Diwali: Recipes for This Auspicious Occasion

The sacred festival of Diwali is celebrated by the Jains, Sikhs and Hindus throughout the world. Fireworks, candles and golden-lit lamps are used to light up the sidewalks, doors and streets. The festival is a symbol of triumph of light on darkness & goodness on evil. The festival is also known for the prayers offered to Goddess Laxmi(Goddess of prosperity and wealth).

This festival is celebrated differently in different regions. The celebrations differ in terms of food, variety and the style of cuisines.

Here, we give you a perfect menu for perfect Diwali feast:

Snacks: Snacks are most often prepared with ghee, spices, sugar and whole-wheat flour/puffed rice. As some of these are made with Chickpea flour as a main ingredient, these are gluten-free naturally.

Shakarparra: Shakkarpara is a North Indian dish that can be prepared easily. It requires fewer ingredients. This dish has a long shelf life and can be eaten as a dessert.

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Chevdo: These are roasted rice flakes that are prepared with dry fruits and spices.

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Pakoras: These are prepared with vegetables soaked in batter and deep fried. These can be said to be Indian tempura.

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Mutthiya: These are fried dumplings prepared with calabash or bottle gourd.

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Ghatiya: These are fried strips prepared with dough of graham flour.

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Main dishes: These often include those dishes that are familiar to the lovers of Indian food:

• Vegetarian curries including Undhiyu

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Lentil curries

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Poori and aloo ki sabzi(deep fried bread with spice sauteed potatoes) with Shrikhand

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Paratha(Indian flatbread)

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Desserts/Sweets: These are also known as mithai and are most of the time made of milk in some

form. These are sometimes prepared with grains. Many of these sweets are deep fried in ghee.

Some common ingredients of sweets include spices like saffron, cinnamon and cardamom.

Ingredients like fig and coconut and also vegetables cooked with ghee and sugar are mixed to form

halvah.

Coconut Barfi: This preparation is similar to a fudge and is made with sweetened

condensed milk, cream and coconut.

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Gulab Jamun: These are fried milk dumplings that are very spongy. They are put into rosewater and saffron syrup.

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Ras malai: These are paneer cheese dumplings that are served when soaked in sweet and creamy sauce.

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Halvah: Halvah is a dense, sweet fudge that is very popular in India as well as Middle East. There are a lot of varieties prepared with sesame seeds and carrots.

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Jalebi: These are similar to funnel cakes. After soaking in saffron sauce, they are dried to give a crispy taste.

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Kheer: Kheer is a delicious rice pudding.

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So, enjoy this Diwali with these perfect recipes and share them with your loved ones.

Dahi Vada: A Delightful Snack For Festive Season!!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada: A perfect dish for Holi or Diwali!!

Dahi Vada is one of the favorite snack of Indians. Its a perfect side-dish for festive season like Holi and Diwali. It is known by different names in different parts of India. For example: Doi Bora in Bengali, Dahi Bhalla in Punjabi, Thayir Vada in Malayalam, Thayir Vadai in Tamil, Perugu Vada in Telugu, Dahi Bara in Odia and Mosaru Vade in Kannada.

Although vadas are very tasty and loved by all. But when made into Dahi Vadas, they become a mind blowing stuff! It is easy to prepare with the Vadas soaked in yogurt (dahi).

The vadas which are deep fried balls made of Urad or Moong Daal(Lentil) are placed in water. Then, they are moved to yogurt (which is beaten thick). The vadas are kept there for a few hours to get the best results and then they are served. If you want to add more flavor to the Dahi Vada, you can top it up with mint or coriander leaves, chaat masala, black pepper (crushed), chilli powder, coconut, cumin, boondi or chilli.

Besides Dahi Vadas, Sambhar Vadas and Rasam Vadas are very popular in India.

Here are different recipes of Dahi Vadas:-

DIWALI SWEETS FROM DIFFERENT STATES OF INDIA

Diwali is one of the major festivals of India. It is a festival of lights and represents the triumph of good over evil. Diwali is also a time of exchanging sweets and gifts. A great variety of sweets are prepared during the season of Diwali. Although most people buy the sweets from the shops, but nowadays it is difficult to say that the thing you are buying is pure or not. And what is the need of buying when you can prepare them at home? In this article we will discuss some delicious sweets that are prepared on this auspicious occasion of Diwali around India.

  1. RASGULLAS
Rasgullas

Rasgullas

Rasgullas are a very special sweet for every occasion. They are round shaped sweet made of chhena, an Indian cottage cheese, dough. These milk based desserts are cooked in sugar. Rasgullas originated in Orissa.

 

Try this yummy dessert this Diwali with this easy recipe>>>RASGULLA RECIPE

 

  1. GAJAR KA HALWA
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Photo Courtesy: whatscookingmom

This mouthwatering dish is prepared in almost all the homes of India. Gajar Ka Halwa is a sweet prepared from carrot and milk. The carrots are grated and then cooked in Milk. Celebrate Diwali with Gajar ka halwa to make the festival a more memorable affair.

It is very easy to prepare. Try the recipe>>> GAJAR KA HALWA RECIPE

 

  1. OBBATTU
Obbattu

Obbattu

Obbattu, which is also known as Puran Poli is a very famous dish that is prepared in Karnataka. It is also very popular in Maharashtra. Obbattu is a sweet and flat bread with stuffing of sweet and coconut. It comes in many varieties including peanut, coconut, sugar, Tur Dal, Sesame seed etc. A pinch of turmeric is added to it to make it look yellowish.

 

Try it at home>>> OBBATTU RECIPE

 

  1. ANJEER BARFI
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Photo Courtesy: salebhai

Anjeer Cutlet is a delicious Cashew sweet. It is long cylindrical in shape. Although most people buy it from shops, but it can be prepared at home.

 

Try the recipe>>> ANJEER BARFI RECIPE

 

  1. ADHIRASAM
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Photo Courtesy: ibnlive

This dish is prepared in Tamil Nadu and it is a traditional sweet of South India. It is made of rice flour, butter, jaggery & cardamom powder which is sprinkled on the top. It is a famous sweet, especially for the occasion of Diwali. The most important part of making the adhirasam sweet is its syrup(paagu). The syrup makes it really tasty.

 

Here’s the recipe>>> ADHIRASAM RECIPE

 

  1. MYSORE PAK
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Photo Courtesy: mylaibazar

Another famous sweet from Karnataka which is very delicious. Its original name was Masoor Pak as it was made from the flour of Masoor Dhal. It was initially prepared for a royal family of Mysore Palace. After that it was renamed Mysore Pak. The dish contains a good amount of Butter, Ghee, Gram flour and Sugar. The sweet is very soft and spongy and it melts in the mouth.

 

Try it at home this Diwali>>> MYSORE PAK RECIPE

 

  1. CASHEW BARFI
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Photo Courtesy: iloveindia

Cashew Barfi or Kaju Katli is a special Diwali sweet. Kaju barfi is made of sugar and cashew nut powder. It is in the shape of flat diamond. As compared to other sweets, Kaju Barfi is expensive. So, why not make it at home?

 

Try the recipe>>> CASHEW BARFI RECIPE

 

  1. GUJIA
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Photo Courtesy: ecurry

Gujia is a very famous sweet of North India, Rajasthan. It’s a traditional sweet of Diwali made from Maida flour and is stuffed with khoya. It is a special dish, traditionally prepared in Diwali. It is known by different names according to states (for eg. Karanji, Karachika, Ghugra, Kajjikayi etc). In different states, the filling of this dish varies. Like in Uttar Pradesh, the filling is done with sweetened khoya and nuts while in Goa, filling is done with shredded coconut, jaggery and nuts.

 

Try it at home this Diwali>>> GUJIA RECIPE

 

  1. LADDOOS
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Photo Courtesy: cookingforallseasons

A Diwali is incomplete without a laddu. They are also available in many varieties like Til laddoo, Rava laddoo, Motichoor laddoo, Besan laddoo, Coconut laddoo etc.

 

Try the Til Laddu recipe>>> TIL LADDU RECIPE

Try the Rava Laddu recipe>>> RAVA LADDU RECIPE

Try the Motichoor Laddu recipe>>> MOTICHOOR LADDU RECIPE

Try the Coconut Laddu recipe>>> COCONUT LADDU RECIPE

 

  1. GULAB JAMUN
Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun

This list will be incomplete without the special mention of Gulab Jamun. It is made of Khoya, Wheat flour, chenna(pressed milk curd), cardamom and rose water. It is prepared using pure ghee. The name of the sweet Gulab Jamun is derived from Persian word gulab meaning ‘rose water’. The word jamun refers to a fruit of South Asia which is similar in shape and size to that of Gulab Jamun.

 

Try the Gulab Jamun recipe>>> GULAB JAMUN RECIPE

 

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