Plan ahead for your festival

Diwali sweet recipes need to be listed now as then you can swap them with your friends and decide what to make finally! Diwali means sweet with the savoury and as we did start off giving you some savoury suggestions how about some lists of sweet things to serve.
Use sugar or sugar substitute- mithai and desserts are the heart and soul of any Indian festival. Traditional sweets made with lots of fat and sugar are exciting to make at home especially if they are Diwali sweets. You could get hold of your mother’s diary or grandma’s diary and get going! When you cook at home, these Diwali sweets are not only of better quality than the commercial ones but are more hygienic and better accepted by your friends and dear ones as your personal touch is there in every gift.
So what should you start zeroing on? Prepare attractive gift boxes and fill them up with a variety of laddoos placed in colourful paper cupcake holders. You could make Choco Coconut Laddoos, Dry Fruit and Khajur Laddoos, Rawa Laddoo, Badami Besan ke Laddoo, and the good old Boondi Laddoo! Something like boondi laddoo might be a laborious procedure but when the glistening little balls finally come up before you will feel immensely proud that you could do this at home.
Another way to use up the sweet boondi is in this special Diwali sweet recipe of Boondi and Rabdi Stuffed Pancakes. Preheat oven to 180 ºC. Sift 1½ cups refined flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon soda bicarbonate into a bowl. Add ¾ cup buttermilk and whisk to make a smooth batter. Add 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and mix. Heat a non-stick pan. Pour a ladleful of batter and spread it around. Cook till the underside is lightly browned. Flip and cook till the other side is cooked similarly. Transfer onto a plate and set aside. Cook other pancakes in the same way. Take boondi equivalent of 6 medium boondi laddoos ( or use up readymade laddoos!) in a bowl and add 1 tablespoon raisins and three to four tablespoons of rabdi and mix. Take a spring-form cake tin (loose-bottomed tin). Trim the pancakes to fit into the tin. Keep one pancake at the base of the tin. Spread some of the boondi stuffing over it. Cover with another pancake and spread some more of the stuffing. Keep another pancake and spread some more of the stuffing. Keep the tin in the preheated oven and bake for ten minutes. Remove from the oven and unmould. Cut into wedges and serve with rabdi.
Some more suggestions for Diwali sweets coming up soon!

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