Diwali is a time of festivities and celebrations. Every year, we anticipate the coming of this auspicious event where everybody gets to feel their own kind of happiness. One of the most common parts of festivities is socializing and visiting friends and family members. When the frequency of visits is this common, and it is a festival, you better have something to delight your guests with! Rather than buying sweets like everyone else, why not make them yourself?
Another thing Diwali is famous for is exchanging lavish sets of dry fruits with each other. They signify luxurious and healthy eating. Using these dry fruits, you can maximize the fun you create with your homemade Diwali sweets! So without wasting any time, let’s dive right into it!
Dry Fruits Rabdi
Ingredients: Full fat milk, sugar, an assortment of your favourite dry fruits (roasted and chopped), cardamom powder, saffron strands.
Recipe: The main gist of making rabdi is to reduce the milk to 1/3rd of its original volume. Start by taking a thick bottomed pan and heating the milk on medium flame. When the milk evaporates to half the volume, add sugar, dry fruits, and saffron. Sprinkle the cardamom, and keep stirring at regular intervals. When the contents have been reduced to 1/3rd of the original volume, your rabdi is ready!
Bread Ras Malai
Ingredients: Milk, condensed milk, saffron milk, chopped dry fruits, cardamom powder, bread slices
Recipe: Take a pan and boil milk in it, and then when it is boiled, add condensed milk, and boil till it is 1/3rd in volume. Simmer the flame and add the saffron milk and cardamom powder. Take the rabdi off the heat and add pieces of bread to it. Garnish with chopped and roasted dry fruits to garnish.
Gajar Ka Halwa Barfi
Ingredients: Carrots, sugar, ghee, condensed milk, cardamom powder, blanched and sliced almonds, blanched and sliced pistachios, and khoya.
Recipe: In a non-stick pan, add some ghee and grated carrots. Sauté till all the moisture is absorbed, and then add sugar and combine well. Sprinkle cardamom powder and stir till the mixture starts glistening as ghee is released. Add the khoya and condensed milk and combine well. Cook the mix till it thickens, and then turn off the flame and spread the entire halwa in a greased tray. Add the dry fruits on top and then refrigerate. Once set, cut the halwa into slices, and your barfi is ready!
Ingredients: Full cream milk, rice, condensed milk, dry rose petals, rose water, sugar, dry fruits for garnish
Recipe: this twist on a regular rice kheer requires you to combine the traditional recipe with dry rose petals and dry fruits! In a heavy-bottomed pan, boil the milk, add condensed milk and sugar, and cook for 10 minutes. Add rice to the mix, stir in some rose petals and rose water into the mix. Allow the kheer to thicken and get more consistent over time and then turn off the heat. After the kheer has cooled down for a while, add your roasted dry fruits on top.
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