Gudi Padwa 2022: India will soon be covered in festive mode, once again! While many of us will be celebrating Chaitra Navaratri, Ramadan and Baishaki in the coming days, the western region of Maharashtra and Konkan will welcome a brand new year. The Gudi Padwa festival marks the start of the new year for Marathi and Konkani Hindus and will be celebrated with great enthusiasm throughout Maharashtra and adjoining regions. The festival essentially marks the first day of the New Year according to the lunisolar calendar. On Gudi Padwa day, people get up early and place Gudi flags and decorative designs on their doorsteps and perform pujas. Later in the day, they feast on traditional delicacies and dance throughout the year.
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Gudi Padva celebrations are incomplete without the delicious array of Marathi delicacies specially prepared during the festival. And, given our undying love for sweets and festive desserts, we bring you a list of classic Marathi desserts you can make at home to mark Gudi Padwa 2022.
Gudi Padwa 2022: classic Marathi desserts for Gudi Padwa 2022
1. Shrikhand (Our recommendation):
Talk about Marathi sweets and the rich and creamy Shrikhand that will definitely cross your mind. It is basically a classic dahi dessert that also includes elaichi, sugar, and dried fruits. Shrikhand holds pride of place in Gujarati and Maharashtrian cuisines and is widely prepared for almost any special occasion. This recipe here has a special twist that comes with the use of saffron (Kesar). Here is the recipe for you.
Gudi Padwa 2022: Shrikhand is a famous Marathi dessert.
2. Puran Poli:
Another classic Marathi sweet dish, Puran Poli is as much a festive specialty as it is an everyday comfort food. In the Marathi language, the sweet filling is called puran and the outer bread is the polish. It is a delicious side dish with rich flavors, but extremely easy and quick to prepare. Enjoyed by all age groups, here’s how you can make them at home.
Basundi can be called the close cousin of rabri. Milk is boiled and thickened with sugar, nuts and other ingredients for this recipe. A simple yet decadent sweet dish, this basundi recipe will help you whip up a memorable feast for everyone. Here is the recipe.
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4. Kaju Modak:
A quintessential Ganesh Chaturthi treat, modak can also be added to a traditional sweet platter to welcome the Marathi New Year. And while you’re at it, why not take the dish up a notch and whip up a much more delicious and rich version? Kaju modak is very suitable for festive exploits and is also quite easy to perform. Click here for the detailed Kaju Modak recipe.
Gudi Padwa 2022: Modak is made for all special occasions.
5. Coconut Ladoo:
Bite-size ladoos prepared with the goodness of condensed milk, khoya, dried coconut and almonds add a nice touch to your Gudi Padwa dessert platter. Ladoos are everyone’s favorite anyway, but make them sweet and crunchy with coconuts and they’ll surely be gobbled up in minutes! We assure you that with this recipe you cannot stop at just one! Click here for the detailed coconut ladoo recipe.
There you go, enjoy these sweet and decadent desserts as you celebrate the Marathi New Year at home.