Jack O’ Lantern Stuffed Peppers

This year, Halloween is right after Diwali and I thought I wouldn’t be able to publish this post before Halloween. I am so glad that I managed to draft the recipe and post it on Halloween. 🙂

My kids asked me to make some creepy looking food for this Halloween but for some reasons, I cannot relate food to scary, creepy and spooky stuff. I love to create only cute and healthy food. I did not want to make spooky looking food and at the same time I did not want to disappoint my kids. So, I made these cute scary Jack O’ Lantern stuffed peppers for my kids. My kids were delighted to see their dinner plate served with this Jack O’ Lantern pepper. These Halloween peppers are very easy to make. I made a healthy & simple rice using black beans, corn, peppers, Mexican spices and Enchilada sauce.

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7 Cup Burfi


7 Cup Burfi is a popular Indian sweet which is very easy to prepare and tastes delicious. It is known as 7 cup burfi because 7 cups of ingredients are used to prepare this dessert. We can use any size of measuring cup but all the ingredients need to be measured using the same cup. I made this dessert for Navratri this year. I made it again recently when my SIL’s family visited us. They loved it and asked me to share the recipe. It was also loved by my husband’s colleagues at his work place.

As Diwali is just a day away, I thought of sharing this quick and easy to make recipe in my blog. Enjoy making and sharing this tasty dessert with your family and friends. This burfi tastes close to Mysore Pak but much easier to prepare when compared to Mysore Pak.  If you like Coconut Burfi and Mysore Pak, then you will love this 7 Cup Burfi as it has both the flavors infused in it.

The traditional version uses 3 cups of sugar but I reduced the quantity to 2&1/2 cups. I think the sweetness is just the way I like it with 2&1/2 cups sugar. This version can be called as 6&1/2 Cup Burfi.  You can choose to make it with 3 cups sugar or 2&1/2 cups sugar according to your taste.

Let’s begin the process of making this yummy dessert.

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Shakkarpara/Shankarpali/Sweet Diamond Cuts – Deep Fried & Baked Versions

Shakkarpara is a traditional Indian sweet snack which is commonly prepared during Diwali. They are crunchy and sweet in taste and simply hard to resist. They can be made in advance and stored for a long time. It was my most favorite snack in my childhood. It can be made in different ways. I am sharing a deep fried version and a baked version. The deep fried version is learnt from my mom.

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Carrot Halwa/Gajar Ka Halwa

Carrot Halwa is a traditional dessert made with grated carrots, milk, nuts, ghee, mawa and sugar. It tastes divine and is loved by both kids and adults. The traditional version learnt from my MIL includes  mawa but I prefer the plain version without mawa. Kids will love to have it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

I made these carrot halwa diyas last year for Diwali. As Diwali is approaching soon, I thought of posting the recipe in my blog before this Diwali. I am sure kids will be delighted when ice cream is served to them in these carrot halwa diyas.

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Besan Laddu/Ladoo

Besan Laddoo is one of the most popular festival dessert made with roasted chick pea flour(besan). Besan laddoos can be made instantly without any prior preparation. You just need to be prepared for lot of stirring and the effort is really worth it.

My MIL prepares this Laddoos very frequently.  I dry roast besan first and then roast it in the ghee for few minutes. My son loves these Laddoos.

I made these laddus for Navratri. As tomorrow is Karva Chauth festival, I thought of posting this recipe in my blog today.

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Thin Poha Chudwa/Chivda

Poha Chudwa is an all time favorite evening snack. It is especially prepared during Dussehra and Diwali festivals. My mom used to prepare this and stock up all year round. We used to love munching on this snack. Now, I prepare this snack and stock up almost all year round and my kids enjoy munching on it. 🙂

My MIL prepares a deep fried version of this snack and she uses thick poha. My mom prepares a pan roasted version and she uses thin poha. This is a very simple and healthy snack that can be prepared in 10 minutes and can be stored for more than 10 days. It is my comfort snack to have with my hot cup of tea. I am sharing my mom’s way of making this classic snack.

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