Diwali is one of the biggest & brightest festivals in India, but even with the Indian population increasing in the U.S., Diwali it is still kinda missed around here. I really miss India for the number of festivals we have in a year.
I wish America did more to celebrate Diwali, but for now it’s just another day at work or school. This year, we’ve decided to create our own festivities and invite all our local, immediate family to a feast at our house! My in-laws have had no experience celebrating Diwali, so it’s kinda exciting to share a bit of my culture with them, right before I enjoy the American Thanksgiving dinner at their house 🙂 We can’t legally have fireworks here, but we’ll have lamps, a nice fire, some great food, music, and lots of stories to share.
You can read more about the story of Diwali online, but if you were in India you would see lots of lights, oil lamps, fireworks, and amazing food! To me, the meaning of Diwali is in taking time to feel good, appreciating and spending time with your loved ones, and celebrating life. Sounds like American Thanksgiving, right?
We used carrots from our market, straight from the source — via the Ballard Sunday Farmers’ Market. You may not always cook with 100% organic, 100% local, or even 100% fresh foods at home — but it helps any recipe a lot if you use the best version available of the featured ingredient(s).
My mom’s Carrot Halwa (Gajar Halwa) recipe has been updated with lots of good cooking tips!
Oh! and don’t forget to thank my mom for creating this easier and lower calorie halwa recipe 😉