October 18th, 2014

Diwali- The Festival of Light!!

Dear Readers,

Diwali or Deepawali is populaly known as Festival of Lights. It is a five day long festival that starts with Dhanteras, and is followed by Choti Diwali (Narak Chaudas), Diwali, Govardhan Pooja (Padeva) and Bhai dooj. As per Lunar calender Diwali falls on the dark night (Amavasya) of Kartik month.

Detalis of Diwali festival-

Dhanteras is on Oct 21st
Narak Chaudas/ Choti Diwali Oct 22nd
Diwali is on Oct 23rd
Annakoot/Govardhan Pooja/ Padwa will be on Oct 24th
And Bhai Dooj is on Oct 25th

For this festive season make some delicious snacks for evening tea for your guests. Some ideas to make festive food-, rich curries, paneer delicacies, different variety of Indian breads, rice delicacies etc…

For Diwali we will be making some delicious traditional Indian delicacies. We start with an absolutely new dish "Edible Almonds Diya (almond lamps)".....A very delicious and healthy dessert for this Diwali!!!!


Nan Khatai

Nan Khatai Aromatic Indian Cookies)-Nan Khatai is a very traditional Indian sweet. These are an Indian aromatic version of Shortbread cookies. Traditionally Nan khatais are made with all-purpose flour, besan, semolina, pure ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. These cookies, flavored with cardamom powder and pistachios, are extremely delicious and it is hard to stop with one…but they are loaded with calories so they are high in fat content…....

Badam Deep

Badam Deep (Edible Diyas)-Deep/Diya is a hindi word meaning a small clay lamp. Here we are making mind blowing edible diyas with almonds. These diyas are very beautiful to look at and delicious to savour. And ... these diyas are a healthy option for the festive season! ....The idea of making edible diyas was shared by Ms Poornima Vardhan, the editor of weekely Hindi magazine "ABHIVYAKTI" . I am the food editor of Abhivyakti magzine. So thanks a lot to Poornima ji for this wonderful idea and a very happy Diwali to you all.......

Some Other Delicious Desserts for Diwali

shakarpare moongdal halwa shahi tukda

Some Drinks

Some photos and tips for party planning and organization!