The festival of Raksha Bandhan is only a month away. Preparations are in full swing. Sisters have started their rakhi shopping for the brothers and themselves. Sisters dress up in Indian attire and often buy new clothes, put henna on their hands. Mothers and grandmothers at home are busy thinking about sweets.
Indian festivals means relishing Indian sweets. From Gulab Jamun to Kaju Katli to Rasgulla, delicious sweets are eaten without guilt. Long after the festivities, sweets and desserts are enjoyed by the family members. Some of the ideas for you. We have mentioned sweets to prepare at home or buy online. Choose what is more convenient for you.
- Mango/Rose Kheer: Kheer is one of the oldest Indian sweets relished on festivals. It is a rice pudding made with milk and added flavours. You can give a flavourful summer twist to the cardamom kheer by adding mango or rose. These two are summer flavours and taste good in kheer. Prepare your traditional kheer and add in either rose syrup or chunks of ripe mangoes. Garnish with rose petals, pistachios, mangoes, cardamom, silver vark. Serve it chilled because it’s summer.
- Kulfi: An Indian frozen dessert made with dairy products. Kulfi is greatly relished in summers because it gives a flavourful cooling sensation. It is moist and delicious to eat. Many people do not eat store-bought ice-creams, for them homemade kulfi is a good alternative. You can prepare kulfi at home by stirring and evaporating milk mixed with sugar and saffron. If you want you can add edible food colours and flavours of your choice. Refrigerate it in kulfi moulds. Kulfis can be served as a sweet dish after the meal.
- Chocolate Pudding Cups: Kids love chocolate. Serving them a chocolate dessert on Raksha Bandhan is a sure way to make them happy. If your kid doesn’t like Indian sweets, substitute the traditional ones with the chocolate pudding cup for Rakhi rituals. A spoonful of it is enough to tickle his heart. Prepare basic vanilla cake or chocolate cake. Chop some seasonal fruits, and melt dark chocolate. Take pudding cups, add a layer of crumbled cake, then add a layer of fruits, and then top it with a thick layer of melted chocolate. Garnish with chocochips. Chill and serve.
- Phirni: A wet pudding made of rice and milk. It tastes delicious when served cold. It is an excellent choice for all those who prefer homemade sweet dishes low in sugar content. You can replace sugar with jaggery and honey or keep the sugar low. Paan phirni is another alternative option to the traditional one. Soak rice and stir it in milk. Stir and evaporate the milk until you get a thick consistency. Then, pour it in moulds, garnish and refrigerate.
- Halwa: In many homes, halwa is prepared for auspicious occasions and festivals. You can prepare Halwa for Raksha Bandhan pooja and then later serve it as a sweet dish. Halwa can be made from dal (lentils), besan (gram flour), suji (semolina), or any other ingredients. Easy to prepare and tasty to eat.
- Cakes: Cakes have become hugely popular. Everyone likes moist cakes and it has become a festive staple. You can substitute cake with sweets or have cake along with sweets. You can bake a cake at home and decorate it with icing. If you want an immaculate frosted cake you can order Bakingo’s cakes in Noida. Bakingo cakes are eggless, thus an apt choice for festive occasions because some people prefer not to eat non-vegetarian food on festivals.
Serve these sweets and desserts to your family and guests on Raksha Bandhan, and make their festive celebration sweetly happy. You will earn a lot of praise for such delicious sweets and cakes.