Diwali Celebrations with Mystic Flavours
Mystic Flavours Diwali Celebrations
Diwali the festival of lights is a time of celebrations in India. It is a time to enjoy spending time with your family and friends as you catch up on lost time. One of the most popular festivals in the Hindu calendar, Diwali is celebrated to signify the victory of good over evil. As per mythology Diwali was begin as a way to welcome the Pandavas from the exile they were on. In recent times though Diwali is a joyous occasion where families get together, wear new clothes and share gifts and sweets with each other. Diwali is also considered to be an auspicious time to clean out your homes and try and make for fresh starts.
Diwali is not only celebrated in India but in some South East Asian countries such as Fiji, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore and Sri Lanka. Each of these regions have their own specialty of food items that they make for Diwali.
But what about the food?
Diwali brings with it a whole lot of culinary delights that might be available throughout the year, but are had with a much more fervent delight during the festival of lights. Here is a list of must haves during Diwali.
- Mithai: When you visit peoples homes to wish them for Diwali it is considered good practice to carry a box of sweets for them. Now I am categorizing sweets in one section because if we were to write down every type of Sweet that was popular during Diwali then it would take considerable a large amount of space on this blog. Some popular mithai that is had during Diwali is Kaju Barfi, Bundi ke Laddoo, and Sohan Papdi. Just thinking about the sweet foods is causing me to salivate. Mystic Flavours, the best hotel in Warje has a wide variety of desserts in its menu that you can enjoy throughout the year or during the special time of Diwali.
- Samosa, Kachori, Chaats: Hotel Rugved in Kothrud, widely acclaimed as the best vegetarian restaurant in Kothrud recently had the Chaat Festival as a way of celebrating their Diwali. Samosa’s and Kachori’s are available in the country throughout the year, but there is some special taste that they tend to acquire during the Diwali Festivals.
- Poha: Now you might be scratching you head at the inclusion of Poha in the food selection of Diwali. Poha is one of the most popular dishes to be had during the Diwali festivals especially in the South Western Hemisphere of India. These dishes form the popularity because it can be cooked in such a large variety of ways. There is Kanda Batata Poha, Sweet Poha, Dried Poha, and Chiwda. These all form the basis of part of the cuisine during Diwali day.
- Shankarpali, Chakli, Karanji: There must be so many of you reading this and reminiscing about the good days when all the men and women set about their Diwali tasks. One of these tasks is the making of these small goodies to be had at Diwali. Shankarpali, Chakli and Karanji are Indian snacks that are prepared specially for Diwali and relished with absolute love.
Some families also have a tradition of eating Mutton during the night of Diwali. I don’t know how many of you might follow this tradition but do let us know. If not that, then what kind of culinary traditions do you follow at home? Have we missed out on something major?
Mystic Flavours is always going to be a part of the festivities in Warje,Pune and we love that our customers take the time out to spend Diwali or the festive days to enjoy with their family and friends. We do hope to be a part of your every occasion.
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