Diwali Recipes

Here are some yummy recipes for savouries to be prepared on Diwali:

BESAN LADDU
Ingredients:
500 gm besan, sifted
500 gm ground sugar
200 gm ghee
1 tsp green cardamom or elaichi , powdered

Preparation :
Heat the ghee until it smokes, then lower the heat. Add the besan and fry on a medium heat until it is of golden colour. Take it off the fire for two or three minutes and add the sugar.

When it is cooled to a comfortable temperature, grease your palms with ghee and form the mixture into balls.

Set aside to cool and harden. Store in air-tight containers.

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MALPUA
Ingredients :
1 cup sugar
1-1/2 cups wheat flour
4 tbsp yogurt or curd
10-15 whole peppercorns
Milk
Water

Preparation :
Make a batter of all of these dry ingredients and the dahi, using 1/2 milk and 1/2 water till it is thick and of pouring consistency, similar to pancake or dosa batter. Whip till smooth. Add the 10 peppercorns. Keep aside and allow it to rise for about two hours.

Heat oil on medium flame. Drop large ladlefuls into the oil to form circles of 6-8 inches. Typically the dough will sink and line the bottom of the karhai and rise up in the shape of a disc. Fry till golden. Drain and pat off the oil. Serve with cream or garnished with pista. Serves five.

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Mini Samosa

Here is the recipe of Mini Samosa that can add a salty flavour to your Diwali Sweets.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour (maida)
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • Salt (depending upon the taste)
  • moong daal (soak 6-8 hrs in Plenty of water with baking soda)
  • 1 tbs red chili powder
  • 1 tbs garam masala
  • 1 tbs coriender powder
  • 1 tbs salt
  • tbs amchur
  • 3-4 pinches asafoetida powder
  • tbs cumin seeds
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Method

  • Grind the moong daal with minimum quantity of water.
  • Add oil in heavy pan.
  • Add cumin seeds, asafoetida powder and daal paste in it.
  • Stir it properly. Add salt,garam masala,coriender powder,chili powder and amchur powder.
  • Stir it until the mixture dried very well.

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Preparation for cover

  • Sieve all-purpose flour, add salt.
  • Add vegetable oil (so that you can make bowls) and mix it very well.
  • Then add small quantity of water and make smooth dough.
  • Make small round rolls with dough.
  • Roll it like chapatti (chapatti should be around 4-5 inches in diameter).
  • Cut it into 2 equal halves along the diameter.
  • Put small water along the diameter.
  • Join and press together to make a cone.
  • Place a tbsp. of filling in the cone and seal third side as above.
  • Make five to six. Put in hot oil, deep fry on low to medium till light brown.
  • Do not fry on high, or the mini samosas will turn out oily and soggy.
  • Drain on rack or kitchen paper
  • Serve hot with green chutneys.

Diwali and the five days of celebrations

Diwali is one of the biggest festivals of Hindus, celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in India. The festival is celebrated for five continuous days, where the third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival or ‘Festival of lights’. Diwali is celebrated 20 days after Dussehra, on the 13th day of the dark fortnight of the month of Ashwin (October / November).
The First day of Diwali : Dhanteras
The five day long celebrations kick off with the 1st Day being celebrated as Dhanteras. Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi, which falls on the thirteenth day of the month of Ashwin, is day of shopping for steel utensils and is considered very auspicious.

The Second day of Diwali: Narak Chaturdasi
It is the 14th lunar day (thithi) of the dark fortnight of the month of Kartik and the eve of Diwali. On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear.
The Third day: Diwali – The Festival of Lights
On the dark new moon night, the entrances to all homes are lit up and decorated with rangoli patterns to welcome Lakshmi, the radiant consort of Vishnu and the goddess of wealth and lustre. Also Lakshmi Puja is performed on this day.
Diwali is the last day of financial year in traditional Hindu business and businessmen perform Chopda Pujan on this day on the new books of accounts. Diwali is the festival when the new business year begins.
The fourth day: New Year day or Bestavarsh or Govardhan Puja
The Fourth day is called Padwa or VarshaPratipada that marks the coronation of King Vikramaditya and Vikaram-Samvat was started from this Padwa day.
The day after the Laxmi Puja, people celebrate the coming of the New Year by dressing in new clothes, wearing jewellery and visiting family members.
On this day, Govardhan Puja is also performed. As per Vishnu-Puran, the people of Gokul used to celebrate a festival in honour of Lord Indra and worshipped him at the end of the monsoon. But Lord Krishna stopped them from offering prayers to Lord Indra, who in anger sent a deluge to submerge Gokul. Then, Krishna saved Gokul by lifting up the Govardhan Mountain and holding it over the people as an umbrella.
Also, this day is observed as Annakoot and prayers are offered in the temples. In Mathura and Nathadwara temples the deities are given milk bath and dressed in shining attires with ornaments.
The Fifth day of Diwali: Bhai Dhooj
The second day of the bright fortnight (Shukla Paksh) of Kartik is called “Bhaiya-Duj”. It comes once a year – after Diwali. The name itself is an explanation of the festival. Diwali falls on the dark night of Amdvasya or the new moon and Bhaiya Dooj comes just two days after Diwali.
There is an old story which tells us why Bhai Dhuj is celebrated. Yamraj, the Lord of death visited his sister Yami one day. To welcome her brother, Yami put the auspicious tilak on his forehead, they ate, talked and enjoyed together and exchanged gifts as a token of their love for each other. Yamraj was very happy and hence announced that anyone who receives tilak from his sister on this day will never be thrown in hell.
Since then it became imperative for the brother to go to his sister’s house to celebrate Bhaiyaduj. On Bhai Dooj, the teeka is applied on the brother’s forehead. It is a day dedicated to brothers and sisters.

Diwali Significance and Origin

Deepawali symbolizes the victory of truth over evil. Fireworks are one of the things always associated with this festival, which kids and adults both, can’t do without! On this auspicious day, people light up diyas and candles all around their house. They perform Laxmi Puja in the evening and seek divine blessings of Goddess of Wealth. The festival of Diwali is never complete without exchange of gifts. People present Deepawali gifts to all near and dear ones. Generally Goddess Laxmi and Lord Ganesh are gifted on the occasion as Goddess Laxmi is known as the Goddess of Wealth and the puja is performed to appease her and to seek her blessings throughout the year.
According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Rama was a great warrior King who was exiled by his father Dashratha, the King of Ayodhya, along with his wife Sita and his younger brother Lakshman, on his wife’s insistence. Lord Rama returned to Ayodhaya after 14 years of exile after killing demon King Ravana of Lanka, who was a great Pundit, highly learned, but still evil dominated his mind. On this auspicious occasion to honour Lord Rama’s victory over Ravana, the people of Ayodhya, welcomed King Ram, Laxman and Sita by lighting rows (avali) of clay lamps (dĭpa). Since then, this day is came to be known as “Deepawali”. Over the years, this word transformed into Diwali in Hindi and Deepawali in Nepali, but still retained its original form in South and East Indian Languages.

Gandhi Jayanti celebrated on 2nd Oct

Gandhi Jayanti celebrates the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi popularly known as the Father of the Nation. Born on 2nd October 1869 at Porbandar in Gujarat, Gandhiji is known for his invaluable contribution towards India’s freedom struggle. His principles of truth, non-violence and honesty are remembered till date. Mahatma Gandhi is best known as the matchless political leader who evolved the new technique of “Satyagraha”. His fight against untouchability and the notions of superiority and inferiority by birth are also fairly well known. For India, his greatest service was, perhaps, the emancipation of Indian women.

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Gandhiji was the person behind the Satyagraha Ashram in Ahmedabad and the Sabarmati Ashram, which became a platform for introducing long-needed social reforms such as ‘Harijan’ welfare, small-scale industries and self-reliance and rehabilitation of lepers. His fight to give equal rights to each and every person of the society irrespective of which strata they belonged made him immortal. Gandhiji portrays a multi-faceted moral and spiritual messiah. It is his philosophies and morals of life, which will make keep alive in our minds forever. 2nd Oct is celebrated every year as Gandhi Jayanti Day as a tribute to the FATHER OF THE NATION

Gandhi Jayanti SMS | 2nd Oct SMS

A few sms on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti are as below..

“Ye mamu aaj Bapu ka janmadin hai,
Boleto Gandhi jayanti hai!

To mast me bapu ko yaad karane ka,
Aur is msg ko dosto me frwd karke.

Gandhigiri phailane ka kya mamu??
Happy Gandhi Jayanti!!”

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Dussehra/Dasara a 10 day long Durga Puja festival celebration

Dussehra is one of the major Hindu festivals of India & is celebrated throughout the country with great zeal and enthusiasm. People all over the country participate in the occasion in their own way. Dussehra symbolizes the conquest of good over evil. It is thus considered as an auspicious day. The festival of Dussehra has a long interesting history behind it. Two great legends are associated with the festival of Dussehra.

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It is believed that on this day when Lord Rama killed the ten headed demon king Ravana and gave the throne of his kingdom, Lanka, to his brother Vibhishana. Since that day, the day of Vijaya Dashmi is considered to be auspicious and festive by the people of India and is celebrated as the day that symbolizes the victory of ‘Good over Evil’. Even today, burning the effigy of Ravana along with his subordinates Meghanad and Kumbhkarana on Dusshera, symbolizes the power of goodness and humanity above all other evil and bad powers. As Lord Rama fought a battle of ten days with Ravana, who had abducted his wife Sita, the day of his victory is called ‘Vijaya Dashmi’- the tenth day of Victory. It is said that this day symbolizes not only the victory of Ram over Ravana but also the victory of ‘mankind’. That is why this day is held in high regard by people who believe that whenever there will be chaos in the society and evil will try to take over humanity, God will appear in the form of savior to protect his devotees.

There is another story associated with the history of Dussehra festival. It is said that Vijayadashmi also symbolizes the victory of Goddess Durga over Mahishasura, the demon who held the earth and the heaven with his tyranny and invincible power.

This year Dussehra is being celebrated on Monday, 28th September 2009. Send Dussehra/Dasara & Durga Puja Greetings & Scraps to your loved ones.

Special Eid-ul-Fitr Recipe

Special Eid-ul-Fitr Recipe

Seviyan or ‘Sweet Vermicelli’ as is commonly known, is a popular dish which is a customary preparation in every Muslim household on the occasion of Eid. You can use the below recipe to cook it at home with your child.
Recipe of Seviyan
Ingredients

  • 50 gm Vermicelli Noodles (Seviyan)
  • 2 tbsp Raisins (Kishmish) (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Nuts – Almonds & Pistachios (optional)
  • 2 Cardamoms (powdered)
  • 1/2 tin Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 liter Whole Milk
  • 1 tbsp Pure Ghee or Butter

Method

  • Heat pure ghee or butter in a pan; fry the Vermicelli until light brown.
  • Bring milk to a boil. Add condensed milk, vermicelli and cardamom powder to it and mix well.
  • Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the vermicelli becomes soft. Take out in bowls, top with raisins and nuts and serve.

Enjoy Eid with delicious Seviyan…

Tips to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with children at home

How to celebrate Eid-ul-fitr with children at home?


Eid-ul-Fitr can be celebrated with great fun and devotion at home in the following ways:

  • Children can wear new clothes and wish each other Eid by giving a hug.
  • They can wish their elders and ask for ‘iddi’.
  • If possible, you can take your child to a mosque to show the rich tradition of India. It will help them have a hands-on experience of the way Eid is actually celebrated and will definitely find it interesting.
  • You can involve your child in helping you prepare special dishes for Eid like seviyan, sweet rice etc.

Happy Eid to all of you….

Onam Festival | Onam wishes, greetings cards, SMS Quotes, Pictures

Onam Wishes for you and your Family….

Onam is the biggest Harvest festival of India. The Festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm all over the country especially in South India.  The festival lasts for ten days. On this day, people make special savouries customary to be made on the occasion of Onam, they send Onam greetings and Onam wishes to each other.

Some of the Onam wishes and Onam greetings that you can send to your near-dear ones are given below:

  • Hope this Onam brings in good fortune & abounding happiness to you! Wish you and your family a frivolous Onam!
  • May this Onam be the forerunner of good luck and joyfulness and may it bring you joy, that lasts all year!
  • May the spirit of Onam remains everywhere – in whatever you do, whatever you think and whatever you hope in your life. Wish you a Happy Onam.
  • May the color and lights of Onam fill your home with happiness and joy.
  • Wish you all a very happy, prosperous, colorful, healthy, wealthy and fun filled Onam!
  • Onam Unnan Bhagyam Veenam
  • Ella Malayalikalum Onam Unnanam
  • Kaanam Vittum Onam Unnaam

We wish you all a very Happy Onam….enjoy the festival with lovely Onam wishes and Onam Greetings…