Easter 2024 - Traditions, Cultures and Mouthwatering Delicacies to Try

Easter 2024 - Traditions, Cultures and Mouthwatering Delicacies to Try

Easter 2024 - 31st March (Sunday)


Easter is one of the most important Christian festivals celebrated around the world. Families and loved ones come together to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus and emphasize the importance of this holiday. There are many traditional mouthwatering recipes prepared on this special day around the world. If you are looking for something special to prepare and enjoy with your family this Easter, this is the right content for you. 

History and Significance of Easter:

As most of us are aware, Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. People observe a fasting of 40 days and restrict the consumption of certain foods. The entire Lent period is practiced with moderation, prayers, discipline, and penance. There are also many parades and open-air shows conducted to portray the last days of Jesus on Earth during the time of Easter. 


Christians all over the country, especially in Goa, Kerala, Mumbai, and Northern states make elaborate arrangements and events for Easter. Friends and relatives exchange Holy Cross after the completion of the church service. Due to the diversity in culture and lifestyle, traditional Easter recipes vary from one region to another. Although Easter is not as popular as Christmas in India, people ensure that the resurrection of Christ is observed with great gusto. In many parts of the country, people host lavish lunches, dinners as well as Easter parties. 


Mouthwatering Traditional Easter Delicacies You Can Try at Home:


  • Paalappam and Chicken Curry: This is a traditional recipe prepared mainly in Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Palappam is a soft pancake prepared using rice flour fermented using toddy, or dried active yeast. Fresh toddy acts as a raising agent for the appam, which makes it soft and fluffy. It is paired with chicken curry or stew that is rich in Kerala spices. 

  • Paalappam and slow-cooked chicken curry is an ultimate combination, unlike anything else. The tender, juicy chicken is slow-cooked which gives it a soft texture. Paalappam and chicken curry are usually enjoyed during breakfast. However, it can also make a perfect dinner dish.


  • Fugias (Sweet Bread): This is a traditional Easter recipe prepared by Roman Catholics based in Mumbai and neighboring states. These are sweet, deep-fried breads consumed with Chicken or Sorpotel curries. The bread is made using maida, sugar, coconut juice, eggs, and yeast. 

  • Sorpotel and Sanna: Sorpotel and Sanna are prepared and relished in the Goa and Mangalore regions. Sorpotel, also known as Sarapatel is a Portuguese dish commonly cooked in Goa, Mangalore, and some parts of Mumbai. The main ingredients of Sorpotel are meat and offal. In order to make the dish, the meat is half-cooked, and then diced and cooked in a spicy rich vinegary sauce. This curry-like dish is enjoyed with Sanna, white steamed rice, or coconut bread. 

  • Prawn Balchao: This is a popular Goan dish enjoyed all year round. This spicy and tangy pickle/chutney can be enjoyed with hot steamed rice. This dish comes under the pickle or chutney category which is incorporated with juicy prawns. The prawn pieces are mixed with ginger, garlic, cloves, coriander, mustard seeds, and a masala paste. 

  • Ground Turkey Meat Ball Gravy: Although turkey is not so commonly used in India, this is a delicious recipe you can try at home. Turkey curry or Turkey kuruma is mainly prepared and relished in Pondicherry. This is a mouthwatering dish prepared using different types of spices like cloves, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric powder, jeera powder, red chili powder, and coriander powder. 

  • Homemade Grape Wine: Apart from this, people also prepare many other dishes and beverages to enjoy during Easter. For instance, people all around the country prepare homemade grape wine. It is a classic symbol of celebration in states like Kerala and Goa.  

  • Homemade grape wine is made using minimal ingredients. Some of the most common ingredients are black grapes, dry yeast, sugar, whole wheat, etc. All the ingredients are mixed thoroughly and stored in a container for nearly 21 days. The mixture is removed and strained into a jar. You can also add burnt sugar to the mixture to add a rich color. 


  • Easter Eggs and Bunny: Although Easter eggs and bunnies are not so common in India, people are slowly getting used to this tradition. You can prepare these items with some basic ingredients. Easter eggs are decorated eggs that symbolize the empty tomb of Jesus. They are also the most common gifts that people exchange around the world. Easter eggs are made using egg whites, sugar, almonds, and rose water. The yummy mixture is made into egg-shaped balls and decorated with colorful icing.

  • On the other hand, the Easter bunny is the symbol of Easter. There are many simple easter bunny recipes available these days that help you to prepare the bread easily at home. These bunnies can be prepared using a mixture of yeast, margarine flour, milk chocolate, eggs, and coloring. 

    Conclusion:

    It does not matter where you stay, Easter is a time of joy and celebration where families and loved ones get together. There are many traditional dishes prepared and enjoyed during this day. From mouthwatering Easter sweets like semolina pudding and coconut barfi to savory delights like Lamb biriyani and chicken curry, you will find a huge variety of dishes prepared in different parts of India during Easter. 


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