Next saturday is Diwali, but there are no signs of it. There are no advertisements with dancing inside Saravana Stores (as rightly called ‘Indian Walmart’ by vinod ) .There is no shopping list in my hand bag to keep me wander in the busy streets of . There are no kids in my street bursting crackers. There are no film previews about the Diwali releases.
Still, there are ways to encourage our kids to anticipate the upcoming festival. I thot of making a homemade sweet my daughter likes the most. Though , I learnt it at late from my friend, I was confident to try myself and it turned out a real success. Here is the recipe.
To make 20 medium sized laddus:
Sugar – 1 and 1/2 cups
water- 1 and 1/2 cups
Gram flour- approx 2 cups
rice flour- 2 tsps
Orange food color- a pinch
warm milk- 1 tsp
saffron – 2 pinch
cardomom- 7-8 nos
cloves- 3 nos
Nutmeg- 1/8 th the ball
Edible camphor/ pacha karpooram- 3 pinches
Cashews & Raisins – to taste
How to make laddu:
Sieve the gram flour .
Mix the saffron in the warm milk.
Boil the sugar and water in a non stick pan. Bring it to 1 string consistency.
Add food color and the saffron.
Heat good amount oil in a kadai.
Mix the gram flour and rice flour with water without any crumbles. The consistency should be like that of a bajji mix. When the oil is real hot, pour the mix via a laddu laddle and take it when it is cooked 3/4th. Damp out the extra oil with a paper towel and soak it in the sugar syrup. Continue this without break until all the syrup is absorped well. Note: It is important that the mix to be in correct consistency. If it is watery, it will get burnt , else if it is too thick , the boondis will not have a round shape.
Let the boondis get soaked for 1-2 hours.
Powder cardomom, nutmeg, cloves and camphor in a coffee grinder. Now add this to the boondis and run them in a food processor/ wet grinder coarsely for few seconds.
Roast the raisins and cashews in ghee and add to boondi mix.
Make balls of uniform size and enjoy eating
Wish you all a happy diwali!
Food for thot: ‘Diwali in Sivakasi’ – A poem by Srinivasan.
As suggested by Indira, I am happy to submit this entry for JFI.