The magical sparkle of thousand lamps that shines like tiny star against the dark sky, the colorful and intricately designed rangolis adorning the doorsteps, courtyards and temple entrances, the scent of bright yellow and orange marigold adorning the toran on entranceway, the joyous moments of family get together, cheerful friendliness with merriment abound, the sound of bursting crackers, the infectious smile and frivolity in every happy faces, new clothes that glitters as much as the sparklers, hand picked gifts for the loved ones, scent of sandalwood incense, sometimes jasmine that fills the air with its redolence, the sublime aura, retelling of legendary stories of Rama and Krishna (Narak Chaturdeshi), the ultimate victory of good over evil, revisiting the folklores of Lakshmi and submitting oneself to the divine mother Ma Kali to seek her blessings, to strengthen and resurrect our faith in the goodness, in the justice that prevails at the end, no matter what may comes.
And in India no festival is complete without sweet dishes, to spread love and sweetness around you, to dissolve the boundaries of all sorts…rejoice and celebrate life. Peace be upon us.
Celebrating Diwali 2017 with
From the not so traditional sweet platter, best of west meet desi style fusion sweet dishes that diffuse the boundaries and sweeten the heart.
Traditional sweet platter rooted deep in our culture, traditions and heritage-
Barfi / fudge & Laddoos – from beetroot, bottlegourd to apple, coconut, milk, paneer we Indians exactly know how to turn everything into fudgy fudge, or better still roll them into tiny spherical sweet bombs called laddoos, the melt in mouth kind ghee laden barfi & laddoo
Kheer / Payasam – If there is any dish that is as ancient as the human civilization itself, it is the paramanna or payesh or payasam or kheer as we commonly know it. Rice and milk boiled together and sweetened with sugar cane was the food that has been the traditional offering to the gods for thousands of years. The first food that child eats in Indian culture and here birthday celebrations and festivals remain incomplete without this.
The sweet mix platter without which Diwali looks pale –
And last but not least, the omnipresent gulab jamun without which no celebration in India is complete. But let’s make it little healthy, not the maida jamuns, nor the bread jamuns but made with superfood “Sweet Potatoes” or shakarkandi as called in Hindi.
From the savory platter –
Stay tuned for more,