Hartalika Teej is celebrated across the country by Hindu married women. It is one of the most prominent festivals and is primarily dedicated to Parvati and her union with Shiva. This year, Hartalika Teej is being observed on August 30.
Hartalika Teej is celebrated in Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, and Rajasthan. Women keep a day-long fast on this day and believe that worshipping Lord Shiva and Parvati on this day brings marital bliss and prosperity.
The most special part of this festival is the delicious recipes that are cooked for Prasad. Here are the lip-smacking traditional dishes for you to make at home easily to celebrate the auspicious festival.
- Dal Kachori
This is one of the most loved Teej delicacies. To make this, you just need to knead the dough and make small-sized puris. For the stuffing, you need boiled dal, spices and green chillies. Cook the stuffing and add it to the puris, seal the corners, and deep fry. Your dish is ready. Serve hot with chutney.
Gujiya is a sweet snack that is prepared with some easily available ingredients. All you need is khoya, sugar, almonds, green cardamom, semolina and flour. While the outer layer of the gujiya is made up of maida and is crispy, the filling of the gujiya is of khoya.
Ghewar is a must-have Rajasthani dish during Teej. This is a round-shaped dessert made up of ghee, water, semolina, milk, sugar, flour, cardamom powder, dry fruits, and saffron. For the batter, mix ghee, flour and water in a bowl. Then, pour the batter into a circular mould placed in a heavy-bottomed pan filled with ghee. Fry till the batter gets golden brown and then soak it in sugar syrup. Finally, top the dish with malai and garnish with chopped nuts.
- Coconut Laddoo
These are quick to cook. For coconut laddoos, you need to take a pan and add ghee to it. Toss the dry fruits and nuts and transfer them to a plate. Then, in the same pan, add grated coconut and cook till it turns brown in colour. Then take a tray and add the coconut, jaggery, fennel seeds, sesame seeds and dry fruits. Roll the laddoos and serve.
- Dal Baati Churma
Teej is not complete without Dal Baati Churma. It is another well-known Rajasthani delicacy. This meal consists of dal, deep-fried or baked baati, and sweetened, cardamom-flavored churma.