Festivals in India is a gala affair and having sweets is a mandatory ritual of celebrating Indian festivals. Be it Indian marriages or festivals, you will always find a wide variety of traditional delicacies in the menu. What makes Indian traditional sweets more delicious is the perfect blend of exotic ingredients and the long preparation hours needed to cook a mithai. Indian sweets have their own unique hard-to-resist flavor and a captivating aroma which help in uplifting the spirit of every festival. Here are a number of Indian delicacies which make traditional fests worth celebrating:
When it’s time for the biggest Indian festival of the year, the entire country indulges into an affair with mithai or sweets. Although there are a number of sweets that rule the Indian houses during Diwali, Balushahi is one such sweet which everyone craves for. Its flaky texture from outside and a ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ texture from inside makes it a perfect sweet to light up the Diwali celebrations.
- Durga Pooja :
The festive season of Durga Pooja is celebrated in the state of West Bengal with great pomp and show. This festive season brings a number of mouth-watering sweet dishes to savor but one just cannot say NO to Rasogullas. Round in shape, these spongy, soft cottage cheese balls soaked in jaggery truly bring smiles and spread laughter in the pooja season.
To celebrate the occasion of Eid-ul -Fitr, preparing the temping saffron colored Sevaiyan is a must. This delicious sweet dish is relished by the Muslim community in India. However, people from every community also love sevaiyan equally.
Holi celebrations are incomplete without the delicious Gujiya. This traditional Indian sweet is basically a dumpling stuffed with khoya. Crispy in texture, golden-brown in color, gujiyas are best served with another sweet drink called ‘thandai’ during Holi celebrations.
- Raksha Bandhan:
The most enjoyable part of Raksha Bandhan celebrations is gorging on some mouth-watering Indian sweets like Gulab Jamuns, Ladoos, Barfis etc. However, Kaju Katli is one such delicacy that is loved by all. Kaju katlis are diamond shaped sweets made of cashews and are lip-smacking in taste. Today, you can easily get one of these delicacies on online portals and send rakhi with sweets online to your brother living in a different city.
In the multicultural land of India, Christmas is also celebrated in a grand way here. The Christian community prepares Puddings on Christmas to mark the birth of Lord Jesus Christ. Homes are decorated and families get together to raise a toast to begin the celebrations of Christmas Eve with this mouth-watering delicacy.
Pongal is celebrated as the harvest festival in South India. During this festival, a special sweet dish called Sakkarai Pongal or sweet Pongal is relished by all. This sweet dish is basically a thick rice pudding of raw rice, and some lentils sweetened with jaggery cooked in large earthen pots.
- Ganesh Chaturthi:
This important religious festival is celebrated to ward off the evils by worshipping Lord Ganesha. In this 10 days long affair, a special kind of sweet dish called Modak is prepared and offered to Lord Ganesha. It is believed that these Modaks made of rice flour is Ganesha’s favorite and are thus offered to his idol as ‘bhog’ and later distributed among the devotees.
- Janmashtami :
Janmashtami is one such Indian festival celebrated with a unique flavored sweet delicacy named Rabri. The specialty of Rabri is its flavors which comes from Kewra water used in the preparation of Rabri. The creamy texture and the aromatic flavors of Rabri are way too delicious to resist.
So, this is why sweets are an indispensable part of Indian festivals. Sweets not only satiate our taste buds but sweeten up our relations with our close ones too.