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funnyperson Sat 22-Oct-11 12:00:42

I am doing Diwali for the first time this year - has anyone got a nice easy vegetarian Diwali menu/recipes they can share please?

funnyperson Sat 22-Oct-11 12:29:58

Our usual menu is as follows:

starter: gol gappa

main: poori stuffed with dal, poori wale aloo, pumpkin, bhindi, boondi ka raita, lime pickle, tomato cucumber and coriander salad

sweet: gulab jamun/shrikhand

would be interested in others

bigTillyMint Sat 22-Oct-11 12:30:38

Can I come? It sounds yummy smile

funnyperson Sat 22-Oct-11 14:24:40

bigtillyMint of course!

recipe for poori wale aloo is very easy:

boil 4-5 medium potatoes and peel

crush with washed hands into roughly bite sized lumps

shallow fry 1 tsp cumin in 1 tablespn sunflower oil till the cumin seeds are sizzling

add 4 roughly chopped tomatoes and cook, then add the potatoes and enough water just to cover them

add turmeric, salt, chilli powder, fresh ginger, ground coriander to taste.

cook for a further 5 mins till simmering but not till too pulpy.

eat with poori etc

funnyperson Sat 22-Oct-11 20:29:34

Here are some easy yummy light and nutritious Indian pancakes for the night before Diwali

1 cup plain flour
1 cup gram (chick pea) flour
2 eggs
1/4 pint milk
1/2 level teasp turmeric. Add chilli powder and, salt to taste

mix well till smooth and add enough water so that it runs off the spoon slowly

heat up a non stick griddle and thinly coat with oil. Pour in enough batter to make a thin pancake. Sprinkle on top with fresh washed spinach leaves. Turn over and cook till golden brown. Serve with a twist of lemon, yoghurt and pickle. smile If you want can also serve with lentil broth.

funnyperson Sat 22-Oct-11 20:34:37

Quick and easy light Indian lentil broth

wash 1 cup red lentils and put in pan with 4 cups water, three chopped tomatoes, washed chopped green beans and salt, coriander powder, turmeric, and chilli powder (optional)to taste. If ou have some fresh ginger put a peeled slice in and fish it out before serving. Bring to boil, cover pan with lid, and simmer for 15 mins or till lentils are tender. Done. Serve with pancakes above, chopped fresh coriander, yoghurt and a twist of lemon. smile

funnyperson Sun 23-Oct-11 05:14:15

Today we will be making Indian biscuits called nankhatai

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rR4vKpaE3E

and at the porch threshold we are making a rangoli
www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAFL32QOqTU&feature=related smile

funnyperson Tue 25-Oct-11 22:31:13

This is a lovely unusual recipe very good for households with elderly people with diabetes or arthritis and good in cold weather

Aubergine and fenugreek (methi) in a yoghurt sauce ;

gently heat 1 tablespoon of ghee or vegetable oil in a wok

add 2 teaspoons mustard seeds and a pinch of asafetida (hing) and cook till the mustard seeds pop

add in 1 chopped aubergine and stir, adding in perhaps another tablespoon of oil till aubergine slices are thinly coated. cook for 2-3 mins

add 3 chopped tomatoes. cook for another 4 mins until tomato skins are tender.

now add in 1 bunch chopped fenugreek leaves, cook for 3 mins stirring a while.

add 1/2 pint boiling water to cover the vegetables.

add salt, turmeric, ground coriander, chilli powder to taste

bring to boil then turn heat down to simmer gently

now add 1 cup yoghurt, stirring quickly so that the yoghurt makes a smooth sauce

cover and simmer till the aubergines are cooked (10 mins)

yummy and healthy. serve with rice or light chapatis

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