Once again it’s time to celebrate that special bond with your sibling, and what can be a better way to show your love than through food. Of course, there will be the ghee-laden laddoos, dry-fruits studded barfis and syrupy gulab jamuns (it’s tradition after all), but here are a few ways in which you could make this Raksha Bandhan all the more delicious.
Wear your Rakhi and eat it too: Well, why settle for a pretty Rakhi, when you could tie a delicious one. Edible rakhis have been in vogue for a while, but things are only getting tastier. Take your pick from Rakhis crafted with Belgian chocolate and colourful fondant to marzipan and oreo cookies, studded with cranberries and cashew nuts or in flavours like butterscotch and black currant – there’s something for every taste. Or you could get customised edible rakhis made by special bakeries or chocolatiers. If your brother is a bona fide foodie, he will thank you for this.
Go on a gastronomic adventure: Stuff yourself with piping hot kachoris with spicy curries, jalebis dripping saffron syrup and butter-laced parantha dishes out by age-old stalls in the hoary quarters of Purani Delhi, sample the best mutton kabirajis and fish fries at Old Calcutta’s vintage cafes and cabins. Find out who serves the best breakfast (of fiery missal pao and crusty thalipeeth) in Pune, feast on biryanis and kebabs at the best stops on Mohammad Ali Road in Mumbai or go hunting for kheema ki lukhmi and the fast disappearing pathar ka gosht in Hyderabad. A great way to celebrate your bond and love for food is to set off on a food trail together. You could either plan your own trail, or book a spot on one of the numerous guided food walks available these days. Some of these organisations also plan out customised food walks according to your interest and taste.
Gourmet touch: From interesting themed pop-restaurants hosted by home-chefs and curated gastronomic experiences and designer meals at fancy venues to having a master chef cook you a bespoke gourmet spread in your own kitchen – take your pick from a range of unique culinary experiences to add a dose of style to your Rakhi treat, instead of just walking into a restaurant. This would require some planning in advance, and there are several platforms on which you could book such experiences for your sibling, or take your entire family and make a party out of it. If you want to take it a few notches higher, and manage a few days off work – set off on a wine tasting holiday together.
Gift please: If your sibling likes to experiment with new dishes in the kitchen, help her hone her skills by gifting her a slot at an interesting cookery workshop or encourage her to share her recipes with the world by gifting her a website domain to start her own food blog. Or you could pick up a luxurious gourmet hamper loaded with gourmet ingredients to cook with. On the other hand if they are an instagram addict, and can’t stop clicking pictures of the food they click, gift them an add-on lens for their Smartphone or a food photography guide book that will help them get better at what they love.