Diwali 2014 began October 20 with Dhanteras. The Hindu “festival of lights” ushers in the Hindu new year. It continues through October 25 with the official Diwali (Deepavali) observed October 23 and 24 this year. It ends in the celebration of Bhai Dooj. Amid puja (worship) of the goddess Lakshmi, retelling the story of Rama and Sita (the central figures of Diwali) and lighting the ceremonial diya (lamps), the festival is about also about food. After all, the term festival comes from feast!
At the heart of Diwali, are sweets called mithai. It’s a sign of respect for Hindus to exchange goodies. So be a good neighbor, even if you’re not Hindu, Jain or Sikh (other faiths that observe Diwali). Make and share some mithai round. Here are Diwali sweets recipes. Be sure to try the gulab jamun; it’s worth breaking any diet for. Michiganders, to find local Diwali festivals and sample these confections, visit MiIndia.
- Diwali Festival has dozens of special Diwali recipes. Common ingredients are ghee (claried butter or butter oil), coconut, almond, raisins, Maida, graham flour and dried or crystallized fruits.
- I Love India has a huge assortment of recipes for Indian foods and Diwali mithaialphabetized to help you find what you are seeking more easily. Check out the paneer. It’s mouth-watering.
- Bold Sky has a list of best Diwali recipes (entrees, appetizers and sweets) with images of the different dishes. Tikka masala, butter chicken, curry and paneer call for an Indian seasoning blend called garam masala. You can it get it cheap at Walmart, under $3 a bottle.
- Sulekha has loads of printable Diwali recipes and links to Indian and Hindu blogs that may be useful. The carrot halwa (pudding) is delicious and super-healthy. Or try the kheer (rice pudding). But beware–it’s highly addictive.
- KidsGen is a great site for kid-friendly Diwali recipes. Click around for printable Diwali rangoli crafts and greeting cards. Social studies teacher, use this website for a Diwali celebrations.