One of the biggest festivals in northern India, Karwa Chauth, is right here. After the festivities of Navratri, Dussehra and Sharad Purnima, we are all set to celebrate Karwa Chauth on 4th November, 2020 with much fervour. On this day, many married Indian women observe nirjala fast (without food and water) from sunrise to moonrise. The festival traditionally celebrates a wife's devotion towards her husband wherein she observes the fast to pray for his long life. The festival is not just about fasting. Married women start preparing days before the day, from picking a traditional outfit to applying mehendi and dressing up to their best; the festive spirit of Karwa Chauth is at an all-time high on the day!
But more than anything, it is the time after the fast ends that is perhaps the most special one, when women end their fast and eat with their husbands to their heart's content! While one can prepare as many vegetarian dishes as they want to for the dinner, a hearty meal would definitely need a sweet ending on the special occasion. We've got some of the best Indian sweets and dessert recipes that you can make on Karwa Chauth to relish post-dinner!
A quintessential Indian dessert for all festivities, seviyan (vermicelli) kheer can also be a great option to include in the sargi thali, which is given by the mothers-in-law to their daughters-in-law to relish before sunrise on the day. Kheer is a delightful mix of rice/vermicelli/sabudana with milk and nuts that no one can resist! Click here for full recipe.
A sinful dessert full of chhena discs dipped into luscious milk with saffron, crunchy nuts like almonds, and garnished with rabri, would you say no to a bowl full of it? Find the full recipe here.
A bite of rich, saffron-infused Shahi Tukda spells royalty, no matter when or where. It is not just delicious but very easy and quick to make at home too! Click here for the recipe.
Has any celebration in India happened without a box of kaju katli? Lots of cashew nuts, milk and silver varq make for this rich treat that you can relish for many days. Find the recipe here.
As we are inching towards the winter season with a nip in the air already, guess Karwa Chauth might be the best time to prepare the first lot of this winter goodness at home! Don't you think? Find the full recipe here.
Try these decadent desserts at home this Karwa Chauth and share your experience with us in the comments section below.
About Aanchal MathurAanchal doesn't share food. A cake in her vicinity is sure to disappear in a record time of 10 seconds. Besides loading up on sugar, she loves bingeing on FRIENDS with a plate of momos. Most likely to find her soulmate on a food app.