10 rakhi festival sweets recipes

Rakhi Sweets recipes - Here is a collection of sweets you can make at home on rakhi. Most of these are really easy to make and do not take much time in kitchen. Afterall festivals are for enjoying with your family :-)

1. Kaju Katli

Everyone’s favorite.
kaju ki barfi

 

2. Eggless Chocolate Muffins

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3. Boondi Ladoo

boondi ladoo

4. Nariyal burfi with apple pie filling  very unique and flavorful

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5. Oreo Truffles A special treat for your young brothers

tasty Oreo Truffle

6. Homemade Chocolates

Homemade Chocolates

 

7. Mocha Biscuit Cake

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8. Coconut Burfi with Gulkand

Coconut burfi with gulkand 1

 

9. Atte ke Ladoo

Atta ladoo

10. Rice Kheer

kheer 2

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Corn Canapes

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Corn canapés – Everyone loves Corn. Kids love corn, their parents love corn even their grandparents love corn :-)

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I always make masla corn for kid’s parties as it is all kids favorite. Whether you want to have light Sunday dinner, some unexpected guests arrive or kids want some filling healthy snack these corn always come handy.

corn capape

Canapés is another of my family’s favorite snack or appetizer. I generally use brittania crackers for making canapés but this time I used some store bought canapés base also. My kids loved both but Canapes made with crackers earned more points. So next time onwards I am going to use crackers only.

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This is the best appetizer recipe to serve a large group as you can have everything ready in advance and you can assemble them just before serving which hardly takes any time. Infact preparing filling in advance allows all the flavors to blend in nicely.
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There are so many varieties that you can make. My Pineapple salsa canapés is loved by both my kids a lot. Then you can prepare mango salsa canapés, potato chaat canapés or with cucumber salsa.

How to make Corn canapés
preparation time: 5-7 minutes
cooking time: 10 minutes
makes 15-20 canapes

Ingredients:

20 crackers
or 15 store bought canapés base

Cheese spread

1 cup frozen sweet corn

1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped(seeds removed)
½  capsicum diced
1 tbsp lemon juice
salt and pepper to taste
1 tsp chopped green chillies
chopped coriander leaves or cilantro
¼ tsp chaat masala (optional)

To make Corn canapés 

boil corn

Wash and boil the corn for 10 minutes in enough water. Or you can give them a whistle in pressure cooker.

drain corn

Drain corn.

vegetables

Add all the chopped vegetables and spices in a bowl.

add corn

Add boiled corn to it. Taste the corn chaat and adjust the spices according to your taste.

canapesfried canapes

If you are using store bought canapés fry/bake them according to directions on their box.

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Just before serving apply a layer of cheese spread and a spoon of prepared corn chaat on canapes.

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I generally use these brittania crackers to make canapés. Just spread some cheese spread followed by corn chaat and your appetizer is ready to serve.

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Really delicious, healthy and quick appetizer to serve.

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Baked potatoes

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Baked Potatoes can be served as an appetizer or a side dish with some main dish or even as an evening snacks when kids are hungry.

My kids love these potatoes and demand that these be served as snack rather than with main meal so that they can enjoy these more.

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These are really easy to make and can be made healthier by adding more vegetables to it. Or you can make these more kid friendly by adding more cheese to the recipe ;-)

 

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If you are planning to serve these as appetizer it is better to choose small potatoes so that guests can pick one piece easily though it will be a little difficult to scoop out from small potatoes.


How to make Baked Potatoes
prepration time: 5 minutes
Baking time: around 10 minutes
makes 5 pieces

Ingredients:
5 large boiled potatoes
1 onion finely chopped
½ capsicum finely chopped
1 tsp green chilli chopped
1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves chopped
1 cheese cube grated
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/4 tsp chaat masala

2 tbsp butter

To make Baked Potatoes

boiled potatoes

Take 5 large boiled potatoes.

cut

Cut a thick slice from top of potato.

scoop out

Scoop out the potato from middle leaving a thick border on all sides. Remove the skin from potatoes.

butter

Rub butter on the insides and outside of potato.

mix

Mash the scooped out potato and mix with onion, green chilli, cheese, capsicum, coriander leaves and chaat masala. Add salt and pepper to taste.

fill

Fill the potatoes with this mxture and brush with butter on top.

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Bake at 220-240 C in a pre heated oven for 10-15 minutes till it browns on sides and top.
Serve hot :-)

 

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aloo pyaz ke pakode

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Aloo pyaz ke pakode
crispy spicy yummy- perfect snack for a rainy day. You can have them in breakfast, with evening tea, when you have guests or even when you want to indulge ;-) .

In monsoon these are the most sought after Sunday breakfast in our house. Hardly takes any time and loved by everyone. Perfect qualification required of a Sunday breakfast.

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Aloo pyaz ke pakode or bhajiyya as they are called in some houses are made in most of the houses and I am sure most of you already know how to make these. Still thought I will share my method with you.

We try our best to avoid fried foods but Sunday breakfast is exempt from this rule;-)

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Two things we try are: we do not have fried food in night because if we have fried heavy breakfast it will be digeted by night but heavy dinner does not have time to digest.
Secong always drain fried food on paper towel or news paper to remove excess oil.

aloo pyaz ke pakode 1

 

How to make Aloo Pyaz ke Pakode
preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 20-30 minutes
serves around 4 people

Ingredients:
½ cup besan/gram flour
5-6 potatoes
3 onions
2 green chillies chopped
1 tsp grated ginger
2 tbsp chopped coriander
¼ tsp saunf/fennel seeds
¼ tsp ajwain/carrom seeds
¼ tsp heeng/ asafetida
¼ tsp red chilli powder
1/8 tsp garam masala
salt to taste

1 tsp oil
chaat masala for sprinkling (optional)

Oil for deep frying

 

To make Aloo Pyaz ke Pakode

cut potato

Peel, clean and chop potatoes into small pieces.

cut onion

 

Chop onions.

 

 

 

add vegetables

Mix all the spices and chopped vegetables.

add besan

 

Now add gram flour/besan.

batter

 

Mix everything using as little water as possible to make thick batter. We just want to coat the vegetables with besan so that there is a thin layer of besan on them.

Add 1 tsp of oil to the batter and mix. This helps in making pakodas crisp so do not skip on this step. 

 

drop batter

 

Heat oil in a kadhai and drop small portions of batter in kadhai.

fry

 

Deep fry till golden.

 

drain

 

Drain on a paper towel or news paper. Sprinkle Chaat masala on pakode.

 

aloo pyaz ke pakode

Enjoy with a hot cup of Tea. Blissfull………..:-)

 

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mango peach smoothie

mango peach smoothie

Mango Peach smoothie

My family is one of those who start buying mangoes the day they appear in fruit market and buy till they disappear in august. We all love mangoes. Anything with mangoes in it is enjoyed in our house.

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Peach is another fruit liked by all. We all know the benefits of eating stone fruits. These are good for skin, full of fibre and help in reducing risk of diabetes, cancer and many other diseases.

 

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Mango peach smoothie is very filling if you want to avoid breakfast, bursting with mango flavor and full of nutrition because of mango, peach and banana in it.

I have not added any sugar to it as did not feel the need. Smoothie was thick but we liked it as it is.

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How to make Mango peach Smoothie
preparation time: 5 minutes
no cooking required
makes 3 glasses

Ingredients:
2 mango
2 peach
2 banana
1 tsp grated ginger

Mint leaves to garnish

 

To make Mango peach Smoothie
Blend all the ingredients in your blender till you get a nice smooth thick smoothie.
Garnish with mint sprigs and enjoy.

 

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Chickpea salad

chickpea salad

Chickpea Salad- Chickpeas are a good source of protein which growing kids really need.
Chole or white chickpeas are relished by everyone in our house be it chole bhature, tikki chole, Hummus or Falafal wrap.

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Whenever I boil chickpeas I always think that I will keep some aside for salad but somehow there is none left. This time I had kept them aside for making falafal but kids insisted on having salad. Can’t really blame them it is so hot these days that salads are everyone’s first preference.
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Kids loved this salad so much that I was not sure there will be enough left for taking photos.
You can add whatever you like to the salad. I have added onions, tomato capsicum, green chillies and coriander. You can add red and yellow peppers, cucumber, beet roots whatever you like.
The salad is quite filling and yummy. It’s perfect for lunch if you want to skip proper food and have only salad.
healthy chickpea sald

How to make Chickpea Salad
preparation time: 5 minutes
Soaking time: 6-7 hours
cooking time: 20-25 minutes for boiling chickpeas.
Serves 2-4

Ingredients:
1 ½ cup boiled chickpeas
2 medium onions chopped

2 medium tomato chopped (remove the seeds)
1 small capsicum chopped
1 tsp chopped green chilly
1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander leaves

Juice of 1 lemon

Salt to taste (boiled chickpeas already have salt so add accordingly)

1/8 tsp Pepper

1/8 tsp red chilly powder (optional)
¼ tsp chaat masala

Note : you have to wash and soak the chickpeas overnight or atleast for 6-7 hours. Boil them with salt in pressuse cooker for 20-25 minutes till soft.

chickpeas

To make chickpea Salad
Mix all the ingredients in a big bowl. Keep in the frige for 1-2 hours for all the flavors to blend in.

Your chickpea salad is ready. Enjoy with your food or have it as your food
your choice:-)
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hung curd sandwich

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Hung curd sandwich is a very healthy easy to make breakfast. You can pack these in kid’s lunch box also as sandwich stays fresh for 4-5 hours. Just make sure that the curd you use for this recipe is not very sour.

 

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We all know the health benefits of curd. Adding hung curd in sandwiches gives taste of cheese while you enjoy health benefits of curd. What could be better than that?

This sandwich will remind you of Dahi ke Kebab in taste. Another point in its favor ;-)

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I have learned the recipe from my husband’s Buaji. She was visiting us in April and we were discussing my blog and recipes in general. And she said okay you have to try this recipe. I am sure your kids will love it and if they do you can share it on blog.

My kids loved the recipe Buaji. I have already made it a lot of times since then. Thank you for this super recipe  :-)

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I have added some more vegetables to the sandwich and I have added Chaat masala and Oregano also as my kids loves their flavor. But you can skip them if you do not want.

How to make Hung Curd Sandwich

Preparation time: 5-10 minutes
no cooking required
makes 4 sandwiches

Ingredients:

8 slices of bread
¾ cup hung Curd( from 1 1/2 cup curd)
1 onion chopped
1 tomato chopped (remove seeds before chopping)
½ capsicum chopped

½ Carrot grated
1 green chilly chopped
1 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander leaves
salt to taste
1/8 tsp red chilly powder
1/8 tsp chaat masala
¼ tsp oregano (optional)

Olive Oil/butter/ghee to grease the bread lightly

Note: to make hung curd hang 1 1/2  cups of regular curd in a muslin/cotton cloth in a strainer. Keep a bowl under strainer to collect the liquid. Keep this curd with strainer in the fridge for 3-4 hour. So that all liquid separates from the curd and you get a thick cheese like curd called hung curd. Keeping it in fridge ensures that the curd does not get sour.


to make Hung Curd Sandwich

vegetables

Take all the chopped vegetables in a wide pan.

add hung curd

Add hung curd to it.

mix

Mix all the spices and salt and mix properly.

grill

Grease bread slices lightly on one side. Apply a thick layer of hung curd mixture on bread.

grilled

Grill in a sandwich maker or Tawa.

Serve hot with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

hung curd sandwich

 

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Mango Lassi

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Mango Lassi is such a blissful and refreshing drink. All the health benefits of curd and mango combined in a glass.
Mango is known as king of fruits. Whichever recipe it is added in it takes that recipe to another level. My younger son is a big fan of Lassi though elder one prefers chaach but they both loved this Lassi so much that I had to make another round.

Mango lassi

If you have read my Sweet and sour mango Salad post then you already know that hubby is a die hard fan of Mangoes. For him it is two of his loves combined in one. Couldn’t get any better than this ;-)

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In summers when we do not feel like eating food and just want to drink something cold and filling at that time this Mango Lassi really comes handy. We make it quite thick but if you want you can add milk to dilute it a little.
The mangoes that I used were quite sweet so there was not much need of adding sugar. It will depend on the variety of Mango that you use how much sugar you need to add. Sometimes we do not add sugar at all.
Mango Lassi 1

 

How to make Mango lassi
preparation time: 5 minutes
cooking time: nil
Makes 2 big glasses

Ingredients:
1 mango (around 1 ½ cup of chopped mango)
1 cup curd
1 tbsp Sugar ( optional)
5-6 ice cubes
mint sprigs to garnish

Note: Mango lassi was quite thick but my family liked it this way only. You can dilute it with ¼ cup milk if you want.

 

To make Mango Lassi
blend chopped mango, curd and sugar in your blender until smooth.

Serve cold in glasses with ice cubes. Decorate with mint sprigs.

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8 Summer drinks

Here is a list of 8 Summer drinks or mocktails or coolers to survive the summers. Our summers would be so unbearable without these drinks. These are also perfect for serving guests while entertaining.

 Virgin Mojito
magic of lemon mint and sprite/soda……
its sweet and tangy taste will be loved by all of your family.

Virgin Mojito mocktail

watermelon mint cooler

we all know benefits of watermelon. It is a Rich source of vitamins and minerals.


watermelon cooler

Raw Mango Panna

This drink is not only kids favorite it helps in fighting heat stroke also.

raw mango panna

Iced Green Tea

Cool refreshing Iced Green tea to get the benefits of green tea in a cold drink.

Iced green tea

 Bel ka Sharbat

Bel or Wood apple is very healthy and full of fibre. It has a cooling effect on stomach.

bel ka sharbat

Iced Tea

You have to drink it only once and you will fall in love with it for forever…

cool iced tea

Kesar Badam Milk

Nutritious healthy flavored milk. Can be had both hot or cold.

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Wheatgrass Juice

Full of health and nutrition

wheatgrass juice

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Iced Green Tea

Iced green tea

Iced Green Tea-Here I am back with another cool drink. Didn’t I tell you that I have been advised by hubby to post more drink recipes this summer ;-)
Now we all know the health benefits of green tea. It is a good source of antioxidants, helps in fighting Cancer and Helps in losing weight and lowering Cholesterol levels. With so many known benefits one must sometime wonder why everyone has not switched to green tea totally.

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In winters you can have tea easily but summers get too hot and unbearable. So if you want to enjoy benefits of green tea in summers this is the how you can.

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I have added very little sugar as we are used to having green tea without milk and sugar. You can add more if you like or replace it with honey. Lemon adds the punch so do not skip them. Mint not only adds flavor and nutrition but also increases the cool factor and makes the drink soooo inviting J

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How to make Iced Green Tea
cooking time: 2 minutes
preparation time : 5 minutes
Makes 4 glasses

Ingredients:
2 green tea bags
4 cups Water
1 tbsp sugar
juice of 1 lemon

10-15 Mint leaves
lemon slices to garnish

To make Iced Green Tea

boil water

Boil 2 cups of water.

add tea bags

Switch off the flame. Add green tea bags and sugar to the water. Cover the pan and let it steep for 5 minutes.

cool

 

Remove tea bags and let the tea cool down and come to room temperature.
Add rest of the water and chill it in fridge.

Before serving add juice of 1 lemon to the tea.
Add lots of ice cubes, mint leaves and lemon slices to the glass. Pour green tea over it. Serve chilled.

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