We all love the festival season. Especially because it gives us all the free time we need to pig out. We’re sure everyone has their favorite festival rituals. Ours revolve around our eating out plans. If you’re looking for a slightly different Dussehra menu, we have put together a list of our favorite dishes to try whether you plan on cooking or eating out.
Matar Kachoris are a great indulgence with their flavorful, spicy interior and their crisp, golden exterior. The filling contains peas, chillies, ginger and an assortment of spices, from bay leaves and coriander to garam masala and fennel seeds. The outer layer should be crisp and crunchy for best effects. The deep fried exterior may make it a slightly more calorie filled option, but what are festivals for if not indulging. Make sure the filling is piping hot and you’re sure to have a great gastronomical experience.
Dahi Vadas satiate your sweet tooth as well as the need for something tangy. Lentil dumplings are fried and then served with yogurt. Tamarind chutney and spices make this dish perfect as an accompaniment to dinner or as an appetizer. You can also add papdi, which are deep fried flour crispies. Potatoes, chick peas and coriander chutney make it even better by adding different textures and flavors in the mix.
Aate ka malpua is a sweet pancake made of sugary spicy whole wheat batter deep fried in ghee. It’s perfect when there’s a slight chill in the air. The sweetness is offset perfectly by fennel and pepper. Adding saffron flavored syrup is the old fashioned way of getting gooey happiness.
This halwa is made with wheat flour and almond paste brought together with milk, ghee and sugar. It is truly gooey and sinful. You can add all sorts of dry fruits and saffron to it to make it even more decadent. It is perfect for the festival sweet cravings. Serve it piping hot as dessert or appetizer.
Vegetable pulav is the easiest and yummiest rice dish that you can rustle up at home this Dussehra. You can add all sorts of vegetables to the pulav. We recommend trying some exotic vegetables. Broccoli, sweet corn, baby corn and mushrooms are some ingredients that you can try out to make your pulav memorable. Serve it with plain yogurt or some boondi raita. You can also serve it with gravy and chutneys. It is an easy to make dish that you can absolutely nail if you try doing something different. There is no going wrong, add dry fruits and spices according to your taste buds. Cinnamon is another spice that you can add to make your pulav aromatic and mouth watering.
It isn’t important that the food to eat this Dussehra be Indian. We suggest you try something different by adding deep fried vegetable momos to the list. You can easily find these on your eating out adventures. You can also make them at home with a variety of ingredients. If you are cooking, feel free to experiment with fillings. Make the pretty little pouches and then deep fry them. Friend crunchy momos with piping hot filling will definitely be a gastronomical delight.
Bread pakodas of this sort are available readily at tiny tea shops all around this country. That’s because it’s a convenient and yummy snack. Basically it’s a sandwich with potato stuffing that you dip in besan and deep fry. It can be crispy or soft according to your preference. Add chutney, tomato sauce, and spices. It’s a quick and easy snack to make for your festival guests.