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Dussehra 2018: Here’s some of traditional sweets



Dussehra or Vijayadashmi, the festival that celebrates a triumph of the good over evil is here.

It also marks the conclusion of Navratri and Durga Puja.

Dussehra is celebrated differently in different regions to mark the victory of good over evil by honouring the triumph of Lord Rama over Ravana, to save Sita who was kidnapped by the demon king and the power of the sacred feminine.

On this occasion check out some traditional sweets!


Most people celebrate this day by having hot and crispy jalebis to commemorate Lord Ram’s victory over Ravana.
It is believed that Lord Rama loved a sweet named as shashkuli- which is similar to jalebi.


Ingredients- 1/2 Cup Maida (refined flour), 1/4 Cup Dahi (yoghurt, preferably sour), For frying Oil/ Desi ghee, A square piece of muslin cloth with a hole in it, or a strong plastic piping bag, 1 Cup Sugar, 1 Cup Water and 1/2 tsp Kesar.

Procedure- In a bowl, mix the flour and dahi to form a thick smooth batter, add water if needed and leave to ferment for 6-7 hours. In a separate pan make the chaashni (sugar syrup) by dissolving sugar and saffron in the water over low heat, then cook until it is slightly thick.

After that pour the paste into a muslin cloth (as mentioned earlier) or a strong plastic piping bag. Following this heat the pan and add ghee.

Hold the bag over the pan and pipe out swirls (clockwise direction), of the required size, straight into it. Fry till it turns golden brown on both sides. Later, take them out and put them into the syrup for a while and then again lift it out.

Serve hot and enjoy with your friends.


Malpua is an Indian pancake which is prepared by maida, semolina or sooji, milk, and yoghurt. It is then deep fried in a hot oil.

Ingredients- 1 Cup Maida, 1/4 Cup Sooji, 1/2 Cup Khoya, 2 tsp Sugar ( powdered), 1 tsp Saunf, 1 Cup Water, 2 Cups Ghee

Procedure- Take a big bowl, add maida, sooji, khoya along with powdered sugar and saunf, followed by water. Mix all of it together until you get a fluffy smooth paste.

In another pan prepare a sugar syrup, with Water , Sugar , Kesar and cardamom powder.

After that, heat oil in a pan of ghee put tablespoon full of the malpua mixture and deep fry it. Make malpuas according to the requirement. Following this immerse them in the sugar syrup for about 10-15 minutes.

To make it more delicious, try Malpuas with Rabri or Kheer.

Nariyal Barfi

One can make Nariyal Barfi with fresh desiccated coconut, khoya and dry fruits.

Ingredients-  Desiccated coconut, Sugar, Khoya and dry fruits (Almonds, Pistas and Kishmish).

Procedure- Add ghee and khoya in a pan and saute till the khoya gets a uniform consistency.  Take it off the heat and let it cool. After that mix coconut and keep aside.

In another pan heat the sugar and water together till the sugar dissolves, remember do not let it come to boil. Cook over till it turns thick. Immediately add the khoya mixture, stirring vigorously.

Following quickly spread the mixture into a greased plate and set aside after garnishing it with chopped dry fruits.

Later cut it into pieces and serve.



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There were 1,141 fatalities also confirmed in the 24 hour-period bringing the death toll to 92,290. The total infections stand at  5,818,571, including 9,70,116 active cases and 4,756,165 people getting cured/discharged/migrated. 

India’s Covid-19 recovery rate stands at 81.74 per cent and the mortality rate remains below 1.6 per cent, according to government figures. 

In a positive development, Wednesday was the sixth consecutive day when the number of people recovered in the country was more than the total number of cases detected in the 24-hours period. 

In the last few days, India has seen a significant drop in daily cases, but there needs to be more evidence to suggest whether the nation has surpassed the virus’s peak or not. 

Maharashtra continues to be India’s worst-hit state with nearly 300,000 active cases and a death toll of 34,345. 

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday said he had been told by experts that the second wave of Covid-19 in the national capital has peaked. 

Globally, the United States is the worst-hit country with over 7 million cases and 200,000 deaths. 

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New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Election Commission of India is set to announce the dates for the Bihar Assembly polls on Friday, official sources said.

A press conference is scheduled to be held at 12.30 pm at the Vigyan Bhavan in this regard, the EC spokesperson Sheyphali Saran said.

Due to Covid protocols, only journalists accredited with the PIB would be allowed to attend the presser.

Bihar has 243 Assembly seats. In 2015, the alliance of the Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janata Dal-United and the Congress had swept the polls but JD-U has since aligned with the BJP.

Earlier this month, the EC said that the Assembly elections will be completed before November 29, the date on which the tenure of the present Assembly ends.

The EC also said that by-elections to 65 seats in different states will also be held simultaneously.

The EC has already issued the guidelines to all political parties to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The candidates will file nomination papers and deposit security money online. Facial masks, hand sanitisers, social distancing norms would be mandatory during political campaigning or at rallies.

Earlier, the EC had asked political parties for their opinions on the conduct of Assemblly elections.

The RJD, LJP and some others had suggested postponement of the electoral battle until the coronavirus pandemic was over. However, the ruling JD-U, BJP and others wanted the elections to be completed before the Assembly’s term ended.


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Security forces and terrorists have engaged in a massive encounter in Sirhama in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district. As per preliminary reports, heavy exchange of fire has been reported from the area where the encounter broke out last night.

The Kashmir Zone Police has said that two Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists have been killed in the encounter.

“Incriminating material, including arms and ammunition, have been recovered. A search operation is currently underway,” the police said.

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