7 Traditional Food Ideas for Raksha Bandhan

Food and Indian festivities go hand in hand. Every festival is an opportunity to devour home-made crispy, crunchy, and spicy food. Raksha Bandhan is no different. Remember those Rakhi days, when the aroma of hot puris, besan-ladoos, sharbat from Grandma's kitchen used to fill the home? Ohh! Those good-old-days were to die for.

With Raksha Bandhan date 3rd August 2020 fast approaching, let’s all gear up for the festivities. Wear your aprons, don your chef hat because in this blog we are going to discuss raksha bandhan traditional food recipes. Quick and tasty recipes that will leave everyone craving for more.

Traditional Food Ideas for Raksha Bandhan

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Recipe 1: Tandoori Aloo Tikka: Aloo in every dish tastes absolutely delicious. Tandoori aloo tikka is a crunchy and tasty dish that will be loved by everyone. Who can ever say “No” to aloo? Perhaps, no one. The best part is that it can be prepared in no time.

  • Boil potatoes (Take potatoes of small size)
  • Dice capsicum and tomatoes
  • In a hung curd, mix herbs and spices. Dip boiled potatoes in it to marinate it.
  • In a pan, heat oil, and fry the marinated potatoes until golden brown.
  • In another pan, saute capsicum and tomatoes in oil
  • Take a toothpick and insert sauteed capsicum, tomato and marinated potato
  • Serve with chilli or tomato sauce.
Tandoori Aloo Tikka

Recipe 2: Tangy Sev Puri: The best food in the world is street food. Truly drool-worthy and lip-smacking. If you bhaiya-bhabhi loves street food, then on Raksha Bandhan along with rakhi for bhaiya-bhabhi, treat them with Mumbai style Sev puri. They are bound to lick their fingers and plate till the last.

  • Chop potatoes and onions
  • Boil sprout beans and prepare chutneys
  • Take a sev puri, place few potatoes, sprout beans, and onions
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves, tamarind and green chutney.
  • You can also add pomegranate seeds if you like
Tangy Sev Puri

Recipe 3: Mango Lemon Cooler: Summers calls for juicy fruits. Refreshen the bond and mood of your siblings by serving them chilled mocktails and cocktails. Aaya Mausam Thande Thande Mocktails.

  • Slice mango into small pieces
  • In a blender, blend luscious mango slices with lemon juice.
  • In a glass, add a teaspoon of mango-lemon juice, then pour chilled soda drink over it
  • Add black-salt and chaat masala to taste
  • Garnish with peppermint leaves
Mango Lemon Cooler

Recipe 4: Chole Bhature: What’s Raksha Bandhan without Chole-Bhature? Well, just an ordinary day. Chole- Bhature is the special cuisine of raksha bandhan in North India. Brothers- sisters eagerly wait for Raksha Bandhan, only because of Chole Bhature and not because they love each other. Love for Chole Bhature is greater than love for siblings.

  • Soak the chickpea a night before Raksha Bandhan
  • Cook the chickpea (chole) using Indian spices and herbs
  • Knead all-purpose flour (maida) into a dough, and allow it to rest
  • Now roll the dough as chapatis and deep fry them
  • Serve the chole-bhature with onions, green chutney, and mango pickle
Chole Bhature

Recipe 5: Shahi Pulao: Compliment the main course with Shahi Pulao. Easy to make and quick to eat. Rice is filling and tasty at the same time. Twist the traditional Pulao into Shashi by adding dry fruits and saffron. Shahi Khaane ka andaaz hi alag hai.

  • Soak rice for 30 minutes and drain the water completely
  • Boil the rice
  • Chop vegetables and add saffron in warm water
  • Heat oil or ghee in a pan on medium heat
  • Add chopped veggies, dry fruits, spices and herbs
  • Stir until veggies are golden brown and spices become aromatic
  • Add boiled rice into the pan and cook for a few minutes
Shahi Pulao

Recipe 6: Kesar Kheer: Raksha Bandhan cannot culminate into a successful event without sweet delicacies. Sweets are integral to the celebration of Indian festivities. Khushi ke mauke pe kuch meetha toh banta hai. Kheer is everyone’s favourite, so aaiye muh meetha karte hai kheer se.

  • Rinse and soak rice in water for about 20 minutes. Then, drain the water completely.
  • Heat a heavy bottom pan on a medium flame.
  • Add a teaspoon of clarified butter (ghee), cardamom, and kesar
  • Toss drained rice into it and stir constantly until aromatic
  • Pour milk and stir well
  • Mix and stir until you get a thick consistency.
  • Garnish with crushed almonds, pistachio, and kesar
  • Serve Cold
Kesar Kheer

Recipe 7: Badam Halwa: Another melt-in-mouth sweet delicacy for Raksha Bandhan, Badam Halwa. The sweet taste of Halwa combined with the crunchiness of the almonds makes the Halwa go off the plate within seconds.

  • Ghee roast semolina (suji) and dry fruits
  • Boil milk and sugar in another pan on low-medium flame
  • Add roasted sooji-dry fruit mixture to the milk
  • Stir and mix well to avoid lumps
  • Garnish with almonds
  • Serve hot
Badam Halwa

With so many tasty and sweet dishes on the table, we are sure your Raksha Bandhan will be a happy one! Do let us know which recipe was most relished at your home.