fab. vegan Indian recipes for the Festival of Diwali

Posted on November 10, 2012

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Today (10th November), Richa posted a long item on her Vegan Richa web-site titled ‘Diwali Festival sweet and savory recipes round up. vegan’. The item lists fourteen fab. vegan Indian dishes for Diwali which are originally vegan or which the author has veganised, with links to thirteen of the recipes. This year, Diwali (the festival of lights) starts on the 13th November.

‘… Happy Dhanteras all! Diwali is just a few days away. Here’s a short round up of sweets and savories that can be whipped up and kept ready. all vegan (dairyfree, eggless), soyfree, most glutenfree …

Coconut Laddoo. Pink coconut balls made with fresh shredded coconut and colored with beet …

Kaju Katli. Cashew fudge …

Sooji Halwa/Sheera. Semolina crumble with cashews and dried cranberries …

Gulab Jamuns! Indian doughnuts soaked in cardamom and saffron flavored sugar syrup …

Besan Laddoo. Sweet chickpea flour balls with cocoa butter …

Oilfree Wheat Laddoo and Wheat Choorma. Wheat flour balls and crumble …

Glutenfree Potato and Rice Crackers. Baked Namak Paare/Murukku Crackers. Super easy and delicious …

Chana Masala spiced roasted nuts. Mmm mmm. or use garam masala or just salt and red chili powder :) …

Glutenfree Chickpea Oat Crackers with Fennel Seeds. Chana Murmura Mathri – with cooked chickpeas oats and puffed rice …

Chickpea Flour roll ups. Khandvi. GF These fresh rolls ups can be stuffed with spiced up kale, other greens, chutneys, or coarsely ground spicy roasted nuts …

Chivd. Savory cereal/rice kripies snack with dried fruits, roasted sprouted chickpeas/roasted nuts …

Baked Potato French Fries  …

Roasted Garam masala chickpeas.  Crunchhhh …

Have a safe and wonderful festival season …’

Read the item in full, use links to the recipes, view images and add your comment online at www.veganricha.com/2012/11/diwali-festival-sweet-and-savory.html

Wikipedia: ‘… Diwali (also spelled Devali in certain regions) or Deepavali, popularly known as the “festival of lights,” is a five day festival which starts on Dhanteras, celebrated on thirteenth lunar day of Krishna paksha (dark fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Ashwin and ends on Bhaubeej, celebrated on second lunar day of Shukla paksha (bright fortnight) of the Hindu calendar month Kartik. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November. Diwali is an official holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji.

For Hindus, Diwali is one of the most important festivals of the year and is celebrated in families by performing traditional activities together in their homes. For Jains, Diwali marks the attainment of moksha or nirvana by Mahavira in 527 BCE.

The name “Diwali” or “Divali” is a contraction of “Deepavali” (Sanskrit: दीपावली Dīpāvalī), which translates into “row of lamps”. Diwali involves the lighting of small clay lamps (dīpa in Sanskrit: दीप) filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. These lamps are kept on during the night and one’s house is cleaned, both done in order to make the goddess Lakshmi feel welcome. Firecrackers are burst in order to drive away evil spirits. During Diwali, all the celebrants wear new clothes and share sweets and snacks with family members and friends …’

Diwali is also celebrated in Britain and the US! You need lamps, rangoli, games, fireworks, festival food, family and friends …

WikiHow: ‘… Just as Christians regard Christmas as a special and important holiday, Diwali is a festival that has as much meaning for Hindus. Aside from Hinduism, other religions that celebrate this festival are Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism. Whatever your faith, you can join in the festivity that is “The Festival of Lights” …’

Hinduism is a vegetarian religion and Jainism is vegan, and Diwali should be a meat-free festival.

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