Diwali is undoubtedly the biggest festival of Indian subcontinent. We seek divine blessings as well as party hard. Many communities also start their new year. Most merchants begin with new accounting books. We light earthen lamps/diye, kandeel and burst crackers. Indian sweets and snacks are also synonymous with it. This Deepavali, worry not and eat a lot, with our Diwali sweets platter.The celebrations are subdued in 2020 still we can celebrate with immediate family. We have put together a kid friendly Indian snacks and sweets. It has something for everyone. You may be vegan, gluten-free, nut allergic or have an egg allergy. There is something for everyone. Celebrate the festival with full fervour with homemade delicacies.
Happy Diwali to all the readers!
Diwali & festive fever
Pre-Diwali is all about redecorating houses. Paint the houses, add new furniture and shop for appliances. All mums are Marie Kondo in action. Hectic days of de-junking clutter. Then comes clothes n mall hopping. Next comes food and recipes. Some traditional, others modern in a mix. Loads of guests and relatives coming home. Hectic time yet full of enjoyment. Sindhi households celebrate the festival with various types of layi or chikki and a vegetable made with 7 veggies called sata bhajiyu.This curry is made with 7 different veggies. While Gujarati community celebrates with a similar curry, undhiyu, the South with kajjakaylu/gujiya, badushah/balushahi and various types of burfi.
Read the Diwali sweets platter recipes below:
Sweet potato gulab jamun: King of all sweets and loved by one and all.Kala jamun/Mawa bati/Gulab Jam are various versions of this wonderful sweet. We make it with sweet potato which is an ingredient both Naturally sweet and gluten-free. Sweet potato gulab jamuns are great in flavor and helps you avoid maida/plain flour. Best fried in ghee.You may or may not add paneer and replace the same with milk powder.
Peda/penda are always melt in the mouth and mangoes are sweet and syrupy. Mix homemade mawa, mango pulp & jaggery to make a naturally sugar free delicacy.
Nut filled Khorak: Khorak is a traditional Sindhi sweet made with nuts, wholewheat flour,jaggery, poppy seeds and good old ghee. Yummy and full of energy.
Sryupy Jalebi: Can anyone resist that yummy syrupy jalebi? Fry in ghee or make it vegan with oil. No one can eat just one. Did you know it helps cure your sinus too?
Chikki/layi : Chikki or layi as we Sindhis call it is a crunchy praline made with lentils and jaggery. We make it from almonds,pista, peanuts,sesame and even puffed rice as well as puffed chana dal. Can also be made vegan and has minimal oil.Having jaggery and chana dal/futane dal/split chickpeas helps prevent arthritis
Pinni or atta ladoo is quite similar to khorak and tastes just as great.
Almond squares/badam katri or cashew squares/kaju katli are synonymous with Diwali. Bright and nutty these shine like a diamond just like your Diwali crackers. Whether you like crackers or not, this shiny sweet is welcome anytime!
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Have a very Happy Diwali everyone!