Easy to cook sweets for Diwali
It’s the time of the year again, when poojas have begun and the festivities are in the air. With that, we all cannot wait for our favorite festival of the year – Diwali. You may belong to any religion of part of the country, but the charm of Diwali never fails to engulf everyone. Be it nibbling morsels of mithai, exchanging extravagant gifts, making major purchases – Deepawali always brings with it something to look forward to.
But let us guess, this year, you won’t be making it home for the Holidays. Work commitments, major deadlines approaching, tickets costing you a small fortune? – Don’t you worry! Diwali can be sweeter than ever at ZiffyHomes.
While nothing compares to anything mothers or grandmothers make, (Oh! the aroma of homemade traditional dishes … mmm) this Diwali, try your hand at a few easy to cook sweets yourself. You could surprise your family by sending a package home, or relish them here with your new Ziffy family and neighbors. Whether you’re a Masterchef or Amateur, you’re sure to have fun with our selection of easy-to-make Diwali sweets’ recipes.
1. Chocolate Peda
Ø Khoya or Mawa (Traditional/Instant) – 1 Cup, crumbled or grated
Ø Granulated sugar – ¼ Cup
Ø Unsweetened Cocoa powder – 2 tablespoons
Ø Pistachios – few, chopped for garnishing
- Take chocolate and khoya in a pan. Turn the heat on medium.
- Mix them well.
- Cook it while stirring continuously. Sugar will start to melt down and mixture will become like a runny paste.
- Cook it till it starts to leave the sides of a pan and all the moisture gets evaporated (should take about 6-7 minutes).
- Add cocoa powder.
- Mix it well till everything gets incorporated.
- Remove it to another plate to cool till it becomes warm.
- While it is cool to touch (not cool completely, but warm), divide it into eight equal portions and shape it into a peda (similar to a tiny burger patty) using your palm.
- Shape all of them similarly.
- Garnish with chopped pistachios. Press it inside slightly while warm, so the pistachios will stick to the peda.
- Let it cool completely. Then serve or pack as a gift.
2. Rava Besan Laddoo
Ø Ghee – 3 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons
Ø Sooji (semolina or rava) – ½ cup
Ø Cashews – 1 tablespoon (broken)
Ø Raisins – 1 tablespoon
Ø Besan (gram flour) – ½ cup
Ø Milk – 2 tablespoons
Ø Powdered sugar – 1/3 cup
Ø Cardamom powder – ¼ teaspoon
- Heat 3 tablespoons of ghee in a pan on medium-low heat.
- Once hot, add sooji. Mix well.
- Add cashews and raisins.
- Roast the sooji while stirring continuously till it changes color slightly. You will start to get a nice aroma of roasted sooji in about 7-8 minutes. Make sure the heat is on medium low.
- Remove it to plate.
- In the same pan, add 3 tablespoons of ghee. Keep the heat on medium low and add besan, once hot.
- Mix well while stirring continuously. You may find the besan lumpy at the start but do not add anymore ghee. As the besan gets roasted, it starts to ooze out ghee. You should get a pasty and smooth texture in about 6-7 minutes.
- Add the roasted sooji back into the pan with the besan.
- As soon as you add it, it would be runny and thin. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Now add milk.
- As you stir, it would become very frothy and bubbly. Keep cooking till it becomes thick.
- Now add powdered sugar and cardamom powder. Mix well and turn off the stove.
- Remove the mixture on to a plate and let it cool to touch.
- Once it does, use your fingers to break off the lumps.
- Now start shaping the laddoos by pressing it tightly.
- Keep them in a single layer on the plate. Allow it to get firm by letting it rest for at least an hour. You can store them in a container thereafter.
And now, one for the diet conscious (so that you can have a sweet, savory Diwali too!):
3. Oat Strawberry Kheer
Ø 1 steel cut oats, soaked overnight in water
Ø 4 cashew nuts, chopped
Ø 4 almonds, chopped
Ø 1 cup strawberries, chopped
Ø 4 cups whole milk
Ø 4 tbsp sugar or as per taste
Ø 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- Heat a pan and add milk to it. Stir continuously, and let it come to boil. Once milk is boiled, add oats to it and mix well.
- Let them cook on medium heat for about 7-8 minutes, or till they become soft.
- Add chopped strawberries, sugar and mix well. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Now add chopped cashew nuts, chopped almonds, and cardamom powder. Mix well, and let it cook for 2 more minutes.
- It perfect as a dessert. Serve hot or ice cold, and enjoy!
Put the kitchen space in ZiffyHomes to use and don’t spend your Diwali without homemade sweets. If you have kitchen restrictions at your current living space, make a swift move to ZiffyHomes by booking your room at www.ziffyhomes.com. Share your experiences of these recipes with us. And trust Ziffy to bring for you another Pre-Diwali idea to make this year better than ever ;)