Diwali is one of India's largest festivals and is an important day for Indians to celebrate the Hindu New Year. I talked to a friend from Delhi about the offerings of this festival.
Diwali is much like Japanese custom of offering sake to the gods. Instead, Indian people offer sweets to the gods. "The very famous Laddu has a lot of variations, but in my area, sugar and wheat dough is rolled with spices and nuts and pickled in syrup. It melts in your mouth."
Laddu,the most famous dessert for the biggest festival in India, Diwali,
Rasgulla, which originated in East India, is also famous. "We roll Indian cottage cheese with wheat and boil it in syrup. I think Japanese people are not used to eating food as sweet as Indian confections as most are much sweeter than those in Japan."
Even people who are not usually strict vegetarians do not eat fish or eggs during the festival, so Diwali offerings also feature sweets made from milk and wheat. "Since the food culture differs depending on the region, various arrangements are made based on milk and wheat!"
It seems the syrup includes various spices, and even though sweet, the flavor is there and seems delicious. It seems very Indian to include spices even in sweets. I want to eat authentic super sweet Diwali sweets someday.
College of Asia Pacific Studies 4th year
Published in the February 22, 2022 morning edition of Oita Godo Newspaper
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