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9 sweet delights for 9 days of Navratri!

9 sweet delights for 9 days of Navratri!

Navratri is a nine-night festival where each night is dedicated to honouring a Hindu goddess. Devotees express their gratitude and devotion towards the divine goddesses and celebrate each night with enthusiasm, dancing and delicious food.
But Navratri is not just about rituals; it is also a feast for the senses, and colour plays a crucial role. With each day draped in a distinct hue, Navratri is a visual spectacle that evokes emotions and symbolises various aspects of life.
A crucial part of the festivities involves preparing sweets, offered affectionately as prasad to the goddess and shared joyfully among devotees. Read along to find easy to make and vrat friendly Navratri sweet recipes, specially curated for the 9 days of festivities, and made more delicious with Nestlé MILKMAID.

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Mawa Kheer Recipe

Colour of Day 1: Royal Blue
Navratri’s first day dawns with the regal hue of royal blue, which symbolises strength and stability. What better way to inaugurate this festive journey than with a serving of delicious Mawa Kheer? You can easily prepare this vrat-friendly Navratri sweet using the luscious Nestlé MILKMAID and aromatic desi ghee. The creamy sweetness of MILKMAID provides a beautiful foundation, complemented by the alluring aroma of desi ghee. Adding finely crushed makhana and fried dry fruits elevates the dessert’s texture to perfection, while also enhancing its nutrition value. You can even add a blue twist to this dessert by topping with some blueberries!

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Amrakhand Recipe

Colour of Day 2: Yellow
Yellow, a bright and cheerful colour that symbolises happiness, positivity, and enlightenment, sets the tone on the second day of Navratri. To complement this bright and cheerful tone, indulge in Mango Shrikhand—a delicious sweet that encapsulates the essence of sweet, ripe mangoes in a delightful and creamy dessert. You can make creamy Mango Shrikhand at home effortlessly with the help of MILKMAID. Its creamy richness enhances the dessert’s texture while the sweet notes add perfect sweetness to it in no time, creating a delicious Navratri sweet that's simply irresistible.

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Lauki ka Halwa Recipe

Colour of Day 3: Green
As you step into the vibrant celebrations of the third day of Navratri, it's time for green to take the spotlight—a colour that represents nature, fertility, and prosperity. Lauki ka Halwa is a delightful Navratri sweet that aligns perfectly with the green theme. Lauki, or bottle gourd, when turned into a sweet halwa, becomes a great addition to your Navratri festivities. It is the perfect sweet dish for those who are fasting during the festival. MILKMAID is a great way to perfect this halwa. It binds all the ingredients together and gives a soft, gooey texture while adding perfect sweetness, enhancing the richness and flavour of the dish. The result is a luscious Lauki ka Halwa that not only celebrates the green hues of Navratri but also pays homage to the blessings of nature.

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Malpua Rabri Recipe

Colour of Day 4: Grey
On the fourth day of Navratri, embracing the colour grey, we step into the realm of wisdom, dignity, and the balance in emotions that come with age. Let's celebrate this day dedicated to wisdom with a Navratri special sweet - the classic Malpua Rabri. Thanks to Nestlé MILKMAID, you can enjoy a delicious dessert without the need for a complex or time-consuming preparation. Rest assured, the taste of the dessert will be as delightful as ever. The luxurious texture and creamy richness of MILKMAID blend with paneer and nuts, bringing forth the authentic flavours of rabri. The Malpuas, crispy on the outside and tender within, eagerly soak up the sweetness of the sugar syrup, making every bite a sheer delight.

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Kaju Katli

Colour of Day 4: Grey
If there is one dessert that no one can ever say no to, it is probably Kaju Katli! Try this creamy Katli at home with MILKMAID and a few other ingredients. MILKMAID helps get a great texture and binding to the Katli, making each kite shaped Katli a perfect delight. It also adds the right amount of sweetness without making it too sweet, this being the hallmark of a good Kaju Katli. Rope in the kids at home as young sous chefs for a fun festive dessert making session!

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Pumpkin Halwa

Colour of Day 5: Orange
On the fifth day of Navratri, you dive into the energetic, youthful, and happy vibes of orange. And what better way to embrace these energetic and joyful vibes than with a bowl of Pumpkin Halwa? It's a culinary celebration that perfectly captures the essence of Navratri's energy and joy. Nestlé MILKMAID’s creaminess and sweetness flawlessly harmonise with the earthy goodness of pumpkin and roasted nuts, helping achieve the perfect thickness and texture of the halwa in just 30 minutes. With each spoonful of this rich, velvety halwa, you'll experience a delightful burst of deliciousness.

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Kesar Shrikhand Recipe

Colour of Day 5: Orange
The delicate saffron strands in Kesar Shrikhand infuse the dessert with an orange hue and a subtle, aromatic richness that’s simply divine. Nestlé MILKMAID is the chief ingredient in our easy recipe. It blends seamlessly with the hung curd, bringing just the right amount of sweetness and velvety goodness. No need to fuss about adding sugar separately or ensuring it mixes well with the hung curd. Each spoonful of Kesar Shrikhand is like a creamy dream, a tantalizing blend of textures and that irresistible aroma of saffron, topped with a sprinkle of garnished nuts for that extra bit of delight. Enjoy it chilled!

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Malai Laddu Recipe

Colour of Day 6: White
The pure and pristine white shade of Malai Laddus beautifully mirrors the sanctity of the festival, aligning harmoniously with the Navratri occasion. These sweet delights are a reflection of how the simplest of flavours can be so tempting. MILKMAID and paneer being the main ingredients, you can enjoy this Navratri sweet on vrat days. Taking a bite of Malai Laddus is like tasting a piece of heaven. With the help of Nestlé MILKMAID, you can effortlessly bind all the ingredients together and achieve an incredibly creamy texture along with rich sweet flavour. Each bite is like savouring a priceless moment.

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Malai Peda Recipe

Colour of Day 6: White
As you embrace the pristine colour white on the sixth day of Navratri, complement it with Malai Peda, a delicious representation of purity and simplicity. Its traditionally soft, creamy texture can be made even more luscious with Nestlé MILKMAID. The perfectly sweetened condensed milk provides a velvety smoothness and a sweet depth that elevates the taste, ensuring a satisfying and luxurious treat. Relish the sweetness of this delicious Malai Peda and add up to your Navratri celebrations.

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Moong Dal Ka Halwa Recipe

Colour of Day 7: Red
With Navratri's vibrant red infusing the air with energy and passion, it's time to savour a sweet delight like Moong Dal Halwa. This dessert embodies festivity with its warm, indulgent flavours and smooth yet grainy texture. Each spoonful treats you to a symphony of sweetness, blending the subtle nuttiness of moong dal with fragrant cardamom, all enhanced by the rich creaminess of Nestlé MILKMAID. Not only does MILKMAID help achieve the perfect consistency, smoothness, and sweetness, but it also significantly reduces the cooking time. Garnished with almonds, raisins, and pistachios, Moong Dal ka Halwa is a delightful celebration of Navratri's passionate spirit.

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Gulab Jamun Recipe

Colour of Day 7: Red
Embrace the warmth and dense essence of red colour this Navratri with delectable Gulab Jamun. The texture of these golden brown spheres is pure indulgence - the outer layer, crispy yet tender, gives way to the soft, syrup-soaked interior. And here's the secret ingredient to achieving that perfect texture of homemade Gulab Jamuns every single time - Nestlé MILKMAID. It effortlessly binds all the ingredients, adding just the right amount of sweetness and smoothness to the mix in no time. Savouring Gulab Jamun made with Nestlé MILKMAID is like enjoying a warm, sugary piece of heaven, perfectly in tune with the essence of love during Navratri celebrations.

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Coconut Laddu Recipe

Colour of Day 8: Sky blue
Embrace the calmness of the sky blue colour while enjoying the delightful flavours of Coconut Laddus this Navratri, perfect for everyone in the house. Coconut Laddus are vrat-friendly delicate treats that will tantalize your taste buds with their creamy textures and nutty flavours. Nestlé MILKMAID helps elevate this classic treat to a new level of delight. The result is soft Coconut Laddus with a velvety richness that's simply divine. Once you've crafted these delectable laddus, you can further enhance their taste and texture by rolling them generously in grated coconut. You can even get kids involved to add to the festive fun.

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Makhana Kheer Recipe

Colour of Day 8: Sky blue
On the auspicious eighth day of Navratri, elevate your dessert experience with the divine Makhana Kheer. Makhana Kheer is usually associated with fasting, religious offerings, and special occasions. Nestlé MILKMAID brings a unique richness and creaminess to the kheer, making it more velvety and scrumptious. The result is a delightful fusion of the satisfying crunch of crushed makhana, the silky embrace of milk, the luxurious addition of Nestlé MILKMAID, and the graceful notes of grated coconut. Each spoonful is a delicate balance of extravagance and simplicity, whether relished warm or chilled. Savour every mouthful and allow the enchanting fusion of Makhana and MILKMAID to captivate your senses, transforming each moment into a celebratory experience.

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Gulab ki Kheer Recipe

Colour of Day 9: Pink
Bid adieu to the vibrant and joyous days of Navratri with the divine sweetness of Gulab ki Kheer. It also complements the festive spirit and colour of the day. In this fragrant rice pudding, the essence of rose petals intertwines delicately with the luscious creaminess and sweetness of Nestlé MILKMAID, creating a harmonious blend of flavours. The level of richness you achieve with MILKMAID can be hard to achieve using only milk and sugar. Whether enjoyed warm or chilled, this luscious Gulab ki Kheer will leave you longing for more.

Gulab ki Kheer

Badam Kheer

Colour of Day 9: Pink
Badam Kheer, with its creamy richness and nutty flavour, makes for a perfect dessert for celebrating the last day of Navratri. Loaded with the goodness of nuts and milk products like MILKMAID and ghee, this recipe is perfect even when fasting. With almonds and cashews seamlessly blended into a luscious paste and Nestlé MILKMAID adding its velvety smoothness and ideal sweetness, the taste of Badam Kheer is truly unforgettable. Also, with MILKMAID, you can achieve that perfect, creamy consistency and delicious taste in just 5 minutes of preparation and 15 minutes of cooking.

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Anjeer Halwa Recipe

Colour of Day 9: Pink
Add some uniqueness to your Navratri celebrations with an enticing Anjeer Halwa recipe. With Nestlé MILKMAID as your sweet, creamy base, achieving the halwa's perfect taste and sweetness is a breeze. Combine MILKMAID with the prepared fig paste and simmer gently for a while, yielding a halwa with a luxurious, velvety texture and a delightful graininess. This delicious treat is perfect for ending Navratri festivities on a high note.

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Cranberry Malai Laddu Recipe

Colour of Day 9: Pink
Complement the rosy hue of the last day of Navratri with our unique Cranberry Malai Laddu. It's a modern twist on the traditional Malai Laddu, adding a burst of exciting flavours to your festivities. It is an easy 4-step recipe that helps you make luscious Malai Laddus, each bite bursting with the delightful tartness of cranberries. Nestlé MILKMAID is the chief ingredient in this recipe as it imparts an irresistible smoothness and creaminess to the laddus, enhancing the velvety texture of these sweet delights, perfectly complementing the cranberry flavour. The excitement of the nine days of devotion and celebration is something to surely look forward to. When you add delicious sweets to the mix, the excitement definitely skyrockets. These diverse Navratri sweet recipes mentioned above perfectly complement the festivities. From creamy Mawa Kheer to melt-in-mouth Malai Laddus, every sweet is worth relishing. Add them to your Navratri dessert list and your celebrations. With Nestlé MILKMAID by your side, making these sweets at home will be so much easier. To add to the benefits, its creamy sweetness, enhances the flavours and textures of these sweets, making them mouth-watering and memorable. Happy Navratri!

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