If you are expecting a fancy post about the Diwali celebration, as seen in Bollywood movies, I’m sorry that you might get disappointed here. I’m a kind of dumb when it comes to festivals and celebrations. I feel like it doesn’t make any sense to take effort to decorate or (shhh.. waste the money). I usually celebrate Onam at home (once in a year), particularly by making Onam Sadya.
If you are not aware of what Onam Sadya is, here is a picture.
The thought of celebrating Diwali this year was quite spontaneous. When I was about to leave my home in the morning, I noticed my neighbour’s Rangoli and Diyas (small coloured oil lamps). My neighbours are from Andhra Pradesh and, they always have full-fledged Diwali celebrations at their home. My first thought was only to gift them Diwali sweets. But by afternoon, I was craving some Murukku and Moongdal Payasam. I didn’t want to buy the Murukku or Payasam from the store but, wanted to make those myself. I had never made Murukku until then and, so I searched about 15 recipes online. I was excited to go home and cook.
Coming back from the office, we stopped by the Lulu (grocery store) and, bought the sweets to gift my neighbour. We also bought Diyas and other things needed for Murukku and Payasam. As soon as I reached home, I took a quick bath and got dressed up in Desi attire. I lit all the Diyas and then surprised my neighbour with the Sweets (They gave us some home cooked snacks in return).
I did not have any time to waste as I needed to make the Murukku (which was the most difficult one to cook). I found an easy recipe and made the Murukku dough and simultaneously started preparing the Moongdal Payasam.
The Murukku came out notably good and, within half an hour, the Payasam was ready. My Desi dil (heart) was not satisfied enough with the snacks and, I had to cook the main meal. I made some vegetable Pulao using all available vegetables.
Honestly, it took much time to cook everything but, by the end, I was extremely happy and satisfied. I hope the point of all celebrations is to have quality time with your family and make yourself happy. We ate the snacks and, after some time, we had our dinner.
I was immensely proud of myself not only because of the celebration we had but also because of my will to take some effort to make myself happy. Hope you enjoyed the blog post and I would also like to know about the best celebration you had recently. Please write your comments below.