Basant Panchami is celebrated to worship the goddess of education, music, and art, Saraswati.
The day also marks the onset of spring season, with devotees commemorating the day by flying kites, wearing yellow coloured clothing, and cooking traditional delicacies.
Here are three easy recipes to devour on this festival-
A must-have on Basant Panchami, Khichdi has the goodness of scented rice, lentils, aromatic spices, and vegetables of choice. To cook, begin with sauteing spices like ginger, garlic, cumin, and chillies in a tablespoon of oil or ghee. Then, chop your vegetables and add it to the sauted mixture with a pinch of salt. Dry roast some rice and lentils, and then add the two to the rest of the ingredients. Finally, stir the mixture, add water, and let the rice and lentils cook. Once done, drizzle some oil or ghee on top and serve.
2. Meetha Chawal
Also known as kesari bhaat, this rice dish is known for its sweet taste and saffron aroma. With saffron being a key part of the process, begin by soaking some strands of saffron and jaggery in some water. Soak some more saffron strands in a separate container for garnish. Then, take some soaked and drained rice and add it to the sweet jaggery water. Mix the two well, then cook the concoction. One can add water if the mixture gets dry. Finally, top the cooked rice with cashews, raisins, and saffron. Serve the meal hot.
3. Boondi Ke Laddoo
One of the most popular sweet treats, Boondi ke laddoos are a staple during festivals. To start cooking, mix some gram flour with water or milk to make a thick paste. Heat a pan and pour some ghee on top. Then, take a strainer and strain the boondis in a round shape, hitting the hot ghee. Fry the circular boondis and drain. Add them in a pot of sweet sugar syrup. Finally, prepare small round balls by hand and garnish with nuts and raisins. To make them appear more fancy, coat the ladoos with a silver foil.