November 5, 2010

Sweet, Sweet Diwali

Happy Diwali everyone! KO Rasoi wishes you all a prosperous year full of laughter, love and light.

This November, KO Rasoi was featured in the Diwali issue of the Urbanite ezine. Namaste to any new readers from Urbanite- you’re presence is much appreciated.Urbanite covers a whole range of exciting subjects from Food and Drink to Health and Education news. It was a huge honour to have been asked to contribute to the magazine by the wonderful Trix of Tasty Trix, cookery editor for Urbanite. Boy does she have an awesome job!

Alongside the Diwali article, I provided a recipe for Urbanite readers for the delicious sweet, Malai Khaja made from homemade paneer. They are pretty little offerings which are perfectly suited to the sparkling ambience of the Diwali festival. Read the full ‘Sparkling Sweets’ article and recipe here.

I submitted some information on Diwali, its history and culinary traditions and some comments on modern Indian cuisine. Trix was very innovative with her approach to nouvelle Indian food, using Indo-Chinese dishes as a basis to her article. Read about her dining experience at Mirchi Wok, Columbia with a few comments from yours truly scattered here and there in her article ‘Shubh Diwali!’

However, I also have a simple little recipe for a lovely Diwali sweet today. They are little bites of heaven, not too sweet and incredibly moreish. It is a variation on the Malai Khaja recipe contributed to Urbanite and so simple that even the kids can get involved in the kitchen!

Tri-Ranga Paneer Burfi

(makes around 16-20 burfis)

3 cups fresh paneer, crumbled. Homemade paneer recipe here
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup ghee
1 tsp cardamom powder
Pinch of saffron


3 food colours of your choice
Oil to grease your tin


1. Heat the ghee in a large non-stick pan. Add the paneer and condensed milk and cook on a medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the mixture resembles dry-ish, crumbly paneer and a little shiny ghee is visible around the mixture.

2. Turn the heat off and add the cardamom and saffron. Divide the mixture into 3 equal portions.

3. Quickly mix in each food colour in to the divided paneer mixtures. It is easier to do this when the mixture is still hot and may require some elbow grease (not literally) to distribute the colours into the mixtures evenly. I advise bribing potential helpers.

4. Grease a medium sized circular, square or rectangular baking tin or burfi tray with some oil (not butter or ghee). I recommend going for a tray that is at least 5cm deep and not too large; perhaps around 6X8 inches. I used two round mini cheesecake pans to cut mine into little triangles, for they are ‘cheese cakes’ after all.

5. Press one colour mixture firmly into the bottom of the tin; compact it in as much as you can. Repeat for the other colours. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to cool in the fridge for a couple of hours.

6. Slice into pieces and watch the smiles light up the faces of your loved ones this Diwali!

Enjoy the rest of your Diwali celebrations. Why not join my Facebook page and tell me how you and your family celebrated?

You can also sign up to the free Urbanite Food and Drink Ezine here

I wish you all a happy new year for tomorrow. Eat, laugh and be merry for this year and many more to come. Sal Mubarak!

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25 responses to “Sweet, Sweet Diwali”

  1. ravienomnoms says:

    this is so much fun!

  2. says:

    it looks so perfect! I couldn't eat it! I prefer watching it! 😛 hehe

  3. Anonymous says:

    Just awesome! What can I say, wishing you a happy
    Diwali & a Prosperous New Year, may you continue to excel in all you do.

  4. Island Vittles says:

    My husband loooves Indian sweets, so I can't wait to make him some homemade! Happy Diwali to you and your family! Theresa

  5. Monsi says:

    Happy Diwali and a Prosperous New Year to you and yours Sanjana! Congrats on the Urbanite feature and hope to see more amazing recipes!

  6. Priya says:

    Woww colourful burfi, happy diwali wishes to u and ur family..

  7. Srimathi says:

    Happy deepavali. I am so happy that you have been given such a wonderful opportunity and have fun doing what you most enjoy doing.

  8. shivani says:

    Congratulations, And also happy diwali to u and your family. Hope this new year will bring more joyous moments in your life. 🙂

  9. <br><br><br><br><br>Dr.Sameena Prathap says:

    Hi Sanjana,

    Happy Diwali to you!!Love the sweet…:)


  10. AshKuku says:

    Kudos on all the celebrations in your life….. That is surely yum & tempting….. Hugs))))


  11. Jaisy James says:

    wow colorful n yummy and loved ur pic also

  12. penny aka jeroxie says:

    happy dawali! 😀

  13. Torviewtoronto says:

    Congrats Sanjana on the articles they look fabulous
    colourful sweets
    happy diwali

  14. briarrose says:

    Lovely. Wonderful color.

  15. Trix says:

    Thank you so much, Sanjana! My Urbanite readers are truly lucky to have had the opportunity to read your wonderful recipe and insights. XOXO!

  16. Vaishali Sharma says:

    Congrats on Top 9 Sanjana! This Burfi looks delicious! Beautiful clicks!! Also congrats for your article being published. Just read it! Great job!
    Happy Diwali! 🙂

  17. Amy says:

    This is beautiful! Congratulations on the top 9! This dessert sounds delicious!

  18. chefpriyanka says:

    Happy Diwali! I love the colors- so representative of the Diwali Festivities! Thank for sharing 🙂

  19. Kimberly Peterson says:

    Happy, happy belated Diwali to you!! I have always loved these sweet things (I never knew what they were called, lol) when I lived in Malaysia and my Indian colleagues would bring some into work. Love that I now have a recipe for this!! Thank you so much!!

  20. Mina Joshi says:

    Happy New Year to you. The barfis look heavenly. Perfect for Diwali or any occassion.

    You may wish to share it by sending it to the event I am hosting at

  21. Turmericnspice says:

    I thought i had left a comment…looks like i was so busy drolling over the barfis…Lol!! love the colors …looks amazing and am sure tastes great

  22. saint bapu says:

    Sanju Congrats on your article.missed you on saturday but wish you a belated Diwali and nutan
    varsha abhinandan.


  23. Rex says:

    Nice info here. Keep us these great posts!

  24. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets says:

    What a really fun treat, Sanjana! Happy (way) belated Diwali!

  25. Priti Patel says:

    winged this recipe by adding desiccated coconut…cuts short cooking time by half

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