Diwali is the festival of Laxmi, the Goddess of prosperity and wealth. It is
believed that Goddess Laxmi visits everyone during Diwali and brings peace
and prosperity to all. On the night of Diwali Lakshmi-Pujan is performed in
the evenings. A traditional Pujan is performed after sunset in every home.
Five pieces of ghee diyas (lamps) are lit in front of the deities, naivedya
of traditional sweets are offered to the Goddess and devotional songs are
sung in praise of Goddess Laxmi. After Deepawali Puja people light diyas
(lamps) in their homes, its relevance being bringing light to every darkness
of the world. Mithai form a significant part of the Lakshmi and Ganesh pooja
conducted on Diwali. The Gods are offered different types of Mithai as
`prashaad' or `naivedyam', which is then distributed among family members
Diwali is synonymous with 'mithai' or sweets. Diwali is also the time for
family reunions, lighted diyas, colourful rangoli, vibrant apparels, and
mouth-watering sweets - all symbolic of the happy occasion. With the spirit
of Diwali permeating the society, traditional households gear up for the
special preparation of Sweets and Delicacies. However, this scenario is
slowly fading away with the advent of "gift packages" offered by
all popular sweet shops and households making sweets not just for
self-consumption but for exchanges and gifting as well.
A range of special sweets/mithai include cashew sweets like kaju kalinga,
kaju katli, kaju anaar. Other specialties include daal, ghee, bombay peda,
boondi, kashmiri peda, sangam, green cream fruit burfi, kesari and mango
Moti Choor Ladoo:
The most famous of all Indian sweets.
Round in shape, made of besan and consisting of cardamom, pistaschio, and a
touch of saffron.
Another well renowned Indian mithai. Jalebis are
made of sugar and besan (gram four).
A soft diamond shaped sweet made from freshly
A twist of cashew and pistachio.
A special mithai recipe preparation from Khoa flour.
Agra pedas are delicious.
All special occasions warrant this. Quadrangular
shaped sweets made of whole milk and sugar, garnished with cardamom and
A tasty circular mithai that is known by all.
On the top of everyone's list. Comes in a sugary syrup. It is the favorite
choice of many Indians.
Square shaped Barfi made from Almonds and
topped with cardamom seeds and pistachio nuts.
Medallions of home-made curd cheese served in
sweetened cream sauce.
These round sweets hail from Bengal. They are
white in color and come immersed in a tasty syrup.