Raksha Bandhan: Some Delicious Recipes

Any celebration is incomplete without good food. Food is something that we all enjoy and on an occasion like Raksha Bandhan, we can indulge in samosas and mithai, especially Ghevar. In this article, we have collected recipes for this special occasion.

  • Besan Ladoo: Besan Ladoo is a favourite recipe for celebrations like Raksha Bandhan. This recipe will surely make everyone drool. You just need ghee, sugar and besan.

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    Photo Courtesy: Indian Healthy Recipes

  • Chocolate Crunch Cake: Chocolate Crunch Cake, which is also known as Chocolate Biscuit Cake is easy to prepare. No baking is required to prepare this recipe. It is free of eggs and requires marshmallows to prepare. It also requires shortbread and prunes.

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  • Samosas: Everyone loves to consume hot samosas with tea. But too much oil is not good for your health. Baked samosas, which are prepared without deep frying can easily solve the problem.
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Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes Of India

  • Pinni: Punjabi pinni can be prepared in many ways including flax seeds, dry fruits and wheat flour.

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  • Tandoori Chaat: A festival like Raksha Bandhan is incomplete without good food. Raksha Bandhan is incomplete without this amazing Tandoori Chaat recipe.

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    Photo Courtesy: The Indian Express

  • Kheer: This is a very traditional Indian/Pakistani dish. Everyone loves this rice pudding.

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  • Phirni: This is a very easy almond and saffron phirni recipe. It is very easy to make. You should refrigerate it and enjoy it in dinner.

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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes of India

  • Hara Bhara Kebab: This recipe is perfect for those going to the gym. This dish can be prepared using chane ki daal, which contains high fibre and spinach, which is a super food filled with protein, minerals and iron.

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  • Kalakand: It is also known as Malai Burfi/Kalakand. This dish is perfect for those who don’t like their dessert to be too sweet.

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  • Chocolate Coffee Cake: This chocolate coffee cake is delicious and is very easy to prepare. Make this cake for your brother this Raksha Bandhan.

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    Photo Courtesy: Jeroxie

10 Iftar Party Recipes

In the month of Ramadan, the Muslims fast for full day. They break their fast in the evening with iftar. This meal needs to be special as it should be high in nutrition to balance the full day of fasting. Most iftar parties are a celebration. Families and friends gather around and have great time together. And that is why we have collected 10 recipes that you must try at home:-

  • Mutton Rezala 

     

    mutton-rezalaThis is one of the most popular recipes in Muslims. This dish is filled with mutton gravy soup and mutton. This is a very special Ramadan recipe.

  • Gosht Ki Dum Biryani 

    Dum BiryaniDum Biryani is one of the favourite main course recipe of iftar party. It is filled with layers of spice, curd and mutton.

  • Malabar Moplah Kozhi Ada 

    ITC Windsor - Moplah 03This is a perfect and traditional snack for teatime. These are filled with chicken, beef or mutton.

  • Mango Kesar Kulfi 

    Mango-Kesar-Pista-KulfiIftar meals are incomplete without desserts. The creamy mango kulfi combines taste of mangoes and pistachios.

  • Manglorean Chicken Ghee Roast 

    mangalore-chicken-ghee-roastIf you feel like eating delicious and spicy food, then Manglorean chicken ghee roast is best for you. It is a fiery red, tangy and spicy meat with many spices added to it.

  • Mini Samosas 

    mini_samosasMini samosas are a very important part of iftar meals. These are deep fried and golden brown in colour. You can have these with chutney to add to the flavour.

  • Kapitan Chicken Curry 

    Nyonya-Style-Chicken-Curry-Kapitan-Chicken-Curry-656x437This is a thicker, richer and drier version of chicken curry. It is perfect for Ramadan.

  • Hara Bhara Kebab 

    maxresdefaultThis is a traditional dish of Ramadan. This vegetarian dish is soft, tender and very delicious. This is a perfect evening snack and is prepared with gram dal and spinach. It is high in minerals, vitamins, iron and protein.

  • Haleem 

    haleem_625x350_71466578197Haleem is a popular dish of Ramadan. It is available in different tastes in various places during Ramadan. This dish is prepared using lentils, wheat and meat.

  • Chicken Shawarma 

    shawarma newThis is a very popular recipe of Middle East. The chicken is baked in yoghurt marinade. It is rolled in pita bread and best served with tahini.

8 Navratri Recipes That You Must Try

It is that part of the year in which goddess Durga idols are decorated with bangles, flowers, kumkum and jewelled attires. Prayers are offered in the morning along with temple bells. Pure butter delicacies fill the space with aroma. One of the biggest Hindu festival, Navratri is celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout the country.

Different avatars of Goddess Durga are worshipped during these days.Goddess Durga is believed to have 9 incarnations and each female diety has different power. “Navratri” signifies nine auspicious nights in which we worship Goddess Durga and fast is observed by most of the people. Navratri falls twice in a year, at the beginning of spring and at start of autumn. Most people don’t consume non-veg during Navratri and most people remove garlic and onion.

The fast is observed by most of the people of north, west and central India. Some may fast only in first and last day of festival.

By fasting, people show gratitude to Goddess. In Hinduism, traditionally alcohol and non-veg food are considered unholy but there are scientific reasons behind this as well. People avoid meat, alcohol, onion, garlic, grains etc. From the perspective of Ayurveda, these foods attract negative enrgies. They should be avoided during seasonal change as there is low immunity in the body.

The festival of Navratri, help you in maintaining a healthy diet. Ingredients like singhara, fresh vegetable, yogurt, milk and makhane are consumed during Navratris as tey are light on stomach and can be easily digested. Instead of using regular salt, sendha namak(rock salt) is used as it is unprocessed.

In this article, we have collected some of our favorite recipes of Navratri. Enjoy the recipes:-

  • Sabudana Khichdi

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    Sabudana is filled with carbohydrates which boosts the energy in your body. This is a light dish prepared with spices, peanuts and sabudana.

  • Kuttu Ka Dosa

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    Make something different this Navratri. This is a crisp dosa recipe that is made with kuttu ka atta and filling of potato.

 

  • Singhare ke Atte ka Samosa

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Photo Courtesy: WelcomeNRI

 

This is a favourite snack for tea-time. It is made with ingredients like sendha namak, chestnut flour and                         spiced chironji filling. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2otF6tA

  • Aloo ki Kadhi

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This is a light and lovely curry made with versatile potatoes. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2o0RDIp

  • Makhana Kheer

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    This is a low fat kheer made using nuts and makhana. You can indulge in it without worrying about your weight. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2obZnF2

  • Arbi Kofta

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    Koftas are perfect for tea-time during Navratris. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2otnaiO

  • Kebabs

     

    aSm3pvpjU1Make your fasting interesting by following the recipe of kebabs. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mLpe9t

  • Sonth Ki Chutney

     

    tamarind-chutney-saunth-chutney4This is perfect companion to bhajjis or pakoras. Enjoy with snacks that are vrat friendly. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nbNuNl

Celebrate Holi 2017 With These Delicious Dishes

Colours connect the emotions of people. Colors are what make us happy and jovial. On the festival of Holi, people celebrate with foods, drinks and colors to spread happiness and celebrate the victory of good on evil. The festival of color is the most awaited and liked festival. We love this festival due to the colors we immerse ourself and the delicious dishes that are made on this occasion.

Most festivals of India have some ritual associated with them. Holi is celebrated with great fun and merrymaking and is filled with mouth-watering dishes. The food eaten on this day is appropriate for all occasions of the festival. People celebrate this festival by putting colors on each other. After this, they dine together to feast on special food of Holi. There are many traditional dishes that are prepared on Holi including sweets and snacks, Thandai and delicious snacks.

The recipes prepared for Holi are enjoyed with great enthusiasm by all the friends and family. We have collected some traditional recipes that are specially prepared for Holi festival.

  • Thandai

    Holi is incomplete without its traditional drink of Thandai. People enjoy this festival in the scorching sun and enjoy sweet sip of Thandai. This is a simple looking drink and is filled with milk, spices and dry fruits. Occasionally, bhaang is added to it for giving it an intoxicating effect. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mhVLRf

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  • Gujiya

    This is the most symbolic and special Holi recipe. It is prepared with the stuffing of nut stuffing and dried whole milk powder. It is mostly made in North India for the festival of Holi. In Lucknow, you will find around 10 varieties of Gujiya with different fillings. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mwh8QD

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  • Puran Poli

    Puran Poli is a sweet dish for special occasions like Holi. It is popular in states like Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Puran poli is a flattended bread which is sweet in taste and prepared with wheat flour and jaggery along with condiments and other spices. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n9TkTQ

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  • Bhaang Ke Pakore

    Filled with bhang, these pakoras are a customary dish. It is an auspicious dish and is very tasty. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nprLSR

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  • Malpua

    This is another sweet dish prepared in the festival of Holi. It is prepared with the syrup of sugar and flour. It is served with rabri. This sweet can be prepared in advance as it has a longer shelf life. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n55Y3A

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  • Bhaang

    Although, many people consume alcohol on Holi, the traditional drink of Lassi is ‘Bhaang Lassi’. Bhaang is associated with Lord Shiva. Bhaang’s local name is marijuana or cannabis. The delicious ‘Bhang Lassi’ is a nutritious drink. People also consume this dish in the form of golees. These are chewy balls of bhang mixed with sugar and ghee. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mT0eMO

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  • Sweet Rice

    This is a South Indian dish and is served with large number of fruit mixtures with cold beverages like Sherbets. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kQ2EI9

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  • Dahi Vada

    Dahi Vada is a delicious dumpling made of lentils like moong dal andurad dal. This snack is eaten with mint chutney, curd or red chilli and is very popular. The taste of the dish is sweet, salty and sour. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1Smfpnx

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  • Kanji ke Vade

    This delicious dish is made by soaking rai and urad dal and then grinding them into paste. Scoop of the mix is deep fried & drained before serving. Kanji ka vada is very popular Holi food of India. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mcNhd6

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  • Dhuska

    This dish has its origins in Jharkhand and Bihar. Dhuska is a simple snack prepared with chana dal and rice flour. It is served with green chutney and aloo curry. It is sweet and crunchy in taste. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2npxOXB

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10 Popular Holi Recipes Of India

Holi, which is also called festival of colors is a popular Hindu festival of India. It is a symbol of hope and new beginnings. Holi usually falls in the month of March on full moon and is a symbol of arrival of spring. Holika fire puja falls before the festival of colors.

Without doubt, Holi is a very enjoyable festival, but people also look forward to a lot of yummy food made for this special occasion. On this day, there is a lot of display of different colors. These include red, crimson, orange, purple, yellow, green and purple. On this festival, people put colored powder or gulal on each other and color their faces to denote the symbol of friendship. Holi also commemorates the love of Lord Krishna and Radha.

Here are some delicious recipes that will make your day an enjoyable one.

  • Gujiya: Holi has always been linked to gujiyas. These are sweet dumplings prepared with maida, suji, wheat flour and stuffed with khoya. Gujia looks like samosa and has a distinct shape. To enhance its taste, roasted dry fruits and coconut are added to it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mhJLiD

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  • Thandai: This is one of the most delicious and traditional drink of Holi. Bhang lightens the atmosphere of Holi. It is prepared from flowers and leaves of female cannabis plant. Bhang is a cold drink prepared with a mix of rose petals, magaztari seeds, fennel seeds. Almonds, pepper, cardamom, vetiver seeds, milk, sugar and saffron. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mhVLRf

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  • Mathri: Mathri is a North Indian dish savoured by millions. A variety of spices can be added to it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mhJLiD

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    Photo Courtesy: vegrecipesofindia

  • Malai Peda: No festival is complete without peda. Kesaru malai peda is so delicious that it is filled with kesar favour. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2m1qXmR

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    Photo Courtesy: milkmaid

  • Kanji Vada: This is a tasty drink that comes in handy when you have consumed many sweets. It helps in digestion. It is made from the extract of mustard and rice. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mEHzEr

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    Photo Courtesy: iFood.tv

  • Malpua: Malpua is an Indian version of pancake. It is crispy, soft and fluffy. It is best consumed with rabri. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n55Y3A

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    Photo Courtesy: vegrecipesofindia

  • Moong Dal Kachori: Kachoris that are filled with moong dal are very crusty and have longer shelf life as compared to other kachoris. They are best stored in containers that are air-tight. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n51B8k

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    Photo Courtesy: ladlesandspoon

  • Puran Poli: Puran Poli is a sweet flatbread that is prepared on the festival of Holi by the Maharashtrians. It is prepared in other parts of India too and has different variants like Obbattu, Holige and Vedmi. The sweet is prepared with yellow gram, jaggery and cardamom. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mX2nrg

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  • Dahi Bhalla: This is a snack that is prepared with peas, dahi, spices and chutneys. The vadas need to be deep fried. Dahi Bhalla is served cold and garnished with tamarind chutney, coriander, jeera and red chilli powder. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ndgLHY

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    Photo Courtesy: vegrecipesofindia

  • Shakkarpara: Shakkarpara is usually prepared on the festival of Holi. It is prepared with maida, dough, milk, sugar, salt and semolina. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mEP12u

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    Photo Courtesy: vegrecipesofindia

8 Basant Panchami Recipes

The festival of Basant Panchami/Vasant Panchami comes in the Hindu month of Magh. It signifies the start of spring season. Like many other Indian festivals, this festival has many special sweets of its own.

Kite flying is a tradition of this festival. The sweets offered during this festival are mostly yellow in color like boondi, kesari bhaat and rajbhog. The yellow is the preferred colour of sweets as it signifies bright colour of mustard flower which grows during this period. We have collected some interesting recipes for this Basant Panchmi. Try these recipes this festive season:-

  • Malpua 

     

    malpuaMalpua is a sweet that is in the form of deep-fried pancake and dipped in syrup. It is usually consumed with dry fruits and rabri. It is really delicious and sinful. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2jTUJZB

  • Kheer 

     

    KheerThis is a delicious dish. It is made with a good amount of dry fruits. Adding digestible goodies will make this dish really delicious. Try the recipe of this amazing kheer. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kfxKcg

  • Sweet Rice 

     

    meethe-chawal-1Sweet rice is prepared by boiling the rice to sticky state and blending it with jaggery. This gives it a sweet and heavenly taste. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kQ2EI9

  • Boondi LaddooboondiladduThis is a much loved laddoo and is best suitable for Basant Panchami. This is a delicious sweet with kesari flavor. The bright yellow colour makes it perfect for Basant Panchami. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kfHF1G
  • Boondiboondi-recipeThis is a great prasada for this festival. It is a favourite among all the deities. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2jVuAfj
  • Kesari Sheera 

    rava-kesariKesari Halwa(Kesari Sheera) is prepared with roasted grain. It is thickened and flavored using great amount of sugar, ghee and dry fruits. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kQ3aWW

  • Rajbhog 

    rajbhog-1-600x500Rajbhog is very similar to rasgulla and is brighter. The taste too is similar to that of rasgulla. What’s different is the flavor of kesar and dry fruits that are added to it. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kpKaRE

  • Sarso Ka Saag 

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  • This is a signature dish of Punjab. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kqJ7AC

Delicious Christmas Recipes

Christmas is celebrated to mark the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Most nations celebrate it on 25th of December. The celebrations start one month before December 25th. People decorate their houses with stars, reindeer and colourful lights. People rejoice the birth of Jesus Christ by singing carols. They share goodies with their friends. On actual Christmas day, people wear new dresses and go to church, burst firecrackers and party with family.

Without food, Christmas celebration is incomplete. We have collected delicious recipes for you to try this Christmas. Try these this Christmas:-

  • Black Forest Cake

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Black forest cake is a German dessert that is very delicious. Try the Black forest cake with this                                       recipe. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2i9PbcP

  • Chicken Pizza

     

    ht_bbq_chicken_pizza_jef_120131_wmainChicken Pizza is a very delicious dish. Learn to make Chicken Pizza with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2hAGvM4

     

  • Chocolate Mousse

     

     

    chocolate-mousse-28888_lThis is a delicious dessert. Learn to make Chocolate Mousse with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2ibMaJi

  • Chocolate Cupcakes

     

     

    chocolate-cupcakes-17168_lChocolate Cupcake is a very delicious and popular dish. Learn to make Chocolate Cupcake with this easy recipe: http://bit.ly/2hbkna6

  • Apple Cake

     

    french-apple-cake-18-600-600x400Apple Cake is a very tasty recipe for Christmas. Learn to make Apple Cake with this easy recipe: http://bit.ly/2hhMx6F

  • Plum Cake

     

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    Plum Cake is a great recipe for Christmas. Learn to make Plum Cake with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2i1KmTk

  • Carrot Cake

     

    best-carrot-cakeThe carrot cake is very healthy, tasty and looks very appetising. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2hbqX0b

  • Apple Brownies

     

    apple_brownies2_600mainThis is a very mouthwatering brownie made by mixing apple and chocolate. Apple brownies are very delicious. Learn to make Apple Brownies with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2in0RfV

  • Hot Chocolate Fudge

     

    dec08_7Hot Chocolate Fudge is a popular dessert. Try the Hot Chocolate Fudge recipe: http://bit.ly/2hACPdc

  • Pineapple Cake

     

    upsidedown-pineapple-and-coconut-cake-23319_lPineapple is more beneficial than you think. Try this delicious cake that is made using Pineapple. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2i1Pyqz

  • Coconut Cake

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Coconut Cake is perfect for special days like Christmas, Mother’s day etc. Learn to make Coconut

Cake with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2hALjRP

  • Potato Corn Chowder

     

    potato-corn_chowder_1989Potato Corn Chowder is a delicious dish. Learn to make Potato Corn Chowder with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2hhXnt9

  • Chicken Diablo

     

     

    picgzaopeChicken Diablo is a popular recipe. Learn to make Chicken Diablo with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2hATm0U

  • Apple Pie

     

    fnk_apple-pie_s4x3Apple Pie is a popular recipe for Valentine’s Day. Learn to make Apple Pie with this easy recipe: http://bit.ly/2hlNf4s

  • Potato Rolls

     

    bread_potato_rollsPotato roll is a popular dish. Learn to make potato roll with this easy recipe: http://bit.ly/2hlOhx6

  • Fruit Pizza

     

    57079_640x428The cream cheese portion on the fruit pizza may be a lot. You can also use topping of fruit salad. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2hlIMPn

  • Butterscotch Brownies

     

    6a010536eec1a6970c0133f52fb0aa970b-600wiButterscotch Brownie is a popular recipe. Learn to make Butterscotch Browny with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2hbxpoa

  • Trifle Pudding

     

    imagesThis is a three-layered pudding made of custard, jellies and sponge cake. On a hot, sunny day, a bowl of pudding can be very rejuvenating. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2hAUtNQ

  • Christmas Wife Saver

     

    strataChristmas wife saver is a favourite dish for all the food lovers. The dish is so crunchy that it is a favourite of everyone. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2ipNGqg

  • Oatmeal Raisin Bread

     

    oatmeal_cin_raisin_crumbOatmeal Raisin Bread is a popular recipe. Learn to make Oatmeal Raisin Bread with this recipe: http://bit.ly/2ineKe6

  • Ginger Soup

     

     

    carrot-and-ginger-soup-1118_lSoups serve as great starters but consuming Ginger soup also serves as a great relief for sore throat. When you consume this soup, it relieves your sore throat. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2inlmJj

  • Baked Egg Cheese

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Baked Egg Cheese serves as a perfect breakfast for brunch. Learn to make Baked Egg Cheese with                                 this easy recipe: http://bit.ly/2i4nJAh

  • Black Walnut Cake

     

    fancy-cakeThis is a crunchy cake and is irresistible. If cakes are something that you like, this cake must be your first choice. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2i4rKEO

  • Brownie Caramel Cheesecake

     

    img_3812-1-2This is a delicious cake. Learn to prepare Brownie Caramel Cheesecake with this easy recipe: http://bit.ly/2hbCUmv

  • Garlic Bread

     

    garlic-bread-recipeThis is a great starter when starting an Italian meal like Spaghetti or Pizzas. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2inMHuN

Diwali: Recipes for This Auspicious Occasion

The sacred festival of Diwali is celebrated by the Jains, Sikhs and Hindus throughout the world.

Fireworks, candles and golden-lit lamps are used to light up the sidewalks, doors and streets. The

festival is a symbol of triumph of light on darkness & goodness on evil. The festival is also known

for the prayers offered to Goddess Laxmi(Goddess of prosperity and wealth).

This festival is celebrated differently in different regions. The celebrations differ in terms of food,

variety and the style of cuisines.

Here, we give you a perfect menu for perfect Diwali feast:

Snacks: Snacks are most often prepared with ghee, spices, sugar and whole-wheat flour/puffed

rice. As some of these are made with Chickpea flour as a main ingredient, these are gluten-free

naturally.

Shakarparra: Shakkarpara is a North Indian dish that can be prepared easily. It requires

fewer ingredients. This dish has a long shelf life and can be eaten as a dessert.

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Chevdo: These are roasted rice flakes that are prepared with dry fruits and spices.

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Pakoras: These are prepared with vegetables soaked in batter and deep fried. These can

be said to be Indian tempura.

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Mutthiya: These are fried dumplings prepared with calabash or bottle gourd.

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Ghatiya: These are fried strips prepared with dough of graham flour.

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Main dishes: These often include those dishes that are familiar to the lovers of Indian food:

• Vegetarian curries including Undhiyu

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Lentil curries

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Poori and aloo ki sabzi(deep fried bread with spice sauteed potatoes) with Shrikhand

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Paratha(Indian flatbread)

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Desserts/Sweets: These are also known as mithai and are most of the time made of milk in some

form. These are sometimes prepared with grains. Many of these sweets are deep fried in ghee.

Some common ingredients of sweets include spices like saffron, cinnamon and cardamom.

Ingredients like fig and coconut and also vegetables cooked with ghee and sugar are mixed to form

halvah.

Coconut Barfi: This preparation is similar to a fudge and is made with sweetened

condensed milk, cream and coconut.

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Gulab Jamun: These are fried milk dumplings that are very spongy. They are put into

rosewater and saffron syrup.

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Ras malai: These are paneer cheese dumplings that are served when soaked in sweet and

creamy sauce.

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Halvah: Halvah is a dense, sweet fudge that is very popular in India as well as Middle

East. There are a lot of varieties prepared with sesame seeds and carrots.

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Jalebi: These are similar to funnel cakes. After soaking in saffron sauce, they are dried to

give a crispy taste.

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Kheer: Kheer is a delicious rice pudding.

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So, enjoy this Diwali with these perfect recipes and share them with your loved ones.

Ganesh Chaturthi & Its Favourite Sweets

The Hindu festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated to honor Lord Ganesha. The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi starts on 5th September this year and will be celebrated for 10 days.

In some parts of India, the festival is known as ‘Vinayak Chaturthi’ or ‘Vinayaka Chavithi’.

In this article, we give you sweets and other dishes that are commonly prepared in Ganesh Chaturthi:-

Modak Recipes:-

The favorite food of Lord Ganesha is Modak. It is of special importance during worships. Most commonly, modak is stuffed with coconut and jaggery. There are many variations of this recipe. Here is a list of some popular Modaks:-

  • Ukadiche Modak: This is a steamed modak. Its outer covering is made of rice flour and the stuffing is of coconut jaggery.
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  • Fried Modak: This is a deep fried or shallow fried modak with stuffing of coconut which is sweet and chewy. It’s outside covering is very crispy.
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Photo Courtesy: healthyvegrecipes

  • Chocolate Modak: This is a special modak. It is made of semi-sweet chocolate chips, biscuit crumbs and condensed milk.

Chocolate Modak

  • Mawa Modak: This modak is prepared from khoya/mawa. It is filled with figs, nuts and dry coconut.

Mawa Modak

Ladoo Recipes:-

Different types of ladoos are prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Here is a list of popular Ladoos:-

  • Coconut Ladoo: This is a delicious ladoo recipe that is prepared with dry coconut, powdered sugar and mawa.

Coconut Ladoo

  • Boondi Ladoo: In this ladoo, boondis are soaked in sugar syrup of saffron flavor and then made into the shape of ladoo.

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  • Besan Ladoo: This ladoo recipe is easy to make. It is prepared with powdered sugar, gram flour and ghee.

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Other Sweets:-

Besides Modaks and Laddoos, a few more sweets are prepared and given as offering to God. These are given below:-

  • Sooji Halwa: Sooji Halwa is a very famous sweet dish among Indians. It is prepared during festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi.

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  • Banana Sheera: This recipe is similar to sooji halwa but banana is added to give flavor. It is a perfect prasad for any pooja.
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Photo Courtesy: vegrecipesofindia

  • Puran Poli: Puran Poli is a stuffed Indian bread. The preparation of Puran Poli is considered to be an art that requires high skills.

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  • Karanji: Karanji is a traditional Maharashtrian sweer. The stuffing is of sweet coconut and its crust is crispy.

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  • Basundi: This is a popular recipe. The milk is sweetened and thickened and chopped nuts are added. It is flavored with saffron and cardamom.

Basundi

  • Shrikhand: Shrikhand is prepared with sugar and plain yogurt. It is flavoured with cardamom and saffron and garnishing is done with nuts.

Shrikhand

5 Delicious Recipes For Janmashthmi

The festival of Janmashtami(Gokulashtami) is celebrated throughout India with great pomp and show. This festival is celebrated because on this day Lord Krishna was born. It is one of the most celebrated Hindu festivals and celebrated with great enthusiasm. On this day, fasting dishes are made available in every household. A large number of devotees, visit Mathura and Varanasi to participate in Puja. Lord Krishna is worshipped in two forms, one is the flirty(Ras Lila) form and one depicting his naughty childhood(Dahi Handi).

Today(25th August) is his birthday and on this day devotees treat Lord Krishna with sweet dishes. In this article, we share with you some of the tastiest sweet dishes that you can try:-

Kheer

Kheer is a delicious dessert that is perfect for any festival. Kheer is better when compared to other desserts because it is healthy and nutritious. The great thing about kheer is that it can be served both hot and chilled. It tastes delicious and is an important dish for celebrations. You can consume this dish hot or cold as required.

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Photo Courtesy: indiatimes

Gopalkala is a dish that is high in nutrition. As the name suggests, this dish is offered to Lord Krishna on the occasion of Janmashtmi, the day he was born. The dish is made by mixing rice, coconut, cucumer, curd and ghee.

Shrikhand puri

The Puri-Shrikhand combination is a very popular combination. Shrikhand is made with curd and is easy to prepare. Almonds, Cashew, Pista are crushed with cardamom, saffron and granulated sugar. Hot Puri can be had with Shrikhand anytime one craves it.

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An Indian festival is incomplete without Pedas. Peda is a delicious sweet that is loved by Indians. Whatever be the festival, be it Diwali or Janmashtmi, Peda is an essential sweet dish that is loved by all.

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Photo Courtesy: awsomecuisine

Badam Phirni is filled with a lot of almonds and is a feast for your taste-buds. It is rich in milk and has a delicious taste that will make you crave for more.