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

  • Rajma Masala Sundal (or Red Kidney Beans Masala Sundal) is a healthy and delicious North Indian evening snack. Sundal is one of the most popular dishes made during Navratri festival. …

  • Peanut Sundal (or Groundnut Sundal or Verkadalai Sundal) is a popular and traditional South Indian sundal variety. Typically made as an evening snack for kids, it is also made during …

  • Sweet Corn Sundal is a very easy and quick to make sundal snack for kids. Also called as stir fried sweet corn, this is a great snack during Navratri festival …

  • Green Gram Sweet Sundal (Pachai Payaru Vella Sundal) is a traditional South Indian sundal variety made during Navratri festival. This sundal is made with only 4 ingredients, so it can …

  • Puli Inji or Injipuli or Injicurry is a traditional, spicy, sweet and sour pickle from Kerala made during Onam festival and is an integral part of Onam Sadya menu. Made …

  • Pineapple Pulissery (Pineapple Mor Kulambu) is a popular Kerala dish made with pineapple and curd. Served as part of Onam Sadya, this dish is best served with rice and side …

  • Ada Pradhaman is a popular Kerala sweet / dessert made during Onam festival and served at the end of the Onam Sadya. It is a rich and traditional Kerala style …

  • 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 …

  • The word Biryani is derived from an amalgamation of Persian words “Birian” and “Birinj” which mean “fried before cooking” and “rice”, respectively. Biryani as a dish is widely enjoyed across …

  • Known as samba rava or godhumai rava in Tamil, Sama Rava Pongal mainly consists of rava made from wheat. This is the same dish what we know as dalia/ lapsi …

  • 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, …

  • Ever wondered if you can bake a home made cake without an oven? It is easy to bake a cake without an oven and with an equipment we use everyday …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Soya Beans are a powerhouse of protein, especially for vegetarians. It prevents the risk of heart diseases, aids in lowering cholesterol, helps in weight loss, regulates metabolism amongst several others. …

  • Sundal is a popular & healthy protein-rich South Indian snack. During navratri festival time, every household makes one sundal variety a day. These are offered as prasadam to god and …

  • Chalimidi is a sweet dish popular in Andhra Pradesh. Made using rice flour and jaggery, it is made during festival and special occasion times. Ingredients: Raw Rice – 1 cup …