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October 13, 2006

Preps for Diwali

Filed under: General — Hema @ 11:06 am

A week’s left and preparations have begun. I have a visit pending to the indian store – besan, udad flour, moong flour…the list is long. A visit to the normal grocery store, fire-works purchase, some new clothes to be bought – there’s lots going on in my mind lately.  My in-laws are visiting and I have made my MIL promise me that she would be steering clear of the stove and I would be handling anything that needs to be done on the stovetop. Of course, the recipes come from the wise and experienced.  You have no idea what it took to get these words out of her – ‘A great achievement’, – my husband says. We have heard from my MIL that her dear husband is a good cook as well, though we have never had the opportunity to taste his creations. Hence, this year my FIL has promised to unveil his recipe for Badam halva. I have offered to be his assistant for the task he undertakes after about 30 years! I have been keeping pretty busy at work and at home. Hence, after a short silence, I will be back with a bang on Diwali day. Till then folks, have fun shopping and preparing for the festival of lights!



  1. Wow… thats sounds interesting…Happy diwali to you an your family— have fun with your MIL and FIL in the Kictchen 🙂 and post the treasured recipes of your family

    Comment by Priya Balabhaskaran — October 13, 2006 @ 12:52 pm

  2. Happy Diwali to all of you! They are lucky to have as a DIL! You are sending the goodies to ‘Jihva’, rt?! I can;t wait! Have fun!
    I will start on Monday!!

    Comment by Asha — October 13, 2006 @ 6:21 pm

  3. Happy diwali to u and ur family hema. I bet it will be fun to cook with ur in laws. Enjoy!!

    Comment by prema — October 15, 2006 @ 12:08 am

  4. Looks like you are going to have a ball!

    Comment by Shankari — October 16, 2006 @ 2:12 am

  5. 😦

    Comment by Saapatu_raman — October 16, 2006 @ 5:45 am

  6. List of bakshanam kanome Hema?

    Comment by oorgay_gulper — October 16, 2006 @ 3:13 pm

  7. @ Priya
    Thanks, will post as many recipes as possible.

    @ Asha
    Happy Diwali to you and your family too and thanks for your kind workds. Actually I they are half as lucky as I am. I will try to send at least a couple to the event. Wow! monday. cant wait to see your post!

    Thanks and same to you and your family too.

    Yes, it is going to be hectic but a lot of fun. I am looking forward to it.

    Enne da? Diwali in solitude this year? Why dont you try your hands at making some bakshanams. that shud cheer u up!

    veetukku va kaataren:)

    Comment by Hema — October 17, 2006 @ 9:40 am

  8. Hi hema,
    Thanks a lot for dropping by my blog and for your interest in cuisine from East of India.
    You have a wonderful blog and I like it how your Deepavali treat is going to be a whole family affair, just like in India.
    Looking forward to your Badam Halva recipe.
    Hoping to make something for JFI-Diwali too but nothing very complicated.

    Comment by sandeepa — October 17, 2006 @ 11:44 am

  9. Bhakshanams??? Time, my dearest… TIME!!!

    Comment by Saapatu_raman — October 17, 2006 @ 4:59 pm

  10. Hi Hema,

    This is the first time I am visiting your blog. Its cool. Have bookmarked some dishes. Will try and soon let you know. I also want your help apart from cooking. I believe you are from Texas. We are moving to Austin,Tx next week. I am 8 months pregnant.can you plz suggest me good hospital near zipcode 78728. Your help will be highly appreciated. Thanks in advance.Wish you and your family a Happy Diwali:)

    Comment by prabha — October 17, 2006 @ 5:08 pm

  11. @Sandeepa,
    Looking forward to see your post for JFI

    Thanks for visiting! I moved to Florida more than 3 years back and am really not familiar with hospitals there. Sorry about not being more helpful. I can ask some people I know in Austin and email you back sometime. Good luck with your pregnancy and take care.
    p.s walnuts are said to be good for the baby’s brain development.

    Comment by Hema — October 18, 2006 @ 11:47 am

  12. Hema, seems like a lot of activities are going on at your end! Enjoy!! 🙂

    Wish you and your family a very Happy Diwali!

    Comment by Chandrika — October 19, 2006 @ 8:36 am

  13. Happy Diwali to you Prema, have fun with the family. Will you be sharing your FIL’s badam halwa recipe with us?

    Comment by Archana — October 19, 2006 @ 10:16 am

  14. Thanks for replying Hema.

    Comment by prabha — October 19, 2006 @ 5:03 pm

  15. Hi Hema,

    Happy and Shubha Deepavali to you and your family!

    Hey, where are the Diwali treats?:) I hope you didn’t forget us amidst all the festival hungama.:)

    Comment by Indira — October 22, 2006 @ 2:46 am

  16. Hey, we are waiting !!!

    Comment by Priya — October 22, 2006 @ 11:13 pm

  17. @Chandrika
    Thanks! Happy diwali to you.

    Yup! will be definitely posting his secret recipe. Its got to be disclosed at some point!

    @Indira, Priya
    Happy Diwali. It has been busy busy busy. Just poasted my entry. Take a look!

    Comment by Hema — October 23, 2006 @ 2:55 pm

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