The festival of Dussehra, which is also known as ‘Vijayadashami’ is celebrated from Kashmir to Kanyakumari across India with utmost zeal and grandeur.
As per the mythology, this signifies the victory of good over evil and what better way than trying out various culinary delights from different parts of India to celebrate this auspicious festival!
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While the pandemic has impacted the festivities, here are some dishes for you to take the celebrations up a notch:
1. Laapsi, Gujarat
If you are facing a time crunch but want to make a quick healthy delicacy, then you must try this wonderful sweet dish called ‘Laapsi’. This super easy and tasty dish is made from broken wheat (dalia), sugar, cardamon, raisins, nuts and lots of ghee. It is commonly served as ‘prasad’ after the commemorative aarti in Gujarat.
2. Kadakani, Maharashtra
A traditional Maharashtrian recipe, Kadakani is generally made during Dussehra. This sweet crispy puri is prepared from flour, semolina, powdered sugar and cardamom and is popular across Maharashtra for its simplicity and deliciousness.
3. Malida, Telangana
This sweet dish is prepared from rotis, jaggery, ghee, poppy seeds and cardamom and is served at the end of the Dussehra celebrations in Telangana. It is rather similar to ‘choori’ which is prepared with leftover rotis or parathas and is served during the Islamic month of ‘Safar’. You can try this simple yet tasty recipe at home to add a new flavour to the festivities.
4. Laktho, Bihar
A very common Bihari household snack usually prepared during Dussehra, Laktho sums up the rich traditions and values of the region deliciously. Mainly made of gram flour, and jaggery syrup, this delicacy is a must-try at home this season.
5. Phirni, Punjab
A classic slow-cooked Indian sweet pudding made with basmati rice, milk, nuts, sugar and scented with cardamom powder, saffron, or rose water, Phirni is a must in North India on festive occasions.
We hope that the list of these amazingly tasty local delicacies will add to the festive fervour of Dussehra!