5 Snacks And Sweets You Can Make For Republic Day 

By Sushmita Sengupta

India will be celebrating its 74th Republic Day on 26th January. From North to South, East to West, there’s much to savour, here are five dishes we are celebrating with.  

Chole Bhature

It is said that the dish arrived in India post partition with West Punjabi refugees who loved their Kabuli Chanas. This rustic chickpea preparation is paired with puffy, leavened flatbreads called Bhatura. 

Rava Idli

There are many kinds of idlis in India, this one was created in Bengaluru’s MTR during WW2, when there was shortage of rice. The semolina adds a lovely savoury edge.  

Pav Bhaji

This Maharashtrian snack, comprises pav (bread) and bhaji (mashed vegetables cooked in masalas. This was created in Mumbai during Civil war, by factory workers who would combine leftover vegetables to make a curry to feed themselves in night.  


The origin and the place of its birth is a point of contention among Odiyas and Bengalis, but these sweet cottage cheese balls are a part of many Indian festivals and occasions nonetheless.  

Gajar Ka Halwa

Halwa came to India somewhere in medieval times and became a mainstay. Gajar ka halwa is one of India’s most popular Halwas made with grated carrots, milk and cardamom.