picIt is Diwali eve and I thought it is most appropriate that I talk about this very important Indian festival.

Diwali is a five day festival and is celebrated all over India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia, Singapore and Fiji. It is also called the Festival of Lights. People light candles or diyas (small oil lamps) to signify triumph of good over evil and worship Goddess Lakshmi who is the Goddess of wealth. At night the sky is lit up with firecrackers.

As I walk down memory lane, I remember so many things but the most important thing that stands out is the amount of food that was cooked that day. A vast variety of sweets and snacks were prepared which were then shared with family and friends. So this Diwali, I thought that I should at least have a traditional Indian Diwali feast.

My main concern was that it should be festive but should not be tedious and take all day. I was able to find that in Gourmet Indian in Minutes by Monisha Bharadwaj. The best part of this book was that all the recipes came with the cooking as well as the preparation time so that you can plan your meals accordingly. I must say that is a blessing if you have an active toddler in the house.

So go ahead and have a Happy Diwali!

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