We are less than a week away from the festival of lights, Diwali. As the festive fervor reaches its peak, markets are getting ready to woo buyers. Diwali is a time to celebrate old relationships and make new ones. In India, food and celebrations go hand in hand. For us, sweets are just more than eatables, their sweet taste represents the sweetness in our relationships, which is why it is customary for families to welcome guests by serving Diwali sweets. In the days leading to the festival of lights, even the most ardent of fitness enthusiasts will go into a binge eating mode, and order sweets for Diwali to celebrate the festival with the people who matter. Whether you are already in a relationship with sweets or want to rekindle your love affair with sugary treats, we have enough in store for you. Read on to learn about some must try traditional sweets this Diwali.
1. Moti Pak
The traditional Moti Pak comes from the family of barfis. The regional delicacy is enjoyed in Rajasthan and Gujarat and is made using chickpea flour, khoya, and sugar. For decorative purposes, many sellers use a layering of zarq as topping. Moti Pak closely resembles the taste of the timeless motichoor ladoo.
2. Kheel Batasha
Kheel Batasha is made by mixing sweet puffed rice with drops of sugar. Kheel batashas have a special place in Diwali celebrations, and are offered to goddess Lakshmi, later distributed among family members and guests as prasadam. Kheel batashas are available in a range of shapes including traditional drop shape, animal shaped confections, and tower shaped confections.
3. Kaju Katli
Kaju katli includes a mixture of grounded cashew nuts, sugar solution, ghee, saffron, and dried fruits. For decoration, many sellers use an edible silver foil. Traditionally enjoyed during Diwali, there are various versions of the sweet available in the market such as saffron kaju katli and sugar free kaju katli.
4. Chiraunji ki Barfi
Chiraunji ki Barfi is Sagar’s gift to the rest of India. Enjoyed all over the country, the sweet is a mixture of Chironji (a type of spice), nuts, sugar, ghee, cashew, and pistachios. Chiraunji ki barfi is easier to prepare as compared to other sweets, preparation along with cooking takes around 60 minutes.
Let yourself loose and Indulge this Diwali
These are some popular traditional sweets enjoyed around the country during Diwali. Some other sweets that Indians treat themselves to satiate their sweet tooth cravings are- Karanjis, Mohanthal, and Pinni. This Diwali, at least for a day, forget the calories you will pile up, let your hair down, and indulge in these traditional delicacies to experience the sweetness of festivities.