Just writing that has made me so happy and hyper that I can't wait for festival season to start so we can invite all our friends for feasting on the faraal (festival snacks).
For Ganesh Chaturthi, these sweetmeats are always made fresh, ON the day of the festival. It's an absolute joy, to wake up early morning on Ganesh Chaturthi day, take a bath, wear new clothes and get working in the kitchen with all the prayers playing in the background from pendals in different directions.
During Diwali, one doesn't have so much time in the morning to make these fresh, as there are a few pujas happening that day, and everyone is eagerly waiting to burst a lot of fire crackers. So, the week before diwali is a major cooking spree time! All the families make their special mix of festival snacks and are shared with the other family members and friends.
This is one of quickest festival snack recipes. So in case you fall short of the snacks, this is a quick fix.
2 tbsp, crushed
Roughly chop the cashew nuts, wash and dry the raisins. Take 1 tbsp of ghee and fry these dry fruits in it.
Heat 2 tbsp of milk, add saffron strands to it, and set aside.
Heat the remaining ghee in a pan, add the semolina, and roast till its light brown, stirring frequently.
Then add the sugar, mix well, add the milk, the saffron milk and the fried dry fruits to this.
On a low flame, allow the semolina to cook, stirring frequently. The whole mixture should become a little drier than the regular sooji halwa.
Take the pan off the flame and allow it to cool.
Make small balls from the dough and allow to cool.