Diwali Snacks & Sweets

This year’s Diwali snacks :
diwali sweets - mugus
chevdo ~ hot-mix
diwali sweets - ghooghra

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 πŸ™‚ 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.

diwali dinner

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?

Diwali is also a time for starting all things new — making new ideas into new ventures, like this blog for example πŸ˜‰ The next day after Diwali is the Indian New Year, and I look forward to a great year ahead. One of my goals this year is to master as many amazing Indian dishes as I can from the most amazing cook in my family — my mom. I plan to feature one of my mom’s recipes every month on this blog, as I had started last month with Mom’s Kheer recipe. Here is another great recipe from my mom. You can’t have Diwali without great Indian sweets! It’s a dessert that warms up your heart, whether you eat it hot or cold. I personally love to dig into it as soon as you turn off the burner.

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)Β recipe has been updated with lots of good cooking tips!

gajar ka halwa

Oh! and don’t forget to thank my mom for creating this easier and lower calorie halwa recipe πŸ˜‰