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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15 Exotic Rajasthani Recipes

Rajasthan is famous for its culture. The state is popular and distinct because of its cuisine. Rajasthanis love for food is evident in their recipes. Some of the most famous dishes of Rajasthan include Laal Maas and Dal Bati Churma. If you are a food lover, you may have tasted them at least once. If you haven’t tasted these delicious dishes, your trip to Rajasthan is not complete.

In this article, you will find a collection of dishes that you must try:-

  • Dal Bati Churma
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    Photo Courtesy: Youtube

    Dal Baati Churma is one of the most famous dish of the state. Dal Bati Churma completes Rajasthani food. The Batis, which are round are dipped in ghee and served with Dal and Churma making it a great combination.

  • Laal Maas
    Photo Courtesy: Kunal Kapur

    Photo Courtesy: Kunal Kapur

    Laal Maas is a delicious dish and is a crowd pleaser. The fiery red colour of this spicy dish is due to fiery red chillies. This dish is best served with bajra rotis.

  • Ker Sangri
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    Photo Courtesy: SAAGMart

    Ker Sangri is a pickle that is typically found in deserts. This is a tangy side dish that is best served with roti.

  • Boondi Raita
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    Photo Courtesy: Veg Recipes Of India

    This is a favourite dish of North India and is enjoyed by all. It enhances the flavour of food by balancing taste of spices. When boondi is mixed with sweet and sour yogurt, it makes a mouthwatering combination.

  • Rajasthani Kadi
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    Photo Courtesy: Snapguide

    Although Kadhi is made in different states like Punjab, Maharashtra & Uttarakhand, the Rajasthani version of this dish is great for your taste buds. This is an important dish of the state and is best consumed with rice.

  • Gatte Ka Pulao
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    Photo Courtesy: Times Of India

    The dish, which is also known as Ram Pulao, is a rich combination of spicy gatte and fresh steamed rice. The tender gattas are boiled first and then spices are added to them to increase the taste of pulao.

  • Churma Ladoo
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    Photo Courtesy: WeRecipes

    Churma Ladoos are necessary to complete a Rajasthani feast. Best served after dal baati, these desi ghee ladoos are very delicious. You must try these mouthwatering ladoos once.

  • Badam Ka Halwa
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    If you want to revisit your childhood, then this halwa is perfect for you. This halwa is perfect for winters. It is prepared using suji, dry fruits, ghee and sugar. It melts in your mouth and tastes delicious.

  • Mawa Kachori
Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Patrika

Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Patrika

  • Mawa Kachori is a sweet version of kachori. It is filled with khoya and dry fruits. It is deep fried and dipped in sugar. You must try this dessert after dinner or lunch.
  • Pyaaz Kachori
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    Pyaaz kachori is prepared with the filling of potatoes, spices and onions. This pastry can be found in every namkeen shop. This snack is best served with tamarind chutney.

  • Shahi Gatte
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    Photo Courtesy: NishaMadhulika

    Shahi Gatte, which is also known as Govind Gatte, is a very popular dish. Besan dumplings are filled with generous amounts of nuts and deep fried. The thick gravy tastes great with roti or rice.

  • Gujia
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    Photo Courtesy: Milkmaid

    Gujia is the best sweet for festival of Holi. The sugar syrup that comes out of khoya and dry fruits will be a great treat for your taste buds.

  • Kalmi Vada
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    Photo Courtesy: monishgujral

    This is a perfect snack for tea-time. These garam dal crispies are deep fried and are best enjoyed with chutney.

  • Ghevar
    Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Association of North America

    Photo Courtesy: Rajasthan Association of North America

    This sweet is prepared with flour, paneer, ghee and sugar syrup. It has many flavors including Mava Ghevar, Malai Ghevar & Plain Ghevar.

  • Balushahi

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    An Indian version of doughnut, Balushahi is a Rajasthani traditional sweet dish. Sugary inside and flaky outside, this is a great sweet dish.

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

Malpuas

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

Namak Paare

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.

 

Swad Ka Safar(Experience UP Cuisine)

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Uttar Pradesh(UP) is located at the Northern part of India so its culture and cuisine are greatly influenced by the rulers who arrived here from outside India. Heart of the state, Lucknow is a witness to all the cultural and culinary variations from ancient past till now.

Other than Lucknow, other districts of UP are also known for their food like Banaras is known for its Kaddu Purie, Mathura is known for Pedha, Agra is known for Petha, Kanpur is famous for its Kakori and Boti kebabs. Every state has its distinct taste.

The cuisine of Lucknow is synonymous to Mughlai cuisine or Awadhi cuisine as it has been ruled by Mughals. Mughlai and Awadhi cuisines are similar to those of Kashmir and Punjab due to the common influence of the Mughal rule. Nawabi Food is another name for these cuisines. These Nawabi foods comprise of some special combination of spices like cardamom, saffron, and flower extract like Kewada Itra, which is an essential ingredient of Kebabs.

DUM PUKHT Photo Courtesy: flickriver

DUM PUKHT
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Mughlai or Awadhi cuisine introduced the new techniques of cooking which is known as Dampukth. In this style of cooking food is sealed in a large pan called handi which is placed on slow heat which allow the ingredients to be cooked in their own juices. And the final result is in the form of a flavorful and aromatic dish.

Cooks of this cuisine are also categorized into different categories according to the amount of food they are supposed to cook. The Bawarchis cook food in large quantities while the Rakabdars cook in small gourmet quantities and also specialize in garnishing and presentation. Nanfus are the special cooks who deal only with making breads like Roti, Chapati, Naans, Sheermals and Kulchas. The Lucknowi cuisine is incomplete without the description of some elaborate dishes such as Kebabs, Kormas, Biryanis, Roomali Roti, Stuffed Parathas.

Galouti Kebab

Galouti Kebab

Kebabs: Awadhi kebabs are grilled on chulha or grilled tandoor. Seekh Kebabs were introduced by Mughals and are made by beef mince on skewers and cooked on charcoal fire. Nowadays lamb mince is preferred for its soft texture.

Galouti KebabIt is made of minced meat and spices without binding agent.

Kakori Kebab: It was originally made in the Darghah of Hazarat Shah Ahder Sahib with divine blessings. It was made by the leg of mutton with khoya and spices.

Some dishes of UP are synonymous to the festivals. For eg. Gujia is prepared on the occasion of Holi .Recently, Makar Sankrinti which is also known as Khichdi was celebrated. On this occasion khichdi is prepared at every household.

The cuisine of UP cannot be explained in words or any definition.

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