Eid, Durga Pooja, Halloween, Diwali, Christmas and more… I am talking about the last four months of this year. I love the second half of the year as it is dotted with festivals! Doing up the house, making edible gifts for loved ones, having friends and family over and of course sending my little girl to school with special lunchbox are all part of each of these days.
Diwali always evokes beautiful and cherished memories of childhood and home (especially now that we are far away from both home and loved ones). Clay Diyas, mithais, strings of marigolds and mango leaves, rangolis, torans and more. Join me and my little chefling where she helps me put together to make a special Halloween and a Diwali snack box for school. Here’s how we will be making a traditional and sparkling snack box this Diwali!
For the Meetha Pura:
- 10 gms whole wheat flour
- 10 gms of regular sugar
- 1⁄4 tsp fennel seeds
- 1⁄4 tsp of cardamom powder
- 40 ml of milk
- oil for frying
Rest of the snack box:
- A slice or two of a plum and a strawberry (or a fruit of your choice)
- 2-3 sev puris or mathris and a chutney of your choice (we used tamarind)
- Salty pretzels sticks/ bread sticks and some chocolate sauce/nutella
- A handful of dry fruits
- Silver Mithi Saunf (sweet fennel seeds)
- Tooth picks of your choice
- Combine all the ingredients for the pura together till it all comes together like a batter.
- Heat the nonstick pan and take a tsp of oil and pour a ladleful to make the mini pancake.
- Cook the pura on medium heat and flip it over after a minute or so.
- Allow the pura to cook on the other side and take it off the flame. The pura is a little thicker than a pancake so make sure it is cooked through.
- Now cut it into a shape of your wish. We used a paisley cookie cutter since it is for Diwali.
To put together the rest of the box:
- Carve the slices of the plum and strawberry into the shape of a diya.
- Take the sev puris and make a spiral pattern with chutney to resemble a chakhri.
- Dip the ends of bread-sticks into the chocolate sauce to make matchsticks.
- Add a handful of dry-fruits for Diwali isn’t complete without it.
- Sprinkle mithi saunf all over and don’t forget to add some festive toothpicks. Be ready for some squealing and screaming!
[This recipe has been exclusively commissioned for FoodeMag dxb]
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