Wish you all a very happy, healthy and peaceful Diwali.
This has been such a difficult year for everyone. It will be a very low key affair.
I leave you with this very easy recipe.
Recipe; 25 bite size piece
Freshly grated and squeezed bottle gourd 1 cup
Mawa ( Milk Solids ) 1 cup
Ground nuts ( cashew, pistachio, almonds) 1 cup
Ghee 3 tbsp
Condensed milk 3/4 cup ( to taste )
Cardamom powder 1 tsp
Green food colour ( optional ) 4-5 drops
Silver leaf and rose petals To garnish
Take freshly grated bottle gourd ,Lauki, Squeeze all the water out.
Grind cashew, pistachio and almonds to get a one cup full of the powder.
Mawa is available in Indian grocery store, grate it , if unavailable miik powder can be substituted.
Take a non stick pan on medium heat, add 2 tbsp of ghee. Once it melts, add the lauki, crank the heat down to medium low, Add the Mawa, stir so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Cover and cook for 3-4 minutes. The lauki gets cooked. Throw in the nut powder, condensed milk, cardamom powder and food colour. Mix them all together. Add the last Tbsp of ghee, keep stirring. The moisture evaporates and the mixture leaves the side of the pan and slowly comes together, about 25 minutes. Switch the gas off.
Take a greased plate. Transfer the mixture. Pat the surface smooth and leave it to set for two hours. Transfer the silver leaf if using on top. Cut in pieces, and garnish with rose petals or more nuts.