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How is Diwali Celebrated?

 Diwali is arguably the most important date in the Hindu calendar, it is often referred to as the festival of light and marks the beginning of the new year. It is an opportunity to decorate your home, find a new outfit, give (and receive) gifts and of course FEAST!

 This festival represents the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness, and wisdom over ignorance. The word Diwali itself means “rows of lighted lamps”. Houses, shops, and public places are decorated with “diyas” which are small oil lamps, and doors are left open to allow the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi to find her way into people’s homes.

 Celebrated over five days, and by numerous faiths including Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Muslims, and some Buddhists, Diwali is eminent all over the world. It is an important time to spend with friends and family and enjoy a multitude of sweet treats. It isn’t Diwali without a dessert.

 Read on for four of our favorite (EASY) Diwali dessert recipes…

Carrot Halwa

 Halwa is a dessert popular in Indian, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. It is a popular one to make around the time of Diwali as it is easy to make, even for a large gathering and you can play around a lot with the ingredients. 

  1. Wash 500g of carrots, then peel and finely grate them.
  2. Chop around 20 mixed nuts of your choice (cashews, almonds, etc.) and fry in a small pan with 1tbsp ghee until slightly golden, then add 2 tbsp raisins for a minute, set aside.
  3. In a separate, deep-pan, add 480ml of milk and bring to the boil – be careful not to burn the milk!
  4. Add the grated carrots, cook on medium heat, and stir often.
  5. Once the milk has completely evaporated, add 100g of sugar – the consistency should be very gooey, stir until half the moisture has evaporated, and then add 2tbsp of ghee.
  6. Continue to stir and sauté until all the moisture has evaporated.
  7. Add ½ a teaspoon of cardamom powder and stir.
  8. Garnish with nuts and raisins.
  9. Serve warm or chilled with ice cream. Enjoy!

Vegan Coconut Laddu

 Laddu are sweet delights from Indian cuisine. They come in a bitesize ball and are delicious and aromatic, often with a melt-in-the-mouth texture. This is a simple, 4 ingredient recipe that will leave your family and friends wanting more.

  1. Blend 2tbsp of almonds and 2tbsp pistachios to create fruit powder, set aside.
  2. In a saucepan, dry roast 200g of fresh or desiccated coconut over medium heat, continuously stir, and be sure not to brown it – reserve 50g for garnish.
  3. Add 150g sweetened vegan carnation milk, mix nicely, and stir continuously until the mixture is thick and coming away from the sides of the pan.
  4. Pour into a separate bowl and when lukewarm add in the fruit powder and ½ a teaspoon of cardamom powder, mix by hand.
  5. Roll into 12, equal-sized laddus and roll in leftover coconut.
  6. Serve straight away or store in the fridge for up to three weeks in an airtight container. Enjoy!

Nutella Burfi

 Burfi is a type of mithai and a dense milk-based sweet usually made with sugar and nuts. It has a similar texture to fudge, and these Nutella Burfi are something different from the usual so perfect for giving as edible gifts.

  1. Place 550g of full-fat milk powder in a large bowl with 2tbsp melted ghee and 2tbsp cream/full-fat milk.
  2. Mix with a fork and leave for 5 minutes, then place in a deep pan and cook the mixture on very low heat for 10-12 minutes.
  3. In another pan, gently heat 200g Nutella, a can of condensed milk, and 100ml of single or double cream together.

4. Once heated through pour over milk powder mixture and mix quickly, add 80g of chopped and roasted hazelnuts.

5. Pour into a greased tray, level out, and garnish with 20g roasted and chopped hazelnuts.

6.Leave the mixture to set and then chop into the desired shape. Enjoy!

Super Easy Gulab Jamun

 These sticky-fried dough balls are not for those on a diet but are a perfect sweet snack for Diwali. They are soaked in a delicately flavored syrup. A truly indulgent snack that will never fail to please.

 

To make syrup:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine 100g caster sugar, 240ml water, 2 cardamom pods crushed, and a tbsp lemon juice.
  2. Cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

To make Gulab Jamun:

  1. In a small bowl 10 minutes prior, add 1tbsp fine semolina to a splash of hot water to absorb.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine 75g dried milk powder, 1 tbsp plain flour, a pinch of baking powder, 2tbsp ghee, and mix.
  3. Add the soaked semolina (make sure it’s not too wet) and 3 tbsp milk and combine into a paste.
  4. In a large, deep saucepan, heat enough oil for deep frying on medium-high heat.
  5. Divide Jamun mixture into small balls with hands. Place in the heated oil and when they float back up to the surface, turn heat up and brown on all sides.
  6. When balls are golden brown, remove from oil and drain on kitchen paper.
  7. Heat syrup in a saucepan to hot but not boiling- add Gulab Jamun and cook in syrup for at least half an hour. Remove from pan and serve hot. Enjoy!

 We have a huge amount of ingredients and pre-prepared sweetmeats at House of Rajas! Helping your Diwali be a one to remember.

Wishing you a prosperous Diwali!

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