Find 121 Diwali sweets recipes like ladoo, halwa, kheer and popular Diwali sweets like gulab jamun, kaju katli, boondi ladoo, suji halwa etc. I hope this collection of Diwali sweets is helpful to you.
Diwali or deepavali is the festival of light, festivity and celebration. No celebration or festival is complete without sweets.
During this auspicious occasion make sweets at home rather buying from outside and share it with your family, friends and loved ones. This year Diwali is on 14 November, 2020.
In many parts of India, during Diwali night sweets are given to the neighbors and friends. In old days, ladies used to make everything at home. But now the times are changing.
I specially remember those funny occasions when at times, the sweet box which you have given to your neighbour has come back to you after moving in a circle.
Mostly, so much sweets and snacks are made during Diwali that it is difficult to eat everything. So mostly people keep on passing the sweet boxes further.
It is a good time to start anything new or positive in life, donate your old clothes to poor people or make any kind of donation. On this note, let us start the day with some sweets.
For easy of reading, I have divided this Diwali sweets recipes post into 6 parts.
Popular Diwali Sweets
Find the most popular diwali sweets in this section from all over India. I have also included some Bengali sweets in this list.
An easy method to make rava laddu recipe for Diwali or any festival. This rava ladoo recipe is made with rava (sooji or semolina), coconut, powdered sugar, dry fruits and ghee. Roasting rava to perfection is very important and the recipe post details many pointers and hints to roast rava very well so that you can make awesome rava laddu.
Suji ka halwa or Sheera is a classic Indian semolina pudding made with sugar, ghee and dry fruits. The recipe I have shared is a family heirloom recipe. We have been making this suji halwa recipe for decades during family get togethers, special occasions & festivals. The sooji halwa recipe can be easily halved, doubled or tripled.
Find some more ladoo variations in this listing. A variety of ladoo is made during Diwali and this list includes ladoo made from various flours, paneer, nuts and dry fruits.
Kheer & Payasam
Kheer is one of the easiest sweet that you can make during any festival occasion. What is called as Kheer in North India is known as payasam in South India. I have listed both kheer and payasam recipes in this section.
The method of making payasam is slightly different than that of making kheer. Usually nuts and dry fruits are fried in ghee and added towards the end once the kheer is cooked through.
Halwa is another dish that is often made during Diwali or any Indian festival occasions. Halwa can be made with cereals, nuts or with veggies & fruits. I have categorized the halwa recipes with separate listing of fruit & vegetable based and cereal or flour based halwa.
Fruit & Veggie Halwa
Apple halwa recipe made with apples, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. Apple halwa is a delicious halwa that is easy to make. This apple halwa recipe does not use sooji (rava), milk, khoya or milk powder. Just apples, sugar (optional) and ghee. Flavorings and nuts of your choice can be added in the apple halwa.
Cereal, Lentils & Nuts Halwa
There are so many varieties of barfi recipes in the Indian cuisine. Below are listed some barfi recipes from the blog.
Listed below are technically not sweets, but snacks which are sweet. Some of them have a savory sweet taste. I am sharing sweets snacks which I have shared earlier on the blog.
These sweet snacks can be made in advance or a couple of days before and refrigerated. The fried sweet snacks will have a longer shelf life.
Cakes & Desserts
During Diwali, many people gift chocolate or chocolate based sweets or desserts to friends or relatives. I have shared eggless chocolate based desserts and some more popular desserts from the world cuisine in this section.
Wishing happy Diwali to all our readers and friends.
This post from the archives (Oct 2013) has been republished and updated on 31 October 2020.