Wishing you all a very happy and prosperous Diwali. May this year brings you lots and lots of happiness in life and fulfill all your dreams.
Indians everywhere are celebrating Diwali today. Festivals in India, like everywhere else, mean a lot of food especially sweets. For Diwali, however, the variety of sweets whether made at home or sold in the shops, takes on a new high. The concept of sweets for Diwali has evolved so much so that chocolates are now considered acceptable.
Diwali is celebrated in different ways across India. Here in Goa, it is the just after the rains and delightfully cool and misty mornings prevail. With Diwali here, it is beautiful to see houses decorated with paper lanterns and twinkling lights. We went to sleep last night with the sounds of firecrackers in our ears. Early this morning hundreds of effigies of Narakasura would have been burnt signifying the triumph of good over evil.
For us, Diwali means a traditional cleansing bath, wearing new clothes and a leisurely and some what heavy breakfast. We distribute sweets and savouries to neighbours and friends and end up eating a lot of that ourselves!
Traditionally, we don’t light lamps for Diwali but for Karthigai. But we have lit oil lamps for Diwali, as well, ever since Akshaya was little and demanded our home also be lit up like all the others in the neighbourhood.
I have always made sweets at home for Diwali and I am a bit obsessive about this. This year I thought I’d make something different. Popular demand at home meant rava ladoos this time. I also made muthusaram ( traditional savoury munchies), some sandesh truffles ( modern take on a traditional Bengali sweet) and kaju katli (Indian cashewnut fudge)
I shall post those recipes eventually.
This is the first time I’ve made kaju katli. When one considers how easy it is to make this, I’m surprised that I never thought of making this before! One reason why I haven’t maybe because we get very good kaju katli in the sweet shops here. We also get excellent cashewnuts here so I made these diamond shaped katlis at home.
These came out well and Akshaya is especially happy that one of her favourite sweets now doesn’t require a trip to the sweet shop anymore!
If you are not familiar with this Indian sweet/ fudge, kaju katlis (kaju means cashewnut) are diamond shaped soft fudge/ marzipan-like confectionery usually decorated with “varak” (very finely beaten silver foil)