Sankranti isn’t complete without kites, and we have a bunch of fun kite theme recipes that are perfect for this festival! Choose from cookies, sandwiches, fruit plates and more!
As soon as the New Year celebrations die down, Indians start preparing for the next one – Makar Sankranti! This is a festival based on the solar calendar and celebrates the sun. Basically, it marks the transition from the cold winter into warmer weather. Apparently, the reason for kite flying being so popular during this time is so that people are encouraged to step outside and get some fresh air and sunshine after being cooped up indoors all winter. But of course, no one thinks of that – we’re just concerned with all the fun we’re having!
Did you know that Makar Sankranti coincides with International Kite Day? That’s amazing! We always encourage the kids (and adults) to go kite flying – this gadget generation needs to look up once in a while than always down at their phones! Like all Indian festivals, Sankranti isn’t just about kites – it’s also about yummy food!
That’s why we ‘re thinking of doing something different this year. Let’s move away from the laddus, shall we? Why not celebrate kites and food together, by fusing the two? Yes, we’re talking about kite food! Check out these kite theme recipes that are perfect for Sankranti!
12 Kite Theme Recipes for Sankranti
Let’s start with a healthy and colorful kite sandwich from The Crafty Crow! The step by step instructions make this a really easy dish, and there’s no cooking involved. Perfect for busy Moms during the festive season and a great way to make the kids eat their veggies!
2. Cookie Dough Kites
Nestle has a fun recipe with ready made cookie dough, but we’d suggest making your own. Once the cookies are baked, the rest is a breeze. Use food colors to draw on the kites. Another option is cutting thin strips out of cheese slices and using them as the string and to decorate the kite.
If you want to serve kite cookies but don’t want to bake, then Artsy Craftsy Mom has an easy way out for you! This recipe uses ready made cookies, which you just decorate and turn into flying kites! You can get the food colors at baking supplies stores or online stores.
For many people, Sankranti just isn’t complete without some good ol’ homemade chikki. No problem, you can make chikki in kite shapes too! Cooking by Instinct has a very interesting recipe that combines chocolate and walnuts to make chikki. A traditional favorite – in a new flavor and a new shape!
You’ve probably heard of S’mores, that sandwich of crackers stuffed with marshmallows and chocolate. Yes, it does sound yummy and you can turn them into kites now! The recipe at Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons shows how easily you can make it. If you can’t find the ingredients specified, improvise with what you have in your pantry!
If you’re tired of all the sugar, then here’s the perfect thing for you – a fruit flying kite! The recipe at Genius Kitchen gives all the steps to make this yummy and pretty kite dish! This is an excellent way to get fussy toddlers to eat their fruits!
This is one sandwich that looks way too good to eat! Mommy Enterprises helps us teach kids that the sky’s the limit to their dreams with the genius idea of using popcorn for clouds! You can substitute the raspberries with strawberries as well, the sandwich will look just as good!
If you’re up for something a little more challenging or you’ve resolved to try new things this year, this kite pastry recipe from BBC might be right up your alley. They require a bit of work and a stand mixer, but the result is completely worth it! With mushrooms and cheese and flaky pastry, you’ll fall in love with them!
Yes, we know that flying kites brings smiles to our faces, but how about putting a smile on the kite’s face! Krokotak shows us how we can achieve it! With an assortment of cheese and veggies, you can immediately transform something as plain as bread into kites with happy, smiley faces! Not to mention how happy your kids will be to see them!
10. Cashew Peanut Chikki Kites
We saw a chikki recipe with chocolate and walnuts above, and if you loved that, you may want to try out other nuts too! Food n Thought has a recipe for cashew peanut chikki, shaped like kites, of course! I can just imagine the crunch and the nutty flavors when you bite into one of them!
11. Kite and Clouds Fruit Plate
One of the charming parts about flying a kite is watching it reach for the clouds. Iddle Peeps has recreated that feeling with this kite and clouds fruit plate! With berries and kiwi fruit, this is one plate that’s bursting with antioxidants! Great way to get kids to eat fruits they’re not familiar with.
12. Kooky Kite Lunch
They say that kids tend to eat better when they have a say in meal prep. Well, in that case, this kite lunch from All About Learning Press is an ideal way to get them into the kitchen and prep their meal themselves! Full of healthy ingredients, just get the pieces ready and let the kids put them together to make their special kite lunch!
While not all these recipes are exactly healthy, you can choose to have a good mix of healthy dishes and treats. After all, it is festival time! These kite theme recipes aren’t just great for Sankranti, they’re also good for kids learning about kites or the letter ‘K’. And you don’t need any particular occasion to make them, they’re the perfect way to get fruit/vegetable-haters to fall in love with nutritious food! Involve them in making the dish and it’s a win-win situation for everyone! Happy Sankranti!