First day of Diwali – Dhanteras, the celebrations of Diwali starts from this day which means from today. Diwali is one festival which unites all cultures and religions. It is celebrated all over India with great zeal and devotion and also in most parts of the world.
- Dhan Teras – Day 1
- Choti Diwali – Day 2
- Badi Diwali – Lakhmi Puja – Day 3
- Goverdhan Puja – Day 4
- Bhai Bhuj – Day 5
It’s a five-day celebration starting today, so I also felt like celebrating Diwali in my own special way with my friends and readers of my blog.
The five days, with their respective rituals starting with the First Day –
The first day of Diwali is called the Dhanteras or Dhantryaodashi. According to the Hindu calendar it falls on the thirteenth lunar day of Krishna Paksh in the month of Kartik.
Goddess lakshmi or god of wealth is worshipped on this day, and there is a special significance of Dhanteras for the business community it symbolizes new year for them. On this day people buy jewellery or kitchen ware and this is considered auspicious. The markets are flooded with buyers and this is the day which keeps the shop keepers busy mainly the jewellery shops and the kitchen utensil stores.
It is an individual’s choice to buy whatever they feel comfortable with and is not a forced option or ritual. There were times when I bought a set of steel glasses or plates for my kitchen on this day or even a set of nice spoon set and on few occasions have gone ahead and bought something in gold or silver.
I plan to make different types of Ladoos for all the five days of Diwali and share with you all too!! Today on Dhanteras I made these Besan Ladoos…..
Besan Ke ladoo are one of the yummy Indian Sweet options and I loved making them and my kids loved eating them too.
Besan Ke Ladoo
- Besan – 2 Cups
- Sugar – 1 1/2 Cups (powdered sugar)
- Ghee – 1 Cup
- Almonds, Pistachios and Cashew Nuts chopped as per choice
Take a heavy bottom Kadai or a pan, add ghee and heat it on medium flame, when the ghee melts add besan to it and lower the flame. Keep stirring on low flame continuously to avoid any kind of lumps. It took me about 20 minutes to cook the besan on low flame and till I could smell the aroma. Switch off the flame when you see the mixture is well mixed with ghee and the aroma is all over your house of the besan. Now your besan is cooked. Add few drops of water with your hand to it and keep stirring, this will make your besan little thick with granules and you will have a good texture of your ladoos. Let it cool for about 5- 7 minutes and then add ground sugar (powdered sugar) and chopped nuts to the besan and mix properly. Now is the time to prepare the small size balls of the mixture, you can let it cool further for few minutes as the mixture will be too hot. Bind it well with your hands nicely try to put pressure making small balls.
Your yummy Ladoos are ready to be served.
Happy Diwali to all……