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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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Lauki ka Halwa Recipe


  1. Papaya Halwa

Papaya Halwa

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


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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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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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.

Atte Ka Halwa

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.


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.


Kaju Barfi Recipe



If we talk about sweets, Jalebi is surely “The king of sweets”.

Jalebi is a popular sweet of India that is also prepared in Middle East and Pakistan. It is popular throughout South Asia, Middle-East, North and East Africa. It is made traditionally during many important celebrations and festivals. Jalebi is also known by the name of Zulbia.

It is prepared by deep-frying of wheat flour (maida) batter in circular shape. After frying, it is soaked in syrup of sugar. They are a popular sweet during the festivals of Diwali and Ramadan.

Jalebi can be eaten warm or cold. They are chewable from outside, with an exterior which is sugary and crystallized. The syrup for the Jalebi sometimes contains citric acid, lime juice or rose water. In North India, Jalebi is served with curd or rabri and added flavors like kewra or scented water.


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Jalebi is very similar to a West Asian dish. The word Jalebi has been derived from Zulabiya or Zalibiya(in Persian) which is a similar dish. In West Asia, it is served by Christians during the feast of Theophany or Epiphany. In Iran, there was a custom of giving Zulabiya sweet to the poor during the festival of Ramadan. A cookbook of 10th century contains many recipes of zulubiya. Many 13th century recipes of Jalebi are present. The most prominent is the one mentioned by “Muhammad bin Hasan al-Baghdadi” in a cookbook.

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The dish was introduced to Indian continent by the Persian invaders in 15th century. At that time, Jalebi was known as Jalavallika or Kundalika. Jalebi is mentioned in the works of a Jain author Jinasura of around 1450 CE. The ingredients and recipe of Jalebi are mentioned in a Sanskrit work of 1600 CE named “Gunyagunabodhini”.

In Iran, Jalebi is known as zulabia(Persian) and it is sweetened with sugar and honey. It is also flavoured with rose water and saffron.

It is also known as “zalabia” in Israel, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria. It is known as “zilebi” in Maldives.  In Nepal, it is known as “jeri”.

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Diwali is one of the major festivals of India. It is a festival of lights and represents the triumph of good over evil. Diwali is also a time of exchanging sweets and gifts. A great variety of sweets are prepared during the season of Diwali. Although most people buy the sweets from the shops, but nowadays it is difficult to say that the thing you are buying is pure or not. And what is the need of buying when you can prepare them at home? In this article we will discuss some delicious sweets that are prepared on this auspicious occasion of Diwali around India.



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.


Try this yummy dessert this Diwali with this easy recipe>>>RASGULLA RECIPE


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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.

It is very easy to prepare. Try the recipe>>> GAJAR KA HALWA RECIPE




Obbattu, which is also known as Puran Poli 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.


Try it at home>>> OBBATTU RECIPE


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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.


Try the recipe>>> ANJEER BARFI RECIPE


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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.


Here’s the recipe>>> ADHIRASAM RECIPE


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Another famous sweet from Karnataka which is very delicious. Its original name was Masoor 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.


Try it at home this Diwali>>> MYSORE PAK RECIPE


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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?


Try the recipe>>> CASHEW BARFI RECIPE


  1. GUJIA
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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 in 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.


Try it at home this Diwali>>> GUJIA RECIPE


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Photo Courtesy: cookingforallseasons

A Diwali is incomplete without a laddu. They are also available in many varieties like Til laddoo, Rava laddoo, Motichoor laddoo, Besan laddoo, Coconut laddoo etc.


Try the Til Laddu recipe>>> TIL LADDU RECIPE

Try the Rava Laddu recipe>>> RAVA LADDU RECIPE

Try the Motichoor Laddu recipe>>> MOTICHOOR LADDU RECIPE

Try the Coconut Laddu recipe>>> COCONUT LADDU RECIPE


Gulab Jamun

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.


Try the Gulab Jamun recipe>>> GULAB JAMUN RECIPE


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