10 Easy Diwali Recipes That Everyone Loves

Diwali is around the corner and it is the time that we can feast fully. India, which is also called the land of festivals is incomplete without its special dishes that are prepared for the occasion. Diwali is close by, and everyone is preparing for the festivities. This festival season can be made more special by preparing delicious recipes at home. These easy and quick recipes for Diwali will surely make you a star of the festival.

  1. Coconut Laddoo

     

     

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    Coconut Laddoos are prepared with shredded coconut, jaggery, peanuts and ragi. These ladoos are healthy and delicious.

  2. Kaju Katli

     

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    Diwali is incomplete without Kaju Katli. Here’s an easy recipe for Diwali. This sweet is prepared with cashew nut and milk. It has a topping of silver leaf.

  3. Chakli

     

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    This crispy snack is prepared with rice flour. It is round in shape and is prepared in hot oil. This delicious snack is very important for the celebrations of Diwali.

  4. Daal Samosa

     

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    If you want to taste your favorite samosas, the Moong Dal samosas can be prepared within an hour. They are best served with chutney and fresh mint.

  5. Bhakarwadi

     

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    This is a very sweet and spicy snack of Diwali. Bhakarwadi is prepared with gram flour and is shaped in spiral form. It is stuffed with coconut, poppy seeds and sesame seeds.

  6. Malpua

     

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    Malpua is a pancake like dessert that is soaked in syrup before it is served. This version of the dish is prepared with khoya and paneer.

  7. Shahi Tukda

     

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    Shahi Tukda is prepared with a mixture of nuts and milk. This Awadhi delicacy is a hit throughout the year.

  8. Mohanthal

     

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    This fudge-like dessert is prepared with gram flour. It is prepared during Diwali in the states of Gujarat and Rajasthan.

  9. Patishapta

     

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    This Bengali dessert is prepared using maida, rice flour and sooji. It is filled with coconut jaggery.

  10. Mysore Paak

     

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    This is an original recipe of Indian dessert called Mysore Pak. Its originated in the Mysore Palace. It is prepared with a mix of sugar, gram flour and desi ghee.

Celebrate Holi 2017 With These Delicious Dishes

Colours connect the emotions of people. Colors are what make us happy and jovial. On the festival of Holi, people celebrate with foods, drinks and colors to spread happiness and celebrate the victory of good on evil. The festival of color is the most awaited and liked festival. We love this festival due to the colors we immerse ourself and the delicious dishes that are made on this occasion.

Most festivals of India have some ritual associated with them. Holi is celebrated with great fun and merrymaking and is filled with mouth-watering dishes. The food eaten on this day is appropriate for all occasions of the festival. People celebrate this festival by putting colors on each other. After this, they dine together to feast on special food of Holi. There are many traditional dishes that are prepared on Holi including sweets and snacks, Thandai and delicious snacks.

The recipes prepared for Holi are enjoyed with great enthusiasm by all the friends and family. We have collected some traditional recipes that are specially prepared for Holi festival.

  • Thandai

    Holi is incomplete without its traditional drink of Thandai. People enjoy this festival in the scorching sun and enjoy sweet sip of Thandai. This is a simple looking drink and is filled with milk, spices and dry fruits. Occasionally, bhaang is added to it for giving it an intoxicating effect. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mhVLRf

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  • Gujiya

    This is the most symbolic and special Holi recipe. It is prepared with the stuffing of nut stuffing and dried whole milk powder. It is mostly made in North India for the festival of Holi. In Lucknow, you will find around 10 varieties of Gujiya with different fillings. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mwh8QD

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  • Puran Poli

    Puran Poli is a sweet dish for special occasions like Holi. It is popular in states like Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. Puran poli is a flattended bread which is sweet in taste and prepared with wheat flour and jaggery along with condiments and other spices. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n9TkTQ

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  • Bhaang Ke Pakore

    Filled with bhang, these pakoras are a customary dish. It is an auspicious dish and is very tasty. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2nprLSR

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  • Malpua

    This is another sweet dish prepared in the festival of Holi. It is prepared with the syrup of sugar and flour. It is served with rabri. This sweet can be prepared in advance as it has a longer shelf life. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2n55Y3A

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  • Bhaang

    Although, many people consume alcohol on Holi, the traditional drink of Lassi is ‘Bhaang Lassi’. Bhaang is associated with Lord Shiva. Bhaang’s local name is marijuana or cannabis. The delicious ‘Bhang Lassi’ is a nutritious drink. People also consume this dish in the form of golees. These are chewy balls of bhang mixed with sugar and ghee. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mT0eMO

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  • Sweet Rice

    This is a South Indian dish and is served with large number of fruit mixtures with cold beverages like Sherbets. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2kQ2EI9

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  • Dahi Vada

    Dahi Vada is a delicious dumpling made of lentils like moong dal andurad dal. This snack is eaten with mint chutney, curd or red chilli and is very popular. The taste of the dish is sweet, salty and sour. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/1Smfpnx

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  • Kanji ke Vade

    This delicious dish is made by soaking rai and urad dal and then grinding them into paste. Scoop of the mix is deep fried & drained before serving. Kanji ka vada is very popular Holi food of India. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2mcNhd6

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  • Dhuska

    This dish has its origins in Jharkhand and Bihar. Dhuska is a simple snack prepared with chana dal and rice flour. It is served with green chutney and aloo curry. It is sweet and crunchy in taste. Here’s the recipe: http://bit.ly/2npxOXB

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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:-

  • MalpuamalpuaMalpua 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
  • KheerKheerThis 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 Ricemeethe-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 Sheerarava-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
  • Rajbhograjbhog-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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

Basant Panchmi and Some Interesting Facts

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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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