Happy Diwali

Pre-Diwali nerves and planning for the big night

It’s Diwali or Deepavali. The biggest event in the Hindu calendar. Festival of light, also noise, and celebration of good over evil.

Back in India, I spent it mostly hiding under my bed with our German Shepherd. The fireworks petrified the both of us.

The allure of the cash my father distributed after the Ganesh and Lakshmi Puja brought me out briefly. As did the food, of course. Light, swollen pooris or fried flatbreads. Ghee soaked halwa. Sookha kala channa or sauteed little dark chick peas.

You can see why it would have been hard to resist. Even under the circumstances.

This year, for the first time, I got my act together in time to get a group of friends over for dinner. We’re playing cards, eating traditional vegetarian food and setting off some garden fireworks in our unkept communal garden.

But it’s not, I’m afraid, well planned enough to feature the halwa barfi, kala channa and aloo kadhi I have cooked as part of dinner tonight yet.

Recipes to follow. Enjoy Diwali everyone.


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