It is made up of black rice cooked in milk with added sugar and dry fruits. A unique Indian Mithai that makes us remind of Gujarati style kheer.
Jalebi is the most popular Indian Mithai served in Gujarati weddings with a ‘Live Counter’. Though Jalebi is losing its importance in the modern Indian weddings as people can easily get to eat Jalebi in India. One one time it was only for the rich and famous Indian Mithai, Jalebi is now an ordinary sweet for weddings.
Gajar Ka Halwa
Gajar Ka Halwa is a good treat of sugar, ghee, dry fruits and fresh carrots. One of the most famous Indian Mithai for royal marriages and is often packed and delivered to the near and dear ones after marriage. It tastes extremely sweet and has an enchanting aroma.
Shrikhand is one of the famous Gujarati Mithai cuisines that is prepared by adding different flavors such as mango, elaichi, kesar, pista, chocolate, etc. This is one of the traditional and typical Hindu Mithai, without these an Indian wedding menu is incomplete. It tastes really good and is accompanied with ‘Puri’.
Just like Hindu weddings, Punjabi weddings are also big fat weddings offering different functions and meal invites to the guests. Gur Paare is one of the famous Punjabi wedding sweets that is crispy and delicious.
In India, when you say, you want to taste Kaju Katri; you will be delighted to find numbers of sweet shops delivering amazing varities of Kaju Katri. Indian Weddings serve royal Kaju Katri during the wedding and it is favourite amongst all. ‘Chocolate Kaju Katri’ is lately getting more popular in the Hindu Weddings, replacing the ‘Unflavoured Kaju Katri’.
Other Indian Sweets/Mithai
There are many other Indian Mithai such as Gulab Jamun, Halwa, Kulfi, Dudhpak, Lapsi, Ghughra, Shankar Para, etc. that are rich in taste, but they aren’t served in Indian royal weddings as sweet dish or dessert.
Which Indian sweet to you want to try?
Kara has been with Wedding Favors Unlimited for 2 years. She’s been giving wedding and style advice for the past 5 years from bridal magazines to bridal boutiques. Feel free to ask Kara a question below!
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