Deepavali, or Diwali, marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. It is a colourful (and a lot of yummy foods) celebration of the triumph of light over darkness. Having been living in a multiracial country Malaysia, do you know any of these Deepavali sweets?
Let’s have a quick pop quiz, the answers will be at the bottom of this page. Pssst, no cheating!
1. Soft and fluffy fried milk cheese balls soaking with aromatic and lightly spiced sugar syrup.
2. Creamy, moist and "melt in the mouth" are words used to describe this classic and traditional Rajastani dessert/Sweet.
3. A delicious and popular Indian dessert made with almonds, sugar and clarified butter.
4. Rich, ghee laden Krishna sweets discovery is one of most loved and popular sweets.
5. A very popular awadhi dish made from minced meat, lentils and spices. Succulent, tasty and melt in the mouth.
6. It consists of a round, hollow puri, fried crisp and filled with a mixture of flavoured water, tamarind chutney, chilli, chaat masala, potato, onion and chickpeas.
7. This authentic Bengali Sweet is a milk pudding with dumplings made of Paneer (Whole Milk Ricotta Cheese). Very similar to another Indian Sweet – Rasmalai.
8. A famous South Indian sweet referred to as "Pottukadalai Urundai" and is made during festive/special occasions.
9. Fried Dumplings with a filling of Bengal Gram, Jaggery & Coconut are popular in Tamil Nadu and Andhra. Made during festive occasions like Deepavali, New Year etc.
10. Indian custard. Traditional Indian dessert made with thickened, strained yogurt and sweetened with sugar. Addition of saffron, cardamom and nuts makes this a colourful sweet.
The answers are:
1. Gulab Jamuns
2. Moong Dal Halwa
3. Badam Halwa
4. Mysore Pak
5. Shami Kabab
6. Pani Puri
7. Paneer Kheer
8. Maladu 9. Suyyam
What’s your score? Have you had fun guessing the names of Deepavali sweets? Share it with your friends, prove to them you are a know-it-all makan guru!
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