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Sweets are an integral part of households in India especially on Festivals. But nowadays it is usually purchased from the mithai shops. On this Occasion of diwali I am presenting a few of the traditional diwali sweets

Gujia

To make 20 Gujias

Ingredients:
Flour 250 grams
Khoya 500 grams
Raisins a few
Almonds 100 grams (finely chopped)
Cooking oil 3 tablespoon
Water 100 ml
Sugar 250 grams

Method:
Mix the oil and flour properly to form a binding consistency of breadcrumbs. Add some water and knead lightly the entire mixture. Make it soft dough and set it aside with a damp cloth covering it. Fry the khoya in cooking oil till it becomes light brown and then mix the sugar in it properly. Add the almonds and raisins, and fry for a few more minutes. Remove from fire and let it cool. Make small thick chapattis out of that kneaded dough. Fill half of the chapatti with the khoya mixture and, rolling it, seal the sides of the chapatti keeping the khoya inside it. Make the sealing look decorated by giving a look of hemming. Deep-fry these gujias until it becomes light golden brown, keeping the flame at low. Take out the gujias on a newspaper and let the oil get soaked. Serve hot or store it in an airtight container for using it on that special day.

Kheer

For serving 4 to 5 people

Ingredients:
Milk 1 liter
Rice 200 grams (soaked for an hour before cooking)
Sugar to taste
Cashew nut a few (finely chopped)
Cardamom 4 to 5 pieces (peeled off seeds only)
Raisin a few (soaked few minutes before adding)

Method:
Put the milk on a pan and let it boil for a few minutes, keeping the flame at low. Stir continuously when the milk becomes a little thick. Put sugar into the milk and stir constantly until the sugar melts. When the entire content is ready, put the rice in it and, stirring at intervals, let it boil for a while. When the rice is cooked, garnish it with the chopped cashew nuts, cardamoms and the raisins into it and serve it hot.

Mitha Khaja

For serving 3 to 4 people

Ingredients:
Flour 1 cup
Jaggery cup
1 cup of water
Cardamom powder 1/4 tablespoon
Ghee 1 tablespoon

Method:
First, heat the water and jaggery until it dissolves in the water. Strain and cool it and add cardamom powder and ghee in the flour and knead the flour with jaggery water till the dough becomes stiff. Breaking it into 24-25 parts, knead and roll it into 4'' rounds. And keep it aside so as to make it a bit dry and fry it in hot ghee until its colour becomes golden. Then drain and cool it till the khajas becomes crisper. Serve it or keep it in an airtight container.

Kharipudi

For serving 4 to 5 people

Ingredients:
Wheat Flour 2 cup
Rice Flour 1/2 cup
1/2 tbsp of omam seeds
1/2 tsp. of turmeric powder
Ghee 2 tablespoon
Some dry flour for dusting

Method:
Mix plain flour and 1/4 cup rice flour together .Add asafetida, onam seeds, turmeric, oil and mix it properly so as to make the dough more softer. Apply ghee and roll it like a large chapati. Sprinkling some rice flour, roll it into tight Swiss roll and cut into thick slices and keep it aside. Then heat the oil in a pan and fry the pudis till it becomes golden colour. Now drain and keep it aside and its ready to serve.

Cabbage and Carrot Bhujia

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon whole black mustard seeds
1 dried red chilli
1 cabbage, finely sliced
350 grams carrots, coarsely grated
1 green chilli, cut into thin strips and seeds removed
1/2 teaspoon sugar
4 tablespoons chopped, fresh coriander
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Method:
Heat oil in a frying pan, saute mustard seeds and dried red chilli 1 minute Add cabbage, carrots and green chilli. Reduce heat to low, stir-fry the vegetables for about 30 seconds. Add sugar and coriander, stir fry for another 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add lemon juice. Remove red chilli before serving.

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