Diwali is one of the most popular of India. Diwali embodies joy and happiness. Everyone is home with their families, lighting their houses, enjoying old jokes and stories, popping a Diwali Special Sweets every now and then, every bit is wonderful. The streets are lit, the atmosphere is chilly, every house has a Dia (earthen lamp) on its doorstep, and it’s all very traditional and all very Indian. It’s like the Indian version of Christmas!
On Diwali, everyone mellows a sweet tooth. No one has diabetes or anything, everyone is all fit and fine and forgiven. Diwali is the time of the year when the sweet shop owners are best friends with Midas. Boxes and boxes of Diwali Special Sweets and delicacies are stacked up in the fridge and the magic part is, every last bit disappears by the night. Now-a-days people mostly buy sweets but making Diwali Special Sweets is a different kind of happiness.
Some of our very favorite Special Diwali sweets include:
- Gulab Jamun-
This special diwali sweet is the prime of all and everyone loves it. These are balls of khoya(dried thick milk), fried in oil and then put in sugar syrup. The thing with Gulab Jamuns is, you can never ever have only one. There are varieties of Gulab Jamuns
- Bread Gulab Jamun- Khoya is mashed with white bread, milk and dough and then put in sugar syrup after frying. These just melt in your mouth. A must try!
- Paneer(cottage cheese) Gulab Jamun
- Pistachio stuffed Gulab Jamuns
- Pineapple Gulab Jamuns
- Gajar ka Halwa( Carrot dessert)-
This graceful and delicious dessert is the one our mums save for the guests or atlest try to save. The recipe for this special Diwali sweet is very simple. Grate the carrots and mix them with milk and heat them in a pan. Cook on low flame, until the carrots soak up all the milk. Add condensed milk and to the same thing again. Add butter and garnish it with cashews. Cook for another 10 minutes. VOILA! You can also make the halwa with kala(black) gajar.
- Kheer( Rice Pudding)-
A sweet, creamy rice pudding with a pinch of cardamom and saffron, garnished with almonds and raisins. As simple as it sounds, it finishes as quickly as it’s made. It is treat and is served on almost every occasion. Different kinds of kheer include
- Apple-Cinnamon Kheer
- Coconut- banana Kheer
- Guava Kheer
- Pineapple Kheer
- Coconut laddu-
Grate the inside of the coconut, fry it with condensed milk and cinnamon on a low flame until it’s all thick and dried. Once it’s cooled, roll them in laddus and plant an almond on top. Ready to serve the guests. Also, add some melted chocolate and you will have the best chocolate-coconut Laddus ever!
This wonderful special Diwali sweet is prepared from cottage cheese, dunked in sweet, condensed milk. The milk is adorned with saffron, pistachios and almonds. The cheese balls draw the syrup in and it’s a fiesta in the mouth.
Diwali is the most awaited time of the year and relishing on these sweets makes it all the more delightful. This Diwali, make these sweets or at least help your mum make these sweets, by doing this, she won’t be able to blame you for eating all those sweets! Fun Plan!