The name ghee is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘ghrita’ (the root word ‘ghr’ meaning to brighten/shine), which is pronounced as ‘ghee’ in Hindi. You may call it clarified butter in english.
Though a result of its Indian heritage, it is popularly known and acknowledged by the name ‘Ghee’ globally, and its incredible health advantages are known across the globe.
Numerous holy texts, notably the Puranas, state that ghee has always been produced using just cow’s milk, which is widely regarded as the finest substance on Earth.
Everything edible was made using cow’s milk, and ghee was one of the products back then. Indeed, ghee has been a necessary component of every religious ceremony, most notably as an offering for ‘yagyna’ or ‘havan’.
This remarkable holy golden liquid has remained a staple in Indian cooking, traditional medicine, religious ceremonies, and festivals. Diwali is no exception where ghee is even used to lit diyas for Lakshmi Pujan.
When you light a ghee diya, the aura and warmth bestow serenity, positivity, prosperity and good health. It creates sattvic vibrations, which cleans the air, and help us achieve a more enlightened mind.
Even after the ghee diya burns out, the purity and energy it emits may be felt for a long time. The most important advantage of ghee is ‘Health.’
On the health meter, cow’s ghee aids digestion and prepares the intestines to handle the extra weight that comes with Diwali feasting. It is the essential fat that protects your bones, skin, and immune system from the effects of the changing seasons. Additionally, ghee is the optimal ingredient for prepping the body for Ayurveda’s internal cleansing process (Panchakarma).
Cow’s ghee is an integral ingredient in traditional Indian Diwali recipes. It adds richness to every bite and acts like a magic ingredient in making these festive delicacies more delicious.
Diwali celebrations may vary throughout India, but one thing is common in all: indulgent delicacies made from ghee, a part of Indian culinary heritage.
For generations, making these Diwali treats has been a traditional means of bringing families together, encouraging sharing happiness and building bonds over food. Along with ghee, there are many different grains, nuts, coconut, and pulses that go into homemade sweets.
Here are a few Diwali sweets with ghee as the essential making them rich and nutritious.
Halwa: It has a large variety across India, like gajar ka halva, sooji ka halwa, sheera, rava kesari, besan ka halwa, dudhi ka halwa and more. One thing that is common in all the halva variations is ghee.
Laddoo: Similarly, the word “laddoo” is used to describe various sphere-shaped sweets found throughout India. Boondi laddoo, besan laddoo,Rava laddoo, aatta laddo and more. Prepare it by using ghee.
Gulab Jamun: It comes from the north but is enjoyed all across the nation since it is prepared from khoya or mawa, depending on the region (milk solids heated and thickened until they reach a soft dough-like consistency). You need to combine khoya with flour and make them into tiny spheres before you deep-fry them in ghee over low heat until golden brown. Then dip them in the sugar syrup.
Jalebi: This simple golden treat made of maida, ghee and sugar syrup, which has a crispy surface and a soft inside bursting with sweetness, is a staple in Diwali.
Lyangcha- A slightly different form of gulab jamum famous in Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Assam, and Tripura.
Mohanthaal: Popular in Gujarat and Rajasthan, this nutty brown confection is made with sweetened gram flour and ghee.
Karanji: It is also known as gujiya. You prepare this delicacy by using semolina or all-purpose flour, khoya, nuts and ghee .
Mysore Pak: It bears the name of the city from where it hails. This sweet is popular for melting in the mouth as you prepare it with ghee, sugar, gram flour.
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