Raksha Bandhan: Adding Flavor to the Festivities

Raksha Bandhan: Adding Flavor to the Festivities
Raksha Bandhan: Adding Flavor to the Festivities

Raksha Bandhan, a celebration of the enduring bond between siblings, is a time of joy, laughter, and togetherness. Alongside the cherished traditions of tying rakhi and exchanging gifts, no festival is complete without a delectable feast that brings families closer.

This Raksha Bandhan, let the aroma of mouthwatering dishes fill the air as you gather to create memories. 

Here are some delightful recipes to add flavour to the festivities and make this year's celebration memorable.

Paneer Tikka Masala

Paneer tikka masala is a vegetarian delight perfect for Raksha Bandhan feasting. Marinated chunks of paneer (Indian cottage cheese) are grilled to perfection and then simmered in a rich tomato-based gravy.

The creamy and flavorful dish pairs perfectly with naan or steamed rice, making it a delightful addition to your festive spread.


  • 250g paneer, cubed

  • 1 cup yoghurt

  • One tablespoon of ginger-garlic paste

  • One tablespoon red chilli powder

  • One tablespoon of garam masala

  • Salt, to taste

  • Two tablespoons oil

  • One onion, finely chopped

  • Two tomatoes, pureed

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnishing


A fragrant biryani is a show-stopping dish that's sure to impress your guests. Whether you choose to make a vegetable biryani or a classic chicken biryani, the combination of aromatic spices and tender rice will leave everyone craving for more.


  • 2 cups basmati rice, soaked and drained

  • 500g chicken or mixed vegetables (carrots, peas, potatoes, etc.)

  • Two onions, thinly sliced

  • Two tomatoes, chopped

  • 1/2 cup yoghurt

  • Whole spices (cinnamon, cardamom, cloves)

  • Biryani masala (or a mix of spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, etc.)

  • Saffron strands soaked in warm milk

  • Ghee or oil for cooking

  • Fresh mint and coriander leaves for garnishing


No Indian celebration is complete without a sweet treat. Rasgulla, soft and spongy cottage cheese balls soaked in sugar syrup, is a beloved dessert that will satisfy your sweet cravings.


  • 1 litre milk

  • One tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 4 cups water

  • A few saffron strands (optional)

  • Chopped nuts for garnishing (pistachios, almonds)

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Mitha Khaja

Mitha Khaja is a traditional dessert that originates from the state of Bihar in India. These sweet and crispy treats are made from a dough that's deep-fried and then coated with sugar syrup, resulting in a delightful combination of textures and flavours.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1/4 cup semolina (sooji)

  • Ghee or oil for frying

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1/2 cup water

  • Cardamom powder

  • Chopped nuts for garnishing

Kesar Pista Sandesh

Sandesh, a popular Bengali sweet made from fresh paneer, gets a festive twist with the addition of saffron and pistachios. This delicate and flavorful dessert is sure to be a hit among your loved ones.


  • 2 cups paneer, crumbled

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • A pinch of saffron strands soaked in warm milk

  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachios

  • Cardamom powder

  • Edible silver foil (varak) for garnishing (optional)

Coconut Ladoo

Coconut ladoos are bite-sized delights that require minimal effort but offer maximum flavour. These sweet treats are made from desiccated coconut and condensed milk, creating a perfect blend of creamy and nutty flavours.


  • 2 cups desiccated coconut

  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk

  • Cardamom powder

  • Chopped nuts for garnishing

This Raksha Bandhan, let your love and affection be expressed through the delicious dishes you prepare.

As you gather with your family to celebrate the bond you share, these recipes will not only tantalise your taste buds but also create lasting memories that will be cherished for years to come. Enjoy the festivities, the food, and the joy of togetherness!

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