Raksha Bandhan symbolizes the love and affection between brothers and sisters. As a part of the ritual, after tying the Rakhi, sisters feed delicious sweets to their brothers, as it is believed that this brings success, peace, and good health to their brothers throughout the year. This exchange of sweets has become an important part of the Raksha Bandhan celebrations. As India is a land of rich cuisines, there are different types of sweets in different parts of the country, with each region boasting of its own specialty. Sweets are also an important part of Rakhi gifts. It is a common tradition for sisters to gift their brothers’ favorite sweets on the festive occasion. While there are many Indian sweets that are popularly eaten on the festival of Rakhi, there are some that are, undoubtedly, the best of the best. Read on to find some of the best sweets to be gifted on Rakhi.
Raksha Bandhan Sweet Gifts
Kaju katli (barfi) is one of the most popular Indian sweets that is perfect for any occasion, including Rakhi. It is made from cashews, sugar, cardamom powder and ghee. The pieces of barfi are rhombus in shape and covered with edible silver foil. A little bit on the expensive side, kaju katli, nevertheless, is one of the best sweets to gift.
A popular sweet throughout the Indian subcontinent, gulab jamun is just the perfect gift for a festival like Raksha Bandhan. It is made of dough prepared by mixing milk solids in sugar syrup, which is then flavored with cardamom seeds and rose water or saffron.
Sohan papdi is yet another famous festival sweet in India. A lot of people prefer giving it on Rakhi, as it can be stored and eaten for a long period of time, unlike the other sweets that are to be consumed within 3-4 days. The crisp and flaky texture of sohan papdi is much liked by kids. It is square in shape and can be creamish or yellowish in color.
Bengali rasgullas is a syrupy sweet of Bengal. It is made from Indian cottage cheese and semonlina dough and finally cooked in sugary syrup. Rasgullas are a Bengali specialty and are very popular not just on Bengali festivals, but throughout the country, on all festivals. While rasguallas debuted in Orissa, they soon found favor in Bengal and thereby, Bengali rasgullas gained in popularity.
Apart from the above mentioned sweets, there are a variety of sweets that can be gifted on the occasion Rakhi. These include green cream fruit burfi, kesari, mango pedas, kaju kalinga, and kaju anaar. Karachi halwa, boondi and sangam are some other widely gifted sweets on rakhi. Regional sweets are also quite popular.