India is a country known for its festivals. The huge diversity in traditions, languages and cultures has the most number of festivals celebrated across the globe. Each of them have their own characteristic charm and appeal but when one thinks of grandeur and celebrations, none of them can match that of Diwali. Diwali is a festival lights, festivity and celebrations. There can be no celebration without sweets.
During this time the sweet shops have a variety of sweets and loads of sweets are also made at home. The most popular homemade sweets include different types of ladoos (besan, coconut, atta , til etc.), halwas (suji, atta, carrot,dal,etc) and kheers ( rice, semolina,makhane, lauki , carrot etc.)
Recipe of Besan Ladoo
Besan lodoos are easy to make and are healthy and nutritious. Besan ladoos are made from gram flour (besan) ghee and powdered sugar. They can be made healthier by adding almonds, raisins and cashew nuts.
- 2 cups besan or gram flour
- ½ cup ghee
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 4 cardamoms, powdered
- Dry fruits (optional)
- Dry roast the besan in a kadai on slow flame for about 10 minutes while stirring continuously.
- Add ghee and keep roasting the besan in ghee till it becomes brown
- A typical fragrance and brown color will indicate that the besan is fully ready for the ladoos.
- Add powdered sugar, powdered cardamom and raisins or other chopped dry fruits
- Mix the besan ladoo mixture well then let it cool down to room temperature.
- Form small or medium sized besan ladoos with fingers and palm and store them in air tight container.
Recipe of Gajar Halwa or Carrot Halwa
Gajar halwa is an Indian dessert that goes for celebration like weddings, parties, and birthday’s etc. and on the most festive occasions like Diwali, Holi, janmashtami etc.
- 1 ½ liter milk
- 1 kg. grated carrots or gajar
- 8tbsp. sugar
- 5-6 cardamom powder
- 8-10 chopped cashews
- 7-8 pistachios – sliced
- 12-15 raisins
- 1 cup ghee
- Wash, peel and grate the carrots .
- Place carrots and milk together in a pan and simmer over low fire
- When the mixture starts thickening, add ghee.
- stir and continue to cook until the mixture is dry and ghee oozes out
- Mix sugar well and add dry fruits
- Serve hot or cold . It can be refrigerated for about a week
Recipe of Rice Kheer
Rice pudding or rice kheer is a favorite Indian dessert made with milk, rice, nuts and saffron
- 1 liter full fat milk
- ¼ cup basmati rice
- 6 tbsp. sugar
- 6 green cardamoms powder
- a pinch of saffron
- 15-20 slice almonds
- 12-15 cashew nuts
- 1 tbsp. golden raisins
- Rinse and soak rice for about 30 minutes.
- Boil milk , reduce the flame and add rice
- Stir and simmer the milk and let the rice cook.
- Let it simmer till the required consistency. This may take 30-40 minutes on low fire.
- Add sugar and keep on fire for a few minutes more.
- microwave the almonds , cool peel and slice them along with the cashews
- Rinse the raisins and keep aside.
- Powder the cardamoms finely.
- When the rice kheer is ready, add the almonds, cashews, cardamom powder and saffron.
- Serve the rice kheer, hot or warm or refrigerated.
Coconut Burfi, Nariyal Burfi or Thengai burfi is one delicious and easy to make sweet during Diwali. It requires minimum ingredients and is a healthy dish.
- 2 Cups – Fresh Grated Coconut
- 2 Cups – Sugar
- 1/2 tsp – Freshly Crushed Cardamom
- 1/2 tbsp. – Chopped Cashew nuts
- 1 tsp – Ghee
- Heat ghee in a pan, fry cashew nuts until golden brown and keep aside.
- Grease a plate or tray and keep aside.
- In the same wok add grated coconut, sugar and mix well and cook on low flame.
- Keeping stirring the mixture until sugar melts and water is released from coconut.
- The mixture will become dry and change colour. Mix cardamom powder and cashew nuts.
- Remove from fire and spread it on the greased plate with a spatula.
- Cool and cut in diamond shapes while warm. Remove pieces when full cool.