East Midlands Food

East Midlands Food

Food and festivals…

It’s difficult to think of any festival that is celebrated without food playing an important part – whether eating traditional foods on particular occasions, sharing a meal to celebrate or after a period of fasting, or giving food as a gift. Lots of sweets or mithai will be given as presents for Divali, the festival of lights celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains, which falls on 5 November this year, including:

  • barfi – made from thickened milk and sugar mixed with pistachio nuts or grated coconut
  • besan ladoo – gram flour (made from chickpeas), sugar and cardamom, rolled into balls
  • ghigra – crescent-shaped pastry filled with a mixture of semolina, flour, nuts, raisins, coconut and spices
  • gulab jaman – balls of thickened milk, butter and flour, flavoured with rose water and cardamom seeds, deep fried and soaked in syrup

You will find lots of recipes for these and other sweets on the Internet – have a look at the blog at http://www.top-indian-recipes.com/blog/celebrate-with-diwali-sweet-recipes/ for instance, and forget about the calories for once.

 
 

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A research project that looked at various aspects of food in the East Midlands, linking them with museum displays and objects in the region, and making the results available to as many people as possible in different formats.

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