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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.
Details of Diwali festival in 2023-
Dhanteras is on November 10th
Narak Chaudas is on November 11th
Diwali is on November 12th
Annakoot/ Padwa will be on November 13th
And Bhai Dooj is on November November 15th
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…
There is a tradition to make some Indian sweets and snacks in advance for bhog and also to share with friends and family. One can make a variety of laddus, barfi, halwa, mathri, and a lot of other stuff as per time, taste, and budget.The above platter has
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Gujiya/ Gujhiya are a traditional North Indian dessert specially made for the festival of colors. Gujhiya are khoya/ Mawa (thickened milk), dry fruits and sugar filled pastries; flavored with cardamoms and deep fried in pure ghee. ...
Shakar pare are traditional deep fried sweet preparation from Marwar / Rajasthan. Shakar means sugar and pare stands for stripes. Shakar Pare are easy to serve and are loved by everyone. This is an easy to make dessert for festival and can be made in much ahead of time....
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!
Rasgulla or Rosogulla (white sponge) is one of the most famous dessert from Eastern India, and a signature of Kolkata. Rosogulla is made with chenna (variety of paneer)/cottage cheese made out of cow's milk.
Gulab Jamun is a traditional Indian dessert. This rich dessert delicacy is tradionally made with deep fried balls of milk solids, soaked in sugar syrup...
Shahi tukda/ toast or Royal Toast is a rich dessert delicacy, made with deep fried bread, soaked in sugar syrup, and then topped with rabri (thickened milk) and dry fruits. This delicacy has Nawabi influence and since I am also from the city of Nawabs, I just love it.
Chandrakala is a traditional North Indian dessert specially made for festival of Holi and Diwali. Chandrakalas are similar to Gujiya in taste but are different in shape: these are round. These are khoya/ Mawa (thickened milk), dry fruits and sugar filled pastries..
Gujiya/ Gujhiya are a traditional North Indian dessert specially made for the festival of colors. Gujhiya are khoya/ Mawa (thickened milk), dry fruits and sugar filled pastries; flavored with cardamoms and deep fried in pure ghee.
Malpua is a sugar soaked pancake made with thickened milk. This is probably one of the most traditional and beloved Indian dessert. In the past one year I have had countless requests for this popular delicacy but didn't get an opportunity to work on it
Balushahi is a very traditional deep fried sweet preparation. In North India, this rich dessert is very popular. I prefer making a mini version of balushahi because sometimes in the parties kids try things and if they do not like it they trash it
Ladoo is a hindi word for round ball. Ladoos are very famous Indian dessert usually made out of different kinds of flour(wheat, gram etc)/grains(sesame) with ghee(clarified butter), sugar and dry fruits.
These wheat flour (aata) laddos are a very delicious and healthy preparation. The edible gum enhances the flavor of the ladoos and is good for health especially in winter time as they are warm in tendency.
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.
Halwas are special kind of ghee (clarified butter) based desserts. The word Halwa has come from the Arab culture. In India, there are a large variety of halwas - Gajar ka halwa, Moong dal halwa, Aate ka halwa etc.
Shakar pare are traditional deep fried sweet preparation from Marwar / Rajasthan. Shakar means sugar and pare stands for stripes. Shakar Pare are easy to serve and are loved by everyone. This is an easy to make dessert for festival and can be made in much ahead of time.
Gond, also known as an edible gum, is extracted from the bark of some specific trees. Gond can be easily found in Indian stores. You can also find it in local health store/ organic stores.
Walnut also known as akrot in Hindi. Walnut is one of the healthiest nuts. Walnut is a good source of potassium, magnesium, and iron. It is also a powerful antioxident. This walnut squares/ akrot ki barfi is very easy to make..
Kaju is the Hindi word for Cashew nuts. This is a renowned Indian dessert famous with different names like, kaju katli, kaju barfi/ burfi. Traditionally kaju katli's are covered with a very fine edible silver film (chandi ka varq) on top..
The word Khasta means flaky and crisp. Khasta or khaste (plural of khasta) are spicy lentil filled, deep fried, savory bread preparations. Khaste can be made and stored in an airtight container for a few days.
Namak pare are traditional deep fried savory preparation from Marwar / Rajasthan. Use wheat flour to make this delicacy healthier. Namak Pare can also be made with same dough like Mathri. Namak Pare are easy to serve and are loved by everyone.
Moong dal dahi vadas are light and yummy variety of vadas. Vadas are deep fried balls of lentil paste. In dahi (curd/yogurt) vada, fried lentil balls are soaked in the warm water to remove the oil. Then they are soaked in dahi (curd) for....
Dahi ki Gujhiya are stuffed lentil dumplings soaked in yogurt (dahi/ curds) . This is a royal Rajasthani dish made for festivals and other special occasions. Many of my readers were asking for the recipe of this authentic Indian delicacy, so let’s make dahi ki gujhiya for Diwali…
some photos for party planning and organization!