Get ready to elevate your festive celebrations with our exciting blog that brings you the top 7 festive recipes to make your Eid, Poila Baisakh, Bihu, and Baisakhi extra special! With our hand-picked collection of homemade recipes and summer treats, you're in for a culinary adventure like never before.
Whether you're craving sumptuous starters, refreshing drinks, or delectable desserts, we've got you covered. Our festive recipes are designed to tantalize your taste buds and add a burst of flavour to your festivities. From steamed dumplings to chilled delights, these homemade recipes are perfect for the summer season and will leave your guests craving for more.
So, put on your apron, gather your loved ones, and get ready to impress with these mouthwatering treats. Join us on this delicious journey as we bring you the best festive recipes to create unforgettable memories and savour the flavours of these joyous occasions. Let's make your celebrations truly special with our festive recipes that are sure to be the highlight of your festivities!
7 Best Festive Recipes
Drinks & Refreshments
1. Matcha Tea Drink
Green matcha tea has been a popular choice of tea since time immemorial, thanks to its high antioxidant content and a wide array of health benefits. Not to mention, welcoming guests with a cup of matcha tea has been a long-standing tradition in different countries to show them respect and gratitude. Keeping that in mind, we have a matcha tea recipe with a twist fit for celebrating any festive occasion.
- Matcha Powder- 1tsp
- Honey- 10gm
- Cinnamon Powder- 1/4tsp
- Pinch of Salt
- Water- 100ml
- Milk- 250ml
- Add 1 tablespoon of green matcha tea powder to an easy-grip glass bottle.
- Next, pour 10 grams of honey into the green matcha powder to add a sweet note.
- Then, add a quarter of a teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a pinch of salt to balance the flavours.
- Now, pour 100ml of water into the sipper bottle and give everything a good stir.
- Lastly, add 250ml of milk to the glass bottle and give it a good shake.
- Serve the delicious matcha drink in a tall glass or carry the summer drink in the sipper bottle itself while on the go.
2. Sattu Sharbat
Nothing can beat the summer heat better than a chilled glass of sattu sharbat. Whether you are hosting an afternoon Iftar party or a Poila Baisakh (Bengali New Year) luncheon, a refreshing glass of sattu sharbat can be the best way to welcome your guests. So, here’s an easy and homely sattu sharbat recipe perfect for any festive occasion.
- Sattu- 2tbsp
- Sugar- 1tbsp
- Salt- 1/4tsp
- Cumin Powder- 1/2tsp
- Lemon Juice- 1tbsp
- Mint Leaves
- Water- 200ml
- Add 2 tablespoons of sattu powder in a tall drinking glass or a sipper bottle.
- Next, add 1 tablespoon of sugar, a quarter of a teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of cumin powder, and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to add some sweet, salty, and spicy notes to the summer drink.
- Now, add some mint leaves to the drink for a refreshing and summery flavour.
- Finally, pour 200ml of water into the bottle and give everything a good stir before serving the sattu sharbat in drinking glasses.
3. London Fog Latte
When it comes to English tea, Earl Grey is arguably the best and the most popular breakfast tea. So, we thought why not put the delicious twist of a classic coffee latte to a traditional cup of Earl Grey tea for special festive occasions? Let’s take a look at the recipe!
- Earl Grey Tea Bag- 1 sachet
- Water- 100ml
- Brown Sugar- 1tbsp
- Vanilla Essence- 1/2tsp
- Milk- 150ml
- Place 1 bag or sachet of Earl Grey tea leaves inside a glass bottle and pour 100ml of water.
- Mix the tea bag well in water and add 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, along with half a teaspoonful of vanilla essence.
- Now, stir everything together and add 150ml of milk to prepare the London fog tea latte.
- Shake the glass bottle well and serve the latte in a tall mug or carry it with you in a glass sipper bottle while on the go.
4. Khus Sharbat
This Ramzan season, make your afternoon Iftar parties extra special with a delicious glass of khus sharbat. Not to mention, the sweet basil seeds present in the khus sharbat can greatly help in maintaining your gut health and blood sugar levels while you are fasting. For a healthy and tasty Iftar drink, the easy-to-make khus sharbat recipe can be the ideal pick.
- Milk- 500ml
- Sugar- 20gm
- Green Khus Sharbat- 30ml
- Sweet Basil Seeds- 20gm
- Ice Cubes
- Pour 500ml of milk into a glass drink dispenser and add 20 grams of sugar.
- Next, add 30ml green khus sharbat and 20 grams of sweet basil seeds to the milk, along with some ice cubes.
- Now, give everything a good stir using a long bar spoon and serve the refreshing drink in crystal drinkware to your guests to commemorate the special festive occasion.
Snacks & Starters
1. Whole Wheat Gyoza Dumplings
Good food and grand festivities go hand-in-hand, so we bring you a super-healthy and tasty whole-wheat gyoza dumpling recipe to impress your guests. Let’s dig in!
For The Filling:
- Butter- 1tbsp
- Garlic Cloves- 5
- Ginger- 1tsp
- Green Chilies- 2
- Mushroom- 5
- Soya Chunk- 20gm
- Spices- Salt & Pepper
For The Dough:
- Whole Wheat Flour- 150gm
- Salt- 1tsp
- Oil- 15ml
For The Sauce:
- Garlic Cloves- 5
- Chilli Flakes- 1tsp
- Green Chilli- 1
- Hot Oil- 30ml
- Chilli Powder- 1tsp
- Salt to taste
- Start by cooking the filling for the homemade dumplings by melting 1 tablespoon of butter in a hot cooking pot.
- Next, add 5 finely chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of chopped ginger, 2 chopped green chillies, and 1 tablespoon of chopped onions (optional) to the cooking pot and saute the veggies in the melted butter.
- Now, chop up 5 mushrooms and add them to the cooked veggies, along with 20 grams of soya chunks and give everything a good stir.
- Then, add some salt and pepper according to taste and cook everything together for a few minutes before setting aside the dumpling filling.
- Next, move on to making the dumpling dough. Take 150 grams of whole wheat flour in a large serving bowl and add 1 teaspoon of salt, 15ml of cooking oil, and some water to the flour.
- Mix everything together and start kneading the dough to make it fluffy and airy.
- Now, roll out the dough and cut small circular dumpling coverings.
- Then, take a small spoonful of the dumpling filling and start stuffing the dumpling coverings.
- Once you’ve filled your gyoza dumplings with enough stuffings, fold the dumpling coverings into any desired style, and cook them in hot oil until they show a golden brown colour.
- Then, add little water and cover the cooking pot with a lid so that it creates enough steam to cook the gyoza dumplings. Steam the dumplings for 5 minutes on high flame.
- As the gyoza dumplings are steaming under a high flame, it’s time to work on the chilli oil sauce that you can serve with the steamed dumplings.
- To make the chilli oil sauce, take a dip bowl and add 5 finely chopped garlic cloves, 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes, 1 chopped green chilli, 30ml of hot oil, 1 tablespoon of chilli spoon, and some salt according to your taste.
- Now, mix everything together and serve the spicy, tangy chilli oil sauce as a side dip with a plate of freshly cooked steamed dumplings.
2. Date-Licious Snacks
Add some sweet and fruity notes to your festive celebrations with a combination of dry and fresh fruits, including yummy date and almond balls. Experiment with our date snack recipes to create a delicious snack platter fit for a grand festive occasion.
- Fresh Date Fruits
- Peanut Butter
- Molten White Chocolate
- Chopped Peanuts
- Whole Almonds
- Molten Dark Chocolate
- Chopped Walnuts
- Whole Walnuts
- Mixed Fruit Jam
- Gold Foil Paper
- There are a few ways you can use fresh dates or khajur fruits to create a delicious festive platter featuring date snacks.
- First, pair the fresh dates with peanut butter and white chocolate for some mouthwatering summer treats. Remove the date seeds and fill the fresh dates fruits with Peanut Butter.
- Dip them in a bowl of molten white chocolate. Garnish the bite-size chocolatey date snack with chopped peanuts to add a crunchy texture.
- Second, dates and almonds are a culinary match made in heaven. After removing the seeds from the fresh dates fruits, dip them in a bowl of molten dark chocolate.
- Next, insert the chocolate dates with almonds in the centre to create a mouthwatering almond-stuffed dates snack fit for any festive occasion.
- Third, a date-walnut snack platter can be the perfect highlight for a festive luncheon or dinner party. Remove the seeds from the fresh dates fruits and fill them with chopped walnuts.
- Now, dip fresh dates in a bowl of molten dark chocolate and drizzle them with melted white chocolate and garnish them with whole walnuts.
- Fourth, fresh dates filled with mixed fruit jam is the perfect summer-time snack to add some fruity notes to any festive celebration.
- After removing the seeds from the fresh khajur fruits, fill them with some mixed fruit jam and dip the fresh dates in molten dark chocolate.
- Garnish the dates snacks with gold foil paper and serve them to your guests on a snack platter.
Sweets & Desserts
1. No-Bake Mango Cheesecake
Desserts are the perfect palette cleansers to end a festive menu on a sweet note, and there are few desserts that can be the delicious appeal of a Philadelphia cream cheese cheesecake. So, we put a fruity mango twist to a classic cheesecake to celebrate the vibe and flavours of the summer festivities.
- Biscuit crumbs- 80gm
- Melted Butter- 30gm
- Cream Cheese- 200gm
- Powder Sugar- 100gm
- Vanilla Essence- 1tbsp
- Whipped Cream- 50gm
- Chopped Mangoes- 2
- Take 80 grams of biscuit crumbs in a large mixing bowl and add 30 grams of melted butter to create a crumbly, biscuity base for the mango cheesecake.
- Mix the melted butter thoroughly with the biscuit crumbs and pour the biscuit base on a baking tray and leave it aside to set.
- Next, add 200 grams of cream cheese, 100 grams of powdered sugar, and 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence in a clean mixing bowl and mix them well. The cream cheese will give the no-bake cheesecake an extra rich and creamy texture, resembling a classic New York cheesecake.
- Now, add 50 grams of whipped cream and 2 chopped mangoes to the cheesecake mixture and continue the mixing process until the mixture is lump-free and silky smooth.
- Pour the cheesecake mixture over the biscuit base inside the baking tray and carefully smoothen the top.
- Garnish the mango cheesecake with mint leaves and a few pieces of fresh mangoes and serve the guests a plate full of cheesy, creamy, deliciousness to end the festive celebrations on a sweet and hearty note.
So, which of these festive recipes will make it to your party menu? Let us know about your favourite festive summer recipes!