Looking for Indian Deepavali sweets? Want to know about all the different types of Deepavali sweets available? Read our guide for more information on choosing the right sweet for you…
The festival of lights is called “Deepavali” in South India and “Diwali” in North India. This is the most important festival in the Hindu religion and is celebrated with great pomp and pageantry by Hindus all over the world. A large variety of Indian “Deepavali” sweets are prepared and served to guests during the festivities which run for 5 days, the third of which is Deepavali.
Among the Indian Deepavali sweets that are gorged on by guests is Halva. This Indian sweet is made by cooking sugar, milk and ghee into a thick consistency to form a candy like substance. Almonds, cashew nuts and pistachios are added to the mixture for the special taste. Sometimes this Deepavali sweet also contains dates and spices like cardamom for a more savory taste.
Sujee, or ghee balls, are Indian Deepavali sweets that are wrapped in colored paper and are mouth wateringly delicious to taste. The primary ingredient of Sujee is copious amounts of ghee and sugar mixed into flour and rolled by hand into small balls. These sweets melt on the tongue with the first bite.
Another easily made Indian Deepavali sweet is ‘Ellu Urundai’ or sesame seed balls. The ingredients to make this sweet are brown sugar, sesame seeds, ghee and a touch of salt. To prepare this sweet, you must first fry the sesame seeds lightly in ghee, and then mix 500gm of brown sugar with enough ghee to make it doughy. Now, sprinkle the sesame seeds into the mixture and knead until the consistency is thick. Add a pinch of salt and roll the mixture into small balls. You now have crumbly sweets to savor.
Indian Deepavali Festival
Deepavali is celebrated to mark the triumph of good over evil. It is celebrated essentially in honor of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Hindu Supreme Godhead, over the slaying of the demon king, Ravana. Little earthen lamps filled with coconut oil and small cotton wicks are lit as a remembrance of the lights lit by the inhabitants of ancient Ayodhya to guide Lord Rama home after His triumphant battle over the forces of darkness, ending 14 years of exile. The row of lights is known in Sanskrit as ‘avali’ and the earthen lamps are called ‘deepa’.
Indian Deepavali sweets are served to guests during Deepavali, the most important celebration for the Hindus. Deepavali sweets such as Halva and Sujee are part of the delicacies that make this festival enjoyable and memorable for family, relatives and friends.