To me Diwali means sweets :) New dresses and crackers comes next. Though am not fond of crackers, I like watching the colorful lights high in the sky and kids playing with great excitement. I am not sure how mittu is going to react to crackers bursting all around, though last year was her first diwali, she was too small to watch the lights.
When I thought of a sweet that would be special and apt for the occassion the 3 sweets I finalised were Jangiri, Badusha and Kaju Katli. But jangiri was nowhere in my reach with the messy kitchen and things all around . Kaju Katli was quick, I am glad I tried, it is so easy yet rich and tasty.
- Cashews - 1 cup
- Sugar - 1/2 cup
- Water - just to the level of sugar immerses (5 tbsp)
- Ghee - 1 tsp
- Dry your mixer completely without any moisture and wetness. Now grind the cashew to a fine powder.
- Grease the back of a flat plate with few drops of ghee and keep it ready. Grease the chapathi roller with remaining ghee.
- Take half cup sugar in a thick wide bottomed pan(preferably non-stick), and pour 5tbsp of water till it get immersed. Mix well till sugar is dissolved completely. Simmer and then keep checking continuously.
- The sugar syrup will become sticky, take a drop and check. Second stage is, If you pour few drops in a plate containing water, it should lay a fine thread that doesn’t gets dissolved immediately.Therefore the required stage for Kaju Katli is just before the stage of 'Single String Consistency'.
- This is the stage , now add the cashew powder and mix well. Dont allow any lumps to be formed, break them incase they are formed.
- Keep in low flame itself and keep stirring for 2-3 minutes. The dough will be non sticky and when u take a small piece, roll and see, it should form a very flexible ball as shown in the above pic, it shouldnt break.
- Now switch off , allow it to cool for 5mins. Then knead it till a soft dough is formed then transfer this to the greased plate and roll them evenly of 1/4 inch thickness with chappathi roller. Cut them into diamonds and store them in air tight container.
DIWALI- THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS!! [Source : Google]
- The word Diwali means “rows of lighted lamps”. It is called the “Festival of Lights” because people light diyas (small oil lamps) to welcome the goddess Lakshmi into their homes. Hindus believe that the goddess brings wealth with her when she visits. Hindus place the diyas around their home, by doors and windows, on roof tops, and along outer walls. The lights are left burning all night so that Lakshmi may feel welcomed and enter.
- Diwali is celebrated for a period of 5 days. Each days has it’s own significance, rituals and myths. The third day is celebrated as the main Diwali festival, and is known as the “festival of lights”. The five days of Diwali are : Dhanteras , Narak Chaturdashi, Deepawali, Govardhan and Bhaidooj.
Though not incidental , I luv the pic below with mittus hands, Isnt it cute? :)) She enjoyed the kajus as well.
And wishing all my readers a very happy and safe diwali. Enjoy, have fun and most importantly play safe!