Take a glimpse inside a traditional Mumbai home at Diwali, and find out what's for dinner.
Diwali is an emotion, one that's shared by all Indians across the world. And at the centre of those festivities are three fundamental components: fun, family and food. Without any one of these, Diwali would lose much of its sparkle. For Shrishti Sugla, a brand strategist and writer from Mumbai, the festival has always been about 'full hearts and full tummies while celebrating new beginnings.'
Like many others, she grew up with rituals and traditions that were specific to her family which have embedded themselves in her memory and become synonymous with Diwali itself. In her household, there was a menu of 15 items that would appear every year and mark the occasion but there are some that have stayed with her more than others. "Food is my family’s love language," she says, "every year we cook up a storm to prepare an elaborate feast with heirloom recipes, particularly Mangode and Churma Ladoos, that have been passed down through generations by my Nani and Dadi."
For Shrishti, this time was just as much a chance to connect with her loved ones as a time to learn and appreciate the magic happening in the kitchen. "This tradition means a lot to me as it takes me back to my fondest childhood memories of sitting on the kitchen counter breaking pieces of the puri during the prep for the Churma Ladoos. The sheer joy of prepping while endlessly snacking on gujiya and the smell of freshly fried mangode (moong dal pakode) filling the house meant it was officially Diwali season."
Everyone has their own memories, traditions and dishes that are extra meaningful at this time of year.
Dadi’s Churma Ladoo Recipe
Shrishti's Tip: "While serving them you can garnish them with finely chopped almonds like my Dadi used to."
Nani’s Mangode ( Moong Dal Pakode)
Shrishti's Tip: Serve it with green and meethi chutney.