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Chivda (Healthy Indian Snack)

Chivda is a healthy Indian snack which is typically prepared with flattened rice (poha) along with assorted nuts and raisins. The spices that goes in along with raisins gives it a mix savory and sweet taste. It’s a great healthy munch that goes along with a cup of chai or coffee.

Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding) | Playful Cookinglink to Gajar Halwa | Carrot Pudding

Gajar Halwa | Carrot Pudding

This year, for the first time in a very long time, we are celebrating the festive season in full swing. Avyan is at an age where he can understand these things and he is also thoroughly enjoying it. Yesterday, we had a Diwali Potluck Party at our home and it was a blast. There were a wide variety of delicious treats and I really wish I had taken a photo of the entire spread! My contribution to the spread was Gajar Halwa (Carrot Pudding) and Moong Daal Khasta Kachori (Spiced Mung Bean Stufffed Flaky Dumplings).

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Mawa Gujiya – A traditional Indian festive sweet

This is my favorite time of the year! By the time one festival gets over, we start prepping for the next one; it's such a joyful and happy season. Today we are celebrating Diwali - the festival of light! This festival always brings happiness, laughter, joy and lot of smiles on everyone's face. There are gifts being exchanged, families get together and there is always something special getting prepared in the kitchen.

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Jalebi

Crunchy on the outside and juicy inside, rustic golden spirals that make a centerpiece at every festival in India – Jalebi! People like it for breakfast and people like it for dessert. Some like it hot and crispy, others prefer it soft and at room temperature. It can be either served with sweet rabdi or with cold sour yogurt. It’s tough to not pick one when you see a pile of Jalebi gleaming in golden syrup.

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Chhena Malpua

I really don’t know where to start! Undoubtedly, this is the longest pause I ever took in blogging and I truly hope it’s over. I cook every single day, sometimes even twice. But in between changing the diapers and putting Avyan to sleep, I have no clue how my day starts and how it ends. I keep saying to myself, ‘it’s all about finding a method to the madness. I’ve got to make time, a little bit everyday, just for my blog’. So last week, I got my gear out and photographed food, after a long time. It was challenging.…

Moong Daal Khasta Kachori (Spiced Mung Bean Stuffed Flaky Dumpling) | Playful Cooking #indian #streetfood #khasta #kachorilink to Moong Daal Khasta Kachori

Moong Daal Khasta Kachori

I was planning on sharing this recipe a couple of days back but I was having too much Diwali fun and work took a back seat. I made these Moong Daal Khasta Kachori in our Diwali potluck party along with Gajar Halwa. This Spiced Mung Bean Stuffed Flaky Dumpling with its flaky, buttery crust is one of my favorite guilty pleasures, especially during the cold winter season. Moong Daal Khasta Kachori is one of the favourite deep fried indulgence and love it with a cup of tea.

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Dry Fruit Samosa

Samosa is my absolutely favorite teatime snack. That flaky crust and filled with spiced boiled potatoes, always so tempting. I don’t even need a dipping sauce, just a cup of piping hot masala chai. With the festive season in full swing, we look for treats that can be made in advance and served right away when the guests arrive. Dry fruit samosa fits right in for such a situation. And I love it as much as the traditional samosa while pairing it with a cup of tea.

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Kaju Katli

Kaju Katli, also sometimes referred as Kaju Barfi, is one of the most favorite Indian sweets. It’s fudgy, rich and melts in the mouth. Kaju refers to cashew and Katli refers to thin slices. It is also a popular festive treat, especially on Diwali. As a kid, I didn’t have a sweet tooth and there were probably few sweets that I would really enjoy. Kaju Katli was definitely one of them. This thinly sliced cashew fudge is gluten free and needs only 3 ingredients!