Mawa Penda

Mawa peda penda mithai
Diwali penda

I’m excited. It’s Diwali on Wednesday, my first here in India. Mumbai is a hive of activity, homes and shops are decorated, the streets light up colorfully at night and there’s a general air of festivity.

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Barfi – Indian Sweets for Diwali

Plain and pistachio barfi (Indian sweets)
Plain and pistachio barfi

Diwali is this Thursday. Like Christmas, this is a pretty big deal in my parents’ household. We all go round for dinner where my mum cooks up a huge vegetarian feast (meat is not supposed to be eaten) after which no one can move!

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