10 Feel Good Summer Dishes

Summers are hot and we need something to make us feel good in hot temperatures. In this article, we have collected 10 recipes that are perfect for summers.

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Kulfi is an Indian dessert which is very popular. In my childhood, I used to wait for kulfi wala, a vendor who sold kulfi. The guy carried a large earthen pot and sold kulfi going door to door.

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Every summer, I make this easy to prepare ice-cream. This is prepared with mangoes, cream, sugar and vanilla(optional). The markets are full of mangoes in summer season, so it is the right time to make this dessert.

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Dahi Vada is a popular dish in which lentil dumplings are dipped in creamy yogurt. The topping is done with sweet and spicy chutneys.

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Fruit custard is a great dessert. Besides fruit custard, gajar ka halwa, besan ladoo, rice kheer, rasgulla and jalebi are very popular desserts.

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Most people know how to make cold coffee. But here I am sharing a recipe that I like and is unique.

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Mango Mousse is a very light drink. It is creamy, heavenly and has great aroma with yellow colour of mangoes.

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This is a creamy and smooth dessert. When you have unexpected guests at home and you are craving for chocolate, then this mousse would be perfect for you.

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Summers are incomplete without ice cream. An ice-cream is something that we all enjoy. In this recipe, we use basic method for preparing vanilla ice cream.

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Mango Panna cotta is a smooth panna cotta prepared with mangoes.This italian dessert’s is a favorite at home. The Italian name “Panna Cotta” means “cooked cream”. It is a creamy soft pudding.

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This is another refreshing drink for summers. This is a very popular drink of North India and Punjab.

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:-

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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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Photo Courtesy: couponraja

  • 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.

Puran Poli: A Sweet Flat-bread From India

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Puran Poli or Puran Puri is an Indian flat-bread and is eaten as a dessert in Maharashtra or as a main dish in the state of Gujarat. Other states of its origin include Goa, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This is a very famous dish and is prepared during Holi/Gudi padwa.

This sweet flat-bread is a favorite dish of Indians and has got many variations throughout India There are different names for this flat-bread, which include Puran Poli(Marathi), Bobbatlu(Telugu), Boli(Malayalam & Tamil), Obbattu(Kannada), Poli, Ubbatti etc.

The recipe of Puran Poli varies with places. . For example Maharashtrian Puran Poli is very different from Puran Puri of Gujarat. While toor dal is used for stuffing in Gujarat, chana dal is used in Maharashtra. Grated coconut is also used sometimes in Konkan, Maharashtra. Sometimes a mixture of jaggery and sugar can be used as a sweetener. In coastal areas, nutmeg is used for flavoring and sometimes cardamom is used. Both, nutmeg and cardamom can also be used. In addition, one can add Nuts, dates etc.

Puran Puri also varies in size and thickness. The stuffing used in Gujarat is Toor Dal. Due to this, the size of Puran Puri becomes small and thickness increases. Whereas in Holige, coconut is used which results in larger size and less thickness.

Try these recipes of Puran Poli:-

Puran Poli Recipe 1

Puran Poli Recipe 2(Gujarati Recipe)

Puran Poli Recipe 3

Puran Poli Recipe 4(Video)

Puran Poli Recipe 5(Maharashtrian Recipe)

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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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.

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  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

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

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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

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

 

Moong Dal Halwa Recipe

 

  1. Banana Halwa

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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

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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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