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  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial, 28 Jan 2022, 15:51 IST

Basant Panchami 2022: Special Dishes For The Celebration

Are you ready to celebrate Basant Panchami? Here is a list of delicacies to try at home.
  • Krati Purwar
  • Editorial, 28 Jan 2022, 15:51 IST
sweets for basant panchami

With Basant Panchami round the corner, it is time to pull up the sleeves and get into the preparation for welcoming the spring season. It is also called Saraswati Puja and marks the preparation for the festival of Holi that takes place 40 days later.

People deck up in yellow or vibrant clothes, fly kites and enjoy family gatherings. Since the yellow colour is also famous as the ‘Basanti’ colour and symbolises energy, prosperity, optimism and light, many dishes associated with the festival are also prepared in the hues of yellow. 

Here is a list of traditional delicacies that you can prepare while celebrating Basant Panchami in 2022,

Meethe Chawal (Sweet Rice) 

For the recipe, people cook the rice, add sweetness to it and infuse the dish with strong flavours of cinnamon, saffron, cloves, cardamom, coconut and dry fruits. The sugar syrup enhances the taste, and saffron offers a delightful yellow colour. Many people offer it as a sacrament (prasad or bhog) to the goddesses and gods and distribute it among the family members.

Khaman Dhokla or Khandvi

It is a light snack dish prepared using gram flour and is a popular breakfast recipe in Gujarati cuisine. It does not require many ingredients and is easy to prepare. Many also prefer to prepare khandvi using gram flour and yoghurt. The batter is left to dry and folded into small cylinders. You can garnish it with coconut.


Makhana Kheer

Kheer is a sweet delicacy prepared by boiling the milk and adding your favourite ingredients, including dry fruits and a few sweet spices. Makhana kheer is one of the famous recipes that people make at their homes. You can also prepare coconut kheer.

Pakoda Kadhi

Kadhi is a special dish prepared using gram flour, curd or buttermilk and pakoda made of gram flour. A few people cook it with garlic and onion to add strong yet sweet flavours. Once the kadhi is done, pakodas are added, and the dish is served with plain or jeera rice. It is a famous dish that is served for lunch during the celebration of Basant Panchami.

pakoda kadhi


Renowned in West Bengal, this dish is made by stuffing the paneer with dry fruits like pistachios and almonds. The spongy delicacy also contains lip-smacking flavours of cardamom powder, almonds and saffron. Because of its yellow colour, it is a famous treat served during the Saraswati Puja celebration.

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Kesar Poori 

Another popular to kickstart the onset of spring is Kesar poori. The rich yellow-coloured poori is served with mouth-watering paneer or potato gravy. It is a popular breakfast, lunch or dinner dish in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. You can serve it with a sweet dish on the side or a beverage to relish a complete meal with delicious flavours.

Kesaria Sheera

Popular in Maharashtra and Gujarat, this is a popular sweet dish prepared on the auspicious day of Basant Panchami. It has the richness of milk and semolina. The flavours of the delicacy are enhanced using cardamom and saffron.

Besan and Boondi Laddu

Filling your house with aroma, besan or boondi laddu are the go-to sweets in every household. Their yellow colour makes them a must-have dish when celebrating Basant Panchami. The laddus have an easy-to-make recipe and are perfect for any occasion or puja at home.

besan laddu


Khichdi is a famous dish to spot in the Saraswati Puja pandals. You can find it in the afternoon or evening, and it is one of the favourite dishes of Bengalis. It is made with rice and dal (pulses). It has a simple recipe and takes no time to get cooked to perfection. You can also add a few vegetables and spices to enhance the flavours.

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Namkeen Chawal 

It is a flavour-packed recipe that you can prepare in just 20minutes. You can use the leftover rice and mix them with cooked vegetables. People also cook fresh rice with vegetables and spices. It is best served with plain raita, boondi raita or bathua raita. However, many people avoid onion or garlic on Basant Panchami.

Make your version of the dishes at home and celebrate Basant Panchami with fervour.


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