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.
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.