The festival of Gudi Padwa is a joyous occasion for the people of Maharashtra and Konkan region. It is observed on the first day of the Chaitra month, the first month in the Hindu calendar. According to the calendar, this is also the first day of the new year. This festival is mainly celebrated in Maharashtra.
The name Gudi Padwa is derived from – ‘Gudi’ which means flag or emblem of Lord Brahma and ‘Padwa’ which means the first day of the moon phase. According to Hindu mythology, Lord Brahma created the universe on this day. It is also believed that Lord Brahma created the concept of days, weeks and months on the day of Gudi Padwa. The festival also marks the arrival of the spring season and after this festival, rabi crops are harvested.
The festival is a symbol of Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana. People start the day of Gudi Padwa with an oil bath and wear new clothes. They decorate their houses by making rangoli. Gudi Padwa is celebrated as Ugadi in parts of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Indian festivals are not complete without sweets and desserts. Here are the desserts worth trying on Gudi Padwa.
Shrikhand is a tasty and simple dessert made with thick curd or yogurt. It is flavored with saffron and cardamom. It is a delight for those with a sweet tooth.
Puran Poli is a delicious option for Gudi Padwa. Puran poli is nothing but a sweet flatbread that is filled with a sweetened lentil filling made from split chana dal and jaggery.
Karanji or gujiya is a crispy fried dumpling filled with sweetened khoa, coconut and dried fruit.
Basundi is a dessert made with thickened milk. It is flavored with sugar, cardamom, spices and nuts.
Sabudana kheer is a delicious dessert that also appeals to children. It is a simple pudding made with tapioca pearls or sabudana, milk and sugar.
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