5 easy DIY Indian gifts for the holidays

Waited until the last, last minute to come up with holiday or hostess gifts? No problem! These easy edible gift ideas feature enticing Indian spices and flavors that are sure to please. We scoured the web to pick the easiest recipes that you can get the kids to participate in and make over the weekend!

1. Chaat Masala Mixed Nuts

Spicy, sweet, salty goodness easily made with store-bought chaat masala (you can even make your own if you wish)!

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2. Rose-swirled White Chocolate Bark

White chocolate easily tempered in a microwave and swirled with Rooh-Afza and salted pistachios. What’s not to love?

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3. Masala Tea Powder

A fragrant masala tea powder that will transport you straight to the chai stalls of India!

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4. Indian Spice Mixes

From Rajasthani garam masala to Bengali panch phoran, this link features easy homemade spice mix recipes. All you need are the whole spices and a coffee grinder.

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5. Chai Spice Mix

Yes, another chai spice recipe. We love our steaming chais here at Little GuruSkool! What we especially love about this recipe is that it can easily be customized using the spices you have on hand.

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Do let us know in the comments if you tried any of these recipes. Happy holidays!

Not Tea, Coffee

You may not think of coffee when you first think of popular Indian beverages, but did you know that India is the 6th largest producer of coffee in the world? Legend has it that on pilgrimage to Mecca in the 16th century, Baba Budan, a revered Sufi saint from India, discovered for himself the wonders of coffee. In his zeal to share what he’d found with his fellows at home, he smuggled seven coffee beans out of the Yemeni port of Mocha, wrapped around his belly. On his return home, he settled himself on the slopes of the Chandragiri Hills in Kadur district, Mysore State (present day Karnataka). This hill range was later named after him as the Baba Budan Hills and one can see his tomb even today by taking a short trip from Chikmagalur.

Why not try some South Indian Kaapi today on #NationalCoffeeDay? Our favorite is Mysore Filter Coffee, made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter.

Try this recipe from Rak’s Kitchen for photos and step-by-step directions and let us know how it turned out!