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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Photo Courtesy: foodviva

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.

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Paneer Butter Masala Recipe

 

  • Palak Paneer: This is a very popular recipe. It basically contains cheese cubes that are cooked in a spinach curry.

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Palak Paneer Recipe

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

Kadhai Paneer Recipe

 

Kadai Paneer Recipe

  • Matar Paneer: Matar paneer is a very popular paneer recipe among North Indians. It is frequently made at home.

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Matar 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 Paneer

 

Shahi 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 Kofta

 

Malai 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.

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Paneer Makhani Recipe

  • Malai Paneer: This dish has a taste similar to malai paneer tikka. It can be prepared in a short span of time.

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Malai 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.

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Paneer 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 Jalfrezi

 

Paneer 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

Thandai

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

Gol Gappa

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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Photo Courtesy: indiaforum

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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Photo Courtesy: happymakarsankranti

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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Photo Courtesy: journeymart

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

Til Burfi

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

New Year Special: 10 Halwa Recipes

On this occasion of New Year, we bring to you different styles and variations of Halwas that are made in India.

Halwa is a delicious pudding prepared from fruits, vegetables and cereals. This Indian pudding is usually made in ghee which gives it a very good taste. Many dry fruits such as almonds, pistachios, cashews and raisins are added to halwa making it very rich.

Halwa is best enjoyed with a combination of aloo and poori. It is a favorite festive food of India. Some halwa recipes like suji and banana halwa are served as prasads on religious occasions.

  1. Gajar Ka Halwa

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Gajar Ka Halwa is the king of halwas. This Indian dessert is prepared with grated carrots & milk. It is perfect for any occasion or season.

 

Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Suji Ka Halwa

Suji Ka Halwa

Suji ka Halwa is a semolina pudding and is flavored with saffron. It is one of the most popular halwa recipe for festive season.

 

Suji Ka Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Rava Kesari

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Rava Kesari is a very popular South Indian dessert made of semolina, dry fruits, saffron and ghee. It’s the North Indian counterpart of Suji Ka Halwa.

 

Rava Kesari Recipe

 

  1. Moong Dal Halwa

Moong Dal Halwa

It’s a popular recipe from North India made of mung lentils.

 

Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Banana Halwa

Banana Halwa

Banana Halwa, Banana Sheera or Banana Semolina pudding is best served as Prasad during Ganesh Puja, Devi Puja or Satynarayan Puja.

 

Banana Halwa or Banana Sheera Recipe

 

  1. Badam Halwa

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The badam halwa is filled with the flavor of almonds. It is perfect for those who love almonds.

 

Badam Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Lauki ka Halwa

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This is a very delicious and healthy halwa prepared with bottle gourd.

 

Lauki ka Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Papaya Halwa

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Papaya Halwa is a vegan Indian dessert made of semi ripe papaya. It is perfect for religious and fasting days.

 

Papaya Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Shakarkandi Halwa or Sweet Potato Halwa

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This delicious halwa is made with mashed sweet potato, boiled with saffron and cardamom. It can be prepared for religious occasions.

 

Shakarkandi Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Apple Halwa

Apple Halwa

Apple Halwa is a very light dessert. It is perfect for a dessert after a good meal.

 

Apple Halwa Recipe

Happy New Year!!!

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Some Interesting Christmas Food Facts

Christmas is one of the major festivals of India and around the world. On this day Christ was born. This day involves lots of festive celebrations. The day’s main attraction is food. But there are many interesting facts about Christmas food that you will find astonishing.

The traditions and foods of Christmas have evolved with time and there is a story attached with each of those traditions and foods. There is a mysterious story behind each of the food.

 

  • Invention of Candy Canes
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Photo Courtesy: parentmap

According to legend, candy canes came into being in 1670. They were specially ordered by the choirmaster of Cologne Cathedral. He wanted candies in the shape of shepherd’s crook. These were to be given to the children who were attending the crèche scene of the church.

Candy Cane Recipe

  • Sugar Plums
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Photo Courtesy: dishmaps

Sugar plums remind us of sugar plum fairy and dancing sugar plums in children’s heads. The sugar plums have a definite place in Christmas lore. But what exactly are they? They are actually a type of candy. When they first came in 1600s, the word “plum” referred to dry fruit. Sugar plums are a combination of spices and dry fruits formed into balls and then coated with candy shell.

Sugar Plum Recipe 

  • Fruit cake was meant to last whole year
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Photo Courtesy: huffingtonpost

Fruitcakes normally last a long time without going bad. This is due to the fact that they contain lots of sugar and other preservatives. They were originally meant to last long and were baked during harvest season of USA and eaten till the next harvest season, the following year.

Fruitcake Recipe

  • Peacock was the main dish of Medieval Christmas feast
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Photo Courtesy: tes

Turkey is the main dish of a typical Christmas in US or UK. But in medieval times, the main dish was peacock! In sixteenth century, Henry VIII had turkey for Christmas, and after that it became a traditional dish.

Christmas Turkey Recipe

  • A normal Christmas Dinner contains 7000 calories

According to a study, a normal Christmas Day can amount to 7000 calories in a person’s diet.

 

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Guru Nanak Jayanti and Traditional Sweets

Guru Nanak Jayanti or Guruparb is celebrated on the full moon day of the month of Kartik(October-November). On this auspicious day, Guru Nanak, the founder of Sikhism was born. The Sikh Guru’s birthday is also known by the name of Guruparb.

On the occasion of Guru Nanak Jayanti, the Sikh community makes merry and feasts on tasty food. Sikh community around the world including those of Punjab and Haryana celebrate this occasion with great fervor! The whole community immerses in the festive mood. A lot of dishes including sweets are prepared for this occasion. These sweets are shared with the near and dear ones.

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Photo Courtesy: Thinkfeed

On this day, special Langar(or Lunch) is organized by the Gurudwara volunteers. The Sikhs distribute free sweets and lunch while performing seva(service) or bhakti(devotion). People from any religion can participate in a Langar. Special Prasad(pious food) known as Kara Prasad is given to all present in the Gurudwara.

Here we give you some delicious recipes of sweets for Guru Nanak Jayanti:-

  • Atta Ka Seera: Atte Ka Seera or Atte Ka Halwa is a very popular sweet of North India. It is very easy to make and can be made on special occasions like Guruparb.

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Atte Ka Seera Recipe

 

  • Malai Ladoo: Malai Ladoo is also a very famous sweet. Their taste is very similar to that of Sandesh.
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Photo Courtesy: Youtube

Malai Ladoo Recipe

 

  • Jalebi: Jalebi is the “Queen of Sweets”. It is very popular for special occasions. It is a perfect sweet for Guru Nanak Jayanti.

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Jalebi Recipe

 

  • Kaju Barfi: Kaju Barfi or Kaju Katli is a special sweet that is made of Cashews. It is a perfect for exchanging with friends and family during Guruparb.

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Kaju Barfi Recipe