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Baisakhi is here and it is time for celebrations and good food. This colourful summer festival is celebrated in Punjab to mark the harvest time of Rabi (winter) crops.

It is one of the most important Punjabi festivals. Celebrated on the first day of the 'Baisakh, It is a day of thanksgiving by the farming community. On this day, farmers in Punjab harvest crops celebrating and singing melodious folk songs, while thanking God for a good harvest season.

Baisakhi also holds an important day of festivities in Sikhism as it is was on a Baisakhi Day in 1699 that Guru Gobind Singh - the revered Tenth Guru of Sikhs laid the foundation of Khalsa Panth.

When there are celebrations, there ought to be good food. We’ve got a list of delicious Punjabi dishes that make Baisakhi more colourful and vibrant.

Punjabi Dahi Kadhi

A delicious and flavourful gravy made with yoghurt, mixed with a plethora of spices and topped with scrumptious pakoras made using fenugreek and onion pakoras. The curry is tangy and a tad bit spicy in nature and pairs beautifully with some steamed rice or rotis. 

Meethe Chawal

No Baisakhi celebration is complete without the inclusion of the delicious Meethe Chawal. Consumed as a savoury or a dessert the rice is loaded with saffron, milk and rich dry fruits. While there are many variations of preparing this, the end result is always delicious.

Chole Bhature

It’s a Punjabi celebration and no Chole Bhature? How is that possible? Delicious chole bhature and Baisakhi are inseparable. And even though the deep-fried, refined flour bhature isn’t the healthiest thing, it’s totally worth it. Check out this simple and complete recipe to make authentic Chole Bhature easily at home.

Gudwali kheer

A meal is incomplete without something sweet, and on Baisakhi, the classic Gudwali kheer definitely steals the show. Jaggery replaces sugar in this rice and milk kheer, which is also loaded with rich dry fruits.


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

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.