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10 Delicious Diwali Dishes

Wishing every one a Happy Diwali and Happy New Year “Saal Mubarak” 


Deepawali – “Festival of Lights” An ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. This year Diwali will be celebrated on Wednesday November 11th, 2015, this is one of the most major holidays in India. Although, it’s not just celebrated in India it’s actually celebrated by millions all over the world.

No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, but the most traditional ways that people celebrate is by lighting lamps and clay diyas, fireworks, music, decorations, delicious food and sweets. Rangoli patterns are decorated inside and outside created with colorful rice, sand and colorful flower petals. These colorful geometric rangoli designs are created for the entrance ways, living rooms or courtyards of houses that encourage and welcome the goddess Lakshmi Mata.

rangoli 2

Diwali is one of the most lavishing, fun, full of tradition, bright, colorful and exciting festivals celebrated around the world. I find Diwali to be very similar to the traditional holiday “Christmas” which is also celebrated by many around the world. Diwali is all about exchanging gifts and sweets, greeting friends, family and loved ones with Diwali wishes, indulging in lavishing festive meals, buying and wearing new clothing.

For some of us the next day after Diwali, is Gujarati New Years also known as “Bestu Varsha”, “Nutan Varsha”, “Padwa” and “Saal Mubarak”. We celebrate the year 2072 this year, Gujarati’s all over the world will celebrate this day to mark the beginning of a new year and put all their worries behind, forget the past and prepare to welcome the “New Beginning” of a new year.



No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

  1. Sooji Ka Halwa



2. Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora



3. Dal Dhokli



4. Dry Fruit Anjeer Kajoor Ladoo



5. Methi Muttar Malai Paneer



6. Mattar Tofu in White Gravy



7. Moong Dal Dhokla



8. Strawberry Rose Lassi



9. Methi Kela Na Bhajiya



10. Carrot Kheer – Gajar Dhoodh Pak



Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year. 








Sooji Ka Halwa

Sooji ka Halwa | How to make authentic Gujarati Style Sheera



A nice an easy to make sweet dish prepared in minutes. Sooji ka Halwa also known as “Sheera” in Gujarati is an all time favorite sweet dish that can be served as a dessert, breakfast sweet dish or prepared for special occasions or festivals. Sooji ka Halwa is a super simple and absolutely delicious dish prepared by roasting sooji also known as rava or semolina in pure desi ghee (clarified butter) cooked in warm milk with sugar  and topped with your favorite choice of dry fruits and saffron.


This recipe is my all time favorite, I’ve learned to make this special method of “sheera” from my mom. I’ve watched her make it numerous times as a sweet side dish for dinner, for special puja’s at home. My mum’s recipe calls for warm milk, but many people substitute the milk with water which is also fine, but I find that by adding milk to the sheera gives it a nicer rich taste and texture. Also this recipes has silvered almonds, green raisins which is optional, silvered cashews and charoli also known as chirongi nuts or piyal seeds and saffron to give our sooji ka halwa a nice flavor and color.

Sooji ka Halwa can be made in many different ways. No matter what style and method rava halwa is made in whether it be North Indian-Suji Ka Halwa, South Indian Kesari Rava or Pakistani Sooji ka Halwah they all taste absolutely scrumptiously delicious. 🙂


I’m sure a lot of us have already heard of semolina also known as rava or sooji. But did you know that it’s not just commonly used in Indian cuisines it’s also very popularly used in many other cultural backgrounds like Europe, North Africa, West Africa, North America and South America to make pasta, pudding, breakfast cereal and couscous.  Semolina is a grain that is very versatile can be used to make sweet dishes, savory dishes, baking and I’ve read and some what believe that it also has some amazing health benefits if consumed in the correct manner.


Sooji Ka Halwa

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 5-6

Sooji Ka Halwa

Sooji ka Halwa also known as "Sheera" in Gujarati is a all time favorite sweet dish that can be served as a dessert, breakfast sweet dish or prepared for special occasions or festivals.


  • 1 cup - sooji;(rava or semolina)
  • 1 cup - ghee
  • 1/2 cup - sugar
  • 2 cups - milk;warm
  • pinch saffron
  • 8-10 pieces -charoli;(chirongi)
  • 1/2 cup - mixed slivered almonds and green raisins
  • 1 tsp. - elachi powder (cardamon)


Heat the ghee in a broad non-stick pan; add the semolina and sauté on a slow low-medium heat for 6 to 10 minutes. , while stirring occasionally. The color of semolina should slight change to a golden brown and should be able to smell the aroma of the ghee/semolina mixture.

Add the milk very slowly a little at a time; mix well and cook for 5-8 minutes, while stirring continuously until the milk is absorbed into the semolina and the ghee is starting to separate.

Add the sugar, raisin, charoli, almond slivers, elachi powder and saffron mix well. Keep stirring occasionally until the sugar is absorbed and ghee starts to separate.

Remove into desired bowl; Garnished by sprinkling a little elaichi (cardamom) powder on top and slivered almonds and serve.


Dry fruits of your choice can be added.

Milk can be substituted with warm water.**Milk gives it a nicer texture and flavor.**

Adjust sugar to your liking.





Nutella Cocoa Milkshake

Nutella Cocoa Milkshake



Lately, everywhere I go I hear about Nutella donut, Nutella Milkshake all kinds of different delicious mouthwatering goodies related to Nutella.  I’m sure we’ve all heard about Nutella, but for my friends that are new to “Nutella” …let me till you what I’m talking about. Nutella is an Italian sweetened hazelnut chocolate spread that’s been around for decades and was introduced by “Ferraro” the same people who make the most yummiest Ferraro Roche Chocolates.

As a young girl I have fond memories of Nutella….One of my cousin brother would bring home small packages of Nutella & Biscuits. We would dip those biscuits into the nutella and gobble them down ….that’s how good they were. Well, I though let me re-live those childhood memories and share those same memories with my little monsters. My kids love any kind of chocolate, anytime any day …..just like their parents. 🙂

I wanted to think of a recipe that was absolutely Delicious, a complete enjoyment and had to have Nutella in it. Woala!  that’s when the “Nutella Cocoa Milkshake” was invented. I can’s say that this Milkshake is healthy ….cause I know it’s not but, I can say it’s a must try. It’s so heavenly delightful that you’ll forget the health factors and just enjoy this sweet treat.




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Nutella Cocoa Milkshake

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Nutella Cocoa Milkshake

Heavenly Delightful Nutella Cocoa Milkshake


  • 1/2 cup Nutella Hazelnut Spread
  • 2 tbsp. Chocolate Flavored Syrup
  • 1 1/2 cup - 2% Milk (Use any milk of your choice)
  • 2 big scoops - Cookie and Cream Ice Cream (plain Vanilla works also)


Add all ingredients into a blender and blend. Blend to a smooth consistency.

Pour into desired glass and serve immediately.



So, tell me what’s your favorite milkshake? I’d love to hear about ….send me your comments.

Other Delicious Milkshakes to try out:

Mango Banana Milkshake

Mango Kulfi Milkshake

Strawberry Banana Milkshake