On this day sisters tie a sacred thread on the hands of their brothers and get gifts in return from them. There would be family visits. People celebrate this festival or occasion by preparing special sweet dishes. The sisters pray for the good health and prosperity of their brothers and brothers vow to safeguard their sisters from all evils in their life. It is a day that siblings show that they care for each other.
The most important tradition followed on this day is the preparation of the pooja thali with rakhis, rice particles, kumkum, diya and sweets. The sisters do aarti for the brothers and put tikka on his forehead. Usually girls prepare sweets and dishes that are liked by their brothers. Mouth watering dishes like burfis, mithais, pakoras and pancakes are generally prepared for this special occasion. Try out our special rakhi recipes and treat your "bhaiya" on this festive day.
- Place milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil.
- Reduce heat to low, simmer for 40 minutes or until milk has a porridge-like consistency, stirring frequently.
- Add sugar, stir over heat until dissolved.
- Add cardamom, pistachios and almonds.
- Pour into a greased lamington pan and cool.
- Cut into diamonds to serve.
Plain flour shifted with water
Oil for frying
Pinch of turmeric
- Place flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre, gradually increasing circles from the center. (Alternatively, combine flour and water in a blender or food processor , blend until smooth).
- Stand 24 hours, stir in yoghurt.
- Place just sufficient oil in a frying pan to float the jalebis, heat to moderate.
- Spoon mixture into a piping bag with a 1-1/2 cm lplain tube (place a finger over the hole).
- Pipe the batter in figure eights or double circles into oil, cook on both sides until golden brown.
- Remove, place into warm syrup for a few minutes. Drain on absorbent paper.
- To make syrup: Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan, bring to the boil. Simmer over a low heat for 5 to 10 minutes until a thick syrup is formed.
- Keep warm until served
Plain or whole meal flour sifted
Extract ghee for frying
- Place flour in a bowl, rub in ghee.
- Add enough water to mix to a soft, pliable dough. Knead until smooth.
- Cover with a damp cloth for an hour, and then knead again until the dough does not stick to the hands.
- Roll out thinly, cut out circles in the size required.
- In the center of each piece, place a quantity of whatever filling you are using.
- Wet the edge of the pastry all round with water, fold in half, press the edges down.
- Melt extra ghee in a frying pan, add pooris 1 to 3 at a time, cook on both sides until golden brown.