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

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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.

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

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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.

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  • 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.

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

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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.

10 Iftar Party Recipes

This is the holiest month for the Islamic people. Each year, millions of Muslims across the world take part in a month long fasting, popularly known as roza. According to the traditions of Islam, roza is kept to develop self-restraint in oneself. A person who keeps roza starts his/her day with a lavish meal before dawn which is known as sehri or suhoor. After the sun rises, the Muslims keep the fast for the whole day. Later in the evening, they break their fast with a special meal called iftar.

The iftar meal needs to be very high in nutrient value so that the whole day of fasting can be compensated. Iftar meals are full of celebrations as many friends and families come together for dinner with tempting dishes. And keeping this in mind, we have collected 10 recipes that you can try at home.

  • Mutton Rassa: This dish is known from Lucknow to Kolkata and is very popular with Muslims. This special dish is filled with gravy and mutton. Try the recipe: http://goo.gl/t8zHLL
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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

  • Dum Biryani: This main course dish is very popular. It is filled with layers of curd, spices and mutton. The dish is cooked over charcoal fire. Gosht ki dum biryani is a great Ramadan recipe. Here’s the recipe:http://goo.gl/ukOwdN

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  • Mango Kesar Kulfi: An iftar party is incomplete without dessert. Perfect for beating the summer heat, this mango kulfi combines the taste of crunchy pistachios with sweet mangoes. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/f8N2vO

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  • Chicken Manglorean: This dish is delicious and spicy. The Manglorean chicken is a perfect recipe. The meat is spicy, tangy and fiery red with many spices put into it with ghee/butter. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/YQRIn9
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Photo courtesy: kudlalights

  • Chicken Shammi Kebab: Minced, juicy pieces of chicken are mixed with chana dal and a lots of masalas and then it is formed into patties and then fried crispy. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/SLuWXO
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Photo Courtesy: kfoods

  • Kapitan Chicken Curry: This curry is richer, thicker and drier as compared to other chicken curries. It is perfect for Ramadan iftar meal.Here’s the recipe:
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Photo Courtesy: mykitchensnippets

  • Hara Bhara Kebab: These are soft, tender and delicious. Hara Bhara Kebabs are a traditional dish of Ramadan. These delicious kebabs are made of spinach and dal and thus are very rich in iron, protein, minerals and vitamins. Here’s the recipe:http://goo.gl/ECnleW
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Photo Courtesy: thecherryshare

  • Kabuli Pulao: This is a classic rice dish that is prepared with crunchy peas. It is the national food of Afghanistan. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/mbhr6Z

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  • Faalsa Sherbet: Faalsa Sherbet is a great drink. This seasonal drink is refreshing and rejuvenating. Here’s the recipe: http://goo.gl/fNkOZg
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Photo Courtesy: kfoods

  • Shahi Tukra: These are pieces of bread that are deep fried until they become golden brown and crisp. They are topped with rabdi and garnished with dry fruits and varq.

 

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10 Delicious Paneer Recipes

There are many ways in which paneer dish can be made. It can be made with gravy or dry curry. Paneer as an ingredient can be mixed with many vegetables like peas, capsicum, potatoes, mushroom and spinach.

If you want to make paneer dishes, you can buy cottage cheese from the market or you can also prepare it at home. Preparing paneer at home is cheaper and hygienic. It is better to make homemade paneer than buying the store one.

Paneer is perfect for festivals and other celebrations. We have collected a number of paneer recipes for you to try in this article. Let us see them one by one:-

  • Paneer Butter Masala: These are juicy and soft cubes of cottage cheese mixed in a creamy tomato based gravy. The dish goes well with pulaos, rice and naan.52d72e42e4b01fc900f59882-2768229268_bd0f99c798Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

  • Palak Paneer: This is a very popular recipe. It basically contains cheese cubes that are cooked in a spinach curry.52dc3b6ae4b0785c884df392-palak paneer 500Palak Paneer Recipe

  • Kadai Paneer: This is a semi dry curry, made with cheese, capsicum, Indian spices and bell peppers.Kadhai Paneer RecipeKadai Paneer Recipe

  • Matar Paneer: Matar paneer is a very popular paneer recipe among North Indians. It is frequently made at home.52dd0f1fe4b065165629e982-matar-paneerMatar Paneer Recipe

  • Shahi Paneer: The literal meaning of shahi is royal. And this royal cottage cheese is made with dry fruits, saffron, yogurt, whole spices and cream.Shahi PaneerShahi Paneer Recipe

  • Malai Kofta: This is a perfect dish for celebrations. One can never be bored of this dish. The koftas are so tasty that they can be served as a snack during tea.Malai KoftaMalai Kofta Recipe

  • Paneer Makhani: This is a simple and easy recipe. The gravy of the makhani is prepared with ginger, pureed tomatoes, garlic, cream and red chili powder.52d7e9bae4b01fc900f936d2-2554594775_809fd9ac7ePaneer Makhani Recipe

  • Malai Paneer: This dish has a taste similar to malai paneer tikka. It can be prepared in a short span of time.Malai PaneerMalai Paneer Recipe
  • Paneer Tikka Masala: This is a very rich and heavy dish. The sauce of the dish is prepared with onion, yogurt, tomato puree and cream.Paneer Tikka MasalaPaneer Tikka Masala Recipe

  • Paneer Jalfrezi: This is another easy paneer dish. You just have to slice the vegetables and make tomato puree. Vegetables like carrots, capsicum and baby corn can be added.Paneer JalfreziPaneer Jalfrezi Recipe

 

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Navratri Vrat Recipes

The literal meaning of Navratri is 9 nights. During this period, 9 forms of goddess Shakti are worshiped throughout India. There are 4 major Navratris but only two are celebrated. The first is ‘Chaitra Navratri’ that comes in summers (March-April) and second is ‘Sharad Navratri’ that comes in winters (Oct-Nov).

During Navratri, many people do fasting in Northern and Western India. It is said that it is a great time to make spiritual progress and purify your body and mind.

The recipes for fasting are similar to those that of Janmashtami, Mahashivratri and Ekadashi. In this post, we will cover some of the great recipes for Navratri Vrat.

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Grains and Flours used for Navratri Fast

  1. Singhare ka atta: Using this, you can make paratha, singhare ki poori, halwa and pakoras.
  2. Kuttu ka atta: Some good recipes include, paratha, halwa, poori and pakora.
  3. Rajgira(Amarnath) Ka Atta: Dishes that can be made include pooris, paratha, vrat ka halwa and thalipeeth.
  4. Sama Ke Chawal Ka Atta: Using this, you can make vrat ke uttapam, dosa, idli and pooris.
  5. Vrat Ke Chawal: Dishes include pulao, dalia, kheer, dosa, idli and upma.

Vegetables Allowed For Fasting

  1. Potatoes: You can make halwa, jeera aloo, dahi aloo and vrat ke aloo.
  2. Pumpkin: Some good recipes include kaddu ki sabzi, khatta meetha kaddu sabzi , pakoras and halwas.
  3. Shakarkandi(Sweet Potato): One can make tikki, halwa or chaat.
  4. Arbi(Colocasia): Many dishes can be made from arbi including dahi arbi, sukhi arbi, arbi cutlet and arbi tikki.
  5. Raw Banana: One can make banana fries, banana chips and sabzi.
  6. Raw Papaya: One can make salad or papaya halwa.

Holi: 8 Recipes for This Festive Season

Balloons filled with water colors, guns loaded with water, the arrival of spring bringing hope and beginning of new season, the plates filled with gujiyas, the playing of old and new songs. This is how we have been celebrating Holi. And every year, people celebrate it with great enthusiasm.

According to mythology, “Holi” has been derived from the word “Holika”, which is the name of the evil sister of demon king Hirankashyap. On the eve of Holi, a bonfire is lit which signifies “Holika Dahan” and that’s when the celebrations start.

The festival is celebrated differently in different regions of India. For eg. In Mathura, the festival lasts for more than a week. There, it is known as ‘lath mar Holi’, in which women beat men with sticks and sing songs.

In South India, Kaamdeva(the God of love) is worshiped and in West Bengal, Holi is better known as “Swing Festival” and representations of Krishna and Radha are worshiped.

When we talk about Holi, what comes to our mind is gujiyas, kachoris, papads, and much more. A festival in India is incomplete without food. And that is why, in this article we are giving you some of the favourite Holi dishes.

  1. Gujiya

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Holi is incomplete without its favorite sweet, Gujiya. Sugar dripping gujiyas are a dish, native to Rajasthan. These sweet dumplings are made of maida/flour. These are filled with delicious khoya and dry fruits.

Try these different recipes this Holi:-

 

  1. Malpuas

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This is North India’s traditional sweet. It is an Indian dessert, just like a pancake. It is dipped in sugar and fried.

  1. Bhaang Ke Pakore

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This is a favorite drink of Holi and is very intoxicating. Lord Shiva used to consume this drink and that is why, it is considered to be very auspicious.

  1. Thandai

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Thandai is a traditional Holi drink. The drink is a combination of fragrance and fennel. It naturally cools your body. It is a welcoming drink for the guests on this auspicious day.

  1. Gol Gappa/Paani Puri

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You don’t need to go to food stalls anymore. You can now make them at home. A must have this Holi.

  1. Dal Kachori

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This is one of the most popular snacks of North India. It is filled with arhar dal and spices. They are fried crispy.

  1. Dahi Bhalla

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A festival is incomplete without tasty Dahi Bhalla/Dahi Vada.

  1. Shakkar Paare/Namak Paare

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Holi will always give you hunger pangs. And to meet your hunger pangs Shakkar Paare and Namak Paare are a perfect snack.

So, have a very Happy and safe Holi and don’t forget to try these recipes.

 

Basant Panchmi and Some Interesting Facts

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Basant Panchmi comes in the Hindu Magh period and means that spring is coming. The chilling cold makes way for fresh and gentle breeze. People get into attires with different shades of yellow to celebrate this day. It seems that the whole world opens the arms for the spring season.

Here are some things you did not know about this beautiful festival:-

  1. Basant Panchmi signifies the start of fifth day of Maagh every year. ‘Basant’ signifies spring and ‘Panchmi’ means the fifth day on which it falls.
  2. Spring is the best of all the seasons as it is free from excessive heat, cold and rain. It is considered as the king of all the seasons.
  3. Basant Panchmi marks the birth of Saraswati who is the Goddess of knowledge, art, education, music and culture.
  4. According to the belief and traditions, offerings are made to Goddess Saraswati, just before the Basant Panchami as it is believed that the Goddess would be joining the celebrations the following day.
  5. As the tradition goes, on this day, children are taught to write their first word. It is considered auspicious as Goddess Saraswati is worshipped on this day.
  6. The color yellow is of great significance on this day. It is also known as ‘Basanti’ color. It is a symbol of energy, optimism, prosperity and light. People wear yellow clothes and make traditional yellow dishes.
  7. According to the tradition, snakes are fed with milk on Basant Panchmi to bring wealth and prosperity.
  8. Basant Panchmi is incomplete without popular sweets. Some well-known Basant Panchmi sweets include:-
  1. On this day, a log is placed in public place. And devotees add twigs and other flammable things in the next 40 days. The pyre that is formed is lit on Holi.
  2. Kite flying is the favorite sport of Indians and people fly kites to celebrate Basant Panchmi.

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Makar Sankranti and Its Traditional Recipes

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Makar Sankranti is the first festival of New Year in the Indian Continent. It is also known as Pongal or Uttarayan in other parts of India. We see the first cold wind rushes of the New Year on this day. People celebrate Makar Sankranti by flying kites and enjoying traditional recipes.

Makar Sankranti is the beginning of zodiac sign Makara(Capicorn). The new Zodiac calendar begins this day. This day also marks the arrival of Vasantaritu. The new season of harvesting of crops is marked by this day. On this day some special sweets are prepared.

In this article, we have collected some special sweets for Makar Sankranti.

  1. Til Ke Laddoo
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Photo Courtesy: youtube

Sesame seeds are very much available in this season. Laddoos and other sweets prepared with Sesamea are favorite during Makar Sankranti.

Til Laddoo Recipe

 

  1. Paatishaapta

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Paatishaapta is a Bengali delicacy. It’s a sweet crepe or pancake filled with khoya, date palm jaggery and coconut. It is a delicious treat of Makar Sankranti.

Paatishaapta Recipe

 

  1. Chikki

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Chikki is something that you must try once in your life and once you will have it, you will be addicted to its taste. Chikki is a typical dessert made of jaggery or caramelized sugar and dry fruits like cashews, peanuts and almonds.

Chikki Recipe

 

  1. Sweet Pongal

Sweet Pongal

The best sweets for Sankranti are Rice and Jaggery. We can add cashews, raisins, cardamom and green gram dal to give you a great dessert. Sweet Pongal is a great sweet for Makar Sankranti.

Sweet Pongal Recipe

 

  1. Sooji Halwa

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Sooji Halwa is a Semolina thickened pudding that is made of milk, cream and dry fruits. It is served as Prashad for friends and family.

Sooji Halwa Recipe

 

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Lohri and Its Traditional Recipes

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Lohri is celebrated in the Indian-Northern states when the winter reaches its peak. On this day people are busy preparing for Lohri, a bonfire festival which is much awaited. This festival is celebrated to celebrate the Rabi crop harvesting

Lord Agni, the Hindu God of fire is worshipped on this day. The day is also marks the winter solstice-the day with the longest night and shortest day. On this day, the end of winter starts and it also signifies the onset of the spring season i.e. longer days and shorter nights return.

Lohri is celebrated with family get-together and offering of food to holy fire. A traditional ritual of lighting the bonfire is performed on this day. People dance to the dhol beats, sing folklore, fly kites and enjoy delicious food.

Here we have assembled some traditional food recipes for Lohri.

  1. Til Laddoo

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Til Ladooos is a delicious recipe of Lohri. This mouth-watering sweet is prepared with jaggery and roasted sesame seeds.

Til Laddoo Recipe

 

  1. Til ki Chikki

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Til ki Chikki is a crunchy snack and is perfect for your food cravings between the meals. It is prepared with sesame seeds and sugar.

Til ki Chikki Recipe

 

  1. Pindi Chana

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This dish contains boiled chickpeas soaked in masalas and perfectly cooked. It is easily and quickly prepared. It is a great treat for everyone.

Pindi Chana Recipe

 

  1. Til Ki Burfi

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This sweet is prepared with a very little ingredients and is delicious, crunchy and sugary. All you need is some sesame seeds, khoya, sugar and ghee and you get a delightful dish.

Til Ki Burfi Recipe

 

  1. Dry Fruit Chikki

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Winters in India are incomplete without Chikki. They are a favorite comfort food prepared with nuts like peanuts, cashews, walnuts and peanuts. It can be prepared real fast and enjoyed with a cup of tea.

Dry Fruit Chikki Recipe