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Indian Festival Food Recipes | Indian Festival Vegetarian Food Recipes – Celebrate traditions with a delectable array of festive vegetarian dishes for every occasion.


Boondi (bundi) Ladoo

Desserts, Diwali, Gluten Free, Kid-Friendly, Vegan

Boondi Ladoo is a great, mouth watering snack-time dessert and is a must have at all special occasions all over India. Boondis are very small, round deep fried balls that have been soaked in fragrant sugar syrup. After soaking, the syrup is drained and the syrup infused boondi are formed into balls (ladoos).

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Besan Ka Ladoo

Desserts, Ganesh Chaturthi, Holi, Makar Sankranti

Besan ladoos are a rich, sweet dessert-snack made from gently roasted besan. Ladoos can be served any time of the day. Traditionally in Indian households ladoos and burfis are served as cookies and chocolate candies are served elsewhere.

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Dahi Vada

Appetizers, Chaat, Diwali, Gluten Free, Party Recipes

Dahi Vadas are lentil dumplings topped with a spicy savory yogurt and tamarind chutney. These are great as a side dish for a formal dinner or served as a chaat. Dahi vadad are made using wash urad dal or moong dal or with a combination of both dals using different proportions of dal.

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Ras Malai

Desserts, Diwali, Gluten Free, Party Recipes

Rasmalai is a Bengali dessert consisting of soft paneer balls immersed in chilled creamy milk. Like Rasgullas, Rasmalai is also made with homemade cheese known as “paneer” or “chana”. Instead of being soaked in sugar syrup like Rasgullas, Rasmalai is soaked in sweet, flavored milk.

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Coconut Burfi

Desserts, Gluten Free, Yugadi

This recipe is made with fresh coconut powder combined with a cardamom flavored sugar syrup. This is a scrumptious dessert or snack.

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Kheer (Rice Pudding)

Desserts, Ganesh Chaturthi, Gluten Free, Karwa Chauth, Krishna Janmashtami, Makar Sankranti

Kheer is an Indian rice pudding cooked with milk and sugar, flavored with nuts and saffron.

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Vegetable Raita (Yogurt)

Gluten Free, Navaratri, Raita

Indian meals are not complete unless the meal includes a yogurt dish such as a raita. This is a colorful raita and can bright up any meal.

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Gajar ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Desserts, Gluten Free, Yugadi

Gajar Ka Halwa is a classical Indian dessert, this is also known as gajrala. Gajar ka Halwa is a delicious and popular sweet made with few ingredients, carrots, milk, sugar and flavored with cardamom. Gajar ka Halwa is a perfect dessert for any celebration. Gajar Halwa is delicious warm or cold.

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Jalebi (Sweet)

Desserts, Diwali, Kid-Friendly, Krishna Janmashtami, Vegan

Jalebis can best be described as funnel cakes. Jalebis can be made thin and crispy or thick and juicy. Jalebis taste best when served hot.

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Potato Curry with Yogurt Gravy

Gluten Free, Navaratri, Vegetables Curry / Gravy

This recipe consists of potatoes combined with a creamy yogurt gravy. Tastes great with puris.

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Puri, Indian Puffed Flat Bread

Breads, Karwa Chauth, Vegan

Puri is a whole wheat bread. Made on special occasions, especially popular among kids.

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Sooji Halwa – Sheera

Desserts, Makar Sankranti

Sooji Halwa is a very popular sweet dish all over India and is made on religious occasions, as parsad (offering to God). After prayer Halwa is served to devotees as a blessing.

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