Diwali is a festival of lights and it is apparent with the customary photos of “India during Diwali from space” circulated year after year. For most of us it is also a festival of food so we asked some of our favourite celebrities what their favourite Diwali food memory is and this is what they had to say!
“My favourite Diwali sweet memory is seeing my mother make the sweetmeats from a few days before Diwali and not just my mother even my neighbors. So if any two people were preparing the same sweet or farsan they would make it together which would be more fun. Since we are South Indians the sweets would invariably be South Indian, except for the occasional besan laddoos, we used to make plenty of boondi laddoo, ribbon pokkoddam, coconut burfis, paal burfi ( milk cake) muthuswaram or chaklis and rava laddoos.”
“Dad would bring kilos of besan and boondi laddoos for everyone and all the kids in the family would gorge on these for the entire Diwali season.” So if Parineeti was a mithai which mithai she would be?. Pat came the reply –“ I would be a petha, because I’m sweet and I have a very transparent personality”. We couldn’t agree more!
“I haven’t been able to spend Diwali at home a lot in the past 8 years, so my favourite Diwali food memories date back to childhood days which were all about family and loads n loads of mithais n sweets!”
“My bebe (Punjabi for mom) would make Diwali sweets and store them in a top cabinet in the kitchen. However I would still manage to get my hands on them. My mom would keep wondering where the laddoos kept going until one day she did figure out! I would like to wish everyone an energetic and safe Diwali!”
“Diwali being a family festival there are many fun food experiences to share, though most memorable being visits to my nani’s house after the Diwali pooja. They would prepare dal pakwan, chole chawal and boondi raita for dinner. For mithai there would be sindhi ghevar and dhoda. My nana would prepare bhog for the gods, which would essentially be bite sized chappatis mixed with curd and fried potatoes. Not to forget that all this is memorable because the entire family would sit and eat together! Happy Diwali to all of you!
Here is wishing everyone a happy, fabulous, bright and a food filled Diwali!
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient.
His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.
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