Raksha Bandhan Sweets: A Delectable Journey Through India’s Sweet Traditions
Make this Raksha Bandhan a memorable one with these mouthwatering festive sweets :
Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious occasion celebrated in India with much love and enthusiasm. It symbolizes the purity of the bond shared by brothers and sisters. On this auspicious day, sisters tie a sacred thread – rakhi around their brother’s wrist.
Raksha Bandhan, a delightful day filled with love, would be incomplete without some delectable sweets! The presence of mithais represents the very essence of Raksha Bandhan.
On that beautiful note, we’ve compiled a list of must-try sweets/treats for Raksha Bandhan:
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Delectable Raksha Bandhan Sweets to Sweeten Your Celebrations
With Raksha Bandhan just around the corner, here are some of the best sweet treats that are a must try :
1. Kaju Katli
Kaju Katli always gets that VIP treatment no matter the festive occasion. It is a classic Indian delicacy characterized by its diamond shape. Essentially made using three core ingredients – milk, sugar and cashews (ofcourse), it is rich in taste and has a melt in mouth texture. Apart from serving during Raksha Bandhan, you can also present them as a present to your brother/sister.
Perk up your Kaju Katli with a hint of kesar, mango or any other flavor of your choice.
2. Mysore Pak
Mysore Pak is the ‘King Of Sweets’ in South India. It is a signature sweet of Karnataka that dates back to 70 years ago.
The main ingredients seen here are : ghee, sugar and gram flour. Turmeric and cardamom might also be added as flavoring agents.
3. Gulab Jamun
Fried dough balls dipped in sugar syrup. This sinful sweet treat will sure take anyone down their knees. It is a heavenly dessert that is best savored when served piping hot.
Whether it is hot or cold, it is impossible to stop at a single bite. Elongated or round, gulab jamuns are loved in every shape. Meanwhile, you can also go for Kala Jamun – a darker version of the classic gulab jamun.
The key ingredients for preparing the Gulab Jamun balls are : khoya, maida, milk and baking soda. Infact if you want to make some at home, these gulab jamun instant mixes are such a great help.
Deep-fried in oil and soaked in sugar syrup, Jalebis have everyone’s heart. It is hands down an iconic sweet treat best enjoyed for its crunchy and juicy texture.
Jalebi and rabdi are a match made in heaven. So while serving jalebis for Raksha Bandhan, make sure that you top it with some rabdi. You can also buy store bought rabdi. We loved the one by Amul.
5. Singhar Ji Mithai
If you are a Sindhi, you know what we are talking about. For those who are not aware, Singhar Ji Mithai is nothing but sev ki mithai. Typically, a kind of barfi, the primary ingredients seen here are : unsalted sev, sugar and khoya. Trust me, you cannot miss this!
6. Shahi Tukda
Shahi Tukda by all means has all the royal dessert feels! And during the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, it only gets more enjoyable. Essentially made using only a few simple ingredients, the different elements are what makes it rich and divine.
As simple as it gets, fried bread slices after being coated with chashni are soaked in a thick blend of milk and then topped with nuts.
Rasgullas, also known as Rosogullas, is the hero of all Bengali sweets and is popular all over the world. You can have them hot or cold; the choice is yours! Rasgulla is available throughout the country in sugar-free and low-fat varieties too.
The OG rasgulla is made using two main ingredients – chenna (curdled milk) and sugar.
The star of all Indian sweets – Ladoo has a soft corner in everyone’s heart. It is a simple sweet but yet a super delicious one. You can make a variety of ladoos for Raksha Bandhan, including motichoor ladoo, besan ladoo, boondi ke ladoo, and coconut ladoo. A few healthier varieties of ladoo are ragi ladoo, til ladoo, and atta ladoo.
Sabudana, makhanas, apples, rice or suji – you can never go wrong with a bowl of kheer. Just make sure you use full fat milk for a creamier end product. Top it with slivered almonds, dried rose petals and varq to give a festive look and feel.
Which is your favorite kheer?
These are just a few of the exquisite sweet treats that will make your Raksha Bandhan celebration fun and unforgettable. If you think we missed out on any of your favorite Rakhi sweets, please leave a comment and let us know.