Dussehra, also popularly known as Vijayadashami, is celebrated as a culmination of the 9-day Navratri festivities. Dussehra is also the 10th or the last day of the Bengali Durga Puja festival. Dussehra falls on the 24th of October this year, and post- Dussehra, the preparation for the Diwali festival begins, another significant Hindu celebration in India.
Like any other Indian festival, Dussehra is also incomplete without great food. Hence, we have brought you here with delicious recipes you can easily try at home and have a memorable Dasara celebration experience with your family.
Recipes for Delicious Dishes on Dussehra
Dal Wada, also known as Parippu Wada, is a popular street food from South India. Dal Wada is made of lentils. Dal Wada is perfect for evening snacks due to its crunchy bites and taste. Below is the recipe for
Dal Wada that you can also try at home and celebrate Dussehra with the munchiness of the Wadas and much enthusiasm!
As a first step, soak half a cup of chana dal in a bowl with 1 cup of water for about 2 hours. For the crispy and crunchy texture, do not soak for more than 2 hours
Drain the soaked chana dal very well, add them to your blender, and grind coarsely without adding water
- Add the ingredients listed below to the coarsely ground dal mixture:
- ½ cup chopped onions
- 1-2 green chillies, chopped
- 2 tsp coriander leaves
- Optional: 1 inch chopped ginger
- Salt as per taste
- Mix thoroughly and small or medium-sized balls out of the mixture
- Slightly flatten the balls and gently place them on a tray, and they are ready to be fried
- Heat some oil in a heavy kadaion medium flame
- Drop a pinch of batter to check the temperature of the oil
- If the oil becomes hot enough to fry, carefully slide the flattened vadas onto it
- Let it fry for some time and flip to fry the other side. Lower the flame if the oil becomes too hot
- Fry the wadas until they turn golden and crispy, and once they look fried enough, remove and place them on kitchen paper towels on a plate to soak excess oil
- Your Dal Wadas are ready. Serve them hot, and enjoy!
- Start with making the dosa batter by adding the following ingredients to a mixing bowl:
- ½ cup finely textured semolina or wheat flour
- ½ cup rice flour
- 2 tsp all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour
- One green chilli, finely chopped
- One medium-sized onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp finely chopped ginger
- 9-10 crushed black peppercorns
- 1 tsp chopped coriander leaves
- Take a small frying pan and heat 1 tsp oil. Add ½ tsp mustard seeds and allow it to crackle at low heat
- Now add 1 tsp cumin seeds and 5-6 chopped curry leaves. Saute until the cumin seeds get brown and splutter
- Add the tempering to the bowl along with the other ingredients. Add salt as per taste
- Pour water into the mixture and make it a thin batter without any lumps. Let the batter rest for 15-20 mins
- You may add around 2 cups or slightly more to your batter, and if it is not thin enough, you may add some more
- Now that the batter is ready heat a dosa panand grease the pan all over with oil
- With a ladle, pour the batter by lightly starting with the edges and filling large gaps. The pan has to be very hot before pouring the batter
- Drizzle ½ tsp oil on the spread batter and leave it for a few seconds to cook
- Let the base of the dosa become golden or crispy, after which you can flip the dosa to cook the flip side
- Once cooked, fold the dosa and place it on a plate. Serve your Onion Dosa with creamy coconut chutney or delectable vegetable sambar, and enjoy!
Prepare delectable coconut Laddoos effortlessly with these three ingredients! The three ingredients are fresh coconut, condensed milk and cardamom powder. An added advantage of this recipe is that even beginners can easily prepare and savour the Laddoos to their fullest! Let’s look at the prep process:
- Heat one tsp coconut oil/ghee in a frying pan/kadhaiand add 1.5 cups of freshly grated coconut
- Stir and sauté the coconut on a low flame for 3-4 minutes without letting it brown. Roast the gratings only to get rid of the moisture
- Now add ¾ cup of condensed milk (milkmaid) to the coconut mixture and stir well
- Add ½ tsp cardamom powder (optional), mix well and cook the mixture on low heat
- Keep stirring regularly until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan, then turn off the heat
- Transfer the heated mixture to another bowl and allow it to cool for some
- Once cooled down, rub ghee on your hands. Take a small handful of the mixture and shape it well into balls
- Roll the Laddoos on desiccated coconut until it is evenly coated
- Your chewy, juicy and delectable coconut Laddoos are ready to be served and savoured
Try the above-explained recipes at your home this Dussehra and wow your family and friends with your impressive cooking skills. Stuff yourself and your loved ones with delectable dishes and savoury sweets this Dussehra, and take your festive spirit a notch higher!
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