5 regional sweets that no Indian weddings can do without

We’ve rounded up a host of sweets traditionally made at weddings across the country

19 Jan 2022

It’s safe to say that winter is synonymous with weddings. After all, the chilly weather provides the perfect backdrop for people to exchange vows. Along with the elaborate invitations, designer lehengas and sangeet performances, there is another aspect which most attendees are excited about, “What is the food like?”

To commemorate this season we’ve rounded up the most loved wedding sweets which feature in shaadis across the country. Dive in!

Gulab churma

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Dal-baati-churma might be one of the most well-known Rajasthani dishes, but there’s an equally delicious counterpart that makes weddings rosier. Gulab (rose) churma is a common dessert that is often seen at Marwari weddings. Fried or baked dough balls are crushed into a coarse powder and then mixed with ghee, rose water, cardamom powder, sugar powder, dried rose petals, and sliced almonds. This fragrant mixture is either served with dal and baati or shaped into ladoos.

Parippu pradhaman

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Moong dal, jaggery and coconut milk come together in this flavourful and creamy payasam or kheer. Parippu pradhaman is a common fixture on wedding menus in Kerala and is also prepared on other special occasions such as Onam. Many foodies say that their favourite part about the payasam is the ghee-fried nuts and dried fruits that it is topped with!


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Unniyappam, yet another wedding favourite from Kerala, is a delightfully spongy sweet made with rice flour, ripe bananas and cardamom powder. ‘Unni’ means small and ‘appam’ means rice cake in Malyalam. This fried delicacy is also a popular snack and is usually served as prasad.

Gur para

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A popular Punjabi shaadi ki mithai, gur para or gur paare is like shakkar para that is also extensively made in north India. This crunchy delight consists of deep fried dough sticks that are coated in jaggery syrup. Fans say it’s difficult to stop at just one!


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Chandrapuli is a crescent-shaped Bengali sweet that is as pretty to look at as it is delicious. It is made with chenna, khoya, grated coconut and jaggery or sugar. This decadent sweet is prepared during special occasions and is commonly seen at weddings.

Do you know any more regional recipes you often enjoy at weddings? Tell us in the comment section below.

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