As Diwali approaches, prepare the best Indian sweets to celebrate this amazing festival with you family.
Updated: 05 November 2018
Diwali is the brightest and most significant of all the Hindu festivals. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it is marked by a 5-day celebration which illuminates the country with brilliance. The festival happens either in late October or in early November. It might not be celebrated on the same day of every year because it falls on the 15th of the Hindu month of Kartik. Each faith has its reason for celebrating Diwali but one of the most popular stories told is that of the legend of Lord Rama and his wife finally returning to their kingdom in Northern India from exile after they defeated the demon king Ravanna.
Marked by massive fireworks, people also light traditional earthen candles and decorate their homes with colorful Rangoli artworks or patterns made on the floor using powder or rice. As much as the festival is all about lights and the spirit of giving, it is also about the gastronomic treats that families can relish with each other. The food people closely associate with the festival is Indian sweets. These sweets come in a range of flavors and colors. Although eating out is popular, most people prefer to stay at home and prepare food for guests. Unlike the traditional turkey served during Thanksgiving, each family celebrating Diwali will more than likely have their preferred meal, and this favorite dish plays a central theme in the celebration.
Kaju Katli is one of the most recognizable sweets served during the festive season. A Diwali without Kaju Katli is just impossible. The cashew nut and milk-based dessert topped by silver leaf is a winner and something which your friends will be asking you for. Malpua is a pancake-like dessert which is soaked in syrup before served to guests. Throw in some paneer and khoya to take the celebrations a notch higher. This favorite dessert from the north of India is quite popular in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and parts of West Bengal with each area having their version of the recipe. Mysore Pak is another in-demand treat, and this super sweet and super delicious recipe can be made with just three ingredients, ghee, besan, and sugar. This melt in your mouth rich sweet is guaranteed to run out as soon as you put it on the table.
With tables abundant in vegetarian sweets, having a guilt-free and meaningful Diwali celebration with the whole family is something people look forward to every year.
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