Deepawali the festival of lights, a spiritual light of good over evil stories is still one of the most celebrated festival in the Indian calendar. The preparation for this begins more than a week before with sweets and savories prepared in bulk. It is an absolute time for abundance… well, may be, abundance of mouth watering dishes. Most of the Diwali goodies are exchanges adding to the variety. Along with that happens innumerable recipe exchanges over the compound wall.. which is set for trial the very next season. Most of these were the recipe were the measurements were handfuls or katori fuls and was weaned to perfection by the experienced hand.
I wanted to relive the experience with my kids, wanted them to experience the joy of making and sharing. So every year we manage to do atleasta couple of trials of new recipes and another few of the well practiced ones. Aided with a few recipes from them, like the Chocolate murmura we send out our boxfuls.
The Bombay Karachi Halwa is one of the most awaited recipe during this time by my family. Well, it is awaited coz I tend to avoid buying white sugar as far as possible. But secretly, I just love this jiggly absolutely junk ( yeah!! I know it fully well)… so we pretty much make it a tradition to make a batch just in time. It’s a very simple recipe with a bit of elbow grease needed. Now mind you the recipe really swells ….so be watchful of the process.
Bombay Karachi Halwa, as you would have noticed in the peculiarity of the name, signifies the route of passage of the recipe. This chewy dessert treat was introduced to the busy Mumbai port and market by the Sindhi merchants. The colourful piece of this “rubber halwa,”quickly caught the market and was sold as pieces wrapped in translucent wax paper. its often presented at the Indian sweet shop in rainbow hues, instantly catching the attention of the child in most of us.
I did post it up on my old blog, now, it is time for a revamp. Just to jog the memory…this was the old picture.
When you make your festival goodie exchange box don’t forget the beaming faces that hide behind the door ready to snatch it up… Add in a few more recipes which may be just perfect for the festive flair
And if you are having a party for Diwali and looking for some great ideas to entertain, leave a note in the comments and let me help you plan it up… Happy festive season.