Hindu Celebrations

burning oil lamp on a rangoli

burning oil lamp on a rangoli

Hinduism originated in the Indus Valley around about 2500 to 1500 B.C. It is the oldest major religion and the worlds third largest in terms of practitioners. Hinduism sprang from the merging of the local population and the invading Aryans. The chief divinities are Vishnu and Shiva.

Dharma refers to the the appropriate Hindu behavior and the path to rebirth. Their karma, their deeds, will determine their cycle of rebirth. Chanting mantras and offering gifts is believe to summons gods. Hindus often go on pilgrimages to sacred sites.

Approximately one billion people in India are Hindu and there are about 30 million in the Hindu diaspora.

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Gajar Halva

6 medium carrots, coarsely grated 1 quart milk 1 cup light cream 1 cup dark brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon dark molasses 1-1/2 cups blanched, ground almonds 1/4 cup butter 1/2 teaspoon crushed cardamom seeds 1/4 cup toasted pistachios 1/4 cup slivered, toasted almonds Bring carrots, milk and cream to a boil [...]

Sweet Rice

2 tablespoons ghee, divided handful of cashews 1 cup shredded coconut 1 cup basmati rice 1 cup milk pinch of salt 1 to 1-1/2 cups sugar 1/4 cup water 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom drop red food color Soak rice for an hour in water. Drain. Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of ghee on a saute pan. [...]

Gobi Dal

Lentils with Cauliflower 1/2 cup butter 1 medium onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons black pepper 1/2 tablespoon cumin 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander 2 teaspoons turmeric 1/2 pound Masoor Dal (pink lentils), rinsed & drained juice of 1/2 lemon 1 head cauliflower, cut into small flowerets 2-1/2 cups chicken [...]

Chicken Tikka

1-1/2 pounds chicken bread, skinned and cubed short skewers 2/3 cups plain yogurt 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 teaspoon ground coriander salt to taste 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 tablespoons vegetable oil lime slices Thread chicken onto skewers. Place into a shallow baking dish. Combine yogurt, ginger, [...]


makes about 40 1-1/2 cups milk powder 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom 2 tablespoons butter, room temperature butter pistachios for garnish,optional Combine milk powder, condensed milk, cardamom, and butter in a large microwavable bowl. Microwave one minute, then stir. Do this 4 or so more times until the mixture is dough-like. Butter [...]


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