Holidays & Festivals


Spicy Sweet Potatoes

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This delicious dish makes a great appetizer or can be served as snack with tea. Sweet potatoes spiced up with lemon and ginger juice makes a mouth-watering dish.

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Thandai

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Thandai is a very refreshing spicy cold drink with aromatic flavors; main ingredients are almond, milk, sugar and some spices. Traditionally thandai is served during the Indian holiday “Holi”. Holi is a celebration of the harvest season.

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Sandesh

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Sandesh is a specialty from the state of Bengal. Sandesh is a delicacy, served as a dessert. Made several different ways using freshly made paneer.

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Masala Peanuts

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Hot and spicy peanuts fried with delicious mix of spices. This makes a great munch for sitting around watching TV or playing games with family and friends.

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Gujia

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Gujia is a fried pastry filled with an aromatic nuts mixture. In India, Gujia is traditionally made for the holidays like Diwali and Holi and is a must have treat.

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Boondi (bundi) Ladoo

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Boondi Ladoo is a great, mouth watering snack-time dessert and is a must have at all special occasions all over India. Boondis are very small, round deep fried balls that have been soaked in fragrant sugar syrup. After soaking, the syrup is drained and the syrup infused boondi are formed into balls (ladoos).

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Besen Ladoo

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Besan ladoos are a rich, sweet dessert-snack made from gently roasted besan. Ladoos can be served any time of the day. Traditionally in Indian households ladoos and burfis are served as cookies and chocolate candies are served elsewhere.

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Dahi Vada

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Dahi Vadas are lentil dumplings topped with a spicy savory yogurt and tamarind chutney. These are great as a side dish for a formal dinner or served as a chaat. Dahi vadad are made using wash urad dal or moong dal or with a combination of both dals using different proportions of dal.

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Ras Malai

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Rasmalai is a Bengali dessert consisting of soft paneer balls immersed in chilled creamy milk. Like Rasgullas, Rasmalai is also made with homemade cheese known as “paneer” or “chana”. Instead of being soaked in sugar syrup like Rasgullas, Rasmalai is soaked in sweet, flavored milk.

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Coconut Burfi

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This recipe is made with fresh coconut powder combined with a cardamom flavored sugar syrup. This is a scrumptious dessert or snack.

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Vegetable Raita (Yogurt)

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Indian meals are not complete unless the meal includes a yogurt dish such as a raita. This is a colorful raita and can bright up any meal.

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Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

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Gajar Ka Halwa is a classical Indian dessert, this is also known as gajrala. Gajar ka Halwa is a delicious and popular sweet made with few ingredients, carrots, milk, sugar and flavored with cardamom. Gajar ka Halwa is a perfect dessert for any celebration. Gajar Halwa is delicious warm or cold.

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Jalebi (Sweet)

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Jalebis can best be described as funnel cakes. Jalebis can be made thin and crispy or thick and juicy. Jalebis taste best when served hot.

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