Raksha Bandhan Recipes: Enjoy these delicious recipes to celebrate your sister and brother bond

Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated on August 3 this year. It is one festival on which Indians binge on a lot of sweets. Drooling yet? Check out these recipes by Chef Ramit Kohli and Chef Rajesh Singh to celebrate the day.
Raksha Bandhan Recipes: Enjoy these delicious recipes to celebrate your sister and brother bondRaksha Bandhan Recipes: Enjoy these delicious recipes to celebrate your sister and brother bond

It is time for the famous festival season in India. Raksha Bandhan, one of the most popular festivals celebrated in India, is around the corner. The day will be celebrated on August 3 across the nation. Unlike every year, the day will be celebrated with some restrictions due to the pandemic. With social distancing and other restrictions, some people might have to celebrate it virtually. But that doesn't mean that you cannot prepare scrumptious delights at home to enjoy the day with your family. 

While it is not safe to order sweets, you can prepare some at home. After all, any festival in India is incomplete with a few sweet dishes. Today, we are sharing with you two mouth-watering dessert recipes shared with us Chef Ramit Kohli and Chef Rajesh Singh to tantalize your taste buds. 

Check out the Raksha Bandhan special dessert recipes right below. 

Kesari Phirni by Chef Ramit Kohli, Executive Sous Chef, Taj City Centre Gurugram

Ingredients                                      

Rice - 75 gms

Milk - 300 ml

Caster sugar - 30 gm

Saffron - A few strands

Powdered green cardamom - A pinch

Rosewater - A few drops

Slivered almonds and pistachios -To garnish

Silver foil and rose petals - To garnish

Method

1- Soak the saffron strands in a tbsp of warm milk.

2- Soak the rice in water for about one hour.

3- Drain the water and grind it to a paste. Should not be too coarse.

4- In a heavy-bottomed pan, combine the milk, sugar and the rice paste together and boil. Cook for about 15 to 20 mins until the mixture is creamy and thick and coats the back of a spoon.

5- Add the saffron and cardamom and mix well. Remove from heat.

6- Add the rose water and mix well.

7- Refrigerate for around 2 hrs until chilled and set.

8- Garnish with slivered nuts, silver foil, rose petals and serve

Ghewar by Chef Rajesh Singh of Varq, the modern Indian restaurant at Taj Mahal, New Delhi

Ingredients 

Refined Flour - 3 cup

Ghee (solidified) - 1 cup

Ice cubes - 3,4 num

Water - 4 cups

Milk - 1/2 cup

Saffron water - 1 tbsp.

Ghee (for deep frying) - 1 kg

For the syrup

Sugar - 1 ½ cup

Water - 1 cup

For topping:

Cardamom powdered - 1 tsp

Almonds & pistachios, chopped - 3 tbsp

Milk (with 1/2 tsp saffron has been rubbed in silver foil) - 1 tbsp

Method

1- Prepare sugar syrup of 1 thread consistency.

2- Take solidified ghee in a large wide bowl. Taking one ice cube at a time, rub the ghee vigorously. Take more ice cubes as required, till ghee becomes very white.

3- Add milk, flour, and a cup of water. Mix to make a smooth batter.

4- Dissolve saffron in some water and add this to the batter. Add more water if required. The batter should be fairly thin (it should run off easily when poured from a spoon).

5- Take an aluminum or steel cylindrical container. Fill the container half with ghee. Heat it.

6- When the ghee is smoky hot, take a 50 ml glass full of batter. Pour in center of ghee, slowly in one continuous threadlike stream. Allow foam to settle. Pour one more glassful in the hole formed in the centre.

7- When foam settles again, loosen ghewar with an iron skewer inserted in the hole. Lift carefully, at a slant, and place on wire mesh to drain. Keep the hot syrup in a wide flat bottomed container to fit in ghewar. Dip ghewar in it, and remove, keep aside on mesh to drain excess syrup.

8- Alternatively, pour some syrup evenly all over, keeping ghewar in a mesh placed over a container. Cool a little, top with silver foil.

9- Splash a few drops of saffron condensed milk, sprinkle some chopped dry fruit and a pinch of cardamom powder.

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