History of Authentic Mughlai Recipes | India Canteen

In the 16th century, Mughlai recipes originated in the royal kitchens of the Mughal Emperor Babur. Authentic Mughlai recipes were rich and cooked with aromatic spices, nuts, and dry fruits during that time in Indian history. The flavors of Mughlai can range from mild to spicy and are associated with their distinct aroma and use of whole, dried and ground spices.

Evolution & Distinct Features:

The autobiography of Babur named ‘Babarnama’ mention about various Mughlai recipe items including Kebab prepared out of sheep. Authentic Mughlai recipes have an extreme influence on the culinary styles and regional cuisines of present-day India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan and its cooking style are applied in traditional Indian Cuisine, particularly in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh as also in the South Indian city of Hyderabad. The cuisine also marks its influence in Karachi (Pakistan), especially among Muhajir who migrated from different regions of India during the Partition of India and Pakistan. The Mughal cooking techniques also had a deep influence in the Awadh region which eventually led to the development of the Awadhi cuisine of Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).

The Mughals were Muslims by religion and thus did not eat pork and as Hindus did not consume beef thus meat of these two was not a part of Mughlai cuisine. The primary non-vegetarian dishes would comprise of meat of goat, sheep, and venison. The most special feature of Mughlai cuisine is the unique use of ground and whole spices and the remarkable aroma that gives each dish a different and exotic taste. Extensive use of dairy products like milk, cream, and butter in various gravies and curries makes the traditional Mughlai cuisines quite rich and heavy and also make the dishes mouth-watering with foodies ending up licking their fingers.

Making of Indian Mughlai Food

The making of Mughlai food is likely time-consuming and involves a number of flavored sauces and butter based curries. Nowadays most Indian restaurants convert Mughlai dishes as mild to medium-hot cream and nut-based gravies, rice dishes with lots of nuts, dried fruits, and rich creamy desserts where you should expect spices like cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg. These famous Mughlai gravies pair well with rice and bread.

The Mughlai dishes vary with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian, common dishes that feature traditional Mughlai flavors include biryani, kebabs, kofta (meatballs), pulao (or pilaf), and different tandoori items. Examples of these traditional dishes include Mughlai chicken, Mughlai biryani, Mughlai paratha, malai kofta, reshmi kebab, kadhai gosht, and murg tandoor. A wide range of traditional Mughlai sweet dishes like bread pudding shahi tukra, barfi, kalakand, and falooda.

Let us have a quick look at some of the most famous recipes:-

Popular Mughlai Dishes:

Biryani:

Biryani is a mixed rice made with aromatic spices and seasonings among other ingredients and prepared with great accuracy giving it a yummy and exotic taste. There are two major categories of Biryani like vegetarian and non-vegetarian that vary in ingredients used according to different regions they belong to or according to the meat used. Hyderabadi Biryani is the most famous variety of Biryani, also a signature dish of the Hyderabadi Muslims. The vegetarian biryani is also called Tehari. It was developed so that the Hindu who works for the Muslim Sultans can taste this rice delicacy.

Haleem:


Haleem also known as Khichra is a very famous casserole prepared with wheat, barley, lentils, rich spices, rice, and meat. This dish is cooked very slowly that takes up to seven to eight hours and ensures a fine blend of all the ingredients to give it a perfect paste-like consistency. This dish is a street food and occupies a special place across the globe during the months of Ramadan and Muharram.

Mughlai Paratha:

Mughlai Paratha is prepared with whole-wheat flour stuffed with a mix of ingredients including keema or minced meat, eggs, chopped onions, green chili and pepper among others. This bread delicacy remained among many Mughlai cuisines that made their way to the undivided Bengal and today counts among the most popular heavy snacks items of Kolkata, India as well as in Bangladesh.

Murg Musallam:


Murg Musallam is one of the most exquisite Mughlai dishes that according to sources was a favorite dish of the Sultan Muhammad bin Tughluq of Delhi at that time and also remained popular among the royal Awadhi Mughal families. The dish comprises of a whole chicken prepared with different spices and seasonings with the main ingredients like egg, tomato, ginger, and onion.

Navratan Korma:


Navratan Korma is a vegetarian delicacy from the Mughal kitchen, a vegetarian korma that is prepared out of vegetables, nuts, and paneer. Navratan means nine gems and this dish is usually prepared out of nine different vegetables.

Kebabs:

The origin of the variety of Indian Kebabs that are usually eaten as snacks or starters trace back to the Mughalai cuisine that includes appetizing dishes like Boti Kabab and Reshmi Kebab. Traditionally each of these dishes based on grilled meat has a distinct set of ingredients including an exclusive combination of spices and unique cooking procedures. With time, cooking procedures including grilling and roasting developed in preparing varied forms of kebabs, some of the popular ones being shish kebab, shammi kebab, doner kebab, Tunde ke kebab, and tikka kebab.

Rogan Josh:


Rogan Josh is originally a Persian lamb dish that was brought to Kashmir, India by the Mughals and has now become one of the staples of Kashmiri cuisine. Traditionally it is a gravy dish comprising of braised lamb chunks prepared with browned onions, ginger, garlic, and yogurt and seasoned with spices like clove, cinnamon, cardamom and bay leaves.

Pasanda:

Another delicacy from the royal Mughal kitchen is Pasanda, the name of which is probably derived from the Urdu word ‘pasande’ which means favorite. It is traditionally a rich lamb curry made of lamb legs that are flattened into strips and marinated with ingredients like chili powder, yogurt and a combination of spices for hours. The marinated lamb legs are then fried with other ingredients like onions, coriander, and chilies among others.

Sweet Dishes/Desserts:

Kulfi:


Kulfi is a popular frozen dairy-based dessert that probably originated in the 16th century during the Mughal Empire. The term Kulfi is derived from a Persian word which means a covered cup. It is a mixture of thickened milk seasoned with saffron and pistachios that is frozen in a metal cone and later served with falooda, a kind of noodles prepared from starch, and garnished with pistachio nuts, saffron and ground cardamom.

Sheer Khurma/Korma:


It is a very popular Muslim vermicelli pudding that is prepared during festivals like Eid ul-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. The main ingredients of this dish, the name of which literally means milk with dates, are whole milk, vermicelli, dates, and sugar, while rose water, almonds, raisins, pistachios, saffron, cloves, and cardamom are added depending on the choice of the region.

Firni:

Firni is a kind of rice pudding that is set and served in a shallow earthen dish. This rice-based sweet is garnished with saffron, pistachios and chopped almonds.

Shahi Tukra:

Shahi Tukra is a rice bread pudding that is especially prepared during Muslim festivals like Eid and on the month of Ramadan. The ingredient of this delicious dessert includes bread, dry fruits, and condensed milk and is seasoned with cardamom.

Top 10 Easy Diwali Special Sweets Recipes | India Canteen

Diwali or Deepavali is the special and one of the biggest festival which is celebrated all around India. It symbolises the spiritual victory of light over darkness and good over evil. In India, no celebration is complete without sweet recipes. Diwali is a time of exchanging sweets and gifts. During this festive celebration, all the temples, homes and shops are brightly decorated.

Special sweets are the highlight of every Indian festival. A great variety of sweet recipes are prepared during Diwali. It adds much more enthusiasm to the festive spirit. In this Diwali, light up your kitchen with our festive sweets recipes. Some of these can be prepared in advance and others almost needs no worry, so it can be made 1-2 days earlier.

Your guests will surely give compliments for these ultimate delicious sweets. You just need to spend very less little time in the kitchen to see the bright smiles on everyone’s faces. We bring to you our easy Diwali recipes from across the country:-

  1. Rasgullas:

    Rasgullas are a very special sweet for every occasion. They are round shaped sweet made of chhena, an Indian cottage cheese dough. These milk based desserts are cooked in sugar. Rasgullas originated in Orissa.

  2. Gajar Ka Halwa:

    This mouthwatering dish is prepared in almost all the homes of India. Gajar Ka Halwa is a sweet prepared from carrot and milk. The carrots are grated and then cooked in Milk. Celebrate Diwali with Gajar ka halwa to make the festival a more memorable affair.

  3. Puran Poli:

    Puran Poli, which is also known as Obbattu is a very famous dish that is prepared in Karnataka. It is also very popular in Maharashtra. Obbattu is a sweet and flat bread with stuffing of sweet and coconut. It comes in many varieties including peanut, coconut, sugar, Tur Dal, Sesame seed etc. A pinch of turmeric is added to it to make it look yellowish.

  1. Anjeer Barfi:

    Anjeer Cutlet is a delicious Cashew sweet. It is long cylindrical in shape. Although most people buy it from shops, but it can be prepared at home.

  1. Adhirasam:

    This dish is prepared in Tamil Nadu and it is a traditional sweet of South India. It is made of rice flour, butter, jaggery & cardamom powder which is sprinkled on the top. It is a famous sweet, especially for the occasion of Diwali. The most important part of making the adhirasam sweet is its syrup(paagu). The syrup makes it really tasty.

  1. Mysore Pak:

    Another famous sweet from Karnataka which is very delicious. Its original name was Mysore Pak as it was made from the flour of Masoor Dhal. It was initially prepared for a royal family of Mysore Palace. After that it was renamed Mysore Pak. The dish contains a good amount of Butter, Ghee, Gram flour and Sugar. The sweet is very soft and spongy and it melts in the mouth.

  1. Kaju Katli:

    Cashew Barfi or Kaju Katli is a special Diwali sweet. Kaju barfi is made of sugar and cashew nut powder. It is in the shape of flat diamond. As compared to other sweets, Kaju Barfi is expensive. So, why not make it at home?

  1. Gujia:

    Gujia is a very famous sweet of North India, Rajasthan. It’s a traditional sweet of Diwali made from Maida flour and is stuffed with khoya. It is a special dish, traditionally prepared for Diwali. It is known by different names according to states (for eg. Karanji, Karachika, Ghugra, Kajjikayi etc). In different states, the filling of this dish varies. Like in Uttar Pradesh, the filling is done with sweetened khoya and nuts while in Goa, filling is done with shredded coconut, jaggery and nuts.

  1. Laddus:

    Laddus are small sweet ball Indian sweets basically made with flour, nuts, sugar, jaggery, ghee or depends on its different varieties. A Diwali is incomplete without laddus. They are also available in many varieties like Til Ladoo, Coconut Laddu etc.

  1. Gulab Jamun:

    This list will be incomplete without the special mention of Gulab Jamun. It is made of Khoya, Wheat flour, chenna(pressed milk curd), cardamom and rose water. It is prepared using pure ghee. The name of the sweet Gulab Jamun is derived from Persian word gulab meaning ‘rose water’. The word jamun refers to a fruit of South Asia which is similar in shape and size to that of Gulab Jamun.

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Sharad Navrati Special Recipes 2018 | India Canteen

Sharad Navratri 2018 is almost here, and one look around is enough to tell how eager all are to welcome the season of festivities. The word ‘Navratri’ means ‘nine nights’ in Sanskrit. It is that festive time of the year when many pray, observe fast and worship ‘Goddess Durga’. Goddess Durga has 108 Names and 9 Avatars that are worshiped in these 9 days, one on each day. During this festive season people give up non-vegetarian food and many others also try reducing intake of onion and garlic from their meals.

Celebration means every day you would get to relish on a different kind of delicacy. So Here we have Navrati Special recipes with ingredients, nutrition values and method to prepare. You can enjoy these recipes and tingle your taste buds during these fasting days:

  1. Sabudana Khichdi:


    Sabudana Khichdi is an easy to prepare dish. It is a commonly made recipe during fasting season as it is a healthy recipe and delicious too if prepared properly. This recipe is considerably easy. It takes a well experienced cook to get the nice texture in the sabudana pearls.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Heat the oil in a pan and then add cumin, hing & curry leaves.
    2. When they sizzle, add chopped potatoes and saute for 2 minutes after then add chopped tomatoes & green chilli and cook well for few minutes.
    3. Add salt, turmeric, chilli powder, garam masala, sugar and coriander and mix it well again. Remove water from sabudana and mix it well in the pan.
    4. Add some peanut powder & chopped ginger
    5. Mix everything slowly & cook for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice in it Garnish with coriander.

    Delicious khichdi is ready. Enjoy it

  2. Makhana Kheer:


    Makhana Kheer is the simplest and in the most delicious recipe to make. Its creamy and beautiful texture tastes delicious whether served hot or cold. Rich in protein and calcium, makhana (fox nut/ lotus seed) combines beautifully with low-fat milk to make a creamy and delicious kheer.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. In a large vessel, pour in the milk, break the makhanas into smaller pieces, add them to the milk and let it boil gently for about 30 to 45 minutes without covering it, till the milk start boiling down and the seeds looks softy.
    2. Add sugar according to the taste and stir for a few more minutes.
    3. Add small amount of pistachios, almonds, saffron and cardamom powder, cook it well again.
  3. Navratri Kaddu:


    Kaddu (Pumpkin) is loaded with lots of nutritions and is often used in prasad/bhog or at home. Kaddu Ki Sabzi is one of the popular dishes prepared during Navratri fast and it pairs well with chapati and poori. It’s sweet and tangy taste can not be compared with any other vegetable.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Peel the pumpkin and then scoop out the fibres, seeds in the centre before cutting it into cubes.
    2. Heat the oil in a kadahi and add coriander, chili powder, turmric powder and cumin seeds. When they begin to splutter, add the ginger and salt.
    3. fried till lightly coloured and add the pumpkin.
    4. Stir-fry on high heat till it looks glossy then add garam masala, amchoor powder and sugar. Mix well.
    5. Reduce heat, cover and simmer till cooked through. Stir 3-4 times. Then garnished with chopped coriander leaves.
  4. Crunchy Potatoes:


    During Navratri, Crunchy and crispy potatoes topped with green chutney and curd – so flavorful and delicious!! One of the most favorite finger food of children and adults alike! Crunchy and crispy potatoes make snacking look good. These are easy to eat as well as easy to cook.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. Wash and peel the potatoes then boil the potatoes in pressure cooker.
    2. Take one whistle in pressure cooker. Once potatoes become warm. Dice them in cubes.
    3. Heat small amount of oil (ghee) in a pan, deep fry the diced potatoes till crispy and golden. Remove them on an soaking paper to remove excess oil from it.
    4. Sprinkle red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt immediately after removing on soaking paper.
      Serve hot.

    Note: You may use Rock Salt instead of regular salt while fasting

  5. Banana Walnut Lassi:


    Try making this super easy and healthy Banana Walnut Lassi to give your Navaratri mornings a boost of health and have a great day ahead. Celebrate this auspicious occasion with fun, grandeur and with delicious & healthy food recipes.

    How to Prepare: Method

    1. In a food processor or mixer add greek yogurt, whey powder, walnuts, chestnut honey and bananas.
    2. Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
    3. You may garnish it with chopped walnuts.

    Its done, Enjoy !!

History & The Secrets Behind ‘Jalebi’ | India Canteen

Jalebi is a crispy, crunchy, juicy Indian dessert that can be best described as funnel cakes. This sweet street food can beat the taste when dipped in cold curd and it will surely make you run for a single bite, jalebi is found across India and also in Iran, Africa, West Asia and many more countries.

It is fried in the hot oil, using a cotton fabric cloth and carefully soaked in the sugar syrup. It would not be wrong to say that the process of making jalebis is no less attractive than the final product on your plate. You can have jalebis alone, or with a samosa but best combination is with creamy rabdi. A glass of piping hot milk or chilled milk with crunchy hot jalebis is a popular breakfast in several cities like Haridwar and Indore.

Did you know your favourite dessert recipe i.e Jalebi that you see across all sweet shops or morning breakfast shops in your city is not Indian but a West Asian or a Persian import?

Yes, you heard us Right !!

Our very own crispy, hot and sweet jalebi is not an Indian recipe but we have made it our own. Originally it is a version of sweet dish “Zolabiya” or “Zalabiya”.

Zalabiya is a festive dessert in iran, enjoyed by everyone during the iftar parties of Ramzaan. In 13th century, Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi (writer) collected a total of about 260 recipes of that time and highlighted them in his cookbook, ‘Kitab al-Tabeekh’, where ‘Zalabiya’ was mentioned for the first time.

In the 15th century, the makeover of Jalebi from Zalabiya happened when the Jain author Jinasura talked about it first time in the famous holy writ called ‘Priyamkarnrpakatha’ . In his holy writ it is said that jalebi was introduced to the Indian subcontinent by our not-so-friendly Persian Turkic invaders. According to The Hobson-Jobson Anglo-Indian dictionary, the Indian word Jalebi is derived from the Arabic word zulabiya or the Persian zolbiya with the onslaught of Turkish and Persian traders. From 15th century till today, this sweet dish began to be known as Jalebi and became a compulsory part in festive occasions, weddings, Indian breakfast and even temple bhog/prasad.

The preparation of Jalebis is considerably not so difficult. In a large pot whisk refined flour, yogurt and sufficient water to a smooth and pouring consistency batter. Cover and keep in a warm place to ferment for minimum 1 day. Transfer the batter into a jalebi cloth, gather the edges and make a tight potli. The cloth filled with the batter is squeezed with adequate pressure from top to make concentric circles turning them over gently a few times, till they are evenly golden and crisp, and than transferred to the sugar syrup, which sometimes may also contain hints of saffron (for the perfect orange hue). Once the jalebis soak the sugar syrup for 2-3 minutes, take them out of the syrup and they are ready to serve hot.

This dish is not to be confused with similar sweets and variants like Imarti, Paneer Jalebi, Mawa Jalebi, Afgaan Jalebi etc.

Top 10 Famous Bhog Recipes To Offer Lord Ganesha | India Canteen

Ganesh Chaturthi is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Originally it was associated with the states like Maharashtra and Karnataka but now it is celebrated all over India. Lord Ganesha, the lord of wisdom and prosperity, remover of obstacles and sorrows is welcomed with too much devotion for this 10 day celebration. During this festival, all the sweet shops line their counters with delicious variety of desserts like modaks, barfis and ladoos. For this 10 days celebration, devotees shower their beloved deity with the variety of prasads, bhog, and sing hymns in the Lord Ganesha’s praise. Through this festive season devotees prepare different type of favourite recipes of Ganesha on daily basis to please their beloved God. We enlist some popularly prepared bhog during this festive season of Lord Ganesha.

Here we have some famous and delicious bhog recipes offered to Lord Ganesha:

  1. Motichoor Ladoos:


    Motichoor laddos are favorite food of Lord Ganesha that is served as prasad after pujas. The word ‘motichoor’ literally translates to crushed pearls. These ladoos are so delicious and yummy having round shape made from fine, tiny balls of besan. This sweet recipe is associated with states like Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

  2. Steamed Modak:


    Steamed Modak is a traditional prasad that is also considered to be one of the favourite dish of Lord Ganesha that makes for a decadent sweet dish and for this reason Ganesha is also known as Modakpriya. These dumplings are made with rice flour dough, stuffed with sweet coconut, jaggery, nutmeg, cardamom and saffron.

  3. Puran Poli:


    Puran Poli is a sweet dish that has roti made of maida stuffed with sweet lentils and jaggery.  A popular dish in Maharastra, this makes for a delectable snack. Several Maharashtrian households offer bhog of Puran Poli to Lord Ganesha during these 10 days of celebration to seek his blessings.

  4. Ghee Rice:


    Ghee Rice is a famous prasad in Karnataka that consists of milk, cardamom, ginger-garlic, bay leaves & cloves that enhance the flavour and gives a rich taste along with generous amounts of clarified butter. Ghee rice is a perfect dish to accompany any type of curry recipe on any occasion.

  5. Peda:


    Pedas are also served after puja during Ganesh chaturthi and no compilation of bhog or prasad is ever complete with this favourite festive treat of India. These milk based soft and delicious balls are flavoured with pistachios and cardamom to give a perfect rich taste.

  6. Rava Ladoo:


    Rava Ladoos are another popular festive dish that are prepared during this time. These ladoos are a popular choice and most households have at least one variety ready to welcome their guests. Rava ladoo is a simple and easy recipe but still exotic made with roasted rava, coconut, ghee, sugar and nuts.

  7. Shrikhand:


    Shrikhand is a famous & healthy sweet recipe made of strained yogurt, and is popular across Maharashtra and Gujarat. It is topped with chunky nuts and raisins. This Ganesh Chaturthi, prepare bhog of shrikhand to offer your beloved Lord Ganesha with this delicious and all-time favourite festive treat.

  8. Fried Modak:


    Fried Modak is deep fried modak recipe with sweet, chewy coconut stuffing and very crispy and crunchy from outside covering. It is served to Lord Ganesha during these festive days.

  9. Chana Dal Burfi:


    Chana dal burfi or katli is another special sweet dish from Goa. These are so delicious in taste and melt in mouth with a hint of cardamom. This burfi made with soaked and ground chana dal flour, roasted patiently in ghee, is cooked into a delicious barfi with hot milk.

  10. Nariyal Ke Ladoo:


    To make the festival of Ganesh Chaturhi sweeter, Nariyal Ke Ladoo is a simple North Indian recipe that you can make easily for your family at home. This mouth watering sweet recipe is a great treat for those with a sweet tooth.

Janmashtami: Special Sweets for Lord Krishna’s Birthday

Janmashtami celebrates the birthday of Lord Krishna. Sri Krishna Janmashtami is celebrated on the eighth day of the dark fortnight in the month of Shravana. Lord Krishna was the son of Devaki and Vasudeva and his birthday is celebrated by Hindus as Janmashtami or Gokulashtami. Hindus celebrate this festival by fasting, worshipping and staying up until midnight to offer prayers to the lord Krishna .

Janmashtami is celebrated all over India in slightly different ways because of this reason it has many names like Krishnashtami, Saatam Aatham, Gokulashtami, Ashtami Rohini, Srikrishna Jayanti, Sree Jayanti. In Maharashtra it is called Dahi Handi. People celebrate it by making a human pyramid and breaking an earthen pot filled with curd that’s tied at a height.

We all know about lord Krishna’s love for milk and milk related products and that’s the reason he is also known as ‘Govinda’.

  1. Dhaniya Panjiri:


    On the festival of Janmashtami a healthy and nutritious Dhaniya Panjiri prepared with coriander powder, sugar and dry nuts as a prasad. A simple prasad, which takes few minutes from start to finish!

  2. Rasmalai:


    Rashmalai is an all-time favourite Bengali delight, soft, spongy soft and spongy cottage cheese patties (chenna) in dry fruit laced saffron floating in sweet milky syrup.

  3. Rabri:


    Rabri or Rabdi is a sweet, condensed-milk-based dish and a popular North Indian dessert made by boiling the milk on low heat for a long time until it becomes thick and changes its colour to yellow.

  4. Kesari Phirni:


     is the easiest dessert 

  5. Peda:


    Mathura is one of the most popular pilgrimage places for the followers of Lord Krishna and this sweet dish is very very special out there. Peda or Milk Peda prepared with condensed milk and milk powder and flavoured with cardamom and pistachios.

  6. Mishti Doi:


    Mishti Doi is a popular Bengali dessert. It is different from regular sweet. Mishti doi is prepared by boiling milk until it is slightly thickened and then sugar is added for sweetening it.

  7. Paneer Kheer:


    Paneer Kheer is a special version of usual Kheer made by using cottage cheese, rice, broken wheat, or vermicelli with milk and sugar. It is flavoured with cardamom, raisins, saffron and cashew nuts.

  8. Kalakand:


    Kalakand is a traditional and delicious dessert, variation of burfi, soft and grainy in texture. Only two ingredients are main in this dessert i.e. milk and sugar. Everything else is just optional.

  9. Cham Cham:


    Cham Cham is traditional Bengali sweet made with fresh chenna and pressure cooked in thick sugar syrup in cylindrical shape. Main ingredients are milk and khoya. Cham Cham is more delicious than normal rasgullas.

  10. Basundi:


    Basundi is a traditional sweet from Maharastra, Gujarat and from Karnataka too. Basundi is prepared by using sweetened and thickened milk with chopped nuts, flavoured with cardamom and saffron.

Top 5 Dessert Recipes for Raksha Bandhan | India Canteen

Raksha Bandhan is a traditional festival which celebrates the healthy bond of love and care among siblings. It is an ancient festival of strengthening the sibling’s relationship in a beautiful style. Sister perform Pooja and tie Rakhi on the wrist of their brother. They also pray for the well being and good health of each other.

Raksha Bandhan festival is also famous for the sweets and various desserts. All the Hindus prepare some delicious food items to celebrate this memorable day at home. Raksha bandhan celebration is considered incomplete without having some mouthwatering desserts. The sweets are best to spread the joy and happiness to the siblings. Sisters also cook their favorite recipes to impress brothers on the Rakhi.

Here we have few special desserts prepared for the raksha bandhan festival. Select the ones that your brother or sister likes and enjoy these desserts with them:

  1. Semiya Kesari:


    Semiya Kesari is a delicious kesari recipe made with vermicelli and the best part is, it is very quick to make and needs very little ghee unlike other kesari recipes that are oily in nature. This semiya kesari is perfect to serve for guests and family members. You can keep it in fridge for 3 days and serve hot as well as cold.

  2. Kaju Katli:


    These kaju katli are the way they are actually meant to be – thin, smooth, melt in the mouth made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and last long. Blend cashews and milk in a blender until it becomes a fine paste. Mix paste and sugar and cook over low heat stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan, and becomes a dough like paste.

  3. Malai Rabri Ghevar:


    Ghevar comes under the special category of dessert that can only be found during the festival Rakhsha Bandhan. You can easily make it at home and surprise your family members. It requires a special pan with good density, should be approximately 12 inch deep and 7-8 inch broad.

  4. White Sponge Rasgulla:


    White Sponge Rasgulla is one of the famous Indian desserts made by curdling milk then separating the chenna. The drained chenna is kneaded and then rolled to balls. These are cooked in sugar syrup till they turn light and sponge.

  5. Rashbhari Rasmalai:


    The all-time favourite Bengali delight soft, spongy chenna cakes floating in sweet milky syrup. These spongy chenna are cooked in sugar syrup first to make them fluffy. No matter which way you are going to prepare, the taste of this Bengali dessert is so much pleasurable. Rasmalai is a melt in the mouth sweet with juice and cream in every bite.

Mother’s Day & It’s Special Dishes

Mother’s Day is a day when you bring flowers, gifts and thanking mom for doing what she has done throughout all these years. But there was a time when it was a way for women to pursue peace and mourn fallen soldiers.

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The Mother’s Day that is celebrated in modern times is not something that is something new. These kind of celebrations go back to the ancient times of Romans and Greeks. During that time, the festivals were celebrated in honour of goddesses Cybele and Rhea. But, it is also true that these old celebrations have nothing to do with modern day’s Mother’s Day.

The origin of this day dates back to Civil War when a woman named Ann Reeves Jarvis started a club for mothers in West Virginia. The goal of this club was to lower infant mortality rate by teaching local women to take care of children, fight disease and improve sanitary conditions. By the end of Civil War, the organisation was transformed into a peace-focused movement called “Mother’s Friendship Day”, which involved bringing together Union and Confederate soldiers. Around the same time, women around the country organised their own Mother’s Day. In the 18 70’s, Juliet Calhoun Blakely, a temperance activist from Michigan started a local Mother’s Day celebration.

It was only during early 1900s that Mother’s Day was recognised nationally. Ann Reeves Jarvis daughter, Anna Jarvis wanted a holiday that honours her mother who died in 1905. In 1908, Jarvis had a financial backing for Mother’s Day celebration at a church of West Virginia. In 1912 she quit her job and found Mother’s Day International Association. Several towns and churches adopted Mother’s day as annual holiday and in 1914, President Woodrow Wilson declared it as official holiday. Since, then it has evolved into its present form of celebrations. In this blog post, we have collected a list of recipes for mother’s day:-

  • Ham And Cheese Pinwheels

     

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    This appetiser is very easy to prepare and is a crowd pleaser. I would always prefer this flaky, buttery crescent roll in place of sandwich bread.

  • Herbed Quiche With Blue Cheese

     

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    The quiche has a perfect balance of fresh herbs, cream and blue cheese. It is baked in a pastry shell. It is very delicious. It can be had alone or combined with salad and a glass of white wine.

  • Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

     

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    This is a rich and indulgent cake that is perfect for a special occasion like Mother’s Day. The combination of strawberries, vanilla and cream is awesome.

  • Cannoli Cheesecake

     

    Photo Courtesy: Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano

    This Cannoli Cheesecake is studded with mini chocolate chips. It is topped with waffle cones and is perfect for Mother’s Day.

  • Ham and Cheese Croissant Sandwich

     

    Photo Courtesy: Sarah’s Cucina Bella

    Croissants can be used in place of cubed white bread in this traditional breakfast casserole. This dish goes well with soups, stews, brunch or breakfast.

  • Blueberry Cheesecake Bread Pudding

     

    Photo Courtesy: What Jew Wanna Eat

    Try this combination of bread pudding and cheesecake. This is a light and delicious dessert that is easy to prepare.

10 Halwa Recipes For All Occasions

“Halwa” is a word that automatically brings a smile on everyone’s face. It is a sweet dish, brown in colour, gooey and full of ghee. It is easy to eat and prepare. It is the food for nursing mothers and toddlers. It is a very healthy and delicious dish. The dish has been with us since our grandmother’s time.

Many people think that halwa originated in Arabia while most people associate it to Turkey. Some people think that it came to India with Mughals and from here it spread to the rest of world. It is believed that halwa travelled to Balkans from India and its followers increased through United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Greece and other Mediterranean countries.

According to historians, halva is very old and originated 3000 years ago. Many people are of the opinion that the mention of gummy, sweet and greasy dish can be found in early references of Istanbul. The word halava is Arabic. It originated from the word hilwa, which means sweet dish/sweetmeat. The word Halva had travelled a lot and was renamed halava(Sanskrit), halawa(Egypt), Makedonikos Halvas(Greece), halvah(Hebrew), hilwa or halawi(Arabia), helva(Turkey) and halva(India).

In this article, we have collected top 10 Halwa recipes:-

  • Sooji Ka Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Cooking With Amanda

    Sooji Halwa is a very simple, common and delicious recipe. It is very easily prepared and is known by different names including Rava Kesari, Rava Sheera etc. It is prepared with a lot of nuts including cashews, almonds etc.

  • Aate Ka Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Divine Taste

    Aate Ka Halwa is prepared with wheat flour in Northern states. Halwa-Puri is a great combination for snacks and breakfast. Dry fruits and nuts are added to it to make it delicious. This Halwa is commonly offered at Gurudwaras as Karah Prasad.

  • Moong Dal Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Milkmaid

    This dish originated in Rajasthan. Moong Dal ka Halwa is prepared for special occasions including Holi, Diwali and weddings. Moong Dal Halwa is prepared with a lot of ghee and is rich in taste.

  • Gajar Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Milkmaid

    Carrot Halwa was first prepared in North India and Pakistan during Mughal rule. The dish is very popular with diabetics as it is low in sugar and less preparation time. The dish is prepared with grated carrots and the garnishing is done with nuts.

  • Dudhi Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Pandey’s Fresh

    It is also known as lauki ka halwa. It can be prepared very fast. It is prepared with grated bottle gourd, khoya and milk. It is flavoured with cardamom. To make the halwa crunchier and tastier, dry fruits can be added to it.

  • Chana Dal Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    Chana Dal has better taste when compared to other pulses. It is flavoured with cardamom, saffron and is slow cooked in ghee.

  • Kashi Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Yummy Tummy

    This Udupi recipe made its appearance in Mangalore area. It is prepared with ash gourd. The ash gourd, which is grated is cooked in sugar and ghee and garnishing is done with almonds, raisins, cashews and pista.

  • Sohan Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Celebrity Pix

    This Halwa originated in Pakistan. The dish is prepared with fine corn flour and the flavouring is done with saffron. This sweet is very delicious melts in your mouth.

  • Ragi Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: Swasthi’s Recipes

    This Halwa is very healthy. It is prepared with ragi cooked in coconut milk. It is sweetened with sugar, jaggery and is very popular in Southern India.

  • Karachi Halwa 

    Photo Courtesy: HungryForever

    This dish, which originated in Karachi, Pakistan, and moved to Punjab and Bombay. It is prepared with corn flour and butter. This jelly is very delicious.

Chocolate Recipes for All Celebrations

A celebration is incomplete without chocolate. It is a pleasure to gorge on chocolates. Chocolate is something that makes you feel good. It has been proved that chocolate can increase the serotonin levels.

Dark chocolate is now being considered as a health food. In this article, we have collected a list of chocolate recipes that you will surely like.

  • Choco Mousse 

    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    This is one of the favourite desserts of the kids. The dish can be made more tasty with ingredients like gelatin crystals, dark chocolate and milk.

  • Chocolate Bark 

    Photo Courtesy: I Am Baker

    This delicious chocolate is prepared with superior chocolate, nuts and dry fruits. When all the ingredients are combined, this chocolate turns into mouthwateringly delicious

  • Chocolate Truffle 

    Photo Courtesy: Food Network

    These chocolate rolls are round and flavoured with butter, cream and mixed nuts. They are dipped in a lot of chocolate. These delicious chocolate truffles will rock your party.

  • Chocolate Fudge 

    Photo Courtesy: Serious Eats

    This dessert is prepared with a combination of condensed milk, chocolate, dry nuts and butter. This delicious recipe can be enjoyed anytime.

  • Chocolate Brownie Cake 

    Photo Courtesy: I Am Baker

    Chocolate brownie cake tastes really great with coffee. If I visit CCD, I order chocolate brownie with my coffee.

  • Chocolate Swiss Roll 

    Photo Courtesy: Supreme Flour

    This is a sweet and amazing sweet. It is very easy to prepare. This recipe is very easy to prepare and looks really good when complete.

  • Chocolate Cake 

    Photo Courtesy: Taste

    Chocolate cake is perfect for any party. It is prepared using vanilla, buttermilk, cocoa powder and flour. It is perfect for any celebration.

  • Choco Lava Cake 

    Photo Courtesy: Recipefy

    This is a delicious dessert that is very chocolatey and delicious. This small-sized cake is topped with roasted almonds and icing sugar.