Diwali 2016 Recipes: Here we have 10 Easy-to-make Sweets and Snacks Recipes on the auspicious day of Diwali!

 

Diwali – is popularly known as the festival of lights. This festival symbolizes the victory of light overt darkness. This festival is celebrated all around the globe with lot of zeal and enthusiasm. Diwali is one of the most famous festivals of the year. 


The festival has lot of traditional rituals and is celebrated for five days long, before which people clean their homes and start their preparations for the festival. Diwali is basically a five days celebrated festival which begins from Dhanteras, Naraka Chaturdasi, Padva and ends on Bhai Dooj day. Diwali festival signifies the victory of light over darkness. The festival of lights will soon begin from 26th October, 2016. Diwali festival occurs on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha of the Hindu calendar month of Ashwin each year.


Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity is worshiped. And on this day, people light up diyas and perform puja’s at their place so that Goddess Lakshmi grants them with happiness and prosperity. Women draw rangolis, light lamps and even exchange sweets with their dear ones. The word ‘Diwali‘ is derived from Sanskrit word “Deepavali” which means “a series of lights”.  Deep means light and avail means series.


According to religious significance, Diwali is celebrated in honor of God Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana returning back from exile of 14 years. Whereas some say that Diwali marks the return of Pandavas after 12 years of Vanvas and one year of agyatavas in the other ancient Hindu epic Mahabharata. 

The festival is celebrated with fervor and lot of joy, happiness. As we all know, that Lord Rama returned to his hometown after the vanquishing of King Ravana of Lanka. It is said that when Lord Rama, Goddess Sita and Rama’s brother returned to Ayodhya, the people of that estate had lit the entire state with lamps and had a grand welcome ceremony. It is said that it was the beginning of a new era of happiness and peace in the Ayodha.


Families follow their tradition, poojas and sweets are a part of this occasion. Sweets are an integral part of  the festival which is relished by everyone. However, coming up with a new recipe every time is a tedious procedure, so on this auspicious day we have listed down main cuisines that would decrease your work lead. Go ahead prepare delicious dishes and explore the relation of love. Happy Diwali!


1. Shakkarpare:

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This dish is for all those who have a sweet tooth and is prepared especially during Diwali. Shakkarpare is a North Indian dish, which is easily prepared and requires fewer ingredients. This dish has a long shelf life and can be consumed as a dessert.


Shankarpali also known as Shakkarpali by Maharashtrians is a popular sweet dish in Maharashtra. It is mostly enjoyed in the Diwali festival but is also made during other festivals. Preparation of Shankarpali requires dough, milk, sugar, ghee, maida, semolina and salt.


2. Chakali:

chakali
 
Diwali feast is pretty much incomplete without Chakali. Chakli’s are usually crispy and takes less time to get prepared. One can say that Chakli is the king of delicious delicacies and everyone loves this recipe. Chakli includes various pulses and can be prepared in advance and stored.




3. Puran Poli with Spicy Amti:

puran poli aamti
 
Puran Poli is very popular among traditional cuisine and is made on the occasion of festival. It takes approximately 40 mins to complete the delicious dish. Amti is usually a spicy curry and consumed by dipping a piece of puran poli in it. The taste of amti is usually spicy and tangy and puran poli is sweet like candy. One can even have amti with rice.



4. Karanji:

karanji
 
One of the main and an essential dish to hop on this occasion is Karanji. This dish can be prepared in two ways – salty and sweet. Karanji doesn’t need a substitute and is very famous in North India. This dish does not require much time or effort and the taste is just irresistible. Karanji can be prepared and stored for weeks.


5. Besan Ladoo:

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This ladoos is one of the most liked and loved dessert. Ladoo has a great significance as it is considered as an auspicious day to offer it to Lord Ganesha during pujas. Besan Ladoo is very easy to prepare and melts on the tip of the tongue. But for the people who are on diet, this dish might not add on some extra pound.



6. Malpua:

malpua

They are not only rich in flavor but are also deeply fried and soaked in saffron syrup. This can be best tasted along with rabdi or malai. It is prepared with lot of ghee, butter which adds a negative point for self conscious people.


7. Rasmalai:

rasmalai

This is an important dish which is mainly prepared during this festival. Rasmalai is very creamy and quickly melts in the mouth. It can be garnished with rich dry fruits on it, which enhances its looks and taste.



8. Malai Chum Chum

rasmalai

Chum Chum as its sounds is very soft and spongy and is made with paneer and cheese. This is basically a Bengali dish, but is ideally prepared and dipped in sugar syrup.  The plain white chum chum is further added in saffron to get the brownish shade.



9. Kaju Katli

kaju katli

This dish is made from cashews and sugar, which is garnished with silver foil. One piece of this sweet dish has 58 calories, so for the people who are on diet better stay away or perform some extra exercise.



10. Garlic Chiwda:

chiwda


Here’s another very common and much loved snack that is prepared during Diwali by Maharashtrians – the Chiwda. In fact, this food item is made all the year round by Marathi-speaking people, as it is light and delicious. But Diwali is when it is made in a special way. Here’s a recipe of the Garlic Chiwda, made of Poha, garlic, curry leaves and dry fruits.









Source:India.com
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