Rakhi Recipes

Feasting is the core part of any Indian festival and Rakhi being an important one, so grand feasting is absolutely necessary. On this auspicious day, everyone in the family comes together and enjoys the festival at fullest spirit. Sisters prepare delicious foods on Rakhi. However, if you are wondering what to prepare for your brother on Rakhi 2017, here are some special dishes.

Sweets hold a special significance on Indian festival. Indians believe that anything auspicious should be welcomed with sweets.  On any festive season people share sweets with their dear ones in order to spread happiness, good luck and prosperity. Thus, it is important to prepare palatable sweets on Rakhi. Your dear brother will definitely enjoy having these tasty sweets on Raksha Bandhan.

Some of the popular Rakhi Sweets Recipes are as follows:-

1) Motichoor Laddu

Ingredient for boondi
2 1/2 cups of gram flour
500 ml of milk
1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder
3 cups of ghee for deep frying
a fineholed shallow strainer spoon
Ingredient for syrup:
2 1/2 cups of sugar
3 1/2 cups of water
2 tablespoon of milk
few drops of saffron (for color)

Method for preparing Boondi

Make a smooth batter by mixing the 2 1/2 cups of gram flour and 500 ml of milk.
Add 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom powder to the batter.
Take a pan, heat the ghee.
In one hand hold the strainer and with another hand pour the batter gently. Small drops of the gram flour and milk batter will drop in the hot ghee.
Fry the boondis, until they turn light brown.
With a strainer, remove the boondis from the pan.
Keep them in a separate container.

Method for preparing syrup

Put 2 1/2 cups of sugar and 3 1/2 cups of water in a container and boil the mixture.
When the sugar gets completely dissolved, add 2 tablespoon of milk.
Boil for some minutes.
Add saffron (for color) and mix it properly.
Remove it from oven.

Mix the boondis into the syrup. If there is excessive syrup, remove it. Make small balls in shape of laddus and place them on a plate. You can garnish them with cashew nut or raisin.

2) Kaju Barfi

Ingredient for making Kaju Barfi
150 gm of cashew nuts (kaju)
400 gm of sugar
Elaichi powdered
Silver foil for decoration
500 gm of khoya (grated)

Methods

At first grind the dry cashew nuts.
Mix 500gm of grated khoya with 400 gm of sugar.
In a pan, heat the khoya and sugar mixture. Stir the mixture until the sugar gets dissolved.
Add cashew and elaichi powders to the khoya mixture.
Stir the mixture constantly until it becomes soft lumps.
Roll the mixture on a flat surface.
Apply silver foil on the mixture. When the mixture gets cool down, cut it into barfi shape. Kaju Burfi is ready to eat.

3) Gajar Ka Halwa

Ingredients
1 kg of carrots
1 litre of Milk
1 teaspoon of Cardamom seeds
3/4 cup of water
3 tablespoons of Ghee/ white oil
2 tablespoons of Raisins
2 tablespoons of Almonds
2 tablespoons of Pistachios
450 grams of Sugar

Methods

At first, grate the carrots. For about 30 minutes, soak the raisins in water. Peel as well as shred the nuts (almonds and pista)
Boil the grated carrots. Cook it for 5 to 7 minutes.
Add milk to the grated carrot mixture. Stir the mixture occasionally for about an hour. Moreover, cook the whole mixture on a low flame.
Add sugar to the mixture. Stir it until the ingredients get dissolve.
Add ghee to the mixture. Garnish the carrot mixture with crushed pista, almonds and raisins. Mix them well.
Remove the halwa from the oven. You can serve it, when it cools down.

Only sweets will not make Rakhi celebration memorable. Thus there is a need of tasty snacks and meals. Here are mouth-watering snacks and main dishes recipes that you can cook for your dear siblings on Rakhi.

Popular snacks and main dishes for the festival of Rakhi are as follows:-

Snacks

Dhokla

Ingredients
2 cups of gram powder (besan)
1 cup of sooji
1 ½ cup of yogurt
1 teaspoon of ginger paste
1 to 2 pieces of green chilies
1 tablespoon of mustard seed
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of hing (Asafoetida)
1 teaspoon of turmeric powder
1 1/2 teaspoon of white oil
1 small cup of grated coconut
2 to 3 branch of coriander leaves (cut into small pieces)
Salt for taste

Methods

Take a container, mix the gram powder with sooji.
Add yogurt and baking soda to the above mixture.
Mix it properly. Add salt, ginger paste, chopped green chillies, baking soda and turmeric powder to the mixture.
Keep the mixture aside for about 1 hour.
Take a round counter with lid. Grease the container with white oil. Pour the mixture into it. Close the lid. Place it inside the pressure cooker and put it on oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove the whistle of the pressure cooker. The Dhokla will be cooked with the help of the steam.
When the dhokla is prepared, remove it from the container.
Place a kadai on oven. Heat the oil. Put the mustard seeds and hing (Asafoetida). When they are properly fried, spread it over the dhokla. Garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves and grated coconut. Cut it into square pieces. Dhokla is ready.

Dahi Vade

Ingredients
1 cup of Urad daal
1 kg of yogurt
1/2 teaspoon of grated ginger
Salt to taste
2 teaspoon of cumin (jeera) powder
Everest Chaat Masala
White Oil for frying the vadas

Method

Soak the urad dal overnight. Mix it in a grinder. Keep the urad dal paste in a separate container.
Add salt , grated ginger & cumin powder to the paste and mix it properly.
Heat the white oil in a pan.
Make small round balls and fry it.
Fry them until they turn light brown.
Remove the vadas from the pan.
Take a separate bowl, pour 1 to 2 cups of water. Add a teaspoon of salt and stir it. Now add the fried vadas in the salt water. Keep them for half an hour.
Now take another separate container. Add 1 kg of yogurt. Whip the yogurt properly. Now add the vadas in the yogurt.
After 1 hour, place the vadas on a plate. Garnish them with Everest chat masala and coriander leaves. They will definitely taste awesome.

Aloo Bonda

Ingredients
2 boiled potatoes (mashed)
1-2 chopped green chilies
1 teaspoon of finely chopped coriander leaves
1 cup of gram flour
Salt to taste
Red chili powder
1/4th teaspoon of Garam Masala powder
1/4th teaspoon of turmeric powder
White Oil for frying

Method

Mash the potatoes and add salt, garam masala, coriander, green chilies and chili powder. Mix them properly.
In a separate container, add gram powder, turmeric powder, salt and chili powder. Pour water and make a batter.
Make small round balls of the mashed potatoes. Dip the balls in the batter and fry them until they turn brown. Serve them with tomato or chilli sauce.

Meals

Popular meals that you can prepare for lunch and dinner

Fried Rice

Ingredients
400 gm of Basmati Rice
100 gm of Ghee
65 gm of onion
2 gms of cinnamon
2 gms of Bay leaf
1 gm of peppercorns
Salt

Methods

First, boil the Basmati rice. Strain the water and keep the rice in a separate container.
In a pan, heat the ghee. Add sliced onions. Fry until they turn golden brown.
Add the spices - bay leaf, cinnamon, peppercorns, salt to the onion mixture. If you want you can even add vegetables such as carrots, beans, capsicums (cut them in small pieces).
Now mix it with the boiled rice. Stir it well.
Fried rice is ready.

Plain Puri

Ingredients
2 cups of maida
1 cup of water
Salt for taste
White oil (for frying)

Methods

Take a container, mix the maida, salt and water and make a dough.
Make small balls of the dough.
Roll out the dough balls into 4 inch diameter circle.
Heat oil in a pan. Now put the puri in the hot oil (one by one). Turn upside down. Fry till both the sides of the puri turn golden brown.
Keep the puris in a plate.

Chili Paneer

Ingredients
350 gms of Paneer
2 teaspoon of Salt
1/2 cup of Corn Flour
1 teaspoon of Ginger-Garlic Paste
2 cups of Coarsely Chopped Onions
2 tbsp Sliced Green Chillies
1 tablespoon of Soya Sauce
2 tablespoon of Vinegar
1/4 teaspoon of Ajinomoto
White Oil (for frying)
Little Water

Methods

Cut the paneer into small cubes.
In a separate container, make a mixture that includes - corn flour, salt, garlic & ginger paste and water.
Fry the paneer coated with the mixture (that is mentioned above). Fry them till they turn light brown.
In another separate frying pan, fry the sliced onions and add water (small amount) salt, vinegar, ajinomoto, soya sauce and the fried paneer cubes. Mix them well. Cook it for 5 to 10 minutes.
Garnish the chilli paneer with small pieces of coriander leaves and spring onions.

Hara Chana Masala

Ingredients
1.4 kg of Hara Chana
50 ml of white oil
4 gm of ginger and green chilly, finely chopped
1 gm of asafoetida (hing)
10 gm of cloves
10 gm of bay leaf
10 gm of salt
3 gm of sugar
Lemon juice
5 gm of garam masala powder

Methods

In a pan heat the oil. Add cloves, cumin, bay leaf, green chilli (chopped) and ginger (chopped) and cook for about 2 minutes.
Now add hara chana and cook for sometime.
Add lemon juice, garam masala powder and chopped coriander to the hara chana mixture. Mix them well.
Now garnish it with finely chopped coriander leaves.
Hara chana masala is ready.

These are some of the popular dishes that you can prepare on Rakhi for your siblings. Moreover, apart from these dishes you can even prepare other tasty recipes such as Vegetable Biryani, Matar Paneer, Bread Rolls, Pani Puri and so on. These delectable dishes will definitely make the festival splendid.