Deepavali/Diwali the festival of lights is around the corner. My Hindu friends are busy - cleaning, shopping and deciding on the menu to welcome this wonderful celebration. I used to be like them. Preparation to entertain would stretch for a week. Planning the menu, buying the ingredients and almost two days sweating in the kitchen. But for the past 3 years, I have slowed down. In fact no more open house because of my health. Nothing all that worrying yet I can't cope with the amount of work. Tiring as age catches up and also I can now count the number of true friends. Of course on facebook its showy to show 1,000 over friends but let me tell you that in real life, a different story all together.
Deepavali has changed. From entertaining friends to visiting in laws and tucking into sinful delicious food. So there's hardly any recipes for sweets or cookies. These laddoos, recipe taken VahRehVah I made last month just to get a feel of how it can be. The recipe was tweeted and one hour to make. Instead of making huge big balls, I think small cute ones are attractive. While adults will probably break the big ball and have a small portion, kids will take a few bites, quietly throw the balance somewhere in your house for ants to party. So why waste and why break your back with the extra cleaning for the next few days.
Keep it small and have a ball of this traditional Indian sweet - pleasingly pleasing with the scent of ghee and nutmeg.
1 cup semolina/rava/suji flour
1 cup grated coconut
3 tbsp ghee
1/2 cup milk
2 tbsp cashew nuts - break into smaller pieces
3 red and green cherries - chopped/ cut into pieces
1/4 cup sugar
A pinch of nutmeg (or cardamom)
1/4 tsp saffron strands (optional)
Heat ghee and fry cashew nuts till crispy and brown in color.
Add rava and coconut.
Stir and cook over low heat until they become brown.
Add sugar and saffron strands, continue to stir for another 3 mins.
Remove from heat and pour milk while mixing.
Lastly add nutmeg and cherries.
Pinch the mixture and roll into balls.
Allow to dry for 2 hours.
(Add milk if mixture doesn't come together to be rolled)
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