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

  • White Chickpeas Sundal or Vella Kondakadalai Sundal is a very popular sundal variety in Tamil Nadu. The festival of Navratri is not complete without sundals and if you are short …

  • Mathanga Erissery is one of the popular and traditional recipes of Kerala. It is an important dish on the Onam Sadhya menu. Mathanga Erissery or Pumpkin Erissery is a mild …

  • Nendram Pazham Pradhaman (Nendram Pazham Payasam) is a popular dessert made for special occasions and festivals in Kerala. This is an essential part of most festivals in Kerala and Onam …

  • Arcot Makkan Peda is a popular dish from the Arcot district of Tamil Nadu. Similar to a Gulab Jamun, the makkan peda is a delicious dessert sweet made with khoya …

  • Mango Pulissery is an authentic and traditional dish from the Kerala cuisine. A lip-smacking dish, it is an integral part of the Onam Sadhya menu. Made using buttermilk, this dish …

  • Ladies Finger Pachadi  is a very simple and tasty dish usually served alongside rice dishes. Also known as Vendakkai Pachadi in the South and Bhindi Pachadi in the North, it …

  • Chena Mezhkkupuratti is a popular Kerala style stir fry recipe of Elephant Yam. Elephant Yam goes by many names like Chena in Kerala, Senai Kezhungu or Senai in Tamil Nadu and …

  • Avial (or Aviyal) is a very popular South Indian dish made with mixed vegetables, curd and coconut. Popular in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is a must have during festivals, …

  • Vella Kozhukattai or Mothagam is a popular and traditional Vinayaka Chaturthi sweet made with rice flour, grated coconut and powdered jaggery. Vella Kozhukattai is a must have dish in all …

  • Paneer Jamun is a delicious modern twist to the popular Indian dessert – Gulab Jamun. Traditionally jamuns are made with khoya, but this recipe is made with paneer. Paneer Jamun …

  • Mysore Pak is an authentic and traditional South Indian sweet made during festivals like Diwali, Janmashtami and special occasions like weddings and birthdays. Often called as a “Royal Sweet” because …

  • Rajbhog is a variety of Rasgulla, but bigger in size when compared to it. Made with soft and spongy paneer balls stuffed with assorted nuts, they are blended with saffron …

  • Thattai is a popular South Indian savoury snack, native to Tamil cuisine. Crispy and deep fried, it is a versatile snack – be it tea-time, appetizer, evening snack or serving …

  • Pesarattu or Green Gram Dosa is a popular dish from the state of Andhra Pradesh / Telangana. Similar to a dosa but made with green gram instead of urad dal, …

  • 7 Cup Burfi (or Seven Cup Cake) is a delicious and delightful Indian sweet. The name comes from the seven cups of ingredients used to make this easy sweet recipe. …

  • Ginger Biscuits are a delicious tea time treats that you can make easily at home. They are perfect as an anytime snack especially for kids. Be it after their school …

  • Masala Vadai (or Masala Vada)  is a very very popular South Indian deep fried snack. Also known as Chana Dal Vada, they are a very popular evening tea time snack …

  • Pista Sandesh is a traditional Bengali sweet. Made with paneer, it is light, delicious and creamy.  India is famous for its festivals and this sweet is synonymous with all major …

  • Mor Kuzhambu is a traditional South Indian sambar variety. Similar to North Indian Kadhi, this is made using curd/yogurt, it is very popular and quite easy to make. Served with …

  • Rava Laddu or Rava Ladoo is a simple, easy and quick to make Indian sweet made with rava (sooji), caradmoms and topped with raisins & cashew nuts. Unlike other sweets …

  • 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 …