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Madraasi Deepavali Celebration – 2017 / Diwali 2017 celebrations at home

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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

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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.

Custard Powder Halwa / How to make Custard Powder Halwa / Easy Halwa recipe – Diwali recipe

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Custard Powder Halwa is my recent try for this Diwali 2017, it is very simple, quick to prepare also it tastes delicious. Also, custard powder halwa needs just 4 ingredients to be prepared and also these are commonly available in all out kitchen, so no any fancy ingredient used here. Moreover, the quantity of ghee/clarified butter used is very little compared to other Halwa.

CLICK HERE for more Diwali Sweets and snacks and CLICK for Chicken Briyani , Kuska Briyani (plain briyani) and Mutton Briyani.

Also do check out Banana Halwa, Badam / Almond Halwa, Lauki Halwa, Wheat Halwa, Carrot Halwa, Corn flour Halwa, Dates Halwa, Tri-fruits Halwa, Pumpkin Halwa, Banana Sheera, Beetroot Halwa and Walnut sheera.

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Custard Powder Halwa / How to make Custard Powder Halwa / Easy Halwa recipe – Diwali recipe

This Halwa can be prepared perfectly even by beginners. Give a try for this Diwali…

Ingredients:

  • Custard powder – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 ½ cups
  • Cashew nuts – 7 nos
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Saffron strands – few strands
  • Ghee / Clarified butter – 3 tbsp

Making of Custard Powder Halwa / Custard Powder Halwa Video recipe –

Preparation:

  • Break the cashew nuts into small pieces, keep it aside.
  • Soak saffron strands in a tbsp of water and keep it aside.
  • In a bowl, add custard powder, sugar and mix it well.
  • Pour water, mix it well until it the dissolves. Make sure no lumps are formed.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed vessel, pour ghee/clarified butter, add cashew nuts and roast until it starts turning golden brown in color.
  • Pour in the custard powder, sugar mixture followed by the saffron water, cook only in low flame.
  • Keep on mixing it, until it gets thicken.
  • Once it starts thickening, start beating the halwa, until it rolls out.
  • Keep on beating the halwa, until the ghee oozes out from the sides of the halwa.
  • Meanwhile grease a tray with ghee/clarified butter, transfer the halwa to the tray.
  • Level it with a ladle, let it sit until it reaches room temperature.
  • Slice the halwa into pieces.

Serve it. Store it in an air-tight container, so that it stays fresh for a week time. Also, slightly heat, before serving.

 

 

 

 

Note: This Halwa is prepared in 20 mins, but the important thing in this Halwa, since we custard powder thickens earlier, it’s a must to prepare this Halwa in low flame. Preparing low flame helps custard powder to get cooked completely and then thicken, else it would taste raw. Also, it doesn’t mean the once the halwa is thickened it is done, make sure that it doesn’t stick to the ladle and has a glassy appearance.