Category Archives: Festival dishes

Rajma sundal recipe – Navaratri/navratri sundal recipes

Rajma/kidney beans sundal is a south indian dish made with kidney beans/rajma, mild spices, green chillies, curry leaves and garnished with grated coconut.  It is a easy to make and delicious snack which is offered as prasadam/neivadyam during Navrathri festival.  Rajma sundal is not only quick to prepare but also very healthy too.  Other varieties of

Kesar peda recipe – Festival sweet recipe

Kesar peda is a simple and easy milk based peda with just 2 ingredients – khoya and sugar and flavoured with cardamom powder and saffron strings.  It is an ideal and perfect peda recipe for any festivals like Diwali, Navarathri, holi, raksha bandhan or any other special occasions.  Kesar peda is a very delicious and

Instant wheat flour appam recipe

Instant wheat flour appams are very easy to make and can be prepared quickly with the ingredients easily available at home. They do not require any soaking rice or grinding like the traditional nei appams. These wheat appams are prepared especially during festivals like Gokulashtami, Ganesh Chaturthi and Karthigai deepam. Traditionally they are deep fried,

Fried modak recipe – Ganesh Chaturthi festival recipe

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)

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

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

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

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

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

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