Gujiya, Karanji, Karjikai, Kajjkayalu etc is same name for Gujiya, Diwali, holi must have sweet in our home is gujiya. Gujiya, namak para, sev is tradition in my parents home for every Diwali/Deepavali and Holi. As I am posting Diwali sweets and snacks recipes now here comes another personal favorite for Diwali Sooji Gujiya, though there is khoya/mawa in this gujiya but still sooji is more so I call it sooji gujiya. You can also check out my Mawa (Khoya) Gujiya recipe.
Spicy Namak Para, Nimiki, namak paare, or diamond cuts is popular snack or namkeen recipe during Diwali, festivals or even for tea time. I have already posted normal namak paare recipe and now I am posting spicy version of diamonds cuts (namak para). We make namak para for almost all festival like Diwali/Deepavali, Holi or for travel. Try this spicy version of namak paray this Diwali and you will like this too.
Vegan Diwali Sweets and Diwali Savory Snacks Recipes collection I am posting for the people looking for vegan diwali sweets and snacks during this festival season. Being Vegan doesn't mean we can't enjoy the festival specially Indian sweets and snacks we just need to make little changes and we can still have some amazing sweets and savory snacks for diwali/deepavali.
Coconut Khoya Gulkand Ladoo or Coconut Mawa Gulkand laddu is easy laddoo recipe made with minimal ingredients desiccated coconut (nariyal ka burada), khoya or mawa and stuffed with gulkand. Coconut ladoo is one of family favorite cause it's just so delicious and easy to prepare and this time from usual coconut condense milk ladoo I tried this new ladoo with khoya and stuffed it with gulkand.
Easy Diwali ladoo/laddu/laddoo recipe collection which you can make in jiffy for Diwali/Deepavali without much hassle. Basically ladoo is ball-shaped sweet made of various ingredients like atta (wheat flour), besan (chickpeas flour), nariyal (coconut), dry fruits, roasted gram (daliya), Sooji (rava or semolina) and boondi ladoo and many more variety of ladoo are made and the most popular being boondi ladoo, Sooji/Rava ladoo, Besan ladoo, Coconut Ladoo, Maaladu etc.
Dry Fruits Burfi is easy diwali/deepavali sweet recipe which is sugar-free, fat-free and healthy burfi (sweet) and works great as snack too. Loaded with cashew nuts, almonds raisins, pistachio, walnut, dried figs and dates goodness this easy burfi is good option during Diwali or any festival among all the other deep fried and sweet dishes. This easy and healthy burfi is for kids snack box too or to satisfy those sweet cravings.
Ribbon Pakoda, Ribbon Murukku, Ola Pakoda, O'ttu Pakoda, Oatu Pakoda, Nada Thenkuzhal, Ribbon Karalu is all same name for Ribbon Pakdoa. Made mostly during Diwali or other festival it's also great snack idea for tea time, party or kids snacks box. Ribbon pakoda is popular South Indian murukku variety easily available in all the sweets shops, it's crunchy yet soft a perfect tea time snack.
Today is Diwali Snacks or savory recipes as Diwali or Deepavali 2013 diwali falls on 3rd November 2013 so I am listing easy diwali snacks savories recipes at one place for easy access. Diwali or festival of lights as it's also known as is important Hindu festival. I have already written about Diwali in my Diwali sweets collection post which you can read here.
Murukku or Muruku or Chakli is popular evening snack or Diwali/festival recipe made normally with rice flour. Besan Murukku is different from general murukku there is no rice flour used in this recipe, it's just made of besan/chickpeas and spices. Murukku means twisted in Tamil and so this twisted snack is called murukku or Chakli in hindi.
Diwali Sweets Recipes - Diwali or Deepavali 2013 is just 10 days away, this year diwali falls on 3rd November 2013 so I am listing easy diwali sweets recipes at one place for easy access. Diwali or festival of lights as it's also known as is five-days festival celebrated on thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha on Ashwin month. Diwali is celebrated to mark return of Lord Ram from Vanvas (exile) and to welcome his return Diyas were lit.
Paneer Makhani or butter paneer is easy paneer recipe perfect for party, festival lunch, dinner, pot luck or even for lunch box. I always make one paneer dish for guest and it's mostly paneer butter masala or this paneer makhani. Paneer Makhani is popular North Indian curry, creamy and delicious with soft paneer it's a treat to eat. Paneer Makhani goes well with naan, kulcha, paratha, jeera rice, peas pulao, kashmiri pulao or any other rice variety.
Bagara Bhaat or Masala Pulao or bagara pulao is popular rice variety made with simple ingredients and goes well with any curry. Bagara Bhaat is simple version of biryani made with just garam masala and onions. Different from usual jeera rice or peas pulao bagara bhaat is good change, bagara bhaat or bagara khana is Hyderabadi specility like bagara baingan. Bagara or bagarana means fried or frying, also tempering or tadka also known as bagarana.
Coconut Burfi, Nariyal Burfi or Thengai burfi is one delicious and easy sweet perfect for any occasion or festival. This coconut burfi is very easy to prepare in less time and it taste just delicious. Festival season in full swing now with Karwa Chauth, Diwali around this coconut burfi can be very handy recipe. Made with minimal ingredients it's a treat, just not for festival we can prepare this for kids snacks box or to satisfy some sweet craving.
Mirch Ajwain Paratha or teekha ajwain paratha is variation of normal ajwain paratha. In all the paratha I make ajwain paratha the most as it's easy yet flavorful and goes along anything. It's perfect for breakfast, lunch, dinner or for lunch box and use to be one of regular in our lunch box during school days too. Twist to usual ajwain paratha is adding mirch/chili, added here is green chili paste but there are few options how we can make these paratha too.
Beetroot Sooji Halwa or Beetroot Suji Halwa is similar to sooji halwa recipe with added benefits of beetroot. This halwa is easy to prepare than beetroot halwa and taste delicious too. Sooji adds texture and volume to this halwa making it more appealing. Most of the time I do this beetroot and sooji halwa than beetroot halwa. As festive season is in high spirits now so sharing this easy and delicious halwa recipe with you all.
Homemade Roasted Coriander Seeds Powder or Dhaniya powder is easy home made recipe to make fragrant coriander powder in no time. Normally coriander seeds are not roasted before making powder which makes shelf life less and also the aroma we get by roasting it gets missing. If you make to have your own home made spice powder then this coriander seeds powder you will love too it's easy same like cumin powder or fennel powder.
Bhindi Raita or Vendakka Thayir Pachadi or Okra Spiced Yogurt Dip is one of easy raita or accompaniment recipe perfect with Biryani, Pulao or Variety Rice. Vendakkai pachadi or bhindi raita is good variations from usual raita recipe with crispy fried okra/bhindi, chilled yogurt and with tempering or tadka it's taste wonderful. Not only rice but we can also pair this raita with roti or paratha too it goes well with everything.
Chana Dal Puri or Dal Puri (poori) is traditional, authentic Uttar Pradesh/Bihar recipe made during Dussehra/Dasara in our home. This is called Chana Dal Puri but it's actually made as stuffed paratha. Chana dal poori made on Dussehra (Vijayadashami), Holi, wedding, during winter or on any auspicious occasion or celebration. This is one of family's favorite dal puri made with minimal ingredients its very simple and taste delicious, during Dussehra chana dal puri is served with Bakheer another traditional recipe.
Phalahari Arbi Sabzi or Kochhai/Taro/Colocasia is delicious curry or sabzi made with arbi and this is suitable curry for Navratri fasting/vrat/upwas with no onion no garlic and everything that is not allowed in fasting. We can make this curry not only during fasting but on normal days too just change sendha namak/rock salt with regular salt and enjoy this no onion no garlic curry with anything of choice.
Kashmiri Pulao or Kashmiri Pulav is aromatic, sweet, mild, colorful pulao unlike any other pulao. Kashmiri pulao is very easy to prepare with lot of variety and fruits variations, dry fruits are added generously in this kashmiri pulao which makes this unique. If you don't like your pulao to be on sweet side then just add less of fruits and fry fruits in this recipe and customize according to your preferences and need. Kashmiri pulao we can eat by self and doesn't really require any side dish or even a raita works great along. But we can pair it with some paneer butter masala or even chole works good or if you prefer some chicken curry on side.
Drumstick Leaves Rasam or Murungai Keerai Rasam is popular rasam variety made with drumstick leaves which makes this rasam extra healthy and delicious. If you had enough of usual drumstick leaves poriyal or kootu or dal then this rasam comes as good option though the only thing is plucking the leaves which is time consuming task but the effect gets really paid off. We can also have this rasam as soup specially when feeling unwell it's works like magic.
Phalahari Laudki/Dudhi Sabzi is simple bottlegourd recipe suitable during Navratri fasting and any other fasting vrat occasion. Made with minimal ingredients this vrat ke dudhi sazbi is mild in flavors and taste yum. As this is vrat recipe so this sabzi has no onion no garlic suitable for people whom avoid garlic, onion in cooking.
Singhara Atta or singhada atta, water chesetnut flour is one of the important flour or ingredients during fasting (vrat/upwas). There are various recipes made with singhara atta for fasting (phalahar) in festivals like Navratri, Durja Pooja, Janmashtami, Shiv Ratri, Ekadashi etc in North India. Singhara atta is made from singhara or water chestnut, singhara or water chestnut also known as water caltrop are floating annual aquatic plants growing in slow-moving water up to 5 meters deep, singhada atta is made from dried ground water chestnut where chestnuts are boiled, peeled, dried and then ground to flour and thus normal shelf life of singhara atta or water chestnut flour is up to a year.
Carrot Kheer (Gajar ki Kheer) or Carrot Paysam is delicious sweet or dessert suitable for all occasion, celebration, festivals and for fasting (Vrat/Upwas) too. Carrot kheer is made with minimal ingredients and it's very easy to prepare, this kheer almost taste like rabri creamy and yum, carrot kheer is great idea for party, get together or diwali dessert as it's takes almost same time even if made in large quantity, the only time we spend is grating the carrot but there's also a quick fix way for it.
Singhara or Singhada atta cheela is quick fasting (vrat/upwas/navratri) recipe, singhara cheela/dosa is ideal vrat (navratri) ka khana and taste yum if you like singhara atta. Singhara Aloo Puri is great but we can't be doing that every day so this cheela is real treasure recipe which is of course very simple. Not only during fasting we can make singhara atta (water chestnut flour) cheela any day for breakfast as it’s quite filling and healthy and gluten free.
Kaccha Kela Aloo Tikki or Phalahari Tikki or Kachcha kele ki tikki (cutlet) is healthy snack or starter during Navratri fasting (vrat/upwas) or as tea time snack, breakfast and today we going to learn how to make these easy and yummy kele aloo tikki. Not only during fasting or vrat but we can make any time these tikkis. You can try this same recipe to make only as kele ki tikki or as aloo tikki or any other tikki(cutlet) for that matters.
Navratri Fasting (Vrat/Upwas) recipes or Navratri fasting food (vrat ka khana) and fasting rules or guidelines (Navratri Vrat Vidhi), I am compiling here for easy access of vrat or fasting recipes and general rules. Navratri festival celebrated across India in different forms and durga pooja, dandiya/garba and kolu is famous among navratri customs. Nav means nine so it's 9 days of celebration and worship of Durga (Shaki/Devi) in different avatars.