Traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Raksha Bandhan is a festival in which a sister ties a talisman or an amulet, also called rakhi, around her brother’s wrist. This symbolizes love and protection. Sometimes, when siblings have to live in separate locations due to various reasons like education, work, and marriage, it becomes difficult to experience the same joy.
Thanks to the advent of the internet, you can select your favorite fancy rakhi online and send that rakhi with sweets like gulab jamun, ladoo, rasgulla, and barfi overseas. This year I ordered rakhi from Ferns N Petals. Ordered an Ethnic Rakhi Set & Plants In Metal Pots and I loved it.
My sister-in-law (Ashu) is a nature lover. She has a beautiful channel ” Nature’s Window”. She has an amazing squirrel friend called “gillu”. Do visit her channel
Dearest 🙂 Rahul & Ashu
On this auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan, I pray for your ultimate happiness, good health, and success.
Handmade gifts often let the receiver feel that they are loved. They think that the person giving the gift has spent enough time thinking about what they want, something that shows their personality or interest. In addition, a handmade gift lets someone feel extra special because rather than giving a store-bought present, you chose to put your time creating something.
Without a doubt, the person who will receive it will feel nothing but good vibes. I made these personalized rakhis with alphabet beads and colorful threads. How I made it? The link is below.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of each Indian festival is the mouthwatering food that is served on such special occasions. The day of Raksha Bandhan is feast time for the brothers, sisters to make their favorite dishes that adorn the dining table. Scrumptious sweets recipes are generally prepared for this day.
Kalakand is a delicious, rich sweet dish that is a staple in most Indian homes, particularly in the North. The texture and taste of this homemade recipe are very similar to the one you get in the mithai shops and are very easy to make as well.
This is a very simple recipe and it is so close to the traditional Kalakand, the only difference is I replaced paneer with tofu. Indian desserts tend to be very sweet traditionally and I am sticking to the traditional flavor. You can reduce the sugar if you wish. This kalakand also has a specific traditional flavor and texture.
Crumbled tofu – 400 gms or 1 & 1/2 cups
Milk – 2 cups
Full fat milk powder – 1 & 1/2 cups
Sugar – 3/4 cup
Chopped pistachios – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
A pinch of salt
- Line a tray with butter paper and keep it aside.
- Boil milk in a non stick pan and boiled till it for 5 minutes. Keep on stirring the milk with a spoon at short intervals so it doesn’t stick at the bottom of the pan.
- Now add crumbled tofu to the milk and stir it continuously. Cook the mixture till it gets thick and looks like mawa.
- Add milk powder and stir the mixture. Mix well and cook for 5 minutes on low heat.
- Then add sugar and cook it till the mixture reaches the consistency of making a burfee. At last add cardamom powder and mix it well.
- Pour the mixture into a greased tray and let it set.
- Garnish chopped pistachios and let it rest for 2 hours in a refrigerator before slicing.
- Now cut into desired shape.