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Ganesh Chaturthi 2021: Bhog dishes one cannot miss out on!

Ganesh Chaturthi

he festival of Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner, and surely amidst the enthusiasm and excitement to bring Lord Ganesha home, you haven’t forgotten about the most important thing– bhog prasad! Ganesh Chaturthi, which is celebrated for a period of 10 days, starts on the fourth day of the Hindu lunisolar calendar month Bhadrapada. It will begin on September 10 this year and conclude on September 21. With decorations and exquisite pandals taking the front seat, it is the scrumptious food that you cannot miss out on.We all know that the ‘Bappa’ is fond of delectable sweets, and to please him on Ganesha Chathurthi devotees prepare a variety of lip-smacking delicacies.The dishes prepared during this 10-day long extravaganza vary from one region to another. Here are some of the bhog recipes to offer the benevolent God. 1. Modak There …

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Janmashtami Special : Flavoured Bhapa Doi / Steamed Yoghurt

bhapa doi

From FoodiesTreasure: Shri Krishna Janmashtami—The birth celebration of our darling god Lord Shri Krishna in Hindu Mythology definitely deserves a sweet treat as he loves feasting on an array of sweets. Different kinds of sweets and dairies including laddoos, barfis, halwa & kheer, malai (cream), makhan (butter) and dahi (yoghurt) are offered to our beloved Bala Gopala ( Little Krishna). Every year, we make it a point to offer him with some new and special, home made sweet or dessert in the bhog (offering). This year here is a specia Janmashtami recipe – Flavoured Bhapa Doi / Steamed Yoghurt This time we celebrated his grand birth festivity by offering him this delicious Bengali dessert of “Bhaapa Doi“ or steamed yoghurt flavoured with mango and basil-mint, specially made for him for the bhog (offering). Since, the season of mangoes is getting over, we just could not stop having more of them and also wanted our favourite child god …

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Recipe for Butter Chicken Marigold

marigold butter chicken

This is the recipe that chef Vanie Padayachee has been doing the rounds since it was featured on Mela a few yers ago – Butter Chicken Marigold. Ingredients For the marinated chicken: 60 g ginger-and-garlic paste 1 tsp salt 1 tsp Kasmiri spice Pinch fenugreek powder 1 tsp cumin powder ½ tsp chili powder ½ tsp chaat masala 1 Tbsp mustard oil 100 g hung yoghurt 1kg de-boned chicken thighs For the sauce to serve: 3 cups red gravy 20 g smoked butter 1 tsp chopped garlic 1 tsp chopped ginger 50 ml cream Lime juice to taste Method Mix the marinade ingredients together, add in the chicken and allow to marinade overnight. Skewer the chicken and cook in the tandoor oven. To prepare the sauce to serve, heat a wok/saucepan, add the butter and sauté the ginger and garlic. …

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Delicious, easy-to-make dishes for 9 days of fasting


Chaitra Navratri or Vasant Navratri, which is just around the corner, is celebrated during the spring season in India. This year, it will begin on April 13, 2021, and end on April 22, 2021. Chaitra Navratri recipes will be take advantage of the opportunity to align yourself and to enjoy the experience. Considered to be an important nine-day celebration for the Hindu community, the auspicious festival, much like Maha Navratri, is dedicated to the nine different forms of Goddess Durga, collectively known as Navdurga. While the festivity is all about heightening one’s spiritual credence by observing fast for nine consecutive days, it may turn out to be enervating for those who only stuff them up with the traditional aloo ki sabzi with kuttu or singhara atta puri. During the pious days of Navratri, the Hindus skip or alter several ingredients …

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