Indian Festival Foods - Recipes
- Navaratri - Ganapati
Nag panchami Festival Recipes
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
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
Indian festival recipes for you
Indian Festival Sweets
Shankarpale or shakkarpare is a festival sweet recipe made for Diwali or Christmas festival.
- Chiroti - Chirote - Phenori - Indian flaky pastry is a festival recipe.
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.
Shavige payasa, Traditional Indian sweet - dessert. 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 - Made with cashew nuts, quick and easy to make and keeps for long.
Easy To Make Sweet with Carrots and milk. Keeps in fridge for a week. Even a novice can make carrot halva very easily.
- Healthy breakfast recipe with broken / cracked wheat. Can also serve as a sweet dish.
Use coconut oil or any vegetable oil instead of desi ghee if you want to make it vegan.
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.
Easy recipe to make as breakfast, a snack or sweet.
Also known as sajjige, kesari, sanja in Indian languages.
Festival sweet - Curd/ Yogurt based dessert recipe, flavored with saffron and cardamom - Easy and simple.
- Nag Panchami / Ganapati festival sweet. Made in Karnataka and Maharashtra
- Ganesh chaturthi / Nag panchami festival recipe, made in Karnataka.
Festival Drink Recipes
- 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.
- Aam Panha, Raw Mango drink for hot summers. Summer festival.
Badam Milk - Almond Milk
Festival Rice Recipes
- Mango rice made using sour green mango. A recipe from South India.
- known in Karnataka as huggi, easy to digest rice and mung bean lentil recipe.
- Easy to make rice recipe. Usually made for festivals, breakfast and when you want a one dish meal.
- Sweet rice pudding recipe made on narali paurnima day in Maharashtra. Also in North Karnataka.
Festival Raita - Salad Recipes
Easy to make as snack or a good accompaniment for any meal.
Festival Snack Recipes
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. It is served by itself along with chutney or stuffed in a pav/bun to make vada-pav.
- This thick rice flakes recipe is made from thick poha / aval.
Keeps for weeks and easy to make and to pack and carry. It is a must for Diwali festival.
- is made from thin beaten / flattened rice flakes as a easy snack.
It is a part of festival foods such as Diwali. Keeps for 3-4 weeks.
- Gujarati steamed dhokla - khaman dhokla. A chickpea flour steamed Gujarati snack.
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.
Festival Vegetable Recipes
Potato masala subji served with Poori - Chapati - dosa
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