Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Festive sweets!

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Celebrate the season with these mouth-watering treats



1 cup gram flour (besan)
1 cup sugar
1 cup ghee
½ tsp cardamom powder

Diwali Sweets.Indian Link
Mysore Pak


Heat 1 tsp ghee and add gram flour. On a medium flame, fry till it gives out a fragrant aroma and it turns slightly brownish. Take care not to burn. Keep aside.
Mix sugar with ½ cup water and bring it to vigorous boil, while stirring. Add the fried four to the syrup.
Now add 1 tbsp ghee at a time, till all the ghee is used, stirring continuously.
Add cardamom and stir well.
When the mixture starts leaving edges and looks a bit dry, pour it into a greased plate and cut into diamonds.
Serve at room temperature.


- Advertisement -

2¼ litres full fat milk
500 gm sugar
5 gm yogurt
Earthen pot (handi)
Small container/Deep bowl (1.5 kg capacity)

Diwali Sweets.Indian Link
Mishti Doi

Add 300gms of sugar to the milk and boil on low heat for at least 45 minutes. Stir constantly while boiling. It should thicken and reduce by half and be pale brown in colour.
Place the remaining sugar in heavy-bottomed vessel with 50ml of water and melt on low heat till it turns dark in colour. Add this to the milk. Take off heat and beat continuously till lukewarm.
Transfer to handi and add yoghurt. Cover and allow to set for 12 hours. Uncover and refrigerate.
Serve chilled.


½ litre milk
2 tsp flour (maida)
¼ tsp lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
4-5 drops rosewater essence

Diwali Sweets.Indian Link

Heat milk in a pan and bring it to boil. Remove from heat.
Add lemon juice. Stir slowly and gently until white curd (chenna) forms on the surface and separates from whey.
Strain thoroughly and knead to a smooth dough.
Add flour and knead again. Make small balls of equal size (6-7) of the dough and keep aside.
Next make sugar syrup by boiling sugar and water. Add chenna balls and cook covered for 15 minutes. The balls will puff up.
Cool and add rose water.


1 cup almonds
1 cup sugar
¼ cup good quality whole milk powder
2 tbsp milk
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder

Diwali Sweets.Indian Link
Almond burfi

Soak almonds in water for 2-3 hours. Peel and then blend to a fine paste, using as little milk as possible.
Heat a heavy-bottomed pan and throw in the sugar and almond paste. Cook on medium flame, stirring continuously until it thickens in consistency. Then reduce heat and add milk powder and cardamom powder. Continue to stir, adding ghee gradually. Don’t overdo the ghee, or the taste of it will take over. Soon it will all come together in the middle in a soft lump, leaving the sides of the pan.
Spread mixture on a greased surface. Roll lightly with a rolling pin, to a desired thickness. Cut into diamond or square shape using a knife, when it is still lukewarm. Apply the silver leaf for decoration.
Cool completely, and then refrigerate briefly. Store in an air-tight container.

- Advertisement -
Previous articleDiwali daze!
Next articleWhen food transcends barriers

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...

Latest News

sexual assault survivor, sexual assault counsellor, sexual assault victim

I’m a sexual assault counsellor. Here’s why it’s so hard for...

  As a senior sexual assault counsellor working with Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, I often sit across from people on the worst day of...
dee domingo and raj shekhawat

A tinnitus update on World Hearing Day

  World Hearing Day is celebrated on 3 March to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness along with promoting ear care. I spoke to...

Book Review: ‘Ritu Weds Chandni’ by Ameya Narvankar

  "But what is wrong with that? Why shouldn't she marry Chandni didi?," asks Ayesha, the young protagonist in Ameya Narvankar's Ritu weds Chandni (published...
axar patel indian cricket player

IND v ENG: A historic Test… for all the wrong reasons

  The only bigger joke than the wicket prepared for the 3rd cricket Test between England and India at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium, was the renaming...
Queer support group Trikone Australia’s Alan Maurice, Kunal Mirchandani and Ravin chat with Bageshri Savyasachi

South Asians talking about Mardi Gras

  Pride week has already begun in Australia! Since Sydney's fabulous Mardi Gras parade is coming up this weekend, I had a chat with members...