While browsing, I came across this wonderful short animation film which captures the activities and spirit of Durga Puja. Enjoy!
Durga Puja is a special time for me no matter where I am. There is the nip in the air, colors, energy, excitement, time to be with friends and family. Even though I am not there to go to the puja pandal all five days, offer anjali, eat bhog, watch cultural programs and hang out with friends and family, I do try to go to the pujo wherever I am. This year it is doubly special because my mother and mother-in-law are here.
No Pujo is complete without something sweet. And for this Bijoya, we have something completely new and different. The halwa is made with moong dal, potatoes and bread. It's healthy, and more than that, tastes great. It's almost like what makes pujo special. All the seperate ingredients come together to make it wholesome and memorable. :)
There is one tablespoon of ghee for flavoring and by the time it is mixed completely and garnished with roasted nuts and raisins it tastes and smells absolutely fabulous.
Here is how we made it.
5 Bread Pieces
1 cup Mashed Potatoes
1 cup boiled and mashed Moong Dal
1 1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 tbspoon ghee (clarified butter)
1/4 cup roasted almonds, raisins
Boil the milk and keep it aside. When it's lukewarm, soak the bread in it. Then add mashed potatoes, boiled dal and sugar and mix it together.
Heat 1 tbspoon ghee in a thick bottomed pan and then add the mixture in it and stir it together on low heat till the halwa starts leaving the sides of the pan. It takes a good amount of stirring to mix it all together.
Heat the rest of the ghee in a small pan and roast the almonds and raisins and garnish over the halwa.
It tastes best when served warm.
This Healthy Halwa is going to JFI:Festival Treats hosted by Srivalli at Cooking 4 All Seasons. JFI was started by Indira at Mahanandi.