The festival season is here and we couldn’t be more excited! The coming few months are going to be all about celebrations, prayers, poojas and prasads! Even though celebrations are going to look different this year due to physical distancing, you can still make your favorite prasads at home with authentic Indian ingredients. Continue reading to find out how you can make your Onam, Ganesh Utsav, Navratri, Diwali, and mroe extra sweet this year!
Modak and Puran Poli are the most well-known and mouth-watering prasads that are eaten during the Ganesh Utsav. In fact, Modak is believed to be the favorite sweet of Lord Ganesha. There is one key ingredient that makes you want to keep eating these sweets: cardamom powder or elaichi. Elaichi is a spice that is used in both sweet and savory foods. It is a must-have ingredient for the both dishes. When you add Elaichi to your Puran Poli it gives it the extra tang of flavor, which cannot be found anywhere else. As for the Modak, cardamom powder is one of the main ingredients that creates the unique taste, which we all love and relish.
Nutmeg powder is an essential ingredient during the festival season of Navaratri. It is used in making kheer, Ladoos, and sheera. It has an extremely unique property of having a sweet and spicy flavor at the same time. Additionally, some believe that Nutmeg aids with digestion. It is used very differently in kheer and ladoos. In kheer it’s sprinkled on to add some extra flavor. In comparison, it is one of the main ingredients while making ladoos.
The flavor of Cinnamon is hard to describe. It’s a mix of sweet, spicy, and bitter. However, when Cinnamon is used as a garnish while making moong dal halwa, it perfectly complements the primary ingredients of ghee, sugar, and moong. While the main ingredients add all the sweetness to the dish, the cinnamon adds the spice. This is what gives the halwa it’s character, making it the perfect sweet-dish to enjoy during all the special festivals!
So, what’re you waiting for? It’s never too early to start preparing. Start buying your authentic Indian spices now, and get ready to celebrate with your family!