Diwali 2023: 7 Traditional Sweets That Can Be Made Under 30 Mins
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Diwali is almost here, and we can’t hold our excitement. The auspicious festival is celebrated by Hindus all across the world with great fervour and enthusiasm. The festival takes place for five days starting from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj. It is commemorated in Ashwin Tithi of Kartik month.   

Also called the festival of lights, the day celebrates the triumph of good over evil. People light their houses with fiery lights and diyas, craft rangolis at their doorstep, exchange gifts, burst environmentally friendly crackers, wear new clothes, and attend Diwali get-togethers. Hosting a Diwali get-together is as much fun as attending it. There is a gala platter that is served to the guests, starting with starters to ending with desserts. Preparing all the dishes single-handedly can be tough and you may also fall short of time. Which is why we are here to help you.  

Serving sweets as desserts in Diwali is the most authentic way to celebrate it. You can prepare several traditional sweets, however, with a twist of your own in under 30 minutes. In this article, we’ll tell you about seven sweets that can be made in under half an hour. Take a look:  

  • Kesar Pada  

Generic peda makes use of khoya, but here to cut down the time, you can use milk powder. The rest of the ingredients remain the same including sugar, infused with the aromatic essence of saffron (kesar), which imparts a vibrant golden hue and a distinct floral fragrance. The sweet, aromatic saffron threads are meticulously handpicked to ensure the highest quality and flavor. Kesar peda is typically adorned with slivers of pistachios or almonds, adding a delightful crunch to the smooth, melt-in-your-mouth consistency.  

  • Rasmalai  

This sweet dish exudes elegance and richness and is made from flattened, soft, and spongy chenna dumplings that are soaked in delicately flavored, sweet, and creamy milk syrup. To make the process easier, take rasgulla, drain the sugar syrup, and dip it into the sweet, creamy milk syrup. Cook the rasgulla in milk syrup well so that it infuses in the rasgulla. Garnish with slivers of pistachios or saffron strands, enhancing the visual appeal and flavor profile.  

  • Coconut Cardamom Barfi  

The dish showcases the perfect fusion of tropical flavors with the warm essence of cardamom. It is made by blending fresh or desiccated coconut with condensed milk, sugar, and a generous sprinkling of ground cardamom. Coconut Cardamom Barfi exudes sweet, floral, and nutty flavors. It is garnished with almonds or walnuts.   

  • Kalakand  

This melt-in-the-mouth Indian sweet is celebrated for its rich, creamy, and grainy texture. This delectable dessert is made from milk and sugar, cooked down to a dense, fudge-like consistency. Traditionally, it is flavored with cardamom, which imparts a subtle and aromatic twist to its taste. Sometimes, it is also garnished with slivered almonds or pistachios.   

  • Rice Kheer  

This is the most traditional and go-to sweet recipe of all time. It is a creamy, aromatic concoction made by simmering rice in sweetened milk, flavored with cardamom, and often garnished with slivers of nuts like almonds or pistachios. This simple recipe can be easily made in under 30 minutes. This is the staple of Diwali. 


  • Coconut Laddoo  

This delicacy showcases the tropical essence of coconut in a compact, bite-sized form. They are crafted from freshly grated coconut and sugar, often simmered together until the mixture thickens, and can be rolled into small, round balls. The flavor is enriched with cardamom, which lends a delightful aromatic twist to the sweet coconut. To enhance the creaminess of the laddoo, you can add condensed milk.  

  • Rasgulla Ice Cream  

Rasgulla ice cream is a delightful fusion dessert that brings together the iconic flavors of traditional Indian sweets with the cool, creamy indulgence of ice cream. This innovative creation features soft and spongy rasgullas served atop a scoop of velvety ice cream. The contrast between the chilled, creamy ice cream and the syrup-soaked, syrupy-sweet rasgullas creates a harmonious balance of textures and flavors.