Saturday, October 22, 2011

Diwali 2011

Wondering where I am fluttering???

Diwali is just round the corner... I have been crazy busy with the preparations...

I have spent most of my last week preparing special traditional delicacies - we call them "Faral".

I have made "Besan Laddoo" - sweet balls made from gram flour and sugar

and Karanji - a coconut & sugar stuffed deep fried delicacy (a whoopng 1300 calories each!)

Shankarpali   - A king of fried cookie!

and some spicy Chiwada!

So whats so special about making them?
Every year one lady comes to our home to make it. This year she could not come. MIL is busy with the college exams (she's a lecturer) and I made it all by myself!

It actually turned out better than I expected!!!

Then I also spent one day with Aadi and his friends making a fort for them! Its a tradition here to build a stone and mud fort during Diwali. It felt so good as we played with a lot of mud!!!

Here's the fort - Killa - in all its glory!

Thats the main fort - complete with Ch. Shivaji Maharaj... Well, though Shivaji Maharaj ruled Maharashtra during the 1600's, our one has a helicopter, a train and also a fuel station! India's a lot more developed than we think!

We have a farm too! And dont mind that circular thing, its my attempt at a well... It holds water! And we also have some crop in the farm! Its mustard seeds!

We also have a jungle with some wild animals

It was fun and Aadi is really happy with the result!

I also used this tutorial to make a lantern for the house... I used paper circles instead of the flowers though...

I am writing a tute for it! Wait for it sometime early next week!

And here's a final one! The lantern hanging in its place in the front of the house!

Wish you all a very happy Diwali!!!

We are celebrating Diwali without crackers this year! I managed to convince Aadi that they are not worth the pollution! We'll buy him a bicycle instead!



  1. Nice and interesting to read about your culture! May I say that fort looks WAY cool! Looks like it would have been so much fun to create and Aadi is gorgeous! Well done on all the cooking too, I can't cook to save my life, let alone delicacies such as those, keep well, Nadya.

  2. The food looks yummy and the fort is incredible.

  3. Wow! I LOVE your fort - that is so much fun and I didn't know about that tradition. do people build them in the front of their homes as a display for others to enjoy as they walk by? Congratulations on making the food - it looks delicious. Have a great holiday!

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  5. This looks like so much fun! And tasty tasty things to eat too - well done!

  6. Aadi is very cute! What a fun tradition for Diwali, to build a fort. Aadi must love playing with all that mud :)


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