Living and abiding by the phrase, “Kuch meetha ho jaye”, us Indians have left no stone unturned to grab a bite of our favourite sweets. Festivals, birthdays, weddings or just a regular day, we start craving something sweet as soon as we finish our meals. With the festive season being welcomed with a lot of pomp and show, mithais are something we just cannot compromise on. 

One festival that we are eagerly awaiting now is Rakhi. Raksha Bandhan is essentially a day of celebrating the love and affection of siblings for each other. The traditional ritual on this day requires the sister to tie a rakhi (a thread) on the brother’s wrist, who takes an oath to protect her all her life. Like most other festive occasions, this one too has its roots in Indian mythology. Legend has it that Lord Krishna was injured and cut is finger. Draupadi stepped forward to tie a torn piece of her saree’s cloth to his bleeding finger. This melted Krishna’s heart and he took a vow to protect the princess eternally. 

That’s how the day of Raksha Bandhan gained significance. The Maakhan chorr of that era was also very fond of sweets. It doesn’t come as a surprise to us why a sweet itself, would be named after him. A Gujarati specialty, Mohan Thal is a simple yet decadent dessert that has now become popular in Rajasthani cuisine too. 

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Mohan is another name for Lord Krishna while thal refers to dish. The one who enchants all was actually enchanted by this rich dessert which is why it is offered as a prasad to the deity too. Made with besan, ghee and milk, the square-shaped pieces are sliced after seasoning it with saffron. The special dhrabo technique that is used to prepare Mohan thal lends it a fudgy base and a grainy texture along with the crunch of nuts and pistachios. 

A slight difference in the Gujarati and Rajasthani versions lies in the latter’s use of khoya for making the mix. Since Raksha Bandhan is round the corner, here’s quick recipe for this yummy dessert that you can make to win your sibling’s heart!