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Madraasi Deepavali Celebration – 2017 / Diwali 2017 celebrations at home

Madraasi Deepavali Celebration – 2017 / Diwali 2017 celebrations at home

 

Deepavali / Diwali is an important Indian (Hindu) festival celebrated by all the Indians in India and across the world. As we are in the land of “Unity of Diversity”, each and every state people celebrate it in their own way, also Diwali is celebrated in two different states whereas south Indian celebrates it on 18 oct and North Indian celebrates it on 19th oct. Being a south Indian and living together with so many region people in our apartment, glad we got to celebrate it for 2 days.

Madraasi Deepavali Celebrations at home / Diwali celebration 2017

We (South Indian) wake up, early in the morning, apply oil to the head, take bath, later start preparing snacks and food for pooja. Once they are done, we perform pooja, get blessing from the elders, and elders of our family distribute the new dress to everyone. After wearing the new dress, we have our breakfast, and the breakfast would be served in a banana leaf with too many sweets and savories that has been prepared all over a week time. As sharing is caring we distribute sweets and savories prepared in our home to our neighbors, friends – wishing them Happy DEEPAVALI.

Taking this to Fiesta Friday #134 hosted by Angie@thenovicegarderner.

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After the sweets distribution, here comes the best part of a year waiting – It’s the crackers section. We start bursting crackers, with family, friends, with loads of fun and joy. After bursting few crackers, we return home and start watching the Television as there will be more and more fun filled program, also there will be numerous movie getting released for this Diwali. It would be more fun and super thrilled getting tickets for our favorite star movie, and then watching them at the Cinemas with the whole family as a group. Then over the evening we lit Deepam / Diya perform pooja and then during nights we start bursting out the crackers, sparkle sparklers, chakras, flowerpots and so on.

Sweets, snacks and lunch

On the Banana Leaf –

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Murukku Recipe / Coconut Milk Murukku / Thengai Paal Murukku recipe – Diwali recipe

Murukku Recipe / Coconut Milk Murukku / Thengai Paal Murukku recipe – Diwali recipe

Murukku is a savoury, crunchy Indian snack, perfect for tea time with a cup of tea or coffee. Murukku means twisted and is originated for Tamil Nadu. Murukku is most commonly prepared with rice flour and white lentils / urad dal flour by infusing some flavors. There are different types of making murukku commonly its made by adding the dough to the press and then pressing to the oil, few are made by rolling the dough by hands and then deep fried in oil.

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Coconut Milk Murukku Recipe / Thengai Paal Murukku recipe / Murukku Recipe – Diwali recipe

Murukku can be made in bulks and stored in an air tight container, as is stays fresh for a week. Already I have shared the recipe of Butter Murukku and Rava Murukku. Now let me share coconut milk murukku. Coconut milk murukku / Thengai Paal murukku is prepared with rice flour, white lentils (urad dal) flour and coconut milk. Make sure to use thick coconut milk, as it gives more flavor to the murukku. Compared to the regular ones this murukku is little crispy.

Making of Coconut milk murukku / Thengai Paal Murukku Video recipe –

A very easy and simple savory snack for Diwali. Let me share the recipe…

Ingredients:

  • Raw rice flour (store bought) – 1 cup
  • Urad dal / White lentils / ulundam paruppu – 2 ½ tbsp.
  • Coconut milk – 1 cup
  • Jeera / Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Asafoetida / Hing – ¼ tsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Salt – ¼ tsp
  • Oil – 2 cups (for deep frying)

Preparation:

  • Dry roast urad dal / ulundam paruppu / white lentils for 2 mins or until it starts turning golden brown in color.
  • Spread it over a plate, bring it to room temperature, grind to a fine powder.
  • In a bowl, sieve the ground urad dal powder, add rice flour, cumin seeds, salt, asafetida and mix it well.
  • Pour melted butter and crumble it well.
  • Pour coconut milk little by little and start kneading the dough gently.
  • Take the press, put the 3-hole disc, grease it well with oil, and take a small portion of dough and fill the press.
  • Press the dough to check the flowing of the dough, if it’s tight to press, pour little more coconut milk knead the dough and continue the process.
  • Heat oil in a kadai, press the murukku to the oil, after a min, swap the sides and cook on both sides, until the oozing sound of oil comes down.
  • Cook only in medium flame, else the murukku would turn brown in color before getting cooked.
  • Drain the oil, remove it from fire.

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Serve along with tea or coffee once it reaches room temperature. You can also store it in an air tight container once it reaches room temperature and stays fresh for 2 weeks.

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana with Sprig Gourmet

Sheera is a Marathi word for Halwa. Sheera is a must to have dish during festivals in North India. It is a rich dessert that is prepared by cooking sooji and banana along with toasted nuts and ghee / clarified butter. Banana sheera can be prepared by using both milk or water.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

I have infused coconut palm sugar instead of sugar, which gives more flavor and being a best natural sweetener. I have used Coconut Palm Sugar (mingles with A Quartet of Brown spices) from sprig, CLICK HERE for the product. Coconut Palm Sugar from sprig gives good flavor with beautiful color to the dish and delicious taste.

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Banana Sheera Recipe / Rava Sheera Recipe / Sooji Halwa with Banana

Also, I have infused more banana for the perfect halwa texture and taste of banana. You can use variant of banana, but use only the ripen once. Let me share the recipe…

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Ingredients:

  • Banana – 3 nos
  • Rava / Sooji / Semolina – 1 cup (1 cup=160 ml)
  • Water – 3 cups
  • Coconut palm sugar – ½ cup
  • Cardamom – 3 nos
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 5 tbsp
  • Cashew nuts – 10 nos
  • Almonds / Badam – 10 nos
  • Saffron – few strands

Preparation:

  • Thinly slice cashew nuts and almonds/badam, keep it aside.
  • Peel the banana’s and mash them well as no lumps are left.
  • Heat ½ tsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add rava/semolina and toast it until it turns turn golden brown in color.
  • Transfer it to plate, spread it well and let it rest until it reaches room temperature.
  • Pour 1 ½ tbsp of ghee/clarified butter in a kadai, add thinly sliced cashew nuts and almonds, roast it until it turns golden brown in color.
  • Pour 3 cups of water in a kadai/long bottomed vessel, wait until it boils.
  • Once it starts boiling, add the roasted rava/sooji little by little and stir it well, make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Wait until gets cooked well, add the mashed banana mix it well.
  • Pour a tbsp of ghee/clairifed butter, mix it well.
  • Cook in low flame for almost 10 mins, pour in the leftover ghee/clarified butter along with the roasted nuts.
  • Mix it well and stir it, until it reaches rolling consistency and remove it from fire, once the ghee/clarified butter starts oozing out.
  • Sprinkle saffron strands, give a mix and transfer it to a bowl.

Serve hot.