Category Archives: Festival dishes
Ribbon pakoda is a very popular and easy snack which is made during Diwali. It is a South Indian crispy savory snack which is very simple to make but very tasty. Ribbon pakoda is prepared with gram flour, besan and chilli powder. It can also be had as tea time or any time snack. This is also called as nada murukku or ola pakoda.
Mysore pak is a traditional sweet dish of Karnataka made for festive occasions like Diwali. It is made up of gram flour (besan), sugar and ghee. Legend says that Mysore pak was first created in the kitchens of Mysore Palace by a palace cook named Kakasura Madappa. Mysore pak is one of the most popular and delicious sweet from South India.
Rice kheer is made with milk, basmati rice and jaggery and garnished with raisins and cashewnuts. Jaggery is a good substitute for sugar for those who are health conscious. Rice kheer with jaggery is a good variation since jaggery is added instead of sugar and it tastes divine when served either warm or chilled. Jaggery is full of iron and other minerals and hence also has got lot of health benefits.
Sago vermicelli kheer or payasa is a very traditional dessert which is prepared on festivals and special occasions. Sabudana vermicelli is a popular combination for making kheer. This kheer is prepared with vermicelli and sago and garnished with roasted cashew nuts and raisins. It is very easy to make and delicious too.
Navaratri means ‘nine nights’ and is marked with Hindu women praying to Goddess Durga. They observe fast during these entire nine days. Various types of snacks are prepared and distributed among women and children after prayers. Black chickpeas or kala chana sundal is a snack prepared especially during Navaratri festival as prasadam to Goddess Durga. Black chickpeas sundal is also called as kondakadalai sundal in Tamil Nadu. Black chickpeas sundal is a simple South Indian style snack recipe made with black chickpeas, red chillies, curry leaves, spices and grated coconut. It can also be had as an evening snack as black chickpeas are rich in proteins and delicious too.
Chana dal is a healthy snack which is prepared during Navaratri. It is called as kadalai paruppu sundal in Tamil Nadu. Different types of sundals are prepared during Navaratri. Navaratri is a festival which is celebrated for nine days. Navaratri means nine nights in Sanskrit and during these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped. Varieties types of sundals are prepared and served as an offering to God. Chana dal sundal is a healthy snack which can be prepared quickly. It is made with chana dal or bengal gram which is boiled and seasoned with spices.
Sabudana or sago or tapioca pearl kheer is a delicious kheer made with sago, sugar and milk and garnished with nuts. Sago is full of carbohydrates and very filling in nature. Hence this kheer is a generally had by people who are on fast on festival days.
Wheat ladoo or atta ladoo is a popular Indian sweet made of whole wheat flour, jaggery and ghee and mixed with nuts and dry fruits and it can be served on all festive occasions.It is also called as godi hittu unde in Karnataka. It is one of the simplest recipes and takes less time and effort to prepare. Wheat flour ladoo is more healthy than any other ladoo as whole wheat flour is a good source of carbohydrates and efficient source of energy to human body. Adding cashew nuts, almonds makes it even more nutritious as almonds are a good source of proteins.
Chana dal halwa is an Indian sweet dish prepared from bengalgram/chana dal, jaggery, ghee and cardamom powder and garnished with chopped nuts. It is a delicious dessert which can be relished on special occasions.
Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Vinayaka Chaturthi is a hindu festival and is celebrated as birthday of Lord Ganesha, the elephant headed son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Ganesha is the Lord of power and wisdom.
The festival lasts for 10 days ending on Ananta Chaturdashi. Devotees install idols in their homes and the idol is bathed with panchamrut, a mixture of milk, curd, ghee, honey and jaggery.
Ganesh Chaturthi is by all means a tribute to Lord Ganesha who bestows success upon worthy people.
Devotees make offering of coconuts, flowers and Ganesha’s favourite sweet modaka which is made up of rice flour,grated coconut and jaggery. Another popular dish is the sweet karanji or fried modak which I have already posted under festival dishes
So lets celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi with this traditional recipe.