Presenting 5 easy to make delicious Indian fusion dessert recipes to celebrate Raksha Bandhan (An Indian festival of brothers & sisters) this year.
The festival Raksha Bandan is a Hindu festival which celebrates the love and duty between brothers and sisters. The festival is also popularly used to celebrate any brother-sister relationship between men and women who are relatives or biologically unrelated. The secular aspect is observed among all people, irrespective of their age or religion. On Raksha Bandhan, sisters tie a rakhi (sacred thread) on her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes the sister’s love and prayers for her brother’s well-being, and the brother’s lifelong vow to protect her. In return, the brother gives her a token of love in the form of a gift. I think that is the best part of this festival!
Here is me and my brother Pravin. Although he is younger to me by 4 years, he performs the role of an elder brother to me. He is protective of me, my guide, more mature than me, my companion, my sounding board and the best brother. There is unconditional love both ways. He is always giving me honest advice, suggestions and tips for my blog. In fact, he is the one who suggested the name Cookilicious for which I am always thankful. Well I can go on and on about him, however this post is not about us but the festival Raksha Bandhan. I have compiled 5 amazing Indian dessert recipes with a fusion twist to it. And since this is a festival to celebrate the lovely relationship between a brother and sister, I will dedicate this post to my little brother! Since I cannot be with him this time of the year, I hope to convey my feelings to him through this medium,
The first one which is my current favorite is called Jhajhariya/Sweetcorn Pudding – A Microwave Recipe.
This dessert is made using sweetcorn and 3 other basic ingredients which are easily found at home. Plus it takes just 10 minutes to make this dessert and that too in a microwave. It is one of the simplest and quickest desserts I have made. I am sure by making this pudding, you will have all your family and friends drooling over it. The sweetcorn in it adds a natural sweetness to the dish and also gives it a creamy texture. It is a surprising ingredient for a dessert which makes it a WOW factor. I got to know of this traditional Rajasthani dessert recipe through the recently viral google ad titled Reunion and instantly made it.
Another easy dessert for you to try this Raksha Bandhan is Rose flavored Coconut Balls.
Toasted desiccated coconut is mixed with condensed milk and rose syrup to make these gorgeous coconut ladoos. These ladoos are soft and chewy. When you serve this on a rakhi platter, I am sure your brother will love it. This is yet another dessert that you can make in a jiffy. Coconut ladoos were my favorite as child and I would wait for my mom to make them during this festival. She would make it white without any color. However I wanted to give it a different flavor, hence added the rose syrup. The subtle hint of rose flavor helps elevate the taste of this dessert.
Next is Cherry flavored Sweet Pongal.
Pongal is a South Indian dish. It can be sweet or savory. Made with rice and moong dal, this pudding like dessert is made using jaggery and ghee. It’s very aromatic and delicious. Again, I have treated the traditional recipe with a cherry twist. This sweet pongal with cherries in it gives it a whole new dimension to this traditional dessert. Love the burst of flavors in it. My MIL was pleasantly surprised when I told her of a new recipe to make Pongal, and she promised me to try this new recipe on next Pongal.
Now presenting everyone’s favorite dessert Blueberry Vermicelli Kheer/Pudding.
We Indians love kheer and every special happy occasion is celebrated with making this dessert. This milk based dessert is enjoyed as a drink. Vermicelli kheer is one of the most popular version of it. Vermicelli is lightly toasted and then added to milk to prepare this kheer. This slurpy kheer is very filling and just having one glass of it can keep you full for a long time. I have given it the flavor of blueberries. Blueberry pulp is mixed into it to give this kheer its unique flavor and taste.
Lastly, presenting a Raksha Bandhan favorite – Carrot Halwa – Microwave Recipe.
Don’t we all love Carrot Halwa?! Nearly every Bollywood movie makes a reference to this wonderful dessert made of carrots. Its everyone’s favorite. My earliest memory of enjoying this carrot halwa is when mom would make this dessert for no reason but just because I was craving for it. Later she started making it on festive days like Raksha Bandhan and Diwali. I would wait impatiently till she was done preparing it and dig in the minute she would say it was fine to do so. This is a very rich dessert with dry fruits and khoya. I prefer this recipe over the others because it is a microwave recipe. Which totally eliminates the process of continuous stirring. Try this dessert this festive season and surprise your family with this treat.
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