Category Archives: Festival dishes

Fried modak recipe – Ganesh Chaturthi festival recipe

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Fried modak is a deep fried or shallow fried modak which is served as an offering to Lord Ganesha on Ganesh Chaturthi day.   Fried modak is a crispy version of modak and is a must during Vinayak Chaturthi.  Traditionally, steamed modaks are made, but fried modaks also tastes good and are a little different

Ganesh Chaturthi recipes (Vinayak Chaturthi recipes)

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Maha Ganapathi, the elephant headed God, is the best known and the most revered God in Hindu religion who is offered prayers first before any other God.   Ga means Buddhi (intellect),Na meansVignana (wisdom) and Pathi means the Lord. Ganapathi means the one who is the Lord of intellect and wisdom.  Lord Ganesha is not just worshiped on this day, but is worshiped

Khoya/mawa modak recipe … Ganesh chaturthi special sweet/mithai

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Khoya/mawa modak is also called as peda modak and is very popular in Mumbai during Ganesh Chaturthi festival.  This is one easy, quick and delicious modak recipe which is done only with 2 main ingredients i.e  khoya and sugar.  There are different varieties of modak prepared on this occasion like stuffed modak, malai modak, kesar

Roasted gram dal/pottukadalai murukku – Instant and easy murukku recipe

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Chakli or murukku is a deep fried snack prepared from rice flour, gram flour or wheat flour or any combination of flours.  It is called as murukku in South and is a part of snacks especially made during Diwali, Gokulashtami or any other festivals.  I have prepared this chakli from roasted gram dal or pottukadalai,

Gokulashtami / Janmashtami / Krishna Jayanthi recipes

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Krishna Janmashtami also known as Krishnastami  is an annual celebration of the birth of the hindu deity Krishna, the eighth avatar of Lord Vishnu. This festival is celebrated on the eighth day of the Krishna Paksha of the month of Shravan (August-September) in the Hindu calendar.  Hindus celebrate Janmashtami by fasting and staying up until midnight, the time

Coconut and rice kheer (thengai arisi payasam) recipe

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Coconut rice kheer is a delicious kheer or pudding prepared with freshly grated coconut, rice, jaggery, cardamom powder and garnished with nuts and raisins.  It is generally made on festivals and special occasions.  It is called as thengai arisi payasam in Tamil Nadu and very popular because of its unique taste and simple ingredients.  Thengai arisi

Gulab Jamun recipe / how to make khoya gulab jamun recipe

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Gulab jamun is a milk-solids based Indian dessert and very popular during festivals, special occasions like weddings or birthday parties.  These milk solids known as khoya or mawa  are kneaded into a dough with little all purpose flour and then shaped into small balls.  They are then deep-fried and then soaked in a sugary syrup flavored with

Puranpoli or Holige or obbattu or bobbattu recipe

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Puranpoli is a traditional sweet flatbread  with a sweet stuffing made from split bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery and is very popular in the States of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.  It is called as holige or obbattu in Karnataka, boli in Tamil Nadu, bobbattu in Andhra Pradesh and pooran poli in Maharashtra.

Aval kesari recipe – Gokulashtami special

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Aval kesari is very easy to prepare and gets ready in no time.  It is made from avalakki or poha or flattened rice, sugar, ghee, cardamom powder and nuts and is very delicious and tasty.  Aval kesari  can be prepared in a jiffy when you have little time to make any sweets.  This sweet is

Chocolate nankhatai recipe

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Chocolate nankhatai is a crunchy, delicious and easy to make sweet recipe.  It is made with all purpose flour, powdered sugar, butter, cardamom powder and with a flavour of little cocoa powder which gives a good colour as well as taste too.  Chocolate nankhatai  can be made for Diwali festival or Christmas and is best enjoyed