Gudi Padwa is an Indian festival celebrated by Hindus, the harvest festival falls on March 28, 2017. This auspicious occasion marks the beginning of a Hindu New Year according to Hindu lunisolar calendar and falls on the first day of Chaitra month. It is believed that on the auspicious day of Gudi Padwa people should buy any new things as it lasts longer and brings in good luck. Gudi Padwa marks the end of one agricultural harvest and the beginning of the spring season. The term ‘Padava’ or ‘Padwa’ in ‘Gudi Padwa’, stands for the first day of the lunar fortnight and is derived from the Sanskirt word pratipadā. The festival was first celebrated by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj as a symbol of victory when he defeated Sakas. Gudi Padwa 2017: Why do we celebrate Gudi Padwa, Facts, Significance & Importance

On the day of the occasion of this auspicious festival, people prepare various delicious foods including Puran Poli, Shrikhand, Aam Panha (refreshing mango drink), Gulab Jamun, Puri and much more to enjoy the Gudi Padwa feast. So, here we have a list of lip-smacking dishes which you can prepare for Gudi Padwa to spread the magic of love, happiness with a platter of delicious food. Happy Gudi Padwa! Gudi Padwa 2017: All you need to know about the Hindu New Year festival!

1. Puran Poli

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This is one of the famous and traditional Maharashtrian dishes which is a sweet flatbread made using yellow gram, cardamom, jaggery and grated coconut. The rolled bread is roasted in desi ghee or oil. This dish symbolises joy and happiness and the perfect combination of soft sweet bread is a treat that enhances the taste buds.

2. Aam Panha (mango drink)

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The best summer refreshment beverage in India, Aam Panha, is made up of fresh raw mangoes. It is a sweet and tangy drink which is prepared by boiling fresh mangoes. The cooked mango pulp is then added to the right amount of sugar, spices and water to create a sweet-spicy drink that will refresh your throat.

3. Shrikhand

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This Indian sweet dish is a flavoured yoghurt which is made up of strained yoghurt. A Maharashtrian traditional cuisine, Shrikhand is an essential dish on Gudi Padwa. Some people give their own twist to the traditional Shrikhand by adding some dry fruits and flavouring like mango, melons and berries. For making Shrikhand one requires cardamom powder, saffron and sugar along with the base of strained yoghurt. This sweet dish is best enjoyed with hot Puri’s.

4. Puri

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Puri is an Indian bread that is made up of wheat flour which is deep fried. One can easily consume these hot Puri with Batatyachi Bhaji (mashed potatoes with Indian flavouring) or sweet dish Shrikhand. Shrikhand Puri is one of the essential dishes in the menu for Gudi Padwa.

5. Batatyachi Bhaaji

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This dish is a savoury treat to be served with the deep fired Puris, and one requires boiled potatoes to prepare this spicy dish. This is an age-old traditional Maharashtrian dish that uses the traditional Indian spices of mustard seeds, curry leaves, chilli and asafoetida in mashed potatoes.

6. Sabudana vada

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Sabudana Vada is yet another traditional recipe which is both crisp and spicy. The Vada is made from a mixture of Tapioca or Sabudana and potato which is then deep fried. This delicacy is best served with green chutney and tomato ketchup. However an unusual addition as a dip for this fried dish is curd or plain yoghurt with a hint of sugar. People usually consume this food during fast.

7. Kesari Bhaat

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Kesari Bhaat is nothing but saffron rice which is made from saffron, white rice and some vegetables. This dish is specially prepared during Gudi Padwa festival, and one needs to cook rice well and later add saffron, vegetable bouillon, ghee, and bay leaves to the cooked rice.

8. Gulab Jamun

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This yummy sweet dish is a dessert which is made up of freshly curdled milk and garnished with dried nuts like almonds. In spite of its extreme levels of fats, this dish is one of the most loved sweet dishes in the Indian cuisine.

9. Modak

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Modak is one of the most delicious traditional Maharashtrian food which is offered to Lord Ganpati Bappa. This dish is specially made during Ganeshotsav. However, modak lovers have made it a traditional addition to the festivities of Gudi Padwa as well. Modak is a sweet dish which is filled with a mixture of coconut and jaggery. It can be prepared in two different ways – steamed or fried.

10. Rice Chakli

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Rice Chakli is a Maharashtrian snack that is prepared from the soft dough. The dough for Rice Chaklis is made by mixing rice flour, gram flour, chilli powder, salt, butter and asafoetida in it. This mixture is then moulded to prepare spiral-shaped Chaklis and is deep fried. This simple snack easily finds its way into every Indian festival and is mouth watering.