Category Archives: Festival dishes

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

Puranpoli or Holige or obbattu or bobbattu recipe

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

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

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

Karthigai pori urundai recipe or puffed rice balls with jaggery recipe

Pori Urundai or Puffed Rice Balls is a traditional sweet prepared with puffed rice and jaggery.  The crunchiness of the rice and the sweetness of  jaggery  makes this dish delicious.  It is very  easy to prepare and also healthy too.  It is prepared during Karthigai deepam festival.   Karthika Deepam is a Hindu festival especially among Hindu Tamils

Basundi recipe

Basundi is a popular Indian dessert in the States of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka and it is made from milk, sugar and nuts. It is a sweetened dense milk prepared by boiling milk on low heat till it is reduced to half. Once the milk is reduced, sugar and nuts are added to it. Cooking the basundi after sugar is added gives a nice light pink colour to it. Basundi is best served warm or chilled garnished with almonds and pistachios. Here I have prepared basundi without nuts which also tastes divine. Keep stirring the milk continuously and scraping the sides of the vessel as this makes the basundi thick and gives a creamy texture to it. Basundi is ideal for occasions like Diwali or Navratri or any special occasions.

Seven cups cake (7 cup cake) or burfi recipe – Easy to make Indian Diwali sweet

7 cup cake or burfi recipe is made from 7 cups of ingredients. Hence it is called as 7 cup cake or burfi. This sweet is very easy to make and very similar to Mysore pak. 7 cup cake is an ideal sweet for Diwali festival and a sweet which be liked by kids too. The secret to getting a good and delicious burfi is removing the mixture from the heat at the right stage to the plate.

Roasted gram dal ladoo or maladu or chutney dal laddu recipe – Easy to prepare Indian diwali sweet

Maa ladoo recipe with step by step photos. Maladu or maa ladoo recipe is a quick and delicious Indian sweet made with roasted gram dal, sugar, ghee, cardamom powder and nuts. It is especially made during festive occasions like Diwali. Maa ladoo is also called as pottukadalai urundai in Tamil nadu and this ladoo is made with few ingredients easily available at home. They are not only nutritious but can be prepared within 30 minutes.

Cornflakes mixture or chivda recipe – Easy and healthy South Indian Diwali snack

Cornflakes mixture or chivda is a traditional South Indian snack or mixture prepared from cornflakes, curry leaves, salt and red chilli powder and garnished with nuts. It is also a healthy mixture as it is stir fried and not deep fried and ideal for festive occasions like Diwali. It is very quick to make and can be had as a teatime snack too.