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Raksha Bandhan 2022: From Gulab Jamun to Coconut Laddu, sweets recipes for this festival season

Let’s all celebrate this Raksha Bandhan with some mouth-watering sweets.



Raksha Bandhan sweets

Raksha Bandhan or Rakhi is an Indian festival to celebrate the bond and love between a brother and a sister. It is a ritual in which a holy thread Rakhi is tied around the brother’s wrist by the sister. 

Rakhi is the representation of the bond of protection that signifies that a brother must protect his sister in all situations. Raksha Bandhan is a huge festival in India. Food is a major part of every celebration in India, therefore the sweets prepared on this occasion must be exceptional too.

Let’s all celebrate this Raksha Bandhan with some mouth-watering sweets. There are so many sweets that can be prepared at home without any hustle and bustle.

Gulab Jamun

This Rakhi, don’t buy Gulab Jamun from your regular sweet shops, instead, you can cook this yourself. Gulab Jamun is made with khoya, flour, and nuts and it is dipped in sugar syrup infused with saffron. The recipe:

  • Griddle the flour with the baking powder and the milk powder three times to ensure the ingredients are evenly mixed.
  • Add in the ghee and rub the mixture with the fingertips, mix well.
  • Add milk to the gulab jamun powder and knead to make the dough smooth.
  • Keep the dough aside to set for 5 minutes.
  • Gently roll small portions of the dough into smooth balls.
  • Prepare your sugar syrup by heating 2 cups sugar with two cups water.
  • Slow down the heat and allow the syrup to settle down for 7-8 minutes. Add lemon juice to refine the syrup and remove any foam that may have come on the surface.
  • Remove the syrup from the fire and add some rose water.
  • Reheat about 3 cups of ghee in a pan or you can use refined oil as well.
  • Put the prepared balls into the hot oil and remove them from the heat right away.
  • Wait for the balls to turn golden and allow them to acquire from deep gold to light brown colour.
  • Add the cooled balls to the hot syrup and warm it for 5 minutes on low heat.

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Almond Katli

  • Badam katli or Almond katli is an Indian dessert made up of almonds, milk, and sugar. It can be very easily made at home.
  • The first step to prepare the dish is soaking almonds in warm water.
  • Then de skinning of the almonds is done.
  • The next step is to ground the almonds into a fine powder, or even to thick paste with milk.
  • Then the paste is mixed with sugar paste which basically gives a barfi or any desired shape.

Moong Dal Ki Barfi

Everyone loves Moong ki dal ka halwa and barfi. It is very easy to make moong dal ki barfi using condensed milk, where you will not have to cook in the kitchen for hours to make this delicious barfi. 

  • Drain and grind dal coarsely. Slightly coarser than the feel of fine sand.
  • In a very heavy kadhai, mix the ghee and dal, and place over low heat.
  • Stir-fry it until it turns brown.
  • Remove from the kadhai and add khoya within the same kadhai and stir-fry till it’s a smooth mixture and lightly coloured.
  • Mix the dal, elaichi and khoya and keep them aside to cool down.
  • In another pan place the sugar and water over low heat stirring till the sugar dissolves, taking care to not let it come to a boil before the sugar dissolves.
  • Once the sugar dissolves, increase the warmth and produce to a boil and let the syrup cook till thick.
  • Take the pan out of the warmth and blend immediately into the cooled dal mixture, stirring vigorously and quickly, to blend well.
  • Transfer it to the greased plate, pat to level, garnish with almonds and leave to chill.
  • When cool and set, cut it into desired-sized pieces with a sharp knife.

Milk Cake

Milk Cake is a traditional Indian milk fudge that’s made of milk, sugar, ghee, and an acidic agent such as lemon juice.

  • Take milk and bring it to a boil, in a very large thick-bottomed non-stick kadai on high heat.
  •  Add alum and sugar, and still cook, stirring continuously, for about one and a half hours, or till the milk becomes grainy and begins to thicken.
  • Add the ghee and liquid sugar; mix it well and still cook till the mixture begins to depart the edges of the kadai.
  • Transfer the mixture to a seven-and-a-half-inch round and two-and-a–half-inch deep greased dish and canopy it. Put aside for four to 5 hours.
  •  During this point, it’ll still cook and therefore the middle layer will become brown.
  •  Turn the milk cake out onto a dish, take squares and serve.

Coconut Laddu

  • Heat 1 tablespoon ghee during a heavy-bottomed Kadhai over low heat.
  • Add 175 grams (2 cups) of desiccated coconut.
  • Roast over low heat for 2-3 minutes or until it gives out a nutty aroma.
  • Add 1 cup milk and 1/4 cup cream.
  • Cook, stirring continuously until the milk is absorbed by the coconut.
  • Add 160 grams (2/3 cup) of sugar.
  • Mix well, the sugar will melt and release moisture.
  • Cook, stirring continuously until the mixture releases most of the moisture.
  • Add 3 to 4 tablespoons milk and 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder.
  • Mix and cook until the mixture come together, forms a dough-like consistency, and starts leaving the perimeters of the kadhai.
  • Turn out the warmth and transfer the mixture to a plate or bowl. Allow it to chill down slightly, just warm enough to handle, for about 10 minutes.
  • Grease your palms with little ghee, take about 2 tablespoons of the mixture, and form a ball by rolling between your palms.
  • Coat it with desiccated coconut and transfer it to a plate.

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Ram Navami 2023: Wishes, greetings, messages, images to share with your friends and family

This year, Ram Navami will be celebrated on March 30, 2023.



Ram Navami 2023

Ram Navami is one of the auspicious festivals of Hindus which is celebrated every year during March or April. Ram Navami marks the birthday of Lord Ram, the seventh avatar of the deity Vishnu.

This festival is a part of the Chaitra Navaratri in the spring, and falls on the ninth day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of Chaitra, the first month in the Hindu calendar. This year, Ram Navami will be celebrated on March 30, 2023.

On the occasion of Ram Navami, here are wishes, greetings, messages and images to share with your friends and family on Chaitra Navratri.

Ram Navami 2023: Wishes

  • May the divine grace of Lord Rama always be with you. Wish you a very happy and prosperous Rama Navami.
  • With the blessings of Lord Ram, may you achieve success in all your endeavours. Shubh Ram Navami to you and your family.
  • On the occasion of Ram Navami, let us offer prayers to Lord Ram to seek his blessings. Let us pray for happiness, harmony and success in our life. Happy Ram Navami to you and your family.
  • Lord Ram is the eternal savior with the power to change our lives with his divine blessings. Let us come together to offer him prayers on Ram Navami and be blessed. Happy Ram Navami.
  • May Lord Ram guide you towards the path of righteousness and bless you with happiness, peace and prosperity. Happy Ram Navami!

Ram Navami 2023: Greetings

  • On this holy occasion of Ram Navami, I wish that the blessings of Lord Ram are with you and your family. May your heart and home be filled with happiness, peace and prosperity. Happy Ram Navami.
  • When you have the choicest blessings of Lord Ram with you, you don’t have to worry about anything in life. Wishing a very Happy Ram Navami.
  • May the divine blessings of Lord Ram bring you peace, happiness and success in all your endeavors. Happy Ram Navami!
  • May the blessings of Lord Ram be with you always, guiding you towards the path of righteousness and enlightenment. Happy Ram Navami!
  • Let us celebrate the triumph of good over evil and seek blessings from Lord Rama on this auspicious day. Happy Ram Navami!

Ram Navami 2023: Messages

  • I wish that this auspicious day bring along happiness to you and your family and fill your life with prosperity and joy. May there is more brightness and more glory in your life. May you are always blessed. Wishing you a very Happy Ram Navami.
  • Sending warm wishes to you on Ram Navami. May Lord Ram is always there to protect you, shower you with blessings. May you offer your prayers to him every day and seek his blessings for a happier life. Happy Ram Navami to you.
  • I pray that you and your family enjoy this wonderful occasion of Ram Navami. I wish that happiness and prosperity, peace and harmony prevail in every facet of your life making it a perfect one. Sending best wishes on Ram Navami to you my dear.
  • Jinke mann mein hai Shri Ram, jeevan mein hai unke sukh, chain aur aaram. Unke charno mein jisne vaara hai apna jeevan, mil gaya hai use prem aur gyan. Ram Navami hi hardik badhaiyan.
  • On this occasion of Ram Navami, I wish that Lord Ram is always there with you and your loved ones showering his blessings on you and showing you the right path to walk on. I wish your hearts are filled with peace and home with happiness. Warm wishes on Ram Navami to you.

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Happy Navratri 2023: Wishes, messages, greetings, WhatsApp images to share on Chaitra Navratri

This year, Chaitra Navratri will be observed on March 22 and will end on March 30.



Navratri 2023

Navratri is one of the auspicious festivals of Hindus. It is an annual Hindu festival observed in honour of the goddess Ambika and Durga. The nine-day-long festival falls twice a year, one in the month of Chaitra and the other one in the month of Sharad.

This year, Chaitra Navratri will be observed on March 22 and will end on March 30. Navratri begins with worshipping Maa Shailputri and ends with the worship of Maa Siddhidatri.

On the occasion of Chaitra Navaratri, here are wishes, messages, greetings and WhatsApp images to share with your loved ones.

Chaitra Navaratri 2023: Wishes

  • Let Goddess Durga bring happiness, health, prosperity, and harmony into your life. Chaitra Navratri greetings!
  • May the auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri help you to overcome all the obstacles and negative energies in your life. Wishing you all a happy Chaitra Navratri.
  • Let us thank all the Goddesses for their love and blessings on the occasion of Navratri. To all, best wishes on this auspicious occasion.
  • May this festival lead us from ignorance to wisdom and from darkness to light.
  • May the goddess Durga usher happiness, peace, and positivism throughout the year. Have a wonderful Navratri.

Chaitra Navaratri 2023: Messages

  • Durga aur Laxmi, Sarasvati aur Katyayni, sab barsaye aapke Jeevan mein khushiyan hazar. Mubarak ho aapko aur aapke parivar ko Chaitra Navratri ka tyohar.
  • The nine forms of Goddess Durga bring nine different strengths to the world. May you be blessed with all. Happy Chaitra Navratri to you.
  • On the occasion of Navratri, let us thank all the Goddesses for their love and blessings. Warm greetings on this auspicious occasion to all.
  • Good fortune, good health, happy life, all these are my wishes for you this Navratri! Happy Navratri to you and your family.
  • May the celebrations of Navratri infuse your life with unmatched energy and happiness. Warm greetings on the occasion of Navratri to you.

Chaitra Navaratri 2023: Greetings

  • May Goddess Durga bless you with the power to tackle the evils and bring prosperity into your life, Happy Chaitra Navratri., Jai Mata Di.
  • Warm greetings on this auspicious occasion of Chaitra Navratri. May Maa Durga protect you from negativity and bring positivity into your life.
  • Wishing you a Happy Chaitra Navratri. May the goddesses give you the power, wisdom and courage to take on any challenges in life.
  • Happy Chaitra Navratri. I wish Maa Durga empowers you with immense strength to take on all the challenges in life.
  • Time has come to welcome the nine Shaktis into our lives and seek their blessings for a happy and prosperous life. Wishing you and your family a Happy Navratri.

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When is Ramadan 2023 in India? Check city-wise Sehri, Iftar time

The beginning of the month of Ramadan depends on moon sightings.



Ramadan 2023

Ramadan, also known as Ramazan, is one of the most auspicious festivals for Muslims across the world. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar which holds special importance for Muslims.

Muslims observe a strict fast called Roza from sunrise to sunset each day during Ramadan.

When will Ramadan 2023 start in India?

The beginning of the month of Ramadan depends on moon sightings.

The exact date of this holy month varies from country to country but it is expected that Ramadan 2023 will start on March 22 or March 23 and end on April 21 or April 22. Middle Eastern countries celebrate both Ramadan and Eid-ul-Fitr, one day earlier than most countries in the world.

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Ramadan 2023: Sehri and Iftar timings city-wise

Mumbai05:29 am06:50 pm
Delhi05:06 am06:35 pm
Chennai05:02 am06:20 pm
Hyderabad05:08 am06:30 pm
Bangalore05:13 am06:35 pm
Ahmedabad05:29 am06:52 pm
Kolkata04:26 am05:48 pm
Pune05:26 am06:49 pm
Jaipur05:13 am06:41 pm
Lucknow04:52 am06:19 pm
Kanpur04:55 am06:22 pm
Indore05:16 am06:41 pm
Patna04:37 am06:02 pm
Ludhiana05:09 am06:41 pm
Chandigarh05:06 am06:37 pm
New Delhi05:06 am06:35 pm
Amritsar04:33 am05:58 pm
Jodhpur05:25 am06:52 pm
Gurgaon05:07 am06:36 pm
Noida05:05 am06:34 pm
Kolhapur05:25 am06:47 pm
Ajmer05:18 am06:46 pm
Jammu05:12 am06:45 pm
Patiala05:08 am06:38 pm

Ramadan 2023 in other countries

  • In Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Ramadan will begin on March 23.
  • In Indonesia, it will begin on March 22
  • In Kuwait, Lebanon, Maldives, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and Turkey, it will also begin on March 23.

Each country will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on April 21 or April 22, depending on the moon sighting.

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