The festival of Raksha Bandhan is when you keep that sibling rivalry aside and celebrate your bond with each other. It’s the perfect way to reconnect with family over delicious food and drinks. If you’re hosting a Rakhi party at home and looking for easy meal ideas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve laid out the perfect 3-course meal for you.
1. Yoghurt & Chicken Patties
Time: 30 minutes
2 chicken breasts, skinned and minced
2 slices bread, toasted and crumbled
2 tablespoons yoghurt
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 red chilli, chopped
1/2 ginger, peeled and grated
1 egg, beaten
Salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste
1. Mix the chicken pieces with the toasted bread crumbs, yoghurt, garlic, chilli, ginger, and beaten egg. Add salt, pepper and lemon juice to the mixture, and shape into round patties.
2. Deep fry these patties until golden brown on each side.
3. Serve hot with toothpicks and mint chutney.
2. Achari Paneer Sabzi
Time: 30 minutes
200 grams fresh paneer (cottage cheese), cut into medium-sized pieces
2 onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1 small piece of ginger
2 tablespoons achar (pickle) powder
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon each of red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, and garam masala
1 and 1/2 cups tomato puree
1/4 cup fresh cream
1/4 tablespoon Kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
1. Put the pickle powder in the paneer and mix it gently. Let it rest.
2. Make a paste of onion, ginger, garlic, and fennel seeds. Saute this paste in oil till it is cooked or for about three to four minutes.
3. Add the paste to the tomato puree with the spices – red chilli, turmeric, coriander and garam masala. Let it boil on low heat.
4. Add the pickled paneer to the gravy and let it cook on low heat. Add seasoning, Kasuri methi and fresh cream.
5. Serve hot with roomali rotis or stuffed kulchas.
3. Coconut Ladoos
Time: 15 minutes
2 cups coconut, grated (fresh or desiccated)
2 teaspoon ghee
8 to 10 cashew nuts or almonds, broken
1 tin condensed milk (or 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup milk)
Pinch of cardamom powder
1. Sauté the broken nuts in ghee until lightly brown.
2. In the same pan, add coconut, condensed milk (or milk and sugar). Cook on a low heat, while stirring constantly.
3. Let the mixture thicken and cool. Now add cardamom powder and mix well.
4. While still warm, roll the mix into ladoo shapes with leftover coconut and refrigerate. Serve at room temperature.