Raksha Bandhan, which literally means the bond of protection, is a festival that recognizes and signifies the relationship between brothers and sisters. The festival of Rakhi has some specific rituals associated with it. Traditionally, sisters tie a sacred band or 'Rakhi' on their brothers' wrist, hoping for their long, happy and safe life. According to legends, this tradition was started by Indrani, the wife of Indra, the king of gods. Raksha Bandhan, in other terms, signifies the obligation of the strong to protect the weak. No Indian celebrations are complete without feasts and traditional delicacies and Raksha Bandhan is no exception. However, more than the traditional full meals, Raksha Bandhan is more associated with sweets and snacks. Different types of sweets are prepared at homes and distributed among friends and relatives. Here are some lip-smacking recipes for you to try this Raksha Bandhan.
Popular Raksha Bandhan Recipes
Rakshabandhan celebrations are not complete without delicious food. Try out these popular Rakhi recipes and have a memorable celebration!
Popular Rakhi Recipes
- Breadcrumbs – 2 cups
- Grated coconut – 1
- Milk – 1 cup
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Oil – 4 tbsp
- Rose Essence – 2-3 drops
- Cashew Nuts (chopped) – 8-10
- Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk for about 10 minutes.
- In a pan kept on low flame, combine sugar and grated coconut, stirring continuously till the sugar melts.
- Once the sugar melts, add the breadcrumbs and stir well for about 5-7 minutes, until they get mixed well. Add some oil and continue stirring.
- Now, add rose essence and chopped cashew nuts to the mixture and mix them well until the mixture takes a creamy colour throughout.
- Transfer the burfi mixture to a greased tray and spread evenly. Allow the mixture to cool and then cut into small pieces of desired shape.
Malai Gulab Jamun
- Full-cream milk powder – 1 cup
- All-purpose flour (Maida) – 4 tsp
- Suji (Semolina) – 4 tbsp
- Ghee – 4 tsp + for frying
- Milk – enough to knead dough
- Baking Powder – ½ tsp
For Sugar Syrup
- Water – 2 cups
- Sugar – 2 cups
- Desicated coconut
- Cream (malai)
- Knead a smooth dough with suji, milk powder, 4 tsp ghee, baking powder and maida. Keep this dough for 2-3 hours, allowing it to set.
- The dough becomes hard after 2 hours so add some milk to it and knead once again.
- Prepare the sugar syrup in the meantime, using 2 cups of water and 2 cups of sugar. Keep it aside to cool.
- Roll the dough into small balls of desired shape and fry them in ghee on medium heat.
- Add these balls into the sugar syrup and let them stay for about four hours.
- Take the balls out of the syrup after 4 hours, gently squeeze out the syrup and make a slit at one end. Fill the slit with malai and roll every ball in desiccated coconut.
Paneer Rice Fingers
- Paneer (Indian cottage cheese) – 200 gms (cut into 1 inch long strips)
- Cooked rice – 1 cup
- Basan (gram flour) – 1 tsp
- Sesame Seeds – 1 tsp
- Khus-khus (poppy seeds) – 1 tsp
- Ginger-garlic paste – 1 tsp
- Turmeric powder – ¼ tsp
- Sambar Masala – 1 tsp
- Soda bicarb – a pinch
- Buttermilk – 1 tsp
- Corriander leaves – 2 tbsp
- Chilli paste – ½ tsp
- Red chilli powder – 1 tsp
- Salt – to taste
- Oil – for frying
- Make a thick batter by mixing rice, buttermilk and besan. Keep this batter aside for about 3-4 hours.
- Mix all the other ingredients mentioned above, except paneer, to make a thick batter.
- Coat the paneer strips with the batter prepared and deep fry in oil until golden. Your Rakhi special paneer rice fingers are ready!
Mentioned above are some assorted Rakhi recipes. Share these delicacies with your beloved brother or sister and celebrate this occasion with zeal.