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Monday, July 20, 2020

आषाढी अमावस्या म्हणजेच दीप अमावस्या कधी व कशी साजरी करावी/दीप पुजनासाठी कणकेचे दिवे कसे बनवावे/ कणकेचे दिवे बनवायची पारंपारीक पद्धत/ Kankeche Dive/ Divyachi Awas

शुभम करोति कल्याणम आरोग्यम धन संपदा शत्रू बुद्धी विनाशाय दीपज्योती नमोस्तुते


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The flame of an ignited lamp (oil/ghee lamp) signifies the sacred Fire principle. Deep Poojan is done on Ashadha Amavasya to express gratitude to the Agni. All the diyas in the house are ignited and then worshiped by offering them diyas made with wheat flour and ghee (clarified butter) as prasadam. 

After this pooja, all the kids in the house eat them. They are very delicious and nutricious too. 

My Aaji (my grandmother) used to make them every year on the last day of Hindu month of Ashadh. So I have very fond memories with this day. We used crave for these diyas every year. 

This is how they are made. 

Ingredients: 

  1. Wheat flour: 1 Cup
  2. Suzi/ Rava: 2 Tbsp
  3. Jaggery: 1/2 Cup (grated)
  4. Cardamom powder: 1/2 Tsp
  5. Nutmeg powder: A Big pinch
  6. Salt: A small pinch
  7. Ghee/ Clarified butter: 3 Tbsp for diya/ 6-7 Tbsp for lighting the diyas
  8. Hot Water: 1 Cup

Method:  

  1. Take wheat flour in a bowl and add suzi, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, salt and ghee in it. 
  2. Mix it well till ghee is well incorporated in the flour (refer the video)
  3. Now in another bowl take grated jaggery and hot water to it. Stir well till it's dissolved in the water. 
  4. Now add this water in the wheat mixture very carefully.
  5. Knead a soft dough bowl and put a lid on it. Keep it aside for 10-15 minutes. 
  6. Meanwhile take a steamer and grease it with ghee. Alternatively, you can spread a cotton cloth on the steamer basket or steamer plate. 
  7. Add 1.5 cups of water in the steamer pot. Put it on stove top and let it come to a rolling boil.
  8. Now check the dough. Knead once again for couple of minutes and start making the diyas. Please refer to the video for exact procedure.
  9. Once they are made then steam them for 12-15 minutes.
  10. After they are done, take them on a plate. Put thread in it and light the diyas.
  11. Perform a small pooja. (refer the video)
  12. once the diyas are burnt completely, give it to kids to eat. Very tasty and nutritious.
Hope you all like this super easy recipe. Do try it and let me know in your comments. Happy cooking !!!!
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