Vasant Panchami, also known as Basant Panchami is a Hindu festival celebrated on the fifth of the Hindu month of Magha, Shukla Paksha. It is also called Sri Panchami down South and is dedicated to Saraswati, the wife of Brahma and considered by Hindus as the Goddess of knowledge, music, learning and arts. Goddess Saraswati is worshiped on Basant Panchami day. This festival also marks the onset of Spring.
Yellow, yellow - God’s Fellow - Saraswati’s choice of color- yellow symbolizes the celebration and also embodies the spirit of the goddess Saraswati’s favourite color. One reason why you’ll see so many people draped in yellow and feasting on yellow coloured foods.
Fest with A food feast - Though yellow is the primary colour for this festival, there are plenty of other colours and flavours added to the festivities. Topping it all is of course is the
Rice Pulao or Khichdi. More on that later. And it’s not just about the spice, there’s even the kheer, a dessert made from sweet rice and milk. And there are other dishes added to the Basant Panchami menu. Here are a few of them
The various dishes include:
Moong dal khichdi - Moong Dal Khichdi is one of the most popular dishes in North India. Its heavenly taste and aroma make us feel like we are biting into the fragrant natural juices of Millets, Lentils and Chickpea, which gives complete nutrition. It combines a variety of vegetables with lentils, which are transformed into mouth-watering delicacies.
Vegetable Pulao - Made in India, vegetable pulao is a rice dish that is typically made with ghee or clarified butter which gives it a nutty taste. Vegetables can be sauteed with onions and garlic followed by the addition of spices like coriander, cumin, paprika, turmeric, red chilies and garam masala. During Basant Panchami, a yellow version of the pulao is made by adding an essence of turmeric and aromatic saffron, which make the dish more flavourful.
Meethe Chawal - A traditional Indian dessert that is a combination of caramelized jaggery, crispy puffed rice, and chopped cashews.
Kheer - The Indian dessert "kheer" is traditionally made with semolina or rice, milk, sugar and spices. It's a sweet milk pudding that's smooth and creamy with a slightly chewy texture. Nothing welcomes guests more than a sweet, creamy kheer. It takes minutes to make but is sure to be the highlight of the party.
Why rice? - Rice is a symbol of prosperity according to the Hindu Vedic culture. Therefore, it is served in all major festivals or poojas in our homes in the form of bhog or prasad, which is an auspicious offering to all the lords before starting any new task or auspicious occasions.
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