Add Some Sugar to Strengthen the Brother – Sister Bond

Raksha bandhan recipes

Raksha Bandhan is an Indian festival celebrated by brothers and sisters. It is a festival of love and affection between siblings. On this occasion sister tie a thread called rakhee on her brother’s right hand and in return, brother gives some gifts. Raksha Bandhan is a combination of two hindi words “Raksha” which means “safety / Security” and bandhan means a relation. The brother vows to take care of her sister in any circumstance all life long and sister prays for her brother’s long life.

Today, the festival is seen as a festival of peace and humanity because it encourages unity. TO make this brother – sister bond a little more strong add some sugar to it with these delicious Raksha Bandhan Recipes.

Malai Gulab Jamun :

  • 1 Cup full-cream powder milk
  • 4 Teaspoon Suji
  • 4 Teaspoon Cake Flour ( Maida )
  • 4 Teaspoon Ghee
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • Milk to make dough
  • Ghee for frying.

For Sugar Syrup:

  • 2 Cups Sugar
  • 2 Cups Water

For The Filling:

  • Some cream ( malai )
  • Desicated Coconut

How to make malai gulab jamun :

  • Make a dough with Powder- milk, suji, maida, ghee, baking powder & milk. Set aside for 2-3 hours.
  • Again make a dough by adding some more milk ( as the dough becomes stiff & hard after 2 hours ).
  • Make Sugar syrup and cool. Make elongated-shaped Jamuns and fry in ghee at medium heat.
  • Add to the syrup. Leave aside for about 4 hours. Squeeze out the syrup gently.
  • Make a slit at one end & fill with malai.
  • Roll in the dessicated coconut.


  • Maida (refined flour)- 1 cup
  • Rava (semolina)- 1/4 cup
  • Ghee – 1/4 cup
  • Milk – for making the dough
  • Mava – 50 gms
  • Powdered sugar – 2 tblsp
  • Almonds – pistachios -chashew (sliced)- 1/4 cup
  • Elaichi (powdered cardamom)- 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar – 1/3 cup
  • Kesar (saffron strands)- a few
  • Kesari colour (saffron colour) -a little

For the garnish :

  • Silver varq
  • Almonds & pistachios

How to make Chandrakla :

  • Make a soft dough of maida, rava, ghee and milk.
  • Keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  • Sieve mava and roast it for 3-4 minutes in a kadai.
  • Cool it.
  • Add powdered sugar, cardamom, almonds, pistachios, cashews and mix well.
  • Make 15 round pieces of it.
  • Divide the firstly prepared dough into 30 portions and roll them out into small puris.
  • Stuff one piece of mava preparation between two such puris.
  • Seal the edges by pressing them lightly and make any design at the edges.
  • Fry these pieces in hot ghee till crisp and light brown in colour.
  • Set them aside to cool.
  • Make a sugar syrup of one-string consistency with one-fourth cup of water simultaneously adding the kesar and kesari colour.

Chana Dal and Banana Kheer

  • 1 cup chana dal (8 ounces)
  • 1 medium size ripe banana
  • saffron to taste
  • cardamon powder to taste
  • sugar to taste
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 3 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • dry coconut flakes for garnish
  • cashew nuts and raisins to taste

How to make chana dal banana kheer :

  • Put 2 tablespoons of ghee in pan on medium heat.
  • Add raisins and cashew nuts and roast lightly.
  • Set aside for garnish. Boil chana dal and 2 cups milk until dal is over cooked (soft) so that it can be mashed.
  • After this mixture is mashed, add evaporated milk, remaining milk, saffron, cardamon powder and sugar to taste.
  • Add the cut banana pieces and boil all of this together to the desired consistency, stirring constantly to prevent milk from cooking over sides of pan.
  • Garnish with coconut flakes, roasted cashew nuts and raisins. Serve hot or cold.
  • Serves: 4-6

Badushah / Balushahi :

  • Maida – 1 cup
  • Dalda – 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda – 1/4 tbsp
  • Oil
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tbsp
  • Ghee – 3 tbsp
  • Yogurt – 1 tbsp
  • Milk – 2 tbsp
  • Sugar – 2 cups

How to make baadusha :

  • Sieve the flour in a mixing bowl and add heated Ghee, milk, curd and baking powder
  • Rub the mixture with your hands by gradually adding warm water, and mix into a stiff dough
  • Break off a small portion of the dough into a ball, then flatten it, and make a deep hole through the center
  • Prepare sugar syrup by adding sugar and 1 cup of water
  • Add cardamom powder
  • The syrup should be quite sticky
  • Heat oil in a frying pan and fry the baadushas quite slowly until they are golden brown
  • When they are fully done, put them in the warm syrup for a few minutes, shaking the pan frequently to let them become well-coated with syrup
  • Take them out singly from the pan and place on a shallow dish
  • Sever cold or hot as per your taste.

Bread Burfi

  • 2 cups soft breadcrumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 grated coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 table spoons oil
  • pink color as required
  • 2 or 3 drops rose essence
  • 8 to 10 chooped cashewnuts

How to make bread barfi :

  • Soak bread crumbs in milk for about 10 minutes.
  • Combine coconut and sugar, stir over a low fire till the sugar melts.
  • Add the soaked breadcrumbs and stir till well mixed (for about 5 to 7 minutes).
  • Add oil and continue stirring till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan.
  • Add coloring, essence and cashewnuts and mix well till the color is evenly blended.
  • Turn the mixture onto a greased tray and spread it evenly.
  • Allow it to cool and then cut into desired shapes.
  • Makes 22 pieces (2″x1″).