Diwali is synonymous with sweetmeats. Make these easy and delicious sweets at home this Diwali.
1. Wheat Halwa
This halwa is soft and moist. You may add the dry fruits of your choice though I have suggested cashew nuts.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 15-20 minutes
Fry cashew nuts in ghee to a golden brown, drain and set aside. In the same pan fry the wheat flour in the remaining ghee on a low flame. Keep stirring constantly for about 5-6 minutes. The color of the flour will change slightly. Set the fried flour aside. In the pan, melt the sugar in the water and bring to boil. Now add the flour to this and mix well ensuring no lumps are formed. Stir constantly. Be careful as the wheat mixture tends to splutter. Keep stirring as the wheat absorbs the water and begins to thicken. Add the fried cashew nuts. When it begins to leave the sides and release ghee, turn off the flame. Sprinkle the cardamom powder and mix. Keep stirring for a few more minutes and transfer into a greased dish/plate. Flatten the top with a spatula.
Serve hot or cold. If serving cold you may want to cut it into squares as with semolina/rava halwa. If you like the halwa moist, then scoop and serve hot.
2. Kopra Pak
Prep Time: 10-12 minutes Cooking Time 15 minutes
In a glass dissolve the saffron in a little warm milk. Put the coconut gratings, sugar and milk into a pan and heat on medium flame. Stir well and as the sugar melts add the saffron and milk into it. Cook till the mixture thickens. Add the ghee and combine well. Next add the cardamom powder and mix. To test if done, remove a small portion and try rolling it into a ball. If possible, turn off the flame quickly. If not, stir for a bit longer. When ready put into agreased plate and allow it to cool.
Cut into desired shape and store in an air tight container. This lasts up to 5-6 days and so may be prepared in advance and stored.
3. Choco Fudge
Prep time: 3 minutes Cooking time: 8-10 minutes
Heat everything together in a heavy bottomed pan and stir continuously. The mixture will thicken and begin to leave the sides of the pan. Pour into a greased dish and level the top by patting lightly. Cool and cut into squares.