Raksha Bandhan Festival Recipes

Collection of 21 sweets that can be made for the Raksha Bandhan festival. Raksha Bandhan is a beautiful festival where the bond of love and protection is celebrated between sisters and brothers. This year Raksha Bandhan falls on 22nd august 2021.

Raksha Bandhan Recipes

On Raksha Bandhan, the sister ties a rakhi on her brother’s right-hand wrist praying for his well-being, abundance and happiness. In return, the brother gives her a gift and also promises to protect her always.

In this post, I have shared 21 sweets that can be made during Raksha Bandhan festival and for the rakhi ritual. Some of them are very easy and can be made easily even for the first time.

Collection of 21 Raksha Bandhan recipes

1. Instant coconut ladoo recipe – 2 ingredient delicious ladoos that are pretty quick to make. The 2 main ingredients are sweetened condensed milk and desiccated coconut. Two more delicious variations of coconut ladoo recipes you can make:

instant coconut ladoo recipe

2. Gulab jamun recipe – a popular Indian dessert of fried dumplings in rose scented sugar syrup. There are many ways gulab jamun can be made. This easy and traditional recipe of gulab jamun is made with mawa (khoya) and flour. two more delicious variations you can make Raksha Bandhan are – Kala jamun and Dry gulab jamun recipe.

gulab jamun recipe

3. Seviyan kheer – This creamy seviyan kheer is a North Indian sweet made with wheat vermicelli, milk, sugar, dry fruits and flavored with spices. This incredibly easy recipe of semiya kheer comes together in 20 minutes and is often made during the festive occasions.

vermicelli kheer

4. Kaju katli recipe – Thin, smooth, melt-in-the-mouth slices of cashew goodness. One of the most popular Indian sweets made with cashews and sugar. This lovely treat includes a hint of rose but is completely customizable with your favorite flavors.

kaju katli recipe

5. Coconut barfi – This is an easy and tasty recipe of coconut barfi made with condensed milk and desiccated coconut. The coconut burfi had a melt in the mouth soft texture. You can also make coconut ladoos with the same mixture.

coconut barfi recipe

6. Rice kheer – a favorite Indian dessert made with basmati rice, milk, nuts and saffron. To make this kheer more flavorful you can add saffron strands and dry fruits of your choice. We always add almonds, cashews and golden raisins along with saffron and cardamom. You can also make Rice kheer from cooked rice.

rice kheer

7. Rasgulla recipe – soft and spongy milk based sweet soaked in sugar syrup. One of the most popular Indian sweet. An equally popular recipe you can make with rasgullas are Rasmalai.

rasgulla recipe

8. Phirni – a classic creamy sweet pudding made with powdered rice, milk, almonds, saffron and cardamom. Sweetened with sugar. phirni is often made in north India on festive occasions or special celebrations like Diwali as well as for Karwa Chauth or Raksha Bandhan festival.

phirni recipe

9. Sooji halwa recipe – classic Indian semolina pudding made with ghee and dry fruits. sooji halwa is a quick and easy halwa which is often made in most Indian homes. The South Indian counterpart of sooji halwa is Rava kesari.

sooji halwa recipe

10. Paal payasam – sweet and creamy simple South Indian kheer made with rice and milk. this is the simplest payasam recipe. Only four ingredients go in the payasam – rice, milk, sugar and ghee.

paal payasam recipe

11. Motichoor ladoo recipe – melt in the mouth ladoos made from gram flour aka besan. One of the most popular Indian sweet. Another similar variation is this Boondi ladoo. For more delicious ladoo recipes you can check this Collection of 23 ladoo recipes.

motichoor ladoo recipe

12. Milk peda recipe – This recipe is made with khoya (mawa) and tastes too good. Making peda with khoya is easy, quick and does not take much time. These pedas taste super delicious and are just like the peda you get in mithai shops.

peda recipe, doodh peda

13. Sandesh recipe – a very popular cottage cheese (paneer) sweet fudge from bengal. making sandesh is not difficult and is an easy recipe. Another variation you can make is this Chocolate sandesh recipe.

sandesh recipe

14. Besan ladoo – It is a popular Indian sweet made from gram flour, powdered sugar and ghee. This foolproof method will give you a laddu with the perfect sweet taste and melt-in-your-mouth texture every time. Two more popular sweets you can make with besan are Mysore pak and Besan ka halwa recipe.

besan ladoo

15. Semiya payasam recipe – one of the easiest sweets that can be made for any festive occasion is semiya payasam. Semiya are vermicelli and payasam akins to pudding. Making seviyan payasam does not take much time and the entire dish can be brought together in a matter of about 20 to 25 minutes.

semiya payasam recipe


16. Rava ladoo – It is a festive sweet of delicious balls made with semolina (cream of wheat), sugar, ghee (clarified butter), nuts and flavored with ground cardamom. While there are many variations of making this popular Indian sweet, I share an easy Rava Laddu recipe that gets made quickly and tastes awesome.  Other popular South Indian sweets you can make with rava for Raksha Bandhan Festival are:

rava ladoo recipe

17. Kalakand recipe – this kalkand is a jhatpat (quick) recipe. Only two ingredients are required sweetened condensed milk and paneer or chenna. Stir for 15 minutes. Allow to set the kalakand for a couple of hours and you have the kalakand ready.

kalakand recipe

18. 7 cup barfi – This is an easy and delicious South Indian sweet that can be made for Raksha Bandhan festival. 7 cup barfi includes 7 cups or 7 measures of ingredients. It is also called as 7 cup cake and tastes absolutely delicious.

7 cup barfi recipe

19. Cake without oven – soft, moist and delicious chocolate cake made in pressure cooker. If you want to make a chocolate based sweet for rakhsa bandhan then you can check these other Chocolate recipes also:

chocolate cake recipe in pressure cooker

20. Carrot halwa or gajar halwa – It is a classic Indian dessert made with grated carrots and milk. Gajar halwa is made for any celebrative occasion. Its an evergreen Indian dessert. Few more popular halwa recipes you can make for rakhi festival are:

carrot halwa recipe

21. Burfi recipe – This is a really easy and quick basic recipe of barfi made with khoya or mawa. This basic burfi recipe can be adapted to make different kinds of barfi with various flavors. E.g. For making chocolate barfi you can add cocoa powder.

barfi recipe

This Raksha Bandhan Recipes post from the blog archives first published in August 2017 has been updated on 21 August 2021.

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