Diwali festival is a festival of lights and one of the bigger Hindu festivals celebrated in many parts of India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil. Before Diwali, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes. People dress up in festive clothes, light up diyas (lamps and candles) inside and outside their home, participate in family pooja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Followed by fireworks, a family get together and feast including mithai (sweets). People also visit family and friends and exchange gifts in the days before the festival.
The Sweets and Desserts for Diwali are influenced by the regions in India. There are several burfis, halwas and Ladoos and other sweets made according to family recipes or regional influences. Indian sweets and desserts commonly rely on dairy. I keep working on vegan (dairy-free) versions of the recipes and post on the blog. Diwali is a happy festival celebrating happiness, togetherness, family and love. We choose to eat dairy-free as Dairy comes from grieving mothers. Indian sweets often use khoya, ghee, chenna and other forms of dairy. Khoya (milk solids), ghee (clarified butter), chenna/paneer(cheese) and other forms use 10 to 28 pounds of milk to produce just 1 pound. None of that in these versions of the favorite Sweets, but similar flavors, textures, and love, happiness and celebration!
Diwali Sweets Recipes from the blog. Click the images for the recipe links.
There are about 17 Indian Sweets and Dessert Recipes in my book too.
Like Malai Peda, Nankhatai, Rasmalai, Phirni, Gajar Halwa, Bhapa Doi, Sandesh, Atte ka Halwa, Mysore Pak, Vegan Kalakand Burfi and more! A few pictured below.