Festival Recipes

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.

Simple Festival Recipes

  • Sakkarai Pongal is a sweet variety of the ven pongal. Also known as sweet pongal, it is an integral part of the pongal festival and is made on the 2nd …

  • Pongal is a famous rice dish which belongs to the traditional cuisine of Tamil Nadu. In Tamil, the meaning of Pongal is ‘boil over’ or ‘spillover’. Pongal has two varieties, …

  • 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 …

  • Christmas Fruit Cake is a traditional rich and moist cake with brandy (or Rum) & loaded with dried fruits and nuts. Fruit cakes have been a traditional part of any …

  • Almond Biscotti is a traditional Italian Christmas cookie served during teatime as a snack. Crisp and crunchy, they are a perfect accompaniment to a cup of coffee or tea. With …

  • 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 …

  • Gulab Jamun is one of the most popular dessert throughout India. Often served during festivals and special occasions, they are made using khoya and flour, then shaped into small balls …

  • Kasi Halwa is a traditional South Indian halwa made with ash gourd (white pumpkin). Usually served at weddings, they are also a great dish for any and all festivities and …

  • Adhirasam is a traditional dessert / sweet popular in Tamil Nadu. Made using jaggery and rice, it has a crispy outer and soft on the inside. A popular sweet of …

  • Badusha is a very popular South Indian sweet made for festivals like Diwali, Janmashtami and special occasions. Made using plain flour, sugar, butter and ghee, it is a absolute feature …

  • Coconut Laddu is a rich, delicious and easy to make ladoo variety. Made using coconut, condensed milk and cardamom powder, it is very easy to make. Typically made during festivals …

  • Besan Ladoo is an all-time favorite ladoo variety for any special occasion. It is very easy to prepare and requires just a handful of ingredients. Made using besan (chickpea) flour, …

  • Boondi Laddu (Boondi Ladoo / Boondi Laddoo) is a popular Indian sweet prepared during most major festivals and celebrations. A staple of the South Indian celeberations, these are made during …

  • Kaju Katli is one of the most popular Indian sweets made for all types of celebrations. Be it a traditional festival or a party, you are definitely going to find …

  • Deepavali Legiyam (or Deepavali Marundhu) is a very popular and traditional part of Diwali festival consumed to prevent indigestion.  Made with various ingredients this healthy paste is normally taken on …

  • Rajma Sundal is a healthy South Indian evening snack. Rajma or Red Kidney Beans is a popular bean variety rich in protein, fiber, iron and other essential nutrients. Sundals are …

  • Karamani Sundal (Black Eyed Peas Sundal) is a South Indian snack rich in protein and served during evening time. Served as a prasadam during Navratri time, it is made using …

  • Mochai Sundal is one of the sundal varieties made during Navratri. Unlike other sundal varieties, this is not a regular sundal that is made often. Rich in protein, it is …