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Basant Panchami 2021 Food Guide: From Sweet Saffron Rice to Turmeric Ber Fruit Smoothie, 5 Tasty Recipes To Try at Home

New Delhi, February 10: As the occasion of Basant Panchami, which marks the onset of the spring season, is just around the corner, people are gearing up to seek blessings from Goddess Saraswati, who is considered as the deity of wisdom, intellect, and learning. Basant Panchami 2021 Date, Shubh Muhurat & Holy Rituals: 6 Things You Should Do On Saraswati Puja to Bring in Good Luck & Prosperity.

Associated with yellow colour, the festival of Basant Panchami also marks the start of preparation for Holika and Holi, which occurs nearly 40 days later. But every festival is incomplete without some delicious dishes to gorge on, and if you are planning to prepare something lip-smacking this Basant Panchami then we have got you all covered! Basant Panchami 2021 Dos & Don’ts: How to Perform Saraswati Puja at Home? Know Puja Rituals and Mantras to Worship the Goddess of Learning and Arts.

Ex Radisson Chef Anil Dahiya had suggested a list of delicacies that one can savour on the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami:

1. Sweet Saffron Rice


1. One cup long-grained basmati rice 2. Six tbsp ghee3. Two tbsps almonds chopped4. Two tbsps pistachios chopped5. Two tbsps cashew nuts chopped6. Two tbsps cranberries chopped7. Two tbsps raisins8. Two cardamoms green9. One bay leaf10. Two cinnamon sticks11. Six cloves12. Half cup sugar syrup (chashni)13. Two tbsps milk14. Two cups water15. One pinch saffron sachet powder16. Rose petals for garnishing.

Sweet Saffron Rice (Photo Credits: ANI)


Wash the rice and soak it in water for 30 minutes. Heat ghee in a pan, and then add the chopped nuts and dried fruit. Saute on medium flame until cashews are golden brown and raisins are puffed up. In the remaining ghee, add the cardamom, bay leaf, cinnamon, and cloves. Stir for one minute or so until the cinnamon unfurls and cloves are puffed up. In another bowl, wash rice and drain them and add to the pan. Toast the rice with the spices on a medium flame for two to three minutes. Then add two cups of water. Bring this to a boil. Once the water is boiling, reduce the flame, cover with a lid and allow to cook for eight minutes. Then, mix the saffron powder in the milk, pour sugar syrup, and saffron on rice. Gently toss the rice in the saffron milk until it gets a uniformly golden hue. Remove the pan from the flame. Mix half the fruit-nut mix into the rice. Remove this onto a platter. Garnish with the leftover fruit-nut mix rose petals.

2. Bengali Cauliflower and Potato Curry


1. Cauliflower – 250 gms2. One large potato3. One piece of cinnamon4. Three cloves5. One bay leaf6. One tsp cumin seeds 7. Half tsp chilli powder8. Two large pinches of turmeric 9. Three tbsp of mustard oil10. Salt to taste.

Bengali Cauliflower and Potato Curry (Photo Credits: YouTube)


Peel and cut the potato into 1/2” cubes. Clean and break the cauliflower into small florets. In a wok or kadai, heat the mustard oil. Add the cumin seeds and wait till they start to change colour. Add the bay leaf, cloves, and cinnamon. Stir fry for 10 seconds. Add potato and stir fry for five minutes. Add cauliflower and stir fry for five minutes. Add one cup of water. Cook covered till the potato and cauliflower are parboiled.

3. Turmeric Ber Fruit Smoothie


1. One cup of almond or any other milk curd

2. Half tsp of turmeric juice

3. 10 sweet Ber fruit seedless

4. One tsp of honey

5. Five soaked almonds

6. Half tsp of cardamom powder

Turmeric Ber Fruit Smoothie (Photo Credits: ANI)


Add all the ingredients to a blender. Blend until all the ingredients are mixed properly. Warm the milk (optional) and it’s ready to serve!

4. Makkai Kesari Halwa (Polenta Halwa)


1. One-third of makkai fine dalia or polenta

2. One-third cup of sugar 3. One-third cup of ghee 4. One-fourth tsp of Cardamom powder5. Two or three cups of hot water6. Roasted dry nuts7. Two tbsp of khoya8. Four to six drops of yellow or orange food colour.

Makkai Kesari Halwa or Polenta Halwa (Photo Credits: YouTube)


In a pan, heat the ghee. Add the polenta and saute for about five minutes. When the polenta gives off a gentle aroma, add the sugar ad cardamom powder. Now add the water and food colour and mix well. Over medium flame, cook till the water is absorbed and the polenta Kesari is slightly translucent. Turn off the heat and let the Kesari cool to room temperature. Using a spoon or a fork, mix the Polenta Kesari well so that it becomes a bit crumbly. Garnish with roasted nuts and grated khoya. Served with poori.

5. Masala Jhaal Muri


1. Two tbsp of mustard Oil

2. One cup of peanuts (raw)

3. Half cup roasted gram dal /Dalia

4. 10-15 curry leaves

5. Two tsp Asafetida or hing

6. Two tsp of turmeric

7. Salt to taste

8. Two tbsp boiled potatoes

9. Eight cups of puffed rice or brown puffed rice

10. Two tsp of red chilli powder

11. One cup of sev fried chickpea noodles (optional)

Masala Jhaal Muri (Photo Credits: Wikimedia Commons)


Heat oil in a pot, add peanuts and stir well. Add roasted gram dal and curry leaves, asafoetida, turmeric, salt and mix well. Add in puffed rice and stir well. Add in the red chilli and mix well to combine. Add sev and potatoes, again mix it well. Serve with tea and enjoy.

Apart from these lip-smacking dishes, one could also treat their taste buds with sweets such as Rajbhog, and Sondesh. These sweets are first offered to Goddess Saraswati and then distributed among the devotees celebrating the occasion.

Here’s wishing all our readers a very happy Basant Panchami 2021!

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