Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is perhaps the most popular of all Hindu festivals, also known as the Festival of Lights, it is dedicated to the goddess Kali in Bengal and to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth, in the rest of India. As with several other festivals, Diwali is associated with one of the stories about the destruction of evil by Vishnu in one of his many manifestations. In Jainism, where the festival is also known as Mahavira Nirvana, Diwali celebrates the attainment of Moksa by
Lord Mahavira. A burning lamp symbolizes the “light of knowledge” that dispels the darkness of delusion and ignorance.

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 […]

Rava Kesari
Diwali, Janmashtami, Kesari

Rava Kesari

Rava Kesari is a popular South Indian sweet made during special occasions and festivals. Made using rava (semolina), ghee and cashewnuts, it is soft and very easy to make. Served as a breakfast item or as a dessert during festivals, it is a simple dish that can be made in […]

Sattu Maavu Laadu
Diwali, Laddu

Sattu Maavu | Multi Grain Health Mix Laddu

Sattu Maavu | Multi Grain Health Mix Laddu is a sweet made from mixed grains that is high in protein and fibre. Laadus are the simplest and go-to sweet for any occasion. No festival or happy occasion is complete without it. These days with excess of sweet and processed food […]

Millet Laddu
Diwali, Laddu

Millet Laddu

Millet Laddu is variation made with millet flour and is equally delicious as the regular laddus. Laddus are a popular sweet across India and is a common feature during all festivals or special occasions. Laddus are very commonly made from besan or Bengal gram flour. Apart from this there are […]

Ragi Sev (Ragi Ompodi)
Diwali, Snacks

Ragi Sev (Ragi Omapodi)

Sev (Omapodi / Ompodi) is a very popular savoury snack across India made with chickpea flour, spices and then deep fried until crispy. Served as a teatime/evening snack, they also make for a great savoury during festival times. This is a variation made with Ragi Flour (Finger Millet Flour) and […]

Nankhatai
Diwali, Kids, Snacks

Nankhatai

Nankhatai is an Indian eggless cookie/shortbread popularly served during teatime or as an evening snack. They are also made during special occasions and festivals like Diwali. Unlike many other cookies, these require very minimal ingredients that are already available in your pantry. This recipe is said to originate from Surat […]

Carrot Halwa
Baisakhi, Carrot, Diwali, Halwa, Navratri

Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa)

Carrot Halwa,  also known as Gajorer halua, Gajrela or Gajar Pak, is a slow cooked traditional dessert made on almost all occasions. In fact, it is so simple and delicious to make that one doesn’t require a celebration to make it. Unlike many other sweet delicacies that require an intricate recipe […]

Soan_Papdi
Diwali, Sweets

Soan Papdi

Soan Papdi is a very popular Indian sweet ideal for any occasion. Available in multiple variations, the most popular ones are made by Haldirams (often called as Haldiram Soan Papdi). Soan Papdi is a wonderful Indian dessert that can be easily found in sweet shops across the country. It is […]

Badam Kulfi Ice Cream
Diwali, Ice Cream, Navratri

Badam Kulfi

What can be a better remedy to the scorching summer heat than a delicious, sweet, milky and satiating kulfi! In India, various types of kulfi are popular such as Mango-Cardamom kulfi, Kesar-pista kulfi, paan flavored kulfi, malai kulfi, etc. Badam Kulfi, a popular kulfi made from milk and almonds is […]

Karanji
Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Sweets

Karanji

Karanji or Karjikkai | Karjikaylu | Gujiya is a sweet dish made from maida and sooji and is stuffed with coconut or dry fruits. Similar to the modak, the combinations of the stuffing is in-numerous and left to one’s imagination. However, it typically tends to sway to the sweeter side. […]

Coconut Halwa
Diwali, Halwa

Coconut Halwa

Different kinds of halwa (a peculiar kind of Indian sweet dish prepared with nuts, sugar, milk and other ingredients) are loved everywhere in India. Suji (semolina) halwa, Gajar (carrot) halwa, moong dal halwa, and coconut halwa are the most popular among them. A coconut halwa can be made from freshly […]

Bread Rasmalai
Dessert, Diwali, Sweets

Bread Rasmalai

Rasmalai is a popular Bengali dessert. This Bread Rasmalai is a variation of the popular dessert that can be made instantly and is yummy as the original. Suited for all occasions and festivals. Ingredients: Bread Slices – 3 Fresh Cream – 1/4 cup Milk – 1 1/2 cups Condensed Milk […]

Thattai Saamai
Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Navratri, Snacks

Saamai Thattai

Thattai is one of the most famous snacks in South India. A crispy and crunchy snack, they are perfect for any occasion whether it is a party, teatime or a festival. This Saamai Thattai variation is made using Saamai flour (Little Millet flour). Ingredients: Saamai Flour – 1 cup Urad […]

Paneer Gulkand Burfi
Burfi, Diwali, Sweets

Paneer Gulkand Burfi

Paneer Gulkhand Burfi is a delicious and easy to make sweet with paneer, condensed milk, cream and rose petals (gulkand). Perfectly suited for any festive occasion, these burfis can be made in very minimal time. Ingredients: Fresh Paneer – 1 cup Condensed Milk – 1/2 cup Thick cream – 1 […]

Inji Legiyam
Diwali, Health

Inji Legiyam

Inji Legiyam is a popular recipe during Diwali. Also known as Deepavali Marunthu, it is also prepared for new mothers and is served for indigestion problems and body pain. Ginger has lots of medicinal values and is known to relieve cold, cough and constipation. Ingredients: Fresh Ginger – 1/4 kg […]

Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun
Diwali, Sweets

Sweet Potato Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is a very popular sweet across India. Come festival season, all the sweet shops will be full of variations of Gulab Jamuns – Paneer Jamun to Chocolate Jamun to Kala Jamun. This variation is made with sweet potatoes and is yummy as the original one. The recipe is […]

Chocolate Kozhukattai
Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Kozhukattai, Navratri

Chocolate Kozhukattai

Kozhukattai (or Modak) is a popular Ganesh Chaturthi festival recipe to usher in the prosperity and good luck at home. Kozhukattai (Modak) is said to be a favorite dish of Lord Ganesha. This is a delicious chocolatey variation of the traditional kozhukattais. It can also be given as a gift […]

Chocolate Peda
Chocolate, Christmas, Diwali, Onam, Sweets

Chocolate Peda

Chocolate Peda is a very simple and easy to make sweet made for special occasions and festivals like Diwali. Kids will love this delicious dessert and it takes only 20 minutes to make this. While the original recipe calls for a microwave, there is an alternate version for those who […]

Mango Peda
Christmas, Diwali, Mango, Onam, Paneer, Sweets

Mango Peda

Peda is a popular and traditional North Indian sweet made during festivals and occasions. The Mango Peda is a super simple recipe and makes for a great dessert to any festival, special occasion or parties. This peda is very popular during the summer months as the mangoes are in season. […]

Carrot Laddu
Carrot, Diwali, Laddu

Carrot Laddu

Laddu is a very popular Indian sweet made during almost all festivals and special occasions. There are many variations of Laddu available depending on the occasion and place you are in. This variation is made using carrot and is as tasty as the regular laddus. Carrot is very good for […]

Carrot Kesari Recipe
Dessert, Diwali, Kesari

Carrot Kesari

Kesari is a very popular South Indian dessert/sweet made with Rava (Sooji) for any occasion – festivals, weddings or even a weekend get-together. This variation is made using carrot and is healthy. Ingredients: Rava (Sooji) – 1 cup Sugar – 1 1/2 cups Carrot – 2 cups, grated and ground […]

Rabri (or Rabadi or Rabdi)
Dessert, Diwali

Rabri

Rabri (or Rabadi or Rabdi) is a delicious dessert made with milk, saffron, sugar and garnished with nuts. It is chilled and served as a dessert during weddings, festivals or any special occasions. Ingredients: Boiled Milk – 250 ml Sugar – 2 1/2 tblsp Saffron Strands – few Cardamom Powder […]

Tikha Gathiya (Teekha Gathiya)
Diwali, Holi, Janmashtami, Snacks

Tikha Gathiya

Tikha Gathiya (Teekha Gathiya) is a popular gujarati tea time snack. Gathiya is a spicy and crunchy deep fried savoury. It is an excellent snack for kids lunch box and during travel. Ingredients: Gram flour – 1 cup Ajwain – 1/2 tsp Black Pepper Powder – 1/2 tsp Baking soda […]

Parangikai Halwa (Pumpkin Halwa)
Diwali, Halwa, Pumpkin

Parangikai Halwa (Pumpkin Halwa)

Parangikai Halwa (Pumpkin Halwa) is a very simple and delicious halwa made during special occasions and festivals like Diwali. Ingredients: Parangikai (Yellow Pumpkin) – 1/2 cup, finely chopped Sugar – 2 to 3 tblsp (or as per taste) Ghee – 3 tsp Mixed Dry Fruits – 1/2 cup Cardamom Powder […]

Dates Payasam (Khajur Kheer)
Diwali, Kheer

Dates Payasam

Dates Payasam (or Khajur Kheer) is a delicious, healthy and one of the easiest kheer to make. Ingredients: Dates – 1 cup Milk – 2 cups Water – 1 1/2 cups Cashewnuts – 12 Raisins – 6 Cardamon Powder – 1/2 tsp Ghee – 2 tsp Method: 1. Finely chop […]

Paasi Paruppu Laddu (Nei Urundai)
Diwali, Sweets

Paasi Paruppu Laddu (Nei Urundai)

Nei Urundai (Moong Dal Laddu / Paasi Paruppu Laddoo) is a popular and common South Indian sweet made during Diwali and other special occasions. Simple, tasty and one of the easier Diwali sweets to make. Ingredients: Paasi Paruppu (Moong Dal) – 1 cup Sugar – 1 cup Ghee – 1/4 […]