Diwali

Diwali

Diwali falls on 17 October 2009. It is the festival of lights. Diwali is a time for fun, frolic and delicious food(Forget the diet!!). The excitement starts a month before the festival. It starts with the shopping of clothes. All the shops are crowded, specially Ranganathan street (T.Nagar,Chennai). People throng the silk and jewelry stores. The cracker stores can be seen in every nook and corner. But the major sales start a week before Diwali. People start bursting the crackers they have on reserve that was purchased the previous year. Colorful shots of crackers lights up the sky at night. The ladies of the home start making sweets and snacks. Murukku, ribbon pakoda, rava ladoo, ladoo, adhirasam, mysore pak, badusha, susiyam, kaara boondhi and mixtures. The day before Diwali is always exciting. On Diwali eve people burst crackers, light lamps and decorate the entrance to the home with beautiful rangolis / kolams.
Diwali starts with an oil bath and then the pooja. Goddess Lakshmi is offered sweet, snacks and fruits. Visiting friends and relatives and greeting them with sweets is also a part of the festival. After the pooja you can enjoy the snacks and the rest of the day is spent watching TV. People continue bursting crackers late into the night. The entire day is fun.
Here are few traditional sweets and snacks for Diwali.Click on the images for the recipe.

Murukku

RavaLadoo

Ladoo

Kara Boondi

Kaju Katli

Badusha

Paayasam

Susiyam (11)

Ribbon Pakoda 2

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