Durga pooja is celebrated all over India and especially in North India. Kolkata being most famous for the city wide decoration and pandals, while Gujrat and Delhi are famous for their Garba nights, Punjab is famous for Mata ki Chowki ( night long Bhajans for Mata). It's a nine day long celebration and many people keep fast for the entire period. Fasting, as you can imagine, is accompanied by lots and lots of sweet dish and vrat special thalis. Cereals are limited in use and rock salt is used in place of common salt. Here on this page you can see all the recipes which you can make during these nine days. Go ahead and try a few. Happy Durga Pooja :)
Sandesh is a traditional Bengali sweet dish that is known for its taste all over India and abroad.
Kalakand is an authentic sweet dish of India that is made during festivals like Holi, Diwali, Eid etc. and other celebrations. It an exquisitely beautiful and milky sweet dish that can be served as a dessert or can be made during fasting as well.
Sabudana Kheer is the most popular sweet dish prepared during any fastings in India. Its a tasty pudding that can be prepared quickly in about 20 minutes.
One of the most popular and classic Bengali dessert is the Chenna Payas. Try one and you cannot resist yourself from having one more and yet one more.
Chomchom (or chamcham or chumchum) is a traditional Bengali dessert which famous across Bangladesh and India. It is made in a variety of colors like orange, light yellow, light pink and white.
Malai chaap is an extremel beautiful and tasty dessert made from sweet and spongy rasgullas which are layered and garnished with creamy rabri and dry nuts.
Another beautiful and rich variation of the chomchom from Bengal is Malai Chomchom (malai chamcham or malai chumchum). Soft, sweet and spongy rasgullas garnished with creamy rabri and pistachios make up a great dessert for special occasions.
Naariyal ka ladoo is one of the favorite Indian festive delights prepared from raw coconut, milk, sugar and dry fruits.
Rasmalai is a popular Indian dessert made from chena (curdled milk) dip in sweet creamy milk sauce. This rich dessert is famous specially in West Bengal.
Safed Rasgulla is a sweet syrupy Indian dessert that originated in the East India. This dish is famous specially in West Bengal and Odisha, and is knowm as Rosogulla. This soft and spongy dessert is loved by people of all ages.
With winters round the corner Postadana Halwa is one of the most relished dishes during fasts and other special occasions. This halwa is a superfood to satisfy hunger pangs and suitable for expectant and feeding mothers.
Pumpkin Pakoda is a totally awesome snack, ideal to have with hot tea or coffee in the evening. It is very easy and quick to make and is an amazing blend of mildly sweet soft core surrounded with crispy fried layer of spices. Dip them in a bowl of a spicy chutney and enjoy them hot & fresh.
Singhare Ka Halwa is a bhog or prasad prepared during Navratri or any fasting. This Singhare ka halwa is very easy and quick to make and is a healthy meal to be eaten during fasts.
A traditional sweet of India and Pakistan that is tasty and really easy to make is Besan aur Khoya Ki Barfi. These can be enjoyed during fasts and prepared during festivals.
A sweet and easy to make Bengali delight is Chhena Murki. Prepared with 3 key ingredients Chena Murki is really easy to make and tastes yum.You can prepare specially during fastings or whenever you wish to pamper your sweet tooth.
An easy to make fresh, creamy and beautiful sweet dish to celebrate all occasions. Easy and tasty khoya ke pede or mawa pede can be made and stored to be eaten whenever you have a craving for something sweet and delicious.
Aloo Dum Curry is a tasty, spicy curry dish prepared from boiled potatoes or aloo. Aloo Dum Curry is famous across the North India and is commonly served with hot pooris, parathas, pulao and even plain rotis.
Be it any festival, vrat or fast or some special occasion, the Peanuts Halwa or Mungfali Ka Halwa or Ground Nut Halwa or Badaam Ka Halwa is an all time favorite dish for such celebrations.
Singhade Ke Atte Ke Mini-Parathe are a tasty snack item prepared specially during fasts and vrats in India. Singhada have been widely used in Unani and Ayurvedic medicines since ages. It is an ideal food for old age, kids and during fasting.
The Buckwheat Flour or Kuttu Ka Atta is famous in India for preparing special meals during vrats and fastings and vrat ki thali. Kuttu Ke Atte Ke Mini-Parathe taste just yum with curd and can also be served with aloo-tamatar curry.
A sweet delicacy that can be made easily from freshly made paneer or chhena and milk is Paneer Ki Kheer or Chhena Ki Kheer or Chhena Payas or Paneer Pudding. The mild flavor of crushed cardamom enhances its taste to the next level.
Paneer Ki Tikki make a delightful evening snack to be served along with tea. Prepared with rock salt and without the use on garlic or onion these tikkis can be made during vrats. Use of very less amount of ghee to cook them adds a plus point to its health meter.
Lauki Ka Halwa is among the famous dessert dish prepared using a vegetable. You do not need any special occasion for making this dish, however it makes a great dessert for house parties or any get togethers. It is very easy to make and tastes very good.
Almonds Barfi or Badaam Barfi or Badam Burfi is a healthy substitute for candies, that is rich in flavour and contains the goodness of almonds and fresh home-made mawa or khoya.
Chhuhara or dry dates are loaded with high amount iron and other nutrients. Chhuhara Ki Burfi is a nice and beautiful way of enjoying the healthy chhuhara or dry dates in a tasty way once in a while. It can be prepared during fastings or vrats, festivals, auspicious occasions.
A famous Indian delicacy that is prepared in almost every household of West Bengal is the Chandra Puli. It is an authentic sweet dish that is prepared specially during Durga Puja, festivals and fastings.
Sabudana (sago) based dishes are very popular in the Western parts of the country. Here's a healthy, low oil and colorful dish of sabudana (sago) which can be served for breakfast or snacks or can be carried in tiffin as well.
Makhane ki kheer is a special sweet dish prepared specially during vrats or fasting. This low fat kheer is healthy and digestible. Makhana or lotus seeds have a lot of health benefits and medicinal properties as mentioned in the Ayurveda.