Holidays & Festivals


Kala Jamun

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Kala Jamun is a delicious desert very similar to Gulab Jamun. Kala jamun is an exotic sweet dish served on special occasions. Kala jamuns have a very unique texture as they are chewy outside and grainy inside.

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Chiroti (Khaja)

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Chiroti, also known as khaja, this is a crispy sugar coated puri a delicious snack. Chiroti is a traditional Maharashtrian delicacy. I like to make them for holidays like holi and Diwali. This is also kid-friendly snack.

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Thattai (Rice Crackers)

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Thattai is a popular south Indian snack. You may call them crispy rice crackers. This is made with rice flour and a few spices. It is both vegan and gluten free. Thattai is a great snack to have on hand in your pantry.

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Atta Ka Halwa (Wheat Flour Halwa)

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Atta ka Halwa, is a delicious sweet dessert. This is easy to make and with few ingredients. Atta ka halwa is made with whole wheat flour, sugar, and clarified butter, flavored with cardamom. I love the sweet aroma and flavor of cardamom, for me cardamom is must to have any sweet I make. Recipe will […]

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Kesar Peda (Indian Milk Dessert)

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kesar peda is a classic sweet made for festive occasions. They are delicious and made with very few ingredients, milk and sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron. This is a easy recipe to make.

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Crispy Jalebi

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Jalebi is a warm crispy, delicious treat. It can best be described as funnel cake. In my home town jalebi was a breakfast treat like pancakes, especially when they were served with kachori (puffed fried bread filled with spicy dal). I know jalebi is mostly served as a dessert, but for me jalebi still makes the best breakfast treat.

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Dal Puri (Indian Fried Bread)

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Dal Puri (fried puffed bread), which consist of puris filled with mildly spiced moong dal. This delicacy is delicious and very festive. Dal Puri is an excellent option with any meal as it is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Serve these incredible dal puris with spicy squash, or potato curry with yogurt gravy.

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Coconut Almond Burfi

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Coconut almond burfi is a classic dessert and simply delicious. . Coconut almond burfi is super easy to make with few ingredients. This is also vegan and gluten-free.

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Milk (Khoya) Burfi

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Milk burfi, also known as khoya burfi is a classic Indian sweet that can be served both as a dessert or snack. Milk Burfi is made with milk, sugar, and flavored with cardamom. Finish it with a garnish of sliced pistachios and you have a simply divine treat! This is a staple in most North Indian households and served on many occasions.

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Paneer Bhurji

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Paneer bhurji is a delightful and spicy paneer dish. Paneer bhurji is a quick and easy recipe to make, made from crumbled paneer simmered in spicy tomato gravy. Paneer bhurji tastes great with roti, paratha, or even with regular bread! This is also makes a good stuffing for dosas or vegetable Frankie rolls.

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Lauki (Bottle Gourd) Halwa

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Lauki halwa is a classic dessert that is simple and delicious! Lauki is also known as dodhi, ghia, bottle gourd, or opo squash. Lauki halwa is packed with all the nutrition of lauki and tastes absolutely divine. Just a few ingredients are needed for this dessert: lauki, milk and sugar.

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Urad Dal Kachori

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Dal kachori is a delicacy from north India. Dal kachori is a spicy puffed pastry. Traditionally kachories are sold at HALWAI (a sweet and snack shop). Today, I will use urad dal lentils (skinned black gram) for the inside filling. These mouthwatering Dal kachories can be served as a snack, chaat or part of main meal, making the meal exotic.

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Date and Nut Ladoo

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This recipe is for Date and Nut Ladoo, or Candy as we call them at home. For my grand kids they are like candy and they love it. Adapted from my friend Renu’s recipe, when I tried this ladoo for the first time, I said WOW. I could not believe the main ingredient was only dates. That surprised me because I am not very fond of dates. This was the first time I have tasted date ladoos flavored with coco powder. This is a quick and easy recipe. Like me if you are using roasted nuts then there is a little or no cooking involved? This is a guilt free healthy snack (no sugar or butter added). Date ladoos are also vegan and gluten free. It’s hard to eat just one!

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Besan Sev (Crispy Indian Snack)

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Besan sev is a popular savory crispy snack, which is made in almost every household in India. These noodle-like Sev are so tasty that when you start munching, it’s often difficult to stop. This is a quick and easy recipe. Besan Sev is a great snack to make in bulk as it stays fresh for months.

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Aloo Chaat (Spicy Potato Snack)

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Aloo Chaat, which is a spicy potato snack. Aloo chaat is a popular snack found at north Indian road side vendors. This is one of the very few chaats served without any chutney. However you can always add cilantro and tamarind chutney. This recipe is inspired by the chaat I used to enjoy near my childhood home in India. I incorporated a special spice mix also known as chaat masala and would suggest trying this recipe without chutney. This mouthwatering chaat is just perfect for anyone who loves spicy food.

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