Diwali recipes – get your thinking caps on

Festival time begins with August just around the corner. As you browse the website for recipes for Rakshabandhan recipes or Ganesh Chaturthi recipes, there will be a desire to check out on Diwali recipes too. Well, we do not want to disappoint you so let us look at some snacks that will be perfect for Diwali snacking. Yes, of course, sweets and desserts are included too.
To begin with a taste of the crunchy and crisp when you have a Diwali get together have some Mini Chinese Samosa or Crispy Spinach Parcels lined up. Something like Golden Bags and Mozzarella Pops will also satisfy those who love fried foods. If you like to put assembled dishes together, then Bhakarwadi Chaat or Chole Canapes are perfect party snacks. Why wait for Diwali, you could probably serve these at your next party!
With so many savouries being discussed how about some unique desserts this Diwali? Rose Ice cream and creamy Rasgulla Phirni are perfect. Bring out your best china to serve these. For those who like traditional sweets Lavang Latika is ideal – resembles little firecrackers that are synonymous with the festival of lights. Watch out this space as we give you more and more ideas on how to list down your Diwali recipes.

Diwali recipes – The traditional with a health twist!

Festivals bring on two emotions: joy and happiness…of being with family and friends celebrating with the choicest of traditional sweets and savouries. But now things are a little different, aren’t they? We no longer want to have the deep fried samosas and mawa burfis. But we still want to have the traditional festive foods! The balance is struck when we make some healthier versions of the traditional festive foods.
A change for the better is always welcome. We can bake our samosas and karanjis with ease and make halwas less sweeter. We can substitute refined flour with whole wheat flour. Some sweets can be made using sugar substitutes whereas dates are a good addition as a sweetener too. Even ice cream is tastier and healthier with fresh fruit puree like Yogurt and Chickoo Icecream.

We realize that it is better to stress on use of less oil, less trans fat and less sugar. It holds true for all age groups. So why not make a beginning this season by creating more awareness about the latest health trends? Make these Diwali recipes, gift wrap them if you may, and floor your friends with fresh home made sweets and savouries that are high in health and taste!
One could well imagine having custard and kheer with a sugar substitute. There are mithai shops now with a separate counter for sweets for diabetics! The base of such sweets are dates or figs but the fact remains that there is no added sugar. In fact the skeptical would rather prefer to make the same at home and be sure that there is no added sugar. Try the Date and Hazelnut Laddoo.
Jaggery also is a good sweetener and can be added to kheers if someone does not prefer to use sugar substitutes. Well, the features of the two are different but at least you can avoid granulated processed sugar. It is also difficult to contemplate sweets or mithais with less ghee. For that matter halwas and laddoos are not possible. The alternative at this juncture could be fruit based halwas made in nonstick cookware. Yes, you would need a little ghee but not as much as a flour based preparation. Some people just chill fruits very well, chop and enjoy as a dessert. That’s perfect because they have the satisfaction of a chilled, sweet ending to a meal. Certain enterprising sweet tooths would also use a trick or two and have rasogullas, after draining them and then squeezing out the sugary syrup. The taste remains the same but the sugar intake is cut down!

Indian festive recipes – Get set for Diwali recipes

This Diwali we foresee some reckless indulgence. For those who have the quintessential sweet tooth, it is time to revel! The sweet shops will have feverish sales pitches, and mithais will sell like the proverbial hot cakes, the pricing (though exorbitant) not deterring anyone! It is going to be one huge enthusiastic round of gifting and receiving mounds of laddoos, pedas and kaju katlis. The trend of chocolates coming upfront will continue as also the usual fancily packaged boxes of dry fruits (‘the-more-packaging-less-nuts’ kind of box).
For those of you who want to provide home made goodies to all your friends and relatives, we would strongly suggest be very wary of the raw ingredients. As far as possible, use homemade ghee or ghee bought from a very reliable source. The quality of ghee can make or mar the sweetmeat. Also the quality of maida and besan. Buy fresh and sieve before use. Sugar – it is bound to have some dirt factor – unless you plan to go in for the more pricey qualities.
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Gujiyas or karanjis can be made some two-three days before the festival. Keep them in airtight tins. As also mohan thaal and besan laddoos. Boondi laddoos should be made just a day early and consumed/distributed as fast as they can be. All khoya-based barfis should be refrigerated or consumed on priority. Those who wish can make jalebis and gulab jamuns at home and serve them hot. All packs of sweetmeats that come along as gifts should be unwrapped and inspected immediately for if they contain some easily perishable Bengali sweets and malai barfi they are best consumed the same day or refrigerated till the following morning.
There is a great influx of kaju katli based mithais. The base is excellent for shaping into miniature watermelons, custard apples, corn-on-the-cob, a kalash and what have you! These look very attractive. Savouries like namkeen shakkarpare, methi mathri, cholafalli and chiwda are other favourites that will be highly visible during the festive season. All these Diwali recipes and more await.
Coming up: Ten top Diwali recipes and serving ideas