Dussehra is also called Vijayadashmi, which is the most celebrated festivals in India and it falls on the tenth day of the festive season of Navratri. Dussehra is celebrated in different styles across the country with one message at the core of it all the victory of good over evil.
Like all the other festival Dussehra also play a major role in celebration, which includes the food like crunchy fafda (Gujarat), sugar-dipped rasgulla and khoya-based sandesh in (Bengal), moong usal in (Maharashtra).
In North India, jalebi, kheer and besan laddoo are part of festivities, while yereyappa and payasam are prepared in southern parts of India.
Every state celebrates this festival in their own way. In southern states Celebrates “Popular dishes prepared during this festival include alugadde palya (mashed potato sabji served with dosa or poori), baaledindina palya (banana stem sabji made with Bengal gram and spices) and the popular puliyogare (tamarind rice). Also, payasam is prepared in every household, each in its own style.”
Huli Thovve, gravy-based dish is popular across the Karnataka. Sukesh Kanchan, head chef, Sanadige Delhi says -“This dish is prepared with sweet pumpkin or ridge gourd, jaggery, tur daal and tamarind. It is sweet and sour and served with rice. Some people also add pumpkin pieces to it to enhance its taste.”
In Bengal “Shoshti, Shoptomi, Oshtomi, Nobomi and Dashami are the important days. Luchi, ghughni, aloor dom, mutton chop, kobiraji and macher chop are the ideal selections. Rasgulla and channa jalebi are the quintessential desserts. Bhoger khichuri, beguni/bhaja, cholar dal narkel diye is a meal that has nostalgia attached to it. There is an array of vegetarian food, too, such as potol er dolma, doi potol and mochar chop. During this festival, only yellow dal is used.”
In Maharashtra, celebrations entail a selection of vegetarian delicacies offered to the Goddess. “The most popular traditional dishes are sabudana khichdi, moong usal, batata bhaji, kothimbir vadi, pohe, upma, sheera and pani puri. Also, Maharashtrian desserts such as puran poli, shrikhand, modak, shakkarpara and mango mastani are must haves. “