gulab jamun
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Celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhist, Diwali is a holiday marked by five days of celebration, and involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil.

Also known as the festival of lights, the name “Diwali” or “Divali” translates into “row of lamps”. As part of the experience, firecrackers are lit with the belief that they drive away evil spirits.  This year’s celebration began on November 3rd, with the main festivities held November 5th.

Traditionally, what is eaten during Diwali?  Mostly sweets such as “laddoos“, “barfis“,  known as “mithai“. Beverages consumed during the festival include colorful juices, mocktails, with the most popular being the sharbats.

Enjoy this recipe for Gulab Jamun, a sort of Indian version of donuts immersed in a sweet syrup.

You’ll need:

  • whole milk
  • sugar
  • saffron
  • rosewater
  • cardamom pods
  • all-purpose flour
  • semolina flour
  • baking powder
  • ghee or clarified butter
  • plain yogurt
  • egg

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