Joyous Occassions : Raksha Bandhan
With Raksha Bandhan, we kickstart the festive season in India. This festival that honours the brother-sister bond has oodles of emotions attached to it and somewhat of a give-and-take aspect to it too. This is one of the first festive occasions when brothers meet their sisters, or write to them and in today’s times, even do a VC or Facetime them to share the rakhi virtually.
Every aspect of this festival that celebrates the brother-sister bond has spiritual significance. But when it comes to offering mithais, the gesture completes/seals the affection perfectly.
A colourful festival, yes, so many colourful rakhis tied to the wrists and sweets doing the rounds. Here’s a list of amazing sweets you can make that are the perfect expression of love for your brother.
A popular rice preparation across the country that appears to be closely related to the Maharashtrian Narali Bhaat, a delicacy which has freshly-scraped coconut made on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan and Punjab’s Meethe Chawal, is an all-time favourite. The enticing yellow coloured sweet rice with a garnish of raisins and cashew nuts is a simple and sure-shot hit recipe.
A gem of a delicacy from the Sindhi cuisine, Sev Burfi also called Singhar jhi Mithai, is a unique preparation for special occasions. This is a simple preparation of unsalted sev cooked in sugar syrup and milk with khoya (evaporated milk) and nuts adding to the richness. Finally, that rose essence just adds a classic finishing touch to the delicacy.
Gulab Jamun Tartlets
For your vides-settled bhaiyya, chotaa bhai or who has just moved back to India, make this awesome fusion treat. The Gulab Jamun Tartlets are a sinful treat that beautifully bring together luscious chocolate and the King of Sweets, Gulab Jamun to create a masterpiece. Offer your dear bro your marvelous creation ..or, VC karo ya Facetime, go ahead … Impress.
Does your dear bro love dry fruits and particularly almonds and is he super health-conscious ? Yes ?!! Good, then this Almond Phirni is just what you should try. Made from almond milk while retaining the essence of the traditional phirni, oh it has jaggery for the natural sweetness, this thick, creamy phirni will surely win your bro’s heart.
Gajar Halwa Kulfi Bombs
This is going to be mind-blowing, out of this world and of course deliciously creamy …. The Gajar Halwa Kulfi Bombs, are what the stuff of fine dining is made of. Made of two superstar Indian delicacies, Gajar Halwa and Kulfi with that gorgeous chocolate as a sauce and as garnish … The frying needs alertness, you have to fry a frozen dessert right …
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.