Saturday, October 8, 2016

Simple Indian Sweets and Diwali Recipes

Diwali, the festival of lights is popular for fireworks and sweets. Dipawali celebration is incomplete without the Diwali Mithai. The festival of lights is not just a party with decorations and illuminations. It's also a festival that comes complete with mouth watering delicacies prepared specially for the event. It is the ideal time to indulge and people look forward to the festive month to savor delicious sweets.



Diwali is also a feast of nostalgia. In the days before the festival, the female members of the family begin to prepare traditional dishes for friends and relatives. Diwali sweets take on a different meaning when it is done at home especially as a team event with all the women of the house to work towards an elaborate dish of homemade sweets. A custom at Diwali is to exchange sweets and snacks. The list of delicacies is endless. In recent times, several online stores have started catering to the needs of a wide range of customers.

The most popular sweets include the Kaju Barfi, Kaju Katli, Bundi Ladoo, coconut Ladoo, Mohanthal and Almond Seera or Badam Halwa. Traditional sweets like Kheer and Maava Gujiya also gain importance as the most popular Diwali sweets. The sweets are garnished with silver leaf, chopped nuts and the extra pinch of flavor, especially for Deepawali. The sweets are enclosed in exquisite looking sweet boxes, which increase the charm of the gifts.



But the snacks are not the only foods that are enjoyed during the festival. There are many other dishes that are eaten and enjoyed with friends and relatives during the five holidays. On the first day, people eat the traditional Lapsi, a large wheatgrass prepared with ghee and sugar, plus a curry with very long beans.

The next day traditionally, a dish called Anarsa, made of rice and jaggery is enjoyed, as well as a sweet and milky rice pudding called sooji Kheer. On the third day, people eat Galaka, a curry consisting of pumpkin, as well as a dessert called Kansar, made of raisins, cashew nuts, cardamom, and bananas.



In the list of Diwali snacks, Nevri is a common dessert from Goa. These are sweet dumplings made from flour or maida and filled with sugar, almonds, poppy, coconut, and cardamom. For the second course, there are three different names like Nimki, Namkeen or Namak Para. In contrast to many other Diwali specialties, the Murmura Chivda do not need any preparation. In fact, they go so fast that the ingredients are best prepared before you start the first step. We show you simple Diwali recipes that you can do at home.



Mohanthal: Recipe

Balushahi Recipe

Gujiya Karanji Recipe

Shankarpali Recipe

Rava Ladoo Recipe

Dahi Vada Recipe

Milk Kheer Recipe

Kaju Katli Burfi Recipe

Gajar Ka Halwa Recipe
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34 comments:

T. Becque said...

Light into infinity - a wonderful idea :)

Oneika said...

Thanks for the informative post! I had always heard of Diwali but didn't know the details surrounding it.

....Petty Witter said...

Many thanks for this short but informative post.

P.N. Subramanian said...

A very happy Depavali to you and your family.

ashok said...

your laddus are too tempting...

Erika said...

This celebration must be very interesting. Enjoy this day!

kankana said...

One of my fav festival and I miss it so much out here.

Babli said...

Wonderful post. Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali.

Emily Malloy said...

Gorgeous!!!!!

Erika said...

Do you know that in Lyon (France) there is a Festival like this one? It has the same name and two years ago I went there on December.
I like very much this kind of Festival.
Have a nice day!
Erika from Italy

cooking varieties (wan) said...

hi kalyan. i know generally about diwali, over here they call it depavali, where the hindus celebrate on a grand scale.
i am sure over at your place, this is also the most celebrated event
happy diwali to you and family- enjoy hte lights and the food

....peter said...

I like the way that you captured the candles as though they run off into infinity Kalyan... well done....peter:)

Krishna said...

Hi Kalyan

Excellent post...

Fantastic photos, that shows every moment of festival...

Normally in my place, deepavali is celebrates with fire-crackers and sweets. We light-up clay lamps on the occasion of ThirKarthika (Birthday of Lord Subramaniya/Karthikeya/Murugan), which happens in the month of november-december.

thanks for sharing a wonderful post

and also thanks for leaving a valuable comment about my new post...

ladyfi said...

Ah- I can feel the burst of joy and light at this special festival.

It's usually so grey and dark here in November that we really need something similar.

Great shots!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful, wish you Happy Diwali.

Eden said...

Hello kalyan!

Nice post and photo.

Leovi said...

Delightful composition of lights, gorgeous!

Adithi's Amma said...

Happy Deepavali to you and your family.

Nice snap. Thanks for your comments on my DD's Pattu Paavadai for this Deepavali.

Ash said...

Lovely post. I wish you and your loved ones a very happy Diwali!

Kala said...

Wonderful post. I wish you a happy Diwali!

lisa said...

This is truly beautiful Kalyan!
Thank you for the information.
I hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

ruma said...

Hello, Kalyan.

The view is mysterious.
I seem to be made to do the heart refreshingly.

Thank you.
ruma

Arti said...

Wonderful post Kalyan. Diwali is such a wonderful festival. Everything is so bright and colorful and cheerful...
My latest post has those diyas floating on the Ganges:)
Have a fabulous sunday:)

pietrzyk said...

Wonderful !!!!!!!!!
Greetings Andrzej.

Jeevan said...

Your post enhances the festival delight kalyan! Very beautiful post and pictures describing the Diwali in a manner everyone could understand easily about our festival and increases the celebrating mood a lot. For me too it’s a favorite festival and couldn’t imagine a Diwali without sounds and lighting firecracker that animate our nights and lamps decorating our homes.

I wish you Happy Diwali buddy, hope u have a delighted, enchanting and very safe celebration at home along friends and families. Take care and enjoy alike :)

anna said...

Such a beautiful idea to think on (and a gorgeous image too)...thank you.

Suzy said...

Hi Kalyan, thanks for visiting my blog and for the nice comment.
Love your Diwali lights. Enjoy your day and Happy Diwali.

cooking varieties (wan) said...

hi kalyan, wishing you and your family a happy diwali..enjoy yourselves with all the shopping and cooking of special foodies for the celebration. take care

CREATIVE MIND said...

Hi Dear, Enjoy your festival..
we South Asians are really colorful people :) our festivals are also full of life n colors,,isn't it??
Have fun & Enjoy!!

Anya said...

Happy Diwaly
WONDERFUL post :)

Enjoy the light festival !!!

Babli said...

Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous Diwali.
Very beautiful post.

Natalie said...

Happy Diwali to you!

kasthurirajam said...

excellent

....Petty Witter said...

Such a wonderful post with so many truly beautiful images. A happy Diwali to you and yours also.