Happy Monday Guys!
And Happy Dhanteras to all who celebrate the festival of Diwali. This 5-day long festival starts today. Yaaayyy!
Clearly, I am full on festive mode. I am super excited — just can’t help it. Diwali is one of my favorite festivals since childhood. So many memories to cherish.
This is for my family and friends; memories of moments celebrated together. Moments that have been attached to my heart forever — they make me miss you even more this Diwali. I miss you all!
Whenever I imagine an ideal Diwali, I find myself at my Grandparents place — eating lots of goodies all day long. And skipping lunch/dinner due to overdose of sweets and snacks. Mom running behind me with the dinner plate saying, “You wouldn’t get any crackers to burst if you are not finishing your dinner”. And then I hide behind my Grandpa, and he would take the plate from my Mom, and then he would say, “I will buy more firecrackers if you finish your meal”.
Then the fun part was wearing brand new dresses, and watching Mom and Granny lighting up diyas (lamps and candles). Home is beautifully decorated with candles and flowers. Neighbours and relatives visiting after puja (prayers). Bursting crackers in the day! Yeah, you heard me right. I used to burst all the crackers in the day itself. Couldn’t wait for the night fall. 😉
Oh, good old days! It’s been a decade since I celebrated #Diwali back home in India. #Feelingnostalgic.
But hey! Let me break the news — we have just booked our Christmas holidays. Guess, where are we going? We are finally visiting family after a long long time — after a total of 725 days. Yeah, I have been counting the days 😉 This whole thing finally means that we’re going to visit India very soon. Yeaahhh!
It’s been such a long time since I met my family in person, so we all are super thrilled for upcoming holidays. And now Adoria has already started practising a song which she plans to sing on the plane, “Flying high in the sky, flying high and high and high…” 😉
And since I told her that we are visiting India, she keeps conforming like this:
Adoria: Mamma, are we going on a holiday?
I : Yes!
Adoria: Are we going on holidays in a month’s time?
I : Yes.
Adoria: Are we going on a plane?
I : Yes!
Adoria: Which song will we sing?
I: I don’t know. You tell me.
Adoria: I will sing like Peppa Pig (her favorite cartoon).
I : Alright, which song Peppa sings?
Adoria: “Flying high in the sky, flying high and high and high.”
Yeahhh! That would be so much fun I say, and we both chuckle! 🙂
So we are reeling in festive and holiday mood. And like always, I have a loooonnnnggggg list of dishes I will be eating in India, and this list does not include mom’s homemade food. So there are high chances that I will come back to Finland with some additional luggage, after putting on some good number of pounds. But who cares. I am going there after a long time, so I need to nurture my tastebuds, you know I am a BIG foodie! 😉
And now when our tickets are booked, I so wish that this month flies soon! 🙂
Alright, let’s now talk about today’s recipe (plus the video). It’s Lehsuni Sev aka Spicy Gram Flour Noodles.
Mmmmm, garlic and spices and gram flour — just keep ‘em coming!
After sharing so many sweets, I decided to share some easy savory snack. And a spicy garlic flavored sev is the one which fits well here with the choice. This is a quick, spicy and deep fried snack, which is crispy and flavorful.
Oh I am so crazy excited to tell you about these Garlicky Gram Flour Noodles. They are kind of fancy and festive. They look elegant, and perfect savory snack to munch on. Gram flour + garlic + spices, and all mixed together in a smooth dough, which would make a nice and crunchy snack.
These are crispy fried garlic flavoured snacks. The crunchy (noodles) sev has a very distinct and delectable garlic flavour. I must say the addition of crushed garlic enhances the taste. .
This is best served with a hot cup of tea/coffee. This is such an addictive snack — you will definitely love it. Try this last minute Lehsuni Sev during Diwali and share it with your loved ones and enjoy!!
Back to Diwali; It’s celebration time. So let’s light the diyas and fire the crackers. But at the same time, be safe. It’s the season to pay a visit to all our friends and relatives. And gift them sweets and presents.
I sure am super excited and planning to fully enjoy this time. So this is my last but certainly not the least post on Diwali series. And I will be skipping my post on Wednesday. Because, that’s the magical day of Diwali. So I wish you all a happy, fun filled, and prosperous Diwali.
On This Auspicious Festival of Lights,
With Gleam of Diyas and the Echo of the Chants,
May the Glow of Joy, Prosperity, and Happiness Illuminate Your Life and and Your Home.
Wishing You a Happy Diwali. Hope This Diwali Brings in Good Fortune and Abounding Happiness for You!
Let’s now learn to make Lehsuni Sev | Garlicky Gram Flour Noodles!
Add gram flour to a large mixing bowl. Add rice flour, salt, soda, chaat masala, carom seeds, ground pepper + cloves and oil. Mix well. Add garlic paste, lemon juice and mix well again. Now add little warm water at a time and knead into a smooth dough. Apply little oil on the dough and make a ball.
Wrap the dough ball into a plastic wrap, and set aside for 30 minutes. Unwrap the ball after 30 minutes. Divide the dough into 2-3 pieces, and shape them into thick cylinders. Now use your sev maker machine with disk which has large holes. Place a dough cylinder in the sev machine and close the lid tightly.
Heat the oil in a pan on high heat for deep frying the sev. When the oil is hot enough, drop a tiny piece of dough in it. If it rises immediately, the oil is ready to use. Now hold the machine over pan, and twist the handle to drop thick sev (noodles) into hot oil in an even, circular movement. Fry the sev from both sides, or till it becomes crispy. Remove and drain on a tissue paper, and repeat with the remaining dough.
Let them cool completely about 15-20 minutes. They will become crispier, as they cool down. Crush them lightly with your hands. The sev is ready to serve. Store in an air-tight container.
- Carom seeds (ajwain) - 1 tbsp
- Baking soda - ½ tbsp
- Chaat masala - 1 tbsp
- Garlic paste - 3 tbsp
- Gram flour (besan) - 2 cups
- Lemon juice - 2 tbsp
- Oil - 3 tbsp
- Oil for frying
- Pinch of asafetida
- Rice flour - ½ cup
- Salt to taste
- Sev maker machine
- Warm water for dough
- 7-8 black pepper + 8-10 cloves, freshly ground - 1 tbsp
- Add gram flour to a large mixing bowl.
- Add rice flour, salt, soda, chaat masala, carom seeds, ground pepper + cloves and oil. Mix well.
- Add garlic paste, lemon juice and mix well again.
- Now add little warm water at a time and knead into a smooth dough.
- Apply little oil on the dough and make a ball.
- Wrap the dough ball into a plastic wrap, and set aside for 30 minutes.
- Unwrap the ball after 30 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 2-3 pieces, and shape them into thick cylinders.
- Now use your sev maker machine with disk which has large holes.
- Place a dough cylinder in the sev machine and close the lid tightly.
- Heat the oil in a pan on high heat for deep frying the sev.
- When the oil is hot enough, drop a tiny piece of dough in it.
- If it rises immediately, the oil is ready to use.
- Now hold the machine over pan, and twist the handle to drop thick sev (noodles) into hot oil in an even, circular movement.
- Fry the sev from both sides, or till it becomes crispy.
- Remove and drain on a tissue paper, and repeat with the remaining dough.
- Let them cool completely about 15-20 minutes. They will become crispier, as they cool down. Crush them lightly with your hands. The sev is ready to serve.
- Store in an air-tight container.
If you cook this dish, be sure to tag your photo with this hashtag: #mggk
Happy Cooking & Keep Sharing! 🙂
If you are totally into the festive spirit, then you might want to make these sweet treats!