Want to make the perfect meal for your brother this Rakhi? Try these finger-licking Raksha Bandhan recipes and cook-up a lavish spread for him.
The rich cultural heritage of India is evident in the many festivals we celebrate with zeal and enthusiasm in the country.
Raksha Bandhan is one such festival. It celebrates the sacred bond between a brother-sister and the day is an affirmation of this loving relationship.
The sister ties a ‘Rakhi’ on the brother’s wrist, blessing him with a happy and prosperous life. The brother promises to be by her side, protecting her through thick and thin and showers her with gifts.
All Indian festivities are incomplete without a sumptuous meal and Rakhi is no exception.
Mouth-watering Raksha Bandhan traditional food prepared by sisters for their brothers makes Rakhi special, even more so.
These days, even the brothers are a pro in the kitchen and love to cook for their sisters.
So, this Rakhi cook something special for your brother or sister. A mix of his /her favourite dishes and a few traditional, and make Rakhi special.
Here are five Raksha Bandhan traditional food recipes that are sure to win over your brother or sister.
Five Rakhi Special Recipes
1. Dahi Vada
Dahi vada makes a fantastic appetiser at any occasion and is an all-time favourite, with old and young alike. So make this Rakhi special by adding this yummylicious delight to the menu.
- Wash and soak 1 cup of whole urad dhuli dal overnight.
- Rinse and grind in a mixer with finely chopped green chillies, cumin seeds and grated ginger or ginger powder, till soft, fluffy and light.
- Now, pour the batter in a bowl and mix with the hand for 3-4 minutes. It will make the mixture even more light and fluffy.
- Heat some oil in a deep bottomed wok.
- Wet your hand and take a spoonful of the dal batter and carefully drop in the hot oil. Put 5-6 vadas at a time. Cook on medium flame till golden brown.
- Take out, and put on absorbent paper, so that the excess oil gets absorbed.
- Heat water in a pan, add salt and drop the vadas in it for 5 minutes.
- Take out the vadas and squeeze out the water, taking care not to break them.
Take a bowl of home-made curd. Add salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder, red chilli powder and whisk.
- Arrange the vadas in a flat square or rectangle dish. Pour the prepared dahi over it. Repeat.
- Sprinkle cumin powder, black pepper powder and red chilli powder.
- Drizzle a teaspoon each of green and tamarind chutney over it.
- Chill in the refrigerator for an hour.
Enjoy these with your sibling, and have a fabulous and fun day.
2. Arbi Bonda
Arbi (colocasia) bonda is easy to make and delicious to boot!
- Take 10-12 pieces of arbi and pressure cook for three whistles.
- Peel and mash the arbi.
- Add salt, red chilli powder, grated ginger or ginger powder, rice powder (to bind), amchoor (dry mango) powder, coriander powder and garam masala powder.
- Mix well. Now add some finely chopped onion, green chillies and coriander leaves. Mix well again.
- Make small balls of the mixture and roll in some rice powder.
- Pan-fry till golden yellow.
- Serve with green and tamarind chutney.
Delightful and taste galore this one!
3. Kashmiri Dum Aloo
Kashmiri or ‘Wazwan’ cuisine has its unique taste and flavour. It is a simple yet popular dish that will tickle those taste buds of yours.
- Take around a half kg of baby potatoes. Par-boil and peel them.
- Deep fry in hot mustard oil, till golden brown.
- Poke the potatoes with a fork to make sure they absorb the masalas.
- In a wok, add mustard oil, add whole spices like cinnamon, black cardamom, bay leaves, cloves and black peppercorn.
- Add grated ginger and garlic. You can also add pure and authentic ginger powder and garlic powder for ease.
- Add grated onion and cook till nice and brown.
- Now add pureed tomatoes and cook on medium heat till the oil leaves the sides.
- Add the spices – red chilli powder, garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder and amchoor powder.
- Lower the flame and add whisked yoghurt, taking care it doesn’t split.
- Add the fried potatoes and mix well. Add half cup water and cover the wok with a lid.
- Cook for 10-15 minutes, till the masala coats the potatoes well.
- Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve with paratha or rice.
A delish dish that will be devoured in no time at all!
No celebration is complete without something ‘meetha.’ In fact, sweets are a must to seal the festive spirit and the loving bond between a brother and sister. Phirni is one such dish that leaves everyone drooling and is among the most amazing Raksha Bandhan recipes.
- Wash and soak half cup rice for an hour.
- Drain and spread the rice on a clean cloth or a big plate and dry them.
- Once dry, coarse grind them and keep aside.
- Soak some saffron strands in 2 tablespoons of water. Microwave for 20 seconds and keep aside.
- Boil 1-litre milk in a thick bottomed vessel.
- Lower the flame, and continue cooking for around 25-30 minutes.
- Add cardamom powder and sugar and keep stirring frequently.
- Add the ground rice and keep stirring.
- Cook till the phirni starts to thicken.
- Taste, and adjust sugar, if required.
- Take off the heat and add the saffron milk.
- Mix well and let it cool.
- Keep in refrigerator for 3-4 hours and serve chilled.
Watch this Rakhi special get polished off in minutes. Finger-licking delicious!
You can also give this delicious dessert a mango twist by adding mango pulp to it.
5. Mango Burfi
Mango burfi is an amazingly delish way to please your brother or sister on this auspicious day. The rich, smooth and creamy burfi will melt in the mouth, leaving a burst of flavour and taste. Here’s a quick and simple recipe of Raksha Bandhan traditional food that will take you to mango heaven in no time at all.
- All you require is mango pulp, sugar, milk powder and paneer (cottage cheese)
- Take ½ a cup of milk in a bowl. Add 1 cup milk powder. Whisk and keep aside.
- Take 1 cup Alphonso mango pulp and put it in a pan over low heat.
- Cook for five minutes, and then add 1 cup grated or crumbled paneer.
- Mix well and add 1 cup sugar.
- Keep cooking over low heat for another five minutes.
- Soak a few strands of saffron in hot milk and keep aside.
- Now add the milk powder and milk mixture to the mango pulp mix.
- Stir well and add the saffron mix. Let it cook for another 6-8 minutes or till it forms a thick fudge consistency.
- Grease a flat platter and pour the mixture and flatten it.
- Allow it to cool completely.
- Garnish with coarsely grounded pistachios and cardamom.
- You can also put a layer of silver vark.
- Once cool, cut the burfi into desired shapes, square, rectangle, diamond.
Every bite of this lip-smacking mithai will delight your senses like no other!
So, these were some Raksha Bandhan recipes that are sure to make the day even more special. Do try them.
Are there any Raksha Bandhan recipes you would like to share with us? Please do so in the comment section, and the best recipe will get a gift hamper from Valley Spice.