“Our siblings. They resemble us just enough to make all their differences confusing, and no matter what we choose to make of this, we are cast in relation to them our whole lives long.”
Susan Scarf Merrell
Rakshabandhan is traditionally a festival celebrating the bond between a brother and a sister, with the brother renewing his promise to protect his sister from all harm. However, with more gender sensitivity today, people are doing away with the notion of ‘protection’ and are using this festival as an occasion to celebrate the love and bonding between siblings. So nowadays, siblings of both genders tie Rakhis on each others’ wrists and exchange gifts and sweets. A pleasant change to the all the bickering that goes on otherwise!!
Rakhi is also a great time to enjoy some delicacies and there are so many Rakhi recipes are make the holiday even more special. Speaking of Rakhis, this year we have a different kind of Rakhi for you – yes, an edible Rakhi!! You read right, this Rakhi can be eaten, and is perfect for an easy breakfast on Rakshabandhan morning, along with other traditional fare.
This Rakhi is less recipe and more assembly, so you’ll need a few tools on hand. Nothing fancy, just a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon, a skewer and a round cookie cutter. Now let’s do it!
Edible Rakhi for Rakshabandhan
Jam – red or orange
Silver dragées or silver balls for decorating
Colored Sprinkles or other cake decoration
1. First of all you need to get your mini pancakes ready. I used this , but used less than a tablespoon of batter to get a small pancake. Make as many as you need to.
2. Take a mini pancake and place it on the dish you plan to serve it on. Use a white dish for more effect.
3. Cut out a round piece from a cheese slice using a cookie cutter, ensuring that it is smaller than the pancake. Place on the pancake.
4. Use a ½ teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop out jam and then upturn the spoon over the cheese slice, so that you get a scoop of jam in the center of the cheese.
5. The base is ready. Now we move on to decoration. I’ve used silver dragées to give a ‘bling’ effect and multicolored star shaped cupcake sprinkles. You can use any decoration of your choice, the sky’s the limit!
Using a skewer, arrange the dragées carefully around the jam, making them stick. Don’t push too hard or they’ll get buried under the jam.
6. Arrange the sprinkles on the cheese around the jam, pressing very lightly into the cheese, so that they stay fixed.
7. Now for the strings of our Rakhi. Cut out thin strips from a cheese slice and arrange them on either side of your centerpiece so that they look like ribbons.
There you go – a simple, pretty Rakhi which you can eat!! Make the pancakes yourself and then let your kids make Rakhis for each other using sprinkles and other decoration. If you’re having a party at home on the day of Rakshabandhan, this is a great way to keep the kids occupied – you could also give a gift for the prettiest edible Rakhi!!
Have you ever tried making an edible Rakhi? How did you make it?