Festivals keep the traditions and the culture of the country/region alive. Festival foods
play an important
part in making the festivals or any celebration more enjoyable.
Festivals give us a chance to give ourselves a break from the routine life. It is a way to remind ourselves that life is not all about just work. That there are other important things in life and we should give some time for them too.
Shopping, outings, meeting family at get-togethers, religious rituals, prayers, cooking the festival foods together, sharing and feasting with family members and friends, all these are integral parts of any festive celebration.
It also sometimes happens that we meet or contact and connect with some friends and family members only during the festival time.
All religions, cultures, countries have their own festivals. These festivals may be related to seasons, legends, mythological stories, history etc. Some festivals may also help in the spiritual awakening.
When we mention a festival, the food associated with that festival comes to mind immediately. Our childhood memories link these foods to the specific festivals.
We eagerly wait for that favorite festival to arrive so that we can enjoy those foods in that particular atmosphere.
Of course now a day, you can have any food at any time. But having a particular festival food during the festival itself has a special charm.
Most festival recipes use the ingredients easily available in that particular season and therefore are also healthy for you.
Indian festival food is varied and because of the diversity of the regions, customs the variety is endless. The sweets , the namkeens(savories) are so mouth watering, it is difficult to resist them.
You don't really need to wait for a festival to make these recipes. Make them when you feel like and celebrate
Mango kalakand is a Summer sweet recipe.
Mango kalakand is a sweet made with Indian paneer and ripe mangoes.
Ripe fresh mangoes or mango pulp are used when they are available in plenty in summer season.
Shankarpale or shakkarpare Festival sweet recipe for Diwali or Christmas festival.
Besan burfi - Indian dessert and festival sweet recipe made with Besan / gram flour/ chickpea flour.
This rich dessert is a Maharastrian / Gujarati recipe. Prepare in advance. Keep in fridge for a week and serve when you want.
Easy to make and doesn't take a long time. Can keep in fridge for 3 days. Serve hot or cold.
Indian Festival - dessert recipe - Quick and easy to make. Keeps for long.
Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week.
- Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat.
To make it vegan, use coconut oil / vegetable oil instead of desi ghee.
Besan laddo is made with bengal gram dal flour / chickpea flour. A must for traditional festivals such as Diwali festival.
- A rava / Semolina / cream of wheat dish. Breakfast / snack / sweet. Known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.
Festival sweet - Curd/ Yogurt based dessert recipe, flavored with saffron and cardamom.
Nag Panchami / Ganapati festival sweet for naivedya. Made in Karnataka and Maharashtra.
Chigli unde is made for Ganesh chaturthi and Nag panchami festival in Karnataka.
Mango lassi is made with mango, an Indian summer fruit and yogurt as a snack or for breakfast.
When mangoes are not in season, this can be made with mango pulp, store bought or home preserved.
- Kairi - Aam Panha, Raw green mango drink for hot summer. Summer festival.
Mango rice made using sour green mango. Recipe from South India.
Easy to digest rice and mung bean lentil recipe. One Dish Meal.
Cook in pressure cooker or on the stove top.
Easy to make South Indian rice recipe for festivals, breakfast and when you want a one dish meal.
Sweet rice pudding recipe made on Narali Poornima day in Maharashtra, North Karnataka.
Made with kabuli chana - garbanzo beans, prepared on festivals such as Ganesh chaturthi and distributed to the devotees as prasad, also served as a healthy snack.
A popular yogurt based snack recipe. Good for festivals, summer season and as a party dish.
Known as thyir vade - mosaru vade in south Indian languages.
Batata vada is a popular snack item made with boiled potatoes and besan / chickpea flour.
Batate vada is served by itself along with chutney or stuffed in a pav/bun to make Mumbai vada pav.
- This thick rice flakes recipe is made from thick poha / aval.
made from thin beaten / flattened rice flakes as a easy snack. Diwali festival snack. Keeps for 3-4 weeks.
- Gujarati steamed dhokla - khaman dhokla.
A steamed snack made with chickpea flour.
Made with whole wheat flour. Serve for breakfast, lunch, dinner. It also be made with maida(plain flour).
This South Indian dal vada recipe is a spicy snack recipe - Festival recipe, made with split chickpeas
Vegetable samosa is usually made with potatoes and peas. You may also add some carrot.
Potato masala subji served with Poori - Chapati - dosa
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