Written by Meena Agarwal on October 19th, 2006 |
With Diwali just around the corner, it’s no surprise that my little kitchen has been bursting with activity. Though I shy away from entertaining on a large scale on this occasion, I still look forward to the crowding of family and friends around my dinner table. I guess the old saying does hold true in my case that nothing pleases a cook more, than to see the happy faces of those enjoying the food.
Diwali in my home, has always been centered around food. In fact, any occasion I can think of, revolves around us hovering over the stove while Mom dishes out treat after treat. Now that I have my own household to care for, the tradition still continues. Hubby Dear has already declared an open house to his tummy. Friends and family have invited themselves over and requests have been made and duly considered. And I’ve done my part as well, by promising each of them their favourites on the table.
As I while away my time in the kitchen churning up one request to another, I can’t help but take a time out to snuggle in a treat for myself. After all, festivals are for indulging, and who am I to defy tradition. So before I head back to cooking up a storm for this weekend, how about joining me for a cup of coffee and some tasty bites?
Here’s wishing all my readers a Very Happy and Prosperous Diwali!
INDIAN SUGAR COOKIES
Prep time: 15 min, Cooking time: 15 min | Makes: A jar full of bite-sized cookies
3 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar 1/4 cup light oil oil for deep frying water, as needed
MIX flour, sugar and a 1/4 cup of oil with enough water to make a firm dough.
DIVIDE the dough into fist-sized balls and set aside. Heat enough oil in a kadhai (wok) for deep frying.
FOR each ball of dough, roll it out to a circle of about 0.5 cm thickness. Cut rolled out dough into strips vertically, and then again horizontally, making about an inch sized strips.
FRY strips in warm oil till they turn golden brown. Remove on a paper towel, allow to cool, and enjoy with hot coffee/tea.
These lovely treats can be stored in an air-tight container for about 2-3 months. That is if you resist them that long!