Thursday, 4 November 2010

Joy of Simplicity and Real Winner - Lapsi ~ Broken Wheat Sweet ! Kem Cho?

Hi Friends !

Hope you all had a lovely DHANTERAS !

Dhanteras marks the first day of five-days-long Diwali Festival. Dhanteras Festival, also known as Dhantrayodashi or Dhanwantari Triodasi, falls on the auspicious thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksha in the Hindu month of Kartik (October/November). In the word Dhanteras, "Dhan" stands for wealth. On Dhanteras Goddess Laxmi is worshiped to provide prosperity and well being. Hence Dhan Teras holds a lot more significance for the business community.



Dhanteras is celebrated with gusto and enthusiasm. "Lakshmi-Puja" is performed in the evenings when tiny diyas of clay are lighted to drive away the shadows of evil spirits. Bhajans ir devotional songs- in praise of Goddess Laxmi are sung and "Naivedya" of traditional sweets is offered to the Goddess. There is a peculiar custom in Maharashtra to lightly pound dry coriander seeds with jaggery and offer as Naivedya. ( Source : diwalifestival.org )

In Gujarat on this festive day which is Dhanteras most households  make Lapsi ( Sweet ) as a good luck measure for the coming year...it's very old tradition, which is being going through family generation...Lapsi is a Gujarati sweet dish.. It is easy to prepare and is usually made using broken wheat also call it Fada Lapsi...if you try to make traditional way takes lots of time..which I don't have..I do have shortcut in mind which brings equally good results, to save a lot of time I use the pressure Cooker simple as that...



You will need :-
  • 1 cup Broken Wheat ( lapsi )
  • 2 tbsp Ghee
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • A few strands of saffron.
  •  green cardamom powdered 
  •  A handful of almonds flakes & chopped pistachios, mixed
  • A handful of raisins and cashew nuts
  • few Cinnamon sticks


Method :-
Heat ghee in a pressure cooker and add Cinnamon sticks, cashew nuts and raisins.. fry few seconds and add wheat..roast for few minutes or till light brown..now add hot water and close the lid..after 3 whistles let the pressure cooker cool down.  open the lead and add the sugar..let it cook till sugar water goes away..mix well...turn the heat off and garnish with almonds and chopped pistachios...Serve warm or cold...

sending this to Mina's event COMPLETE MY THALI - SWEETS (MITHAI) started by ME

17 comments:

  1. Wish you and ur family a joyous Diwali.

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  2. Happy Diwali to you. Lovely sweet. Love the box in the picture. Very ornate!

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  3. Yummy halwa....I like all of the sweets during this time...hope u had a fun dhanteras!
    Happy Diwali!!

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  4. Seriously dear, where did you get that box (Dubba). I want one of that!

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    1. Bought from one of the Indian shop :)

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  5. Lapsi sounds an absolutely wonderful dish. looks divine..Happy Diwali to you and family dear.

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  6. good to know about Dhanteras...this dish is very well known but never get to try it. looks really tempting.Happy Diwali to you and your family Jagruti.

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  7. Hey Jagruti,

    lapsi looks so tempting and I am craving it.

    Wishing you and your family a very Happy Diwali :-)

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  8. happy diwali to u n family....perfect treat for the occasion..

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  9. Wishing u a happy and prosperous diwali. Absolutely delicious looking lapsi..

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  10. Happy Diwali to you and all at home!

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  11. Oh i love Lapsi , i remember eating it somewhere and the name stuck to my mind!!
    WOuld totally love this babe!!
    Have a fantastic festival of lites!

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  12. Jagruti

    I love your recipe for lapsi. Very traditional. Always make it when my brother's visit as its a very traditional and auspicious dish. Sometimes when we have guests from India we serve it desi style. Serve the boiled lapsi and then pour the ghee and add gor separately !!

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  13. I like that bowl you served it in!

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