• The first thing that comes into anyone’s mind when one settles into the festive mode in India, is food. For us all kinds of celebration involve food because that’s what makes it wholesome. And what initiates the lure for more are those delicious snacks that add colour to the festive vibes. From the delectable Kaju ki Barfi to a spicy Samosa, each snack adds to the taste of celebration.

    With the onset of Diwali, here’s a peek into some household favourites from all around the country that you can bite and savour amidst all the glitter and get-togethers.

    Delicious Diwali Delight – Dry Fruits Halwa

    Satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty with a healthy bowl of Dry Fruits Halwa. Gift your friends and family a box of homemade Dry Fruits Halwa that will make them drool over it. With the use of basic ingredients like dry fruits, sugar, ghee, and milk, cook up a bowl of this heavenly dish, and gorge on it alone or serve it with love to your guests at your Diwali party.

    Recipe

    Step 1

    To begin, pulse the nuts in the chopper to get the chopped mixture.

    Step 2

    Mix the finely chopped dates and figs with 1 tablespoon of milk and ghee.

    Step 3

    Add ghee to a preheated pan and add the nuts and the dates and figs blend to the pan. Saute the dry fruit halwa for 5 minutes so that it gets combined well.

    Step 4

    You can serve it along with chilled vanilla ice cream, or even set into a pan and cut into silces once chilled.

    Glass of happiness – Rose Kheer:

    Amongst the hustle-bustle of celebrations, take a moment to dwell into a delicious bite of Rose Kheer which beautifully melts in your mouth. Serve your guests some homemade Rose Kheer while you catch up to make sweet memories.

    Recipe 

    Step 1

    Take a pan, add milk and rice to it. Cook it till rice become soft.

    Step 2

    Add sugar and green cardamom powder and cook till it turn thick. Set aside to cool.

    Step 3

    Transfer the kheer into a deep bowl. Fold in half cup whipped cream and most of the rose petals. Add two tablespoons rose syrup and mix.

    Step 4

    Put the kheer in glasses and chill. Put the remaining whipped cream in a piping bag and pipe rosettes on top of the kheer in each glass.

    Step 5

    Drizzle a little rose syrup over it, place a rose petal on top and serve chilled.

    Taste of Heaven- Honey cake:

    With a generous amount of honey, sugar, flour you can change the shape of heart into a square or a rectangle. This melt-in-mouth sweet has a unique texture  and taste which only makes you crave for more, even when you are not thinking about it. So what say, ready to serve it on the table for your fam?

    Recipe

    Step 1

    Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease the baking pan with butter.

    Step 2

    Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a big bowl.

    Step 3

    Add the oil, ¾ cup of the honey, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla, coffee or tea, and orange juice. Mix thoroughly, until all ingredients are combined.

    Step 4

    Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

    Step 5

    Drizzle the remaining ¼ cup of honey over the batter.

    Step 6

    Bake in the preheated oven 30 to 60 minutes until the cake is set all the way through and feels springy to the touch.

    Step 7

    Let cool 15 minutes before removing from the baking dish. Slide a knife around the edges to help loosen the cake.

    Love at first bite – Coconut ladoo

    This one will become your favourite in every celebration and something that will never disappoint you at any point. These delicious sweets are made of cashew nuts, ghee and with grated coconut.

    Recipe

    Step 1

    Take a pan, add one-teaspoon ghee and 8 broken cashew nuts.

    Step 2

    Fry it until they turned golden. Now shift this to a plate.

    Step 3

    Take same pan and add grated coconut, milk and sugar. Mix all the ingredients well.

    Step 4

    Begin to cook till the mixture get thickens and all the moisture evaporates completely.

    Step 5

    Cool the mixture slightly. When it comes down to warm temperature, take small portions of it and start making ladoos.

    Step 6

    Store the ladoos in jar and you can use up within 7 days.

    This festive season, get cooking these sweet dishes to munch on while you laugh, dance and cherish all around.

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