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Since our childhood, we have always started our Diwali essays with the line – ‘Diwali is the festival of lights,’ This is absolutely true but any Indian festival is incomplete without a table full of an exquisite range of sweets or mithais. Diwali is one such festival where the list is infinite – be it namkeen, mithais, farsaan and more. It is not wrong if one says that Indian cuisine has surpassed all other cuisines with its delicate array of dishes from all over the country. You can never really say that you have tried it all because every region has so many local dishes that the list becomes never-ending. When it comes to sweets, the scenario is pretty similar. Today, on this auspicious occasion, we are giving you a list of 6 fabulous mithais from the length and breadth of apna bharat, to make your day even more delightful. Chaliye, kuch meetha ho jaye!

Kheel Batasha

This is a traditional sweet which is mainly offered as a prasad in Hindu temples to Goddess Lakshmi. It is prepared with puffed rice mixed with sugar and it’s as important as the besan laddoo when it comes to Deepavali celebrations. The batashas shaped in animal figures in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Bengal, later became a ritual which signified wealth, prosperity and hope for betterment.

Gujiya/Karanji/Nevri

Though it is known by many names but the feeling and love remain constant for gujiyas. Diwali is all about lights, but, we feel it’s also incomplete without biting into a karanji, gujiya, kulsi, ghugra or nevri, as called in different regions of India – Maharashtra, North India, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa. Here are some amazing versions of this #AllTimeFavourite, check them out.

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Teepi Gavallu

Teepi Gavallu which means ‘sweet shells’ is a classic from Andhra Pradesh and is a must on Diwali. Small shells are prepared using all-purpose flour and fried till crisp and perfect. Later these are coated with paakam syrup, either a sugar or jaggery one. Generally, it is served on every festival in Andhra Pradesh, but it’s a must on the mithai menu for Diwali.

Mawa Kachori

In the cultural land of Rajasthan, royal kachoris stuffed with dry fruits, fried and dipped in sugar syrup are served on the day of Diwali. As tempting as they sound, festivities are incomplete without serving this rich and scrumptious mithai. The difference between a gujiya and these kachoris are that the kachori has a thicker exterior as compared to the gujiyas. Try it for your celebrations, you and your guests are bound to love it.

Shrikhand

Along with Mohanthal, Gujarati homes can’t skip on making their favourite sweet on Diwali. Elaichi, kesar or pista, all the flavours are equally fantastic. We’ve recently posted a decadent Shrikhand recipe on our #BackToBasics series. Go, check it out and don’t forget to indulge in this dreamy, creamy sweet this Diwali.

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Soan Papdi

This one’s a bonus sweet in this exclusive list because even if you don’t want them, soan papdis are sure to land on your mithai table on Diwali. It’s funny that some of the most popular hashtags on the internet for Diwali include #SoanPapdi. But, one has to admit, this sweet is not just any sweet, it’s an emotion for. You just can’t stop yourself from indulging in these beautiful, melt-in-mouth square-shaped thready delights.

Wishing you all a happy, prosperous and sweet Diwali!


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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.