Raksha bandhan recipes are referred to the recipes that are primarily made on the occasion of a Hindu festival called ‘Raksha bandhan’ or ‘Rakhi’. This festival is especially celebrated in Northern India to mark the bond between brothers and sisters. Sweet dishes are the main attraction of this festival along with many savory dishes. Ladoo, burfi, sevian is kheer and ghevar are some of the popular raksha bandhan recipes.
Traditional Raksha bandhan recipes include seviyan ki kheer, aloo ki sabji, kachori, choole bhature and ghevar. Badaam halwa and besan ke ladoo are some of the additional sweets that are prepared to celebrate the occasion.
Drinks including, jal zeera, nimbu paani and chaach are fondly included as traditional raksha bandhan dishes that not only add zest to the menu but also provide a refreshing feel.
Significance of Raksha Bandhan Recipes
Sweet dishes are the main inclusion of the food menu as special Raksha bandhan recipes and have great significance. There is a tradition in India that sisters bring sweets for their brothers along with ‘rakhi’ and other gifts. Offering sweets to brothers and other family members is quite auspicious on this day. Traditionally, sweets were prepared at home by adding various kinds of nuts, raisins and even fruits.
Modern Raksha Bandhan Food
With time, Raksha bandhan recipes are changing significantly. Earlier, sisters used to make sweets and special dishes on their own for brothers. But, nowadays, chocolates and cakes have replaced the traditional sweets. Even food is not prepared at home; brothers take sisters out for lunch as in lieu of Raksha bandhan gift. In few cultures, non-vegetarian dishes are fondly prepared for the occasion.
Customary Way of Serving Raksha Bandhan Food
Like many Indian festival recipes, Raksha bandhan recipes are also prepared by the ladies of the house and served for the entire family. Sisters usually eat food only after tying the rakhi on their brother’s hand. A lavish lunch is arranged for the whole family, especially for the married sister, as she comes all the way from her in-laws house to celebrate the festival with her brother and other family members.