We are already more than halfway through 2022 and festivals are fast approaching. While we all get excited about all the happy times festivals bring, an even more exciting thing about Indian festivals is the fact that festivals are a great time to eat food. Sorry, we meant festival food in India (No matter, only the thought of the festival food items made us drool and slip our tongue!)
In this blog, we are going to talk about the festive dishes of India that are a speciality of different festivals that are celebrated in our country. Here’s a challenge: Try not to drool while reading about Indian festive food in this blog until the end. We bet you won’t be able to do either of the two without running towards the kitchen and grabbing a snack!
Traditional festivals & traditional food of India!
1. Raksha Bandhan
The festival which is fast approaching with its Indian festive food is this. On Raksha Bandhan, we get to eat Ghevar, Vermicelli Kheer, Mohan Thal, and Mal Pua.
From Punjabi Chole to moong dal halwa, Dussehra is a great excuse to stuff yourself with your favorite delicacies of Indian festive food.
Oh! The air of happiness that surrounds us during Diwali is unmatched. It’s because the delectable chappan bhog items are presented to us in the form of traditional Food of India on this 5-day long festival, from Cashew Barfi (Kaju Katli) to jalebi to dahi bhalle, and for the Indian main course, shahi paneer. Who would really complain, right?
4. Bhai Dooj
Diwali is followed by Bhai Dooj and the besan ke laddu that brothers and sisters stuff each other’s faces with can never be missed. Later on, ending the family lunch with makhana kheer or malpua is compulsory, no?
5. Durga Puja
Mishti Doi, Kalakand, Chum Chum, Rasgulla, Badam Halwa, and Sondesh – name it and on the occasion of Durga Puja, the sweet shops are filled with all the Bengali delectables. The writer of the blog really wished she was a Bengali living in Bengal so that she could hog all of these Indian festive foods.
From Hyderabadi Biryani to Nargisi Kofta, phirni to seviyan, Eid is the occasion for celebrating with friends and family after the roza days, and this festival not only brings delicious food but also a sense of togetherness.
The writer of the blog needed a 2 minute break from mentioning the most delectable Indian festive food to go and grab a snack from the kitchen. By that time, why don’t you see the recipe for Paneer Kofta from the Badshah Masala website? Click here – Paneer Kofta recipe from Badshah Masala.
7. Ganesh Chaturthi
Bappa comes to bless us all once a year, but to shower his blessings upon us, he also brings with him Modak, Paysum, Phirni, and Barfi. Well, if our cute god himself is so fond of food, why would he not bring all these dishes for us.
Colours are a big part of a person’s life, and the festival of colours brings with it tasty lifelines with it – we mean food, of course! It goes without saying that Gujia is the official sweet of Holi, but other than that, we also enjoy Rabri, various Namkeens, and so many types of Barfis too. And how can one forget the very famous Mango Dal Indian festive food which is made with tangy raw mangoes?
Want a recipe for this amazing Dal? Don’t go anywhere else, Badshah Masala has the recipe to make this dal in the most authentic way. Click here for – Mango Dal recipe.
Yeah, we know you might be thinking Navratri is the time to fast. Absolutely true! But we all admit that the food that we eat during fasting is super delicious. Aloo Methi, Kaddu Ki Sabzi, Singhada Puri, Kacche Kele Ke Kofte, Sabudana Khichdi, Dry Fruit Kheer. There are so many more Indian festive foods, but we can’t control ourselves, so we are stopping.
With the happy Christmas jingles and carols, this festival brings with it cookies, cakes, and candies. Chocolate covered sweets are what we live for, isn’t it?
It is amazing that food festivals in India are so diversified. While so many religions come together to form the rich culture of India, we also get to eat a variety of dishes and sweets. Festival food items are the best because they are more often than not available only at a particular time of the year, and the excitement of eating these Indian festive food is even more enhanced due to this fact.
What are your views on the various festival special food items that we have mentioned above? Also, let us know which Indian festival and its festival food are your favorites.
Whatever your favorite festival food is, Badshah Masala always enhances the flavor. Badshah is your year-round taste companion. Foods for festivals may change, but Badshah will not! Check out the soul of Indian festival food: Spices from Badshah’s website.
1. Which are the best Festival Foods in India?
Some of the best festival foods in India include Biryani, Rice and chhole, Dosa, Dhokla, Rice and paneer, samosa, Dahi vada, bada, Aaloo chap, and Tandoori chicken.
2. What are the Traditional Holiday Foods in India?
Traditional holiday foods in India vary based on regions and festivals. Some Indian festive food examples include:
- Pongal: A South Indian dish made with rice and lentils, cooked with ghee and spices during the harvest festival.
- Luchi and Alur Dom: Deep-fried bread and spicy potato curry, are enjoyed during festivals like Durga Puja in West Bengal.
- Modak: Sweet dumplings made of rice flour and filled with coconut and jaggery, a speciality during Ganesh Chaturthi.
- Malpua: Sweet pancakes made with flour and milk, served with syrup, commonly prepared during Holi and Diwali.
- Karanji: Deep-fried pastries filled with coconut and jaggery, enjoyed during Ganesh Chaturthi.