Enjoying The Foods Of Diwali

Sunrise Senior Living  |  November 13, 2012

Diwali is known for its light decorations, but food actually plays a major role in the celebration, as well.

If you really want something authentic during your Diwali gathering, the BBC features a great recipe for Gulab jamun, which are sweet deep fried dough balls.

Gulab jamun
Serves 2

For dough balls

8 ounces powdered milk
4 ounces flour
1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
12 ounces milk
1 ounce melted butter

For syrup

7 ounces superfine sugar
3 1/2 ounces of water
Saffron strands

Vegetable oil for frying
Pistachio nuts and almonds for garnish


Mix all of the dough ball ingredients in a bowl and add extra water to make it sticky. Cover with saran wrap and set aside for 10 minutes. Shape the dough into small balls.

In a deep skillet, add the oil over medium high heat. Carefully place the balls in the oil and fry until golden brown. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on a paper towel.

Mix the sugar and water together over medium heat until the mixture becomes syrupy. Add the saffron.

Once the dough has cooled completely, add to syrup and soak for 1 hour. Garnish with almonds and pistachio.