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Celebrate Sikh New Year With These Vegetarian Dishes

Celebrate Sikh New Year With These Vegetarian Dishes

Vaisakhi (also known as Baisakhi) is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar where thanks is given to farmers during the spring harvest festival. Offers of thanks are given to God for the abundant harvest, prayers for future prosperity are also a main priority during Vaisakhi. Dancing, singing, and enjoying home-cooked meals with family are just some of the ways the Solar New Year is celebrated in north India and by the People of Punjab.

Since there is so much importance placed on a family feast, here are just some of the most popular dishes you can expect to find during the holiday of Vaisakhi which are also all vegetarian.

Chhole Bhature

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This is a popular Indian dish which is a central part of Punjabi cuisine. The combination of chickpeas (chhole) are cooked in a tangy curry and wrapped in fried bread (bhature) made from refined flour dough. This dish can be eaten as breakfast, lunch or even dinner and is often served with a refreshing glass of buttermilk!


Pindi chana

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Pindi chanda masala is a spicy vegetarian dish which is a favourite during the new year festivities. It's prepared by cooking chickpeas alongside spices such as peppercorn, garlic gloves, cardamom and bay leaves to give an extra burst of flavour.


 Kheer

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Kheer is a sweet rice and fruit pudding which is one of the most beloved treats in India. During Vaisakhi, this dish is served with a variety of sweet fruits such as apricots, figs, dried raisins, and peaches and cooked with cardamom and saffron.


 

Coconut ladoo

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Also known as Nariyal Ke Laddoo, these tasty coconut treats are served cold as a sweet dessert during the Vaisakhi celebrations. They are made from grated coconut, semolina, sugar and condensed milk and ghee to achieve their unique taste and texture.

If you aren't planning on celebrating Vaisakhi in India anytime soon, you can still recreate authentic Indian cuisine from your own kitchen. For a colourful explosion on your taste buds, more ideas on dishes and ingredients, check out Asian Home Gourmet's wide range of products here

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