The season of festivities has come again, as we started with the month of Sawan, and now Hindu women across most of northern India are gearing up to celebrate Hariyali Teej. The Indian festival celebrated with great zeal by women of Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar will be celebrated on July 31, 2022. The whole month of Shravana or Sawan is dedicated to the holy union of Lord Shiva and Parvati. Married women come together and pray for their married life and general well-being. On the day of Hariyali Teej, they also cover beautifully in green sari and with green bangles, the standout color of the festival. In addition, they also get together and make swings and listen to ancient folklore of Shiva and Parvati. On the day, some women also observe ritual fasting where they abstain from non-vegetarian foods. They eat a simple diet of fruits. Once the fast is over, they enjoy some tasty treats like ghevar, mathri and kachoris. And that party is a foodie’s paradise.
You expected this one, right? Ghevar is to Teej what soan papdi or kaju katli is to Diwali. A round honeycomb-like Rajasthani dessert dipped in sugar syrup, ghevar can be found in every sweet shop around the festival and sold in large numbers during the holiday season. But did you know you can make it at home too? The malai on the palate and the nutty topping is sure to make you drool
This is usually one of the first foods that women use to break their Teej fast. The crunchy, flaky snack is like a biscuit made from flour, water and a hint of cumin seeds. Naturally salty, one can always adjust the flavors of mathris by adding different kinds of spices to it. It’s a super versatile chai-time snack, which is also a perfect ingredient to add to chaat, sabzi and more. Mathri is a hassle-free, easy-to-carry snack that you can enjoy anytime, anywhere. Here is a simple recipe that you can try on this occasion.
3. Mirchi Vada
A Rajasthani style mirchi pakoda, this snack contains a spicy aloo filling and is covered in a besan batter and deep fried until golden brown in color. Click here for a delicious recipe of masala mathri. This recipe has flavors of red chillil, black carom seeds, turmeric, coriander leaves and more.
4. Bedmi Puri with Aloo
Is a festival really a festival if there is no puri-sabzi for lunch? The classic combination of bedmi puri and raseele always impresses and makes for a delightful affair. Raseele Aloo made in a tomato-based gravy with the finest spices such as cumin and coriander, paired with hot and crunchy pooris, is a healthy feast you won’t be able to resist. Click here for a quick and easy recipe made with simple ingredients.
5. Dal Baati Chorma
A festival in Rajasthan without this Rajasthani chapter is not a festival at all! Dalfruiti choorma is a serving of delicious gram flour dough deep fried in ghee, served with dal. This simple Rajasthani delicacy has everything to be the ultimate crowd pleaser at any lunch/dinner party. Click here for the full recipe
Celebrate Teej with these delicious recipes and share your experience with us. Happy Hariyali Teej!