Besan Ladoo Recipe

‘Ladoo’ is a sweet treat often found in Indian households, and specially made on festive or religious occasions. It is usually made with some variant of flour, sugar and ghee. There are hundreds of variants of this staple Indian sweet and its name also varies per region. Each family, region, community, etc. have their own recipe depending mostly on available local or traditional ingredients.

This recipe is for besan ladoo which is a family favourite and always a part of the Diwali festival faraal.

‘Besan’ is Bengal gram flour – is pale, light yellow in colour and slightly sweet, bitter and powdery in taste. It can be coarse or fine – both work well for this recipe. Upon cooking/roasting all of its bitterness goes away and the texture undergoes a lot of change too.

Besan is nutrient rich and gluten-free. It is high in protein, fiber content and minerals like iron, calcium, magnesium, etc. Continue reading “Besan Ladoo Recipe”

Diwali festival

Happy Diwali!

Diwali is here!

Wishing everyone a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Diwali!

It is the time to sparkle, dazzle and spread joy and light in every corner!

Diwali is the festival of lights. Literally, ‘Diwali’ or ‘Deepawali’ means ‘deep’= light; (festival) of lights= ‘deepawali’.

Spiritually speaking, the brightness of the light signifies positivity and happiness. And this festival is about creating and experiencing the warmth of the positiveness.

Mythology related to Diwali

Diwali like almost all festivals in India has a religious and mythological relevance. This festival is celebrated to commemorate the return of the great godly ruler Shri Ram and his wife Sita to Ayodhya after defeating Ravan the King of Lanka. Continue reading “Diwali festival”

Masala Doodh (Spiced Milk) Recipe

Masala Doodh

(Masala- spice; doodh- milk)

This recipe is an indulgence for your senses! Beautiful glowing golden in colour, fragrant spices, sweetness and heart-warming in every sip.

In India it is a part of Kojagiri Purnima celebrations. But, it is perfect for any autumn/winter night to warm and cozy up before bed. It is also very nutritious – rich in minerals, vitamins and healthy fat that help boost immunity and internal well being.

This recipe can be fully customised as per your taste and preferences. The dry ingredients except sugar can be prepared and stored for upto 2 months. Continue reading “Masala Doodh (Spiced Milk) Recipe”

What is the Harvest Moon and Kojagiri Purnima?

Kojagiri Harvest Moon

The Harvest Moon or Kojagiri Purnima is the first full moon of autumn season in the Northern Hemisphere. This falls around the end of September or beginning of October after the autumn equinox.

When is it in 2017?

The Harvest Moon or Kojagiri Purnima falls on the 5th of October, 2017 in India and in USA.

Why is it called the Harvest Moon?

During the period of when autumn begins the moon’s angle with earth is such that it rises or appears in the sky earlier than usual after sunset. This creates a halo of the early glow of the moon in the sky quite soon after the sunlight recedes post sunset which, reduces the darkness in the twilight hours. Prior to the advent of electricity or electric lights this little early moon light afforded the farmers and folks working outdoors a few extra minutes to gather the harvested crops before darkness fell on these nights. That is how this full moon itself became the “harvest moon”. Continue reading “What is the Harvest Moon and Kojagiri Purnima?”

What is Dussehra Saraswati Puja/ Pooja?

The festival of Dasara/ Dussehra is celebrated all over India as a festival of new beginnings and triumph of good over evil. It has different interpretations and significance due to diverse cultures but it is an auspicious day throughout India. Aayudha Pooja and Saraswati Pooja is celebrated in the Western and Southern region on the day of Dussehra.

When is Dussehra celebrated?

This auspicious day is the tenth day of the Indian lunar calendar month of Ashwin and falls on the day immediately following the nine days of Navratri.

Dasara is also called Vijaya-dashami (vijaya means victory). It is one of the three and a half most auspicious days of the entire Hindu calendar. Important projects and new ventures are very often initiated on this day because a good enterprise started on Dussehra will be successful.

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