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Diwali Special: Homemade Delights to Light Up Your Festivities

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Diwali Special: Homemade Delights to Light Up Your Festivities

 

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time for joy, togetherness, and of course, scrumptious food. This celebration is incomplete without an array of homemade dishes that tantalize the taste buds and add to the festive cheer. From sweets to savory treats, here are some delightful Diwali recipes that will make your celebrations truly special.

 

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamuns, soft and spongy milk dumplings soaked in a fragrant rose-flavored syrup, are an iconic Diwali sweet. Making them at home allows you to adjust the sweetness to your liking and ensures that they are fresh and melt-in-your-mouth delicious.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk powder
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp ghee (clarified butter)
  • Milk (as needed)
  • Oil (for frying)

 

For the sugar syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • A few drops of rose essence

Method:

1. Mix milk powder, all-purpose flour, baking soda, and ghee. Add milk gradually to form a soft dough.

 

2. Shape the dough into small balls and deep fry them until golden brown.

 

3. In a separate pan, prepare the sugar syrup by boiling sugar, water, and rose essence until it reaches a slightly sticky consistency.

 

4. Soak the fried balls in the sugar syrup for a few hours, allowing them to absorb the flavor.

 

Chakli (Murukku)

Chakli, a crispy and savory spiral-shaped snack, is a favorite during Diwali. This gluten-free delight is made from rice flour and a blend of spices, making it a crunchy treat that pairs perfectly with a cup of tea.

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup urad dal flour (black gram flour)
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Water (as needed)
  • Oil (for frying)

 

Method:

1. Mix rice flour, urad dal flour, cumin seeds, red chili powder, and salt in a bowl. Add melted butter and knead into a stiff dough using water.

 

2. Load the dough into a chakli press and shape the chaklis onto a greased surface.

 

3. Heat oil in a deep pan and fry the chaklis until golden brown and crisp.

 

Kaju Katli

Kaju Katli, an exquisite cashew nut fudge, is a must-have during Diwali. Making it at home ensures you get the perfect blend of creamy texture and rich cashew flavor.

 

Ingredients:

1 cup cashew nuts, finely ground

1/2 cup sugar

1/4 cup water

2 tbsp ghee

Silver vark (optional)

 

Method:

1. In a non-stick pan, mix sugar and water and heat until the sugar dissolves. Continue to cook until it reaches a one-string consistency.

 

2. Add the ground cashew nuts and ghee, and stir continuously until the mixture thickens and leaves the sides of the pan.

 

3. Transfer the mixture to a greased plate, flatten it, and let it cool. Cut into diamond-shaped pieces and garnish with silver vark if desired.

 

Paneer Tikka

For those seeking a savory delight, Paneer Tikka is a perfect choice. This marinated and grilled cottage cheese dish is bursting with flavors and makes for a great appetizer during Diwali gatherings.

 

Ingredients:

  • 250g paneer (cottage cheese), cut into cubes
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Bell peppers and onions (optional, for skewering)

 

Method:

1. In a bowl, mix yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, red chili powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, salt, and oil to make the marinade.

Marinate the paneer cubes in this mixture for at least an hour.

2. Thread the marinated paneer onto skewers, alternating with bell peppers and onions if desired.

3. Grill the skewers until the paneer is golden brown and slightly charred.

 

Conclusion

This Diwali, infuse your celebrations with the warmth of homemade delights. These recipes not only fill your home with enticing aromas but also allow you to create cherished memories with your loved ones. Whether you have a sweet tooth or prefer savory treats, these dishes are sure to light up your festivities with joy and flavor. Happy Diwali!

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