Sunday, March 7, 2021

For a sweet festive season

With Dussehra and Diwali just round the corner, GAURAV MASAND rustles up some divine delicacies

Reading Time: 4 minutesFestive season is here, a time to enjoy with friends and family. It is also a time to relish various sweets and delicacies. Here is a collection of delicious recipes which are easy to make.



Chikki/brittle can be made with sugar or jaggery or both. We can make this recipe with peanuts, dry fruits, coconut, sesame seeds or bengal gram. This recipe is simple and has readily available ingredients.
1 cup peanuts (without skin)
1/2 cup jaggery
1 tbsp ghee or clarified butter
2-3 cardamoms powdered
* Pulse peanuts in a food processor for less than 5 seconds, to get roughly cut peanuts.
* Dry roast peanuts in a heavy bottomed pan for 5 minutes.
* In a heavy bottom pan, add ghee and jaggery so that it starts to melt.
* Keep stirring on a medium flame till jaggery turns deep brown in color and you get a boil.
* To test if the jaggery is ready, take few drops of hot jaggery and drop it in a small bowl of cold water. If it turns brittle, the jaggery mix is ready.
* Add cardamom powder to it along with roasted peanuts and turn off the heat.
* Pour the mix on a greased plate/baking sheet.
* Cover it with a baking sheet and roll it with a rolling pin so that it spreads evenly.
* Make incisions of desired shapes before it cools down.
* Let it cool for an hour, break it into the pieces.
* Store in a dry container.


- Advertisement -

Baklava is a Mediterranean sweet pastry with Turkish roots. It has a rich filling of dry fruits, sweetened with honey or sugar, between filo pastry sheets. Below recipe is a Persian Pakhlava, made with dry fruits and rose water. You will need filo pastry sheets; these are readily available in the freezer section of any supermarket.


For filling
1/3 cup almonds, peeled
1 cup walnuts
2 tbsp rose petals
1 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 cup sugar
For covering/pastry
20 filo pastry sheets
½ cup melted butter
For sugar syrup
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
¼ cup rose petals
For the syrup
* In a saucepan, boil water. Stir in sugar and rose petals, to make a syrup.
* Keep it aside.
For the filling
* In a food processor, pulse walnuts, almonds, rose petals and sugar for 1 minute.
For making baklava
* Preheat oven to 180 deg C.
* Grease the baking dish (18cm x 28cm and 3.5cm-deep) evenly with butter.
* Lay 8 filo sheets in a baking dish, brushing each with butter.
* Scatter half of the filling on filo sheets.
* Cover mixture with 6 filo sheets, while brushing each with butter.
* Scatter the remaining filling. Repeat the procedure to cover the filling, with 6 sheets, each brushed with butter.
* Refrigerate for 10 minutes.
* Make incisions into baklava, with a sharp knife, in desired shapes.
* Bake at 180 deg C for 35-40 mins or until golden brown.
* Pour rose petal syrup over the pieces. Let it cool.
* Cut the baklava pieces along the incisions with the sharp knife.
* Serve at room temperature.


This is a traditional Sindhi recipe, made with wholemeal flour, dry fruits, ghee and poppy seeds (khus khus) during festivals, especially during Diwali.


¾ cup wholewheat flour
½ cup ghee
½ cup water
¾ cup Gud/jaggery
¼ cup dry fruits (cashews, almonds, walnuts, raisins), chopped finely
2 tbsp poppy seeds
2 tbsp dessicated coconut
3-4 cardamom, seeds only
* Heat water in a pan, add jaggery to it. Boil until it forms a sticky liquid. Keep this aside.
* Heat ghee in a pan. Add flour and cook on medium flame, stirring continuously, until golden brown for 5-6 minutes.
* Add all other ingredients except the jaggery mix to the flour. Mix well.
* Add the jaggery syrup to the flour mixture.
* Stir for 2 minutes on medium flame until jaggery syrup has been absorbed.
* Spread the mix in a tray lined with baking paper or greased with ghee.
* Garnish with extra dry fruit slices.
* Let this set for 2-3 hours and cut into required shapes.
* This can be stored in a cool and dark place for 1-2 weeks.

- Advertisement -
Gaurav Masand
IT professional by mind, photographer by heart. Loves travel and food photography. Blogs at secondrecipe.com

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

Guess The Song rj ekta

LISTEN: Will you be the one to correctly guess this tune?

  Are you good with guessing tunes? Keen ear for rhythm and beats? RJ Ekta might've been able to stump you with this one. She recently...
Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah twitter thread

Women, what would you tell your school age self?

  Ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March, Monash University's Dr Michelle Ananda-Rajah was asked to speak at a girl's school. The inspiring academic,...
women empowerment

WATCH: Hindi poem about women empowerment

  Ever have those days where nothing is going your way? You feel demotivated and wonder, "what's the point?". The last couple of weeks in Australia...
march 2021 shows and movies

Indian shows and movies to watch in March 2021

  Bombay Begums (Netflix) After the award-winning Lipstick Under My Burkha (2016), director Alankrita Shrivastava is back with another empowering series about women. Set in urban...

Japanese billionaire seeks eight artists for free Moon ride

  Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight people to join him for a free ride to the Moon on a SpaceX Starship rocket sometime...