Festival

India is a heterogeneous mix of different cultures, religions, and languages. Therefore, you will see different festivals celebrated with pride, joy, and unity in our country. Every day in India is unique and so are its festivals.

Indian festivals are always related to the seasons. The special dishes prepared during these festivals also have a deeper meaning since each dish is carefully prepared to complement that particular climate or weather change. Moreover, the recipes that come from different regions have their own unique characteristic and flavor as well.

Among the most popular festivals are Diwali, Ramzan Eid, Christmas, Parsi New year, Mahavir Jayanti, etc. Modern festivals like Valentine Day also have their own special recipes and dishes. Therefore, there is plenty to indulge in and get spoilt when it comes to the food culture of Indian festivals.

Sweets dishes are common in almost all the festivals. Sweets like chikki made from jaggery and til (sesame) have their own importance in Makara Sankranti since the heat of these ingredients provide a warm relief in the chilly season of winter. Also, festivals like Diwali have their own menu of chakli, ladus, barfi, and other sweet and crispy dishes.

Festivals like Pongal are celebrated throughout the country with different names such as Bhogi, Besakhi, Makar Sankranti, etc. Sweet preparations from cereals, millets and other grains are popular dishes of these festivals since they mark the onset of harvesting season in India.

Some festivals like Eid, Christmas, etc. have their own share of non-vegetarian dishes as well as they are considered to be special recipes of these festivals. People experiment with different types of cakes during Christmas and Easter such as frosted ice cake, cherry cake, plum cake, etc.

The impact of Mughal cuisines on the Indian food culture cannot be ignored especially when we consider the traditional recipes cooked in a typical Muslim family.

On the other hand, the Southern regions of India have always included spices and special ingredients like tamarind, coconut, etc. in their recipes. These ingredients come to play during their festivals as well and we are able to taste different flavors and dishes when we visit these places. Although the festival recipes are a little heavy on fat and calories, you can definitely indulge in them during festivals and once in a while when you crave for them.

Aloo Methi
Curries and Gravies, Navratri, Potato, Side Dish

Aloo Methi

Aloo Methi is a classic Punjabi side dish made with potatoes, fenugreek leaves and combination of spices. Typically made dry, this is a staple of every North Indian home and is served with roti or naan. It is also a popular dish for office or school lunchboxes. The slightly bitter […]

Ven Pongal
Pongal, Rice

Ven Pongal

Ven Pongal is a popular breakfast dish across South India made with rice and moong dal. It is a staple dish made during the harvest festival of Pongal. Most South Indian restaurants serve pongal & vada combo as one of the breakfast items on their menu. Ven Pongal goes well […]

Christmas Fruitcake recipe
Cakes, Christmas

Christmas Fruit Cake

Christmas Fruit Cake is a traditional rich and moist cake with brandy & loaded with dried fruits and nuts. Fruit cakes have been a traditional part of any Christmas menu. Delicious, simple and easy to make, this fruitcake recipe for Christmas can be made a couple of days in advance […]

Eggless Sponge Cake
Cakes, Christmas

Eggless Sponge Cake

Eggless Sponge Cake is best suited for vegetarians and those who do not prefer eggs. This is a basic cake recipe, so you can use this as a base to make other delicious cakes or you can use it as a standalone cake. Remember to garnish it as desired if […]

Rose Cookies / Achapam
Christmas

Rose Cookies

Rose Cookies are a popular and traditional sweet made during Christmas. They are called Achu Murukku in Tamil, Achapam in Malayalam and Rose De Coque in Goa. This is an eggless Rose cookies recipe and is a bit sweet and crispy. They are called rose cookies as they look like […]

Plum Cake
Cakes, Christmas

Plum Cake

Plum Cake is a very popular cake variety served during tea time and is a must during Christmas time. Try this rich plum cake that is delicious, fruity and makes for a great dessert treat for any occasion. This delicious Christmas plum cake recipe is very easy to make and […]

Eggless Chocolate Cupcake
Cakes, Chocolate, Christmas

Eggless Chocolate Cupcake

A delicious, moist and simple eggless chocolate cupcake for Christmas or for any occasion. Not only this is easy to make, it is also a perfect treat for any parties or events. These cupcakes are soft, moist and delicious. The best part is they require only a handful of ingredients. […]

Namak Para (Namak Pare)
Diwali, Snacks

Namak Para

Namak Para (also known as Namak Pare or Nimki) is a crispy, crunchy snack usually served with tea. It is also a perfect delight for Diwali, Holi and other festivals where snacks are made in plenty. Made with wheat flour, plain flour and spices, it is very simply and easy […]

Pineapple Kesari
Diwali, Kesari, Navratri, Pineapple

Pineapple Kesari

Pineapple Kesari is a popular dessert made in South India and often served in weddings and special occasions. It is very easy to make and is very very tasty. A cousin to the popular Rava Kesari, this is a simple recipe that anyone can try. Print Recipe 0 from 0 […]