Day 2 after Dhanteras is the Chhoti Diwali, today I prepared Til ke Ladoo, they really came up well and trust me too easy to prepare them. Felt this Diwali not to buy sweets from outside and rather make all at home. Its safe and also home-made stuff much better as always.
The second day of Narka-Chaturdashi or Chhoti Diwali is the eve of Diwali.It falls on the fourteenth day in the month of Kartik and celebrates the death of demon Naraksura by Lord Krishna. The day has a significance of bringing rays of joy and fading of all sorts of negativities.
Legend behind Chhoti Diwali
Mythologically, there was a demon king Narakasur, who won a war with deities and imprisoned 16,000 daughters of various Gods. He even dared to snatch the earings of Mother Goddess Aditi, who was like a mother to all Gods and Goddess. Angered with this cruel act of Narakasur, Satyabhama, Lord Krishna’s wife decided to kill him.She freed the imprisoned 16,000 daughters and Goddess mother Aditi. Shri Krishna later married all those daughters who were captivated by Narakasura, and on this day of Chhoti Diwali returned home.
This day homes are decorated with rangoli, flowers and Diyas. Females prepare sweets at home and also distribute to friends and family. Children get ready to burst crackers on both chhoti and badi diwali.
I bought diyas from market yesterday and both my kids took them away to colour them in their own special style …… getting ready for Lakshmi Puja tomorrow and busy in decorating the home. It’s a wonderful festival with joy all over.
Kids art work with the diyas for diwali….
Now coming back to my recipe post….here I go….
Til Ke ladoo ( Sesame Seeds Ladoos)
- Til (Sesame Seeds) – 1 cup
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Koya - 200 grms
- Cardamom powder – 1 teaspoon
- Almonds chopped – 2 tablespoons
- Raisins – handful
Take a heavy bottom kadai and firstly dry roast the til till little brown, remove them from the kadai and let them cool for few minutes, then coarsely grind them once in a mixer and keep aside. Now in same kadai heat the koya and continue stirring it on low flame for 4 – 5 minutes, then add the grounded til and sugar powder to it along with the nuts and cardamom powder. Close the flame and mix all the ingredients well. Let it cool for few minutes and after that grease your palms with ghee and prepare small lemon size balls from the mixture. Keep aside for an hour and serve them afterwards.
Your yummy sweet sesame sweet ladoos ready to eat…..
Enjoy these with your family!!