Diwali, the festival of lights is finally here! It’s time to celebrate this occasion with lights, sweets, and have fun with your loved ones. Diwali is incomplete without sweets. There definitely has to be a special sweet made only for this day. When it comes down to making sweets, each of us has a favorite that we would want to make this Diwali. These are the sweetmeats or mithai and varieties from the likes of desserts, snacks, and confectioneries. These can be eaten throughout the day, or with meals, or with a hot cup of tea or just like that, after all, it’s Diwali! So, what would be your choice of Diwali sweet dishes? Not sure what to make? Want to try something new which is easy to make? Well then, you have landed at the right place.
Want to cook up some Diwali sweet dishes for your near and dear ones? But afraid that this would be hectic? No worries. Today I will be sharing some quick and easy Diwali mithai recipes that can be done in a jiffy and would be loved by one and all. So for the preparation of sweets, the basic ingredients are like chickpea flour, rice flour, condensed milk, and sugar. Dry fruits like cashew nuts, almonds, pistachios, and raisins are given the most importance. One can always boost the fragrance with saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, and rose water. Give sweets a shining touch, just add silver or gold leaves. You can order all of these from the online grocery store and using the Diwali offers, you can also save loads on your orders. Keeping the basic ingredients in mind, here are the 5 easy Diwali sweets recipes.
Gajar Halwa Pie-Crust
Who doesn’t like Gajar Halwa? It’s the most common yet one of the most delicious sweets ever, one of the most loved Diwali snacks recipe for Punjabis. How about giving it a makeover? So, here is the modernized version of the traditional dish.
For the Pie Crust:
- Choice of biscuits- 250grms
- Butter- 3tbsp
For the Halwa:
- Grated carrots- 1kg
- Sugar- 1/2 cup
- Ghee- 4tbsp
- Elaichi powder- 1tsp
- Dry fruits- your choice
- Beat the biscuits into a coarse powder or simply turn it in the mixer grinder and add melted butter into the mixture, fold well.
- Flatten the mixture in a pie dish and chill until firm.
- Boil the milk, add grated carrot and cook. To this add elaichi powder.
- Once the carrots are cooked and the milk thickens, add sugar and stir until it dissolves fully.
- Add your favorite dry fruits and cook for additional 10minutes. Cool it.
- Transfer this mix onto the pie crust.
- Serve warm or chilled (I loved it super chilled, though).
Chocolate Dryfruits Snowballs
Let’s not forget about the kids! They would love to have chocolates a lot, and if it’s a creative version to that, it can make them go gaga. Find out how it is with me.
- A bit of Chocolate- 100gms
- Chocolate biscuits- 200gms
- A handful of Chocolate chips
- Dry coconut powder
- Make a coarse powder out of chocolate biscuits (you can also use your choice of biscuits).
- Melt chocolate and add it to the coarsely powdered biscuits. Knead it into a dough.
- Now grease your hands with butter and make smalls balls with the dough.
- You can add chocolate nuts to the dough.
- Finally, sprinkle dry coconut powder onto the chocolate balls and you are ready to serve!.
Dry Fruits Kheer
Kheer is one of the famous sweets for the festivals. Just add a dash of dry fruits to make it more drool-worthy and the perfect option as one of the most popular Diwali sweet dishes.
- Full-fat organic milk- 1litre
- Basmati rice- 1/4 cup
- Sugar- as required
- Elaichi powder
- Dry fruits (almonds/badam,cashews/raisins)
- Rinse and soak basmati rice for 30mins.
- In a wide pan, heat 1litre of full-fat milk and boil it (use a ladle to stir the milk so that it doesn’t stick to the pan).
- To the simmering milk, add basmati rice (drained).
- Add sugar as required. Now on a low flame, cook the rice in the milk (make sure to stir continuously or else it will start burning).
- Once the rice is halfway cooked, add elaichi powder.
- Now add chopped dry fruits and stir.
- Once the rice has cooked completely, and the kheer has reached a thick consistency, turn off the flame.
- Garnish with more dry fruits and serve one of the most sought-after Diwali sweet dishes, the Dry Fruits kheer hot or chilled.
Laddoos are one of the most popular Diwali special dishes in India. This time lets try with your favorite combinations in sweet recipes. And as promised, healthy laddoos are without sugar/jaggery. Here I will tell you how to prepare laddoos in a healthy way.
- Dates and Raisin- 200gms
- Dried Apricot- 40gms
- Poppy Seeds/Khus Khus- 2tbps
- Cashew Nuts- 40gms
- Almonds- 40gms
- Walnuts- 20gms
- Pistachios- 20gms
- Ghee- 2-3tbps
- Dry roast Cashew Nuts, Pistachios, Walnuts and Almonds for a few minutes. Dry roast Poppy Seeds for few minutes and remove from heat.
- Allow the dry fruits to come down to room temperature. Now grind the roasted nuts in a mixer to a coarse paste. (Don’t make it too powdery).
- Keep a pan on the stove and add 2tbps of ghee. Add the coarse dry fruits powder. Stir well to mix it properly.
- Now add ground nuts and stir everything. Turn off the flame and let it cool off, till it’s lukewarm.
- Apply ghee on your hands and start making laddoos. Now roll these laddoos in roasted poppy seeds. Preserve them in an airtight container.
Rocket Dryfruit Barfi
The name itself brings out the festive mood. A modern twist to one of the traditional Diwali sweets recipes, this barfi adds a charm to the dish. Of course, kids would love to have them.
- Milk -1 tbsp
- Rose syrup- ¼ cup
- Sugar-1 cup
- Almond powder- 1½ cups
- Cashewnut powder- 1½ cups
- Edible color in red- A few drops
- Liquid glucose- 2 tablespoons
- Ghee-1½ to 3tbps
- Take a deep non-stick pan and cook the sugar in 1½ cups water, till the sugar gets dissolved.
- Add milk and cook on a medium heat for 12minutes or till multi-string consistency of syrup reaches.
- To the liquid glucose and ghee, add rose syrup and red color and mix well.
- Add almond powder and cashew nut powder, after taking the mixture from heat and mix well. Knead to make a soft dough.
- Now spread the dough on a greased aluminum tray. Smoothen the surface of the mixture with a spatula and set aside for 1-2 hours.
- Cut the barfi into rocket shapes and insert sticks through them.
- Garnish with silver foils if needed. Tada! You are done.
What’s your choice of dessert and Diwali sweet dishes this year? Do share your opinion with us.
Wish You a Happy and Safe Diwali.
Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana