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:-

  • Malpua 

     

    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

  • Kheer 

     

    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

  • Sweet Rice 

     

    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

  • Sarso Ka Saag 

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

Diwali: Recipes for This Auspicious Occasion

The sacred festival of Diwali is celebrated by the Jains, Sikhs and Hindus throughout the world.

Fireworks, candles and golden-lit lamps are used to light up the sidewalks, doors and streets. The

festival is a symbol of triumph of light on darkness & goodness on evil. The festival is also known

for the prayers offered to Goddess Laxmi(Goddess of prosperity and wealth).

This festival is celebrated differently in different regions. The celebrations differ in terms of food,

variety and the style of cuisines.

Here, we give you a perfect menu for perfect Diwali feast:

Snacks: Snacks are most often prepared with ghee, spices, sugar and whole-wheat flour/puffed

rice. As some of these are made with Chickpea flour as a main ingredient, these are gluten-free

naturally.

Shakarparra: Shakkarpara is a North Indian dish that can be prepared easily. It requires

fewer ingredients. This dish has a long shelf life and can be eaten as a dessert.

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Chevdo: These are roasted rice flakes that are prepared with dry fruits and spices.

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Pakoras: These are prepared with vegetables soaked in batter and deep fried. These can

be said to be Indian tempura.

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Mutthiya: These are fried dumplings prepared with calabash or bottle gourd.

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Ghatiya: These are fried strips prepared with dough of graham flour.

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Main dishes: These often include those dishes that are familiar to the lovers of Indian food:

• Vegetarian curries including Undhiyu

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Lentil curries

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Poori and aloo ki sabzi(deep fried bread with spice sauteed potatoes) with Shrikhand

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Paratha(Indian flatbread)

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Desserts/Sweets: These are also known as mithai and are most of the time made of milk in some

form. These are sometimes prepared with grains. Many of these sweets are deep fried in ghee.

Some common ingredients of sweets include spices like saffron, cinnamon and cardamom.

Ingredients like fig and coconut and also vegetables cooked with ghee and sugar are mixed to form

halvah.

Coconut Barfi: This preparation is similar to a fudge and is made with sweetened

condensed milk, cream and coconut.

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Gulab Jamun: These are fried milk dumplings that are very spongy. They are put into

rosewater and saffron syrup.

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Ras malai: These are paneer cheese dumplings that are served when soaked in sweet and

creamy sauce.

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Halvah: Halvah is a dense, sweet fudge that is very popular in India as well as Middle

East. There are a lot of varieties prepared with sesame seeds and carrots.

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Jalebi: These are similar to funnel cakes. After soaking in saffron sauce, they are dried to

give a crispy taste.

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Kheer: Kheer is a delicious rice pudding.

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So, enjoy this Diwali with these perfect recipes and share them with your loved ones.

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.

Photo Courtesy: indiatimes

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.

Photo Courtesy: awsomecuisine

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.

10 Delicious North Indian Recipes

North Indian cuisine is filled with rich gravies, spicy vegetable fries, slow-cooked meat and desserts. What makes the cuisine so great is the availability of vegetables, grains, fruits and spices. In this article we have given you some of the most cooked recipes of North India. A few delicious dishes from North-India are Rogan Josh, Chole Bhature, Dal-Bati Churma and Chaat.

The North Indian food is richer when compared to other cuisines of India as there are a lots of dishes that are made in desi ghee or fresh cream. Some of the dishes take long time to prepare and involve careful steps. But when you put them in your mouth, you know that you are in for a joyride.

North Indians also love simple comfort foods like Rajma Chawal, Dal Tadka etc. Their love for dairy is evident as most traditional meals are served with paneer, lassi, chaas, kulfi and kheer.

So, here are the best recipes from North India:-

  • Chole Bhature: This is a mouth watering dish that has its origins in Punjab. This dish comes with chickpeas cooked in various spices.

Chole Bhature

  • Rogan Josh: Rogan Josh is the main dish of Kashmir. This is a favourite dish of meat lovers.

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  • Stuffed Bati: This snack, cooked in ghee, is served with dal and chutney. Bati has filling of spices and paneer.

Dal Baati Churma

  • Rice Kheer: A perfect dessert for a filling meal, rice kheer is prepared with khoya, milk, nuts and cream.

Rice Kheer

  • Chicken Dum Biryani: Chicken Dum Biryani is a popular dish. This is a tasty biryani with chicken cooked in different spices.

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  • Aloo Samosa: This is a perfect snack for the evening tea. It is a fried snack that is stuffed with mixture of peas and potatoes.

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  • Nihari Gosht: This is a popular recipe of Hyderabad. This recipe originated in Delhi.

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  • Butter Chicken: Butter chicken is a great combination of chicken and spices and is very moist and tender.

Butter Chicken

  • Dahi Bhalla: Dahi Bhalla is a delicious treat that is prepared with yogurt and daal. These delicious bhallas are topped with sweet curd, tangy chutneys and spices.

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  • Malai Kulfi: Malai kulfi is best served in a matki. It is prepared with condensed milk, dry fruits and saffron.

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Basant Panchmi and Some Interesting Facts

Photo Courtesy: indiaforum

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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