Navratri

Navaratri is considered to be one of the most important festivals of India. It is celebrated through out the country but each region has its own speciality. Different varieties and special cuisine are made during Navratri celebration. Since in most of the communities, people observe fast during Navratri and eat only one meal a day at sunset, the Navratri meal has special courses and is strictly vegetarian.

Karamani Sweet Sundal
Navratri, Sundal

Karamani Sweet Sundal

A sweeter version of the Karamani Sundal, this is easy to make and is a favorite with kids. This sundal is also a regular during Navratri celebrations and is given out as a prasadam to guests. Ingredients: White Karamani (Thatta Payaru / Cow Peas) – 2 cups Jaggery – 1 […]

Thambittu
Diwali, Janmashtami, Laddu, Navratri

Thambittu

Thambittu (Roasted Gram and Jaggery Laddu) is a popular and traditional Karnataka sweet made during festivals or special occasions. Ingredients: Roasted Gram Powder – 2 cups Ghee – 1 cup Jaggery – 1 cup Coconut – 1/2 cup, grated Sesame Seeds – 3 tsp Gasa Gasa (Khus Khus) – 2 […]

Vella Puttu
Navratri

Vella Puttu

Typically made during Navratri festival, this is made using jaggery and rice flour. Can be served a light evening snack too. Ingredients: Rice Flour – 1/2 cup Jaggery – 1/2 cup, powdered Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated Water – 1/4 cup Cardamoms – 5 to 6, powdered Cashew Nuts – […]

Rajma Sundal
Navratri, Sundal

Rajma Sundal

Rajma (or Red Kidney Beans) is a popular bean variety rich in protein, fiber, iron and other essential nutrients. Here is a simple evening snack that you can enjoy throughout the year. Ingredients: Rajma (Red Kidney Beans) – 2 cups Carrot – 1 tblsp, grated (optional) Ginger – 2 tsp, […]

Cashew Peda (Kaju Peda)
Diwali, Navratri, Sweets

Cashew Peda (Kaju Peda)

A delicious North Indian sweet made with cashew nuts.  While this recipe uses Palkova, in some parts Khoya or Milk is used. Ingredients: Cashew Nuts – 250 gms Palkova – 1/4 cup Sugar – 2 tblsp Ghee – 2 tblsp Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp Raisins (or Pistachios) – 2 […]

Cornflakes Payasam
Kheer, Navratri

Cornflakes Payasam

Payasam (or also known as Kheer) can be made with a variety of ingredients. This is a modern variation to the delicious dessert made during festivals and special occasions. Ingredients: Cornflakes – 2 cups Milk – 4 cups Sugar – 1 1/2 cups Ghee – 1/4 cup Cashew Nuts – […]

Beetroot Payasam
Beetroot, Kheer, Navratri

Beetroot Payasam

Make this navratri celebrations a healthy one with this simple and delicious beetroot payasam (kheer). Ingredients: Beetroot – 2 cups, peeled, grated Sugar – 1 cup Milk – 4 1/2 to 5 cups Ghee – 4 tsp Cashew Nuts – 15 to 20 Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp Method: 1. […]

Kesari
Kesari, Navratri

Papaya Kesari

Kesari is a popular South Indian dessert/sweet made with rava (sooji/semolina) during festivals or special occasions. This variation is made with rava and papaya. Ingredients: Rava – 2 cups Papaya – 2 cups, peeled, seeds removed, chopped Milk – 2 cups, boiled, cooled Sugar – 4 cups Cardamom Powder – […]

Badam Milk
Beverages, Diwali, Janmashtami, Navratri

Badam Milk

A traditional, delicious and healthy drink with almonds. Often made during festive occasions, these days they can be found at many roadside stalls. Ingredients: Almonds – 20 to 25 Milk – 500 ml Saffron Strands – few Green Cardamom Powder – 1/4 tsp Nutmeg – a small pinch, grated (optional) […]

Ellu (Sesame) Laddu
Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Laddu, Navratri

Ellu (Sesame) Laddu

A healthy laddu with white sesame seeds. Ingredients: White Sesame Seeds (Ellu) – 125 gms Jaggery – 250 gms Cardamoms – 5 Method: 1. Heat a pan of water over medium flame. 2. Add the jaggery and stir well until fully dissolved. 3. Strain the liquid and place it over […]

A bunch of Spring Onions
Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Sundal

Spring Onion Sundal

Easy to make sundal recipe with Spring Onions, boiled Peanuts and onions. Ingredients: Spring Onions – 1/2 bunch (or 1 small bunch), finely chopped Onions – 1 cup, chopped Peanuts – 1 cup, boiled Sprouted Green Gram – 1 cup Salt as per taste Pepper Powder – 1 tsp Juice […]

Bread Gulab Jamun
Christmas, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Sweets

Bread Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun is a very popular and versatile dessert sweet that can made for any occasion. There are two variations of this recipe below – one using unsweetened khoya and another without khoya. Choose the one that you prefer. Bread Gulab Jamun with Khoya Ingredients: Bread Slices – 4, coarsely […]

Rasagulla
Diwali, Navratri, Sweets

Bread Rasagulla

Rasagulla is a popular Bengali sweet made during festivals like Diwali, Navratri or during special occasions. Ingredients: Milk – 1 litre Bread – 4 slices, crumbled or chopped into small pieces Sugar – 1/2 cup Cardamom Powder – a pinch Rawa (Sooji) – 1 tsp Milk Powder – 1 tsp […]

Peanut Laddu (Peanut Chikki)
Diwali, Janmashtami, Kids, Laddu, Navratri

Peanut Laddu (Peanut Chikki)

Peanut Laddu or Peanut Chikki is a very popular sweet in South India. Traditionally made during festivals like Navratri, Diwali, they are also made as a summer snack for kids. Ingredients: Jaggery – 500 gms Peanuts – 500 gms, roasted Cardamoms – 10 (or as required), powdered Method: 1. If […]

banana appam
Banana, Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi, Janmashtami, Navratri, Sweets

Banana Appam

A delicious South Indian dish often made during festivals or special occasions. Ingredients: Parboiled Rice – 1/2 cup Raw Rice – 1/4 cup Javvarisi (Sago) – 1/2 tblsp Urad Dal – 1/2 tblsp Fenugreek Seeds – 1/2 tsp Coconut – 1/4 cup, grated Jaggery – 1/2 cup, powdered Ripe Yellow […]

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Diwali, Navratri, Onam, South Indian

Kerala Avial

Avial is a popular and traditional South Indian dish. Made with an assortment of vegetables, coconut and curd, this is often served as an accompaniment to rice dishes or served with adai. Ingredients: Drumsticks – 1 or 2, cut into 1 inch pieces Beans – 1/4 cup, chopped Carrot – […]

vadai1 380x267 - Vegetable Vadai
Navratri, Vada

Vegetable Vadai

Made with vegetables and dals, this easy to make Vegetable Vadai is a great evening (or tea time) snack. Serve hot with chutney of choice. Ingredients: Bengal Gram Dal – 1 cup Toor Dal – 1 cup Urad Dal – 1 tsp Cabbage – 2 tsp, grated Carrot – 2 […]