Diwali Treats...

I had a wonderful time this Diwali. Thank God it was during the weekend. We spent the whole day in true Diwali spirit. Visited the temple in the morning and spent the rest of the day visiting friends and distributing sweets.
I wanted to make everything that mom usually makes at home, so here are the recipes for all the above treats...

Ribbon Pakoda
Basically rice flour and besan should be in the proportion of 1:2, the spices can be added according to individual tastes. I used the below measurements.

3 cups rice flour
1 1/2 cups besan
1 1/2 tbs butter, melted
1 1/2 tbs red chilli powder
1 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp hing
salt to taste
oil for deep frying

Mix together the flours, butter, spices and salt with enough water to make a smooth and soft dough.
Heat the oil. Using the appropriate attachment in the murukku maker, press the dough into the oil in small batches. Fry till crisp, about 2-3 mins.
Drain and when cool, store in air tight containers.

Besan Laddoo
Use the coarse besan thats available especially for the laddoos. If you don't have that, add rava to the laddoo, this also works great.
I'm not sure of the exact measurements I used this time, kind of lost track. But you can adjust the ingredients as required. So I'll just mention the ingredients and the method.

Course besan (I used 4 cups)
Cardamom powder (Seeds of 6 cardamom pods crushed)
Raisins roasted in some ghee till it puffs

Heat 1/4th cup ghee in a pan. Add the besan and start roasting on medium low flame. The besan has to be roasted till it gives a nice aroma and the raw smell has completely gone. You need to do this on a low flame, so that it does not burn and change color quickly. It should have a nice golden brown color when roasted. It took me about 45 mins. I also added a few more tablespoons of ghee as I was roasting.
When done, remove from heat and add sugar and cardamom powder and mix well.
Add more ghee as required to form laddoos.
When cool enough to handle, make the laddoos adding raisins to each one.

This is usually made using all purpose flour/ maida and lots of dalda and that also makes it really unhealthy. So mom usually makes this much simpler version and its just as yummy.

2 cups wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour/ maida
1 tbs butter, softened
1 cup sugar (more or less according to taste)
oil for deep frying

Mix the flours, butter and sugar with water to make a soft dough. Knead well till its really smooth and almost elastic.
Cover and keep aside for 1 hour.
Heat the oil on medium heat.
Taking the dough in batches, roll it into circles of 2-3 mm thickness. Cut into small diamond shapes.
Lower the heat slightly and deep fry till brown and crisp.

Kaju Katli
This is one of my favorite sweets and its the fourth time I'm making it. Adapted the recipe from Recipes Here.

1 heaping cup whole raw cashews
2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar, according to taste, I measure somewhere in between
1/4 cup water
3 cardamom pods, seeds crushed to a fine powder
1 tbs ghee

Grind the cashews to a fine powder.
Heat the sugar and water in a pan till the sugar melts and begins to boil.
Add in the cashew powder and mix over medium heat, removing lumps. Keep stirring till the mixture thickens and starts coming together.
remove from heat. It will thicken more as it cools. When cool enough to handle, add the ghee and cardamom powder and knead for 5 mins till smooth. Roll out to desired thickness and cut into diamond shapes.

Rava Laddoo

This is the same recipe from the Indian Cooking Challenge. Find it here.

Sending all the above to Purva's Diwali Dhamaka.
Besan Laddoo, Shankar pali, Kaju Katli and Rava Laddoo goes to Sireesha's Sweet Series.
Besan Laddoo and Rava Laddoo goes to Sanghi's FIL: Ghee event.


  1. Everything looks so yummy!
    Hope you had a grt diwali :-)

  2. All the goodies looks delicious..

  3. Nice clicks and a wonderful recipe...

  4. Omg, am hungry now..Such a delicious sweets...especially loved kaju katli a lot..looks perfect and amazing... U r rocking gal!
    That looks very inviting...good click too :-)

  5. Delicious sweets and savouries, looks fabulous and fantastic Poornima..everything looks amazing dear!

  6. awesome diwali treats!! i made rava laddoo too this time.. Happy Diwali!!

  7. Hi Poornima,
    wow, ur ladoos looks delicious. really perfect. I'm sure Diwali must be really fun and festive for ur family. Who can resist such delicious food....?

  8. wow..you made so many goodies..looks yumm

  9. Wow! What an array of Diwali treats! They're delicious and lovely!

  10. What an effort..!!! I want those Pakodas..:D:D

  11. Wow so many sweets...ellam oro parcel poratte..so yummy.

  12. yummy tasty delights dear...awesome recipes

  13. Wow poorni,that was a great diwali it seems altogether..!! Happy belated wish to you ..

  14. wow so many treats...everything looks yummy dear...

  15. WOW!!! Nice array of yummy Diwali dishes... everything looks mouthwatering Poornima :)

  16. U have made beautifully the katli! Hope u had a wonderful Diwali!

  17. Sure are treats and delicious ones.

  18. so many yummy treats!! Belated happy diwali Poornima!!

  19. I see that you had a wonderful diwali, all delicious treats here; you've got them all perfect, my favourites are the kaju katli and the ribbon pakoda:)

  20. hi poornima,
    Wonderful delicacies,nicely presented and great clicks...hope u had a great time this Diwali :)

  21. wow! Adipoli! looks delicious. Ribbon pakoda and Kaju-katli are so eye pleasing. Will try all of this very soon and then let you know how it turned out. Thanks for the recipes.


  22. So glad to see such an array of snacks. Ribbon pakoda seems so perfect. Kaju katli , maida fried sweet, rava ladoo, besan ladoo...wow..you are so good at getting them like a professional.
    Belated Diwali wishes dear.

  23. Hope you ahd an amazing Diwali :) your delicacies look g8..esp the kaju katli..will try it during the next festival season. btw I live in Sunnyvale:)

  24. What a wonderful array of Diwali treats, everything looks fantastic!


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