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Happy Diwali 2018 Special Sweets and Recipes

Deallicious Halva Recipes For This Diwali

A wide array of delicious sweets is what constitutes a main part of the Diwali festival. Halva is one of the most popular sweets prepared for Diwali in 2018. There are many varieties of Halva that are prepared all over the world and each one has its own distinctive taste. Here are few Diwali recipes for delicious halva that you can prepare and in-turn earn the praise of your family and friends.


Sohan Halva Happy Diwali Sweets and Recipes

1. Sohan Halva Happy Diwali Sweets and Recipes

This is a popular Pakistani and Indian dish and is especially popular in the areas of the west and the south-west areas of India.

Ingredients required:
  • Put three cups of water on the boil in a heavy bottomed pan.
  • Add sugar to the water and let it boil for 4-5 minutes till you get a thick syrup.
  • Add milk to the syrup and the impurities will float to the top. Strain.
  • Dissolve corn flour in a little water (make sure there are no lumps).
  • Add to the sugar syrup and put the mix back on a medium heat.
  • Once the mix starts to thicken start adding ghee (one teaspoon at a time).
  • Stir continuously to avoid the mixture sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Continue adding till oil start to separate from the mix.
  • Add grated dry fruits and saffron to the mix.
  • Pour the mix on a greased tray and let it sit for few hours.
  • With the help of a cookie cutter, cut in interesting shapes and serve.

Caramel Halva Happy Diwali Sweets and Recipes



2. Caramel Halva Happy Diwali Sweets and Recipes

Ingredients
  • Semolina (suji)- 2 cups
  • Plain white sugar- 1 cup
  • Pure ghee (clarified butter)- 1 cup
  • Cardamom powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Dry fruits for garnish
  • Water or milk soaked semolina

Method:
  • Wash and soak two cups of semolina in milk/water.
  • Put ghee and sugar in a heavy bottomed pan and let it melt on a low heat.
  • Once the sugar starts to turn golden brown (caramel in color) start adding the soaked semolina and cardamom powder.
  • Stir continuously till the oil starts to separate from the mix.
  • Add the dry fruits and raisins for garnish.
  • Cool and your delicious halva is ready to serve.

Note:
  • You can serve both the above recipes either hot or cold
  • For the diet conscious you can use sugar-free sweeteners in place of sugar
  • For serving, you can set the halva in cupcake molds and serve them with ice cream or whipped cream.

Delicious Kalakand Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali


3. Delicious Kalakand Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali

Kalakand or Qualaqand are soft melt in the mouth milk squares that are very popular in north India particularly during the Diwali Festival. They are known for their superb taste and richness. The origin of Kalakand is from the Braj area of Uttar Pradesh, India which is known for its pure milk.

Kalakand is especially popular in the eastern parts of India. The word and stands for sweets in Arabic.

You can easily prepare Kalakand for Diwali at home using one of the recipes given below:

Traditional

Ingredients
  • 10 cups milk
  • Alum powder ¼ teaspoon. You can also use citric acid (1/2 tsp.) dissolved in water.
  • 4 tablespoon sugar.
  • ½ tablespoon Ghee (clarified butter) for greasing

Method:

Express

Ingredients
  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon yogurt
  • ½ tablespoon ghee for greasing
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom powder

Method
  • Take a deep glass microwave proof bowl and add all the ingredients except for ghee to it.
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes. Take out stir and microwave again for 2 minutes.
  • Repeat the process two more times.
  • Let it stand for three minutes.
  • Pour on a greased aluminum tray and let it sit for few hours.
  • Cut in square shapes and serve.

Garnish
  • Before serving you can garnish it with some silver foil on the squares.
  • Garnish with grated cashew nuts, pistachios, and hazelnut.
  • You can also add some saffron strands as garnish.

Variations
  • Cut the Kalakand in interesting shapes using various molds such as round, diagonal, flowers etc.
  • Perhaps try adding some chocolate in the mix to make delicious chocolate Kalakand.
  • Or how about other food colors such as green, orange, red or some other variation.

It is best to prepare and eat Kalakand on the same day and use fresh ingredients for the preparation. Make them a part of your Diwali 2018.


Delicious Gulabjamuns Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali

4. Delicious Gulabjamuns Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali

Gulabjamuns make a very tasty sweet treat for the Diwali preparations. Children especially love these deep fried balls soaked in sugar syrup. They are very easy to make and can be prepared in half an hour. Here are some easy recipes for Gulabjamuns. Better still, the ingredients are easy to find any the dish can even be prepared by novices for Diwali in 2018:

(1) What you need:
  • Milk powder (made of cow’s milk)- 1 cup
  • All-purpose flour- ½ cup
  • Clarified butter (ghee) for frying.
  • Baking soda- ½ teaspoon.

For the sugar syrup
  • Sugar- 2 cups
  • Water 1 cup

To prepare:
  • Mix milk powder, all-purpose flour and baking soda in a bowl.
  • Add a little water to make a soft dough. Knead the dough so that no lumps are present.
  • Divide the dough into 10-15 parts to make smooth round balls.

Sugar syrup:
  • Boil 2 cups of sugar in 1 cup of water.
  • Boil until the mixture thickens to one-string consistency.
  • Remove from heat and cool.
  • Heat the ghee and fry the balls in low heat until golden in color.
  • Drain and drop each ball in the sugar syrup.
  • Let it soak for a ½ hour and your Gulabjamuns are ready to serve.

(2) What you need
  • 250 grams of Khoya (mawa) made from cow’s milk.
  • One tablespoon refined flour (Maida).
  • 1/4th teaspoon cardamom powder.
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cup water
  • Clarified butter (ghee) for frying.

To prepare

Garnish:
  • Garnish the Gulabjamuns with raisins, nuts and grated coconut before serving.
  • You can also serve hot Gulabjamuns with vanilla ice cream.

Variations
  • You can stuff the balls with your favorite nut or candy sugar to add a surprise element.
  • Drain the Gulabjamuns and dip them in chocolate sauce, chill before serving.
  • Add a few saffron strands in the sugar syrup to give the Gulabjamuns a nice golden hue.

ABC Halwa (Apple Banana Carrot Halwa) Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali


5.  ABC Halwa (Apple Banana Carrot Halwa) Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali

This is a special Halwa, which is not only very nutritious but also incredibly easy to prepare.

 Ingredients: 
  • Carrots (grated) 1 cup
  • Apple (grated) 1 cup
  • Banana (mashed) 1 cup
  • Milk 1 cup
  • Sugar 2 cups
  • Grated dry fruits like almonds, cashew, pistachio, raisins, and walnuts for garnish
  • Desi ghee 3 tablespoon

To prepare:
  • In a thick bottomed pan, bring the milk to boil.
  • Add the grated carrots and cook till the carrots are soft and mushy.
  • Add grated apples and mashed banana till you get a thick mixture
  • Mix the sugar and cardamom powder.
  • Heat ghee in a separate pan and add the above-prepared mixture to it.
  • Cook till the ghee separates from the mix.
  • Remove from heat and garnish with the dry fruits.

This is a perfect dessert to welcome winter with this Diwali.


Pav Bhaji Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali


6. Pav Bhaji Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali

This a popular Indian street snack that will be the perfect accompaniment for your delicious sweets. The Pav is a kind of bun and the Bhaji is prepared to form the mix of vegetables. Here is a low-calorie version of this snack to serve to your guests:

Ingredients: 
  • Four medium sized potatoes
  • Cauliflower( cut into small pieces) 1 cup
  • Frozen or fresh peas 1 cup
  • Corn 1 cup
  • Beans (cut into small pieces) 1 cup
  • Eggplant (cut) 1 cup
  • Salt to taste
  • Red chilly 2 Nos.
  • A paste of two large onions
  • Channa (chickpea) dal 1 teaspoon
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 teaspoon
  • Butter 2 tablespoon
  • Garam masala 2 tablespoon
  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

 To prepare:
  • Put all the cut vegetables, channa dal, onion paste, ginger garlic paste, salt, garam masala in a pressure cooker and add enough water to cover the vegetables.
  • Cook for 2-3 whistles or till the vegetables is cooked. Mash the vegetables lightly and set it aside.
  • Heat butter in a separate pan and add cumin seeds and red chilly.
  • Once the cumin seeds start to splutter pour the butter, cumin seed and chilly into the vegetable mix and heat for a few minutes.

To serve:
  • Butter the buns on both sides and cook for a few minutes on the griddle.
  • Garnish the Bhaji with freshly cut coriander leaves.

Diwali Wishes are upon us and it’s time to put on your cooking apron and prepare some tasty sweets and snacks to serve your family and friends.

There is nothing better than the taste of homemade fresh snacks during Diwali 2018 that can really set the mood for the Diwali holidays.

Of course, we’d prefer not to be slaving over a hot stove all day. So here are some quick and easy recipes for snacks which can be prepared a few days in advance:


Chakli Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali


1. Chakli Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali

Ingredients

To prepare
  • Roast rice, Bengal gram, black gram individually. Cool
  • Roast the spices and cool.
  • Grind together the rice, Bengal gram, black gram and the spices to make a fine powder.
  • Add asafetida, red chili, turmeric and salt to the powder.
  • Heat the ghee in a pan until smoking hot.
  • Pour in the powder and mix thoroughly.
  • Add a little water to make a soft dough.
  • Put the dough in a chakli mold.
  • Press the mold to make the spiral shapes onto a butter paper.
  • Heat the mold for frying and fry the chakli at a low heat till they’re crisp and golden brown.
  • Drain, cool and store in an airtight container.

Note:
  • You can also use powdered rice flours available in the market.
  • You can also make rice chaklis (omit the black and Bengal gram).
  • Can’t find the chakli mold? You can also use your icing gun to make the shapes.

Ghathia Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali


2.  Ghathia Sweets and Recipes For This Diwali

Ingredients
  • ½ kg Wheat Flour
  • 1 ½  cups Water
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ajwain (carom seeds)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon haldi (turmeric) powder
  • 2 tablespoon of Oil
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt to taste

To prepare
  • Sieve the flour and add hot oil to it. Rub well so that you get a crumbly mixture.
  • Add salt, carom seeds, turmeric and red chili powder and mix well.
  • Add enough water to knead the stiff dough.
  • Roll out the dough in a big size chapatti.
  • Cut it into long strips and roll the strips in a twist.
  • Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown in color.
  • Drain, cool and store in an airtight container

Note:
  • You can add variations by using dried fenugreek leaves or dried spinach leaves
  • You can give any shape to the ghathia strips before frying.

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