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Diwali Festival of Lights

 Diwali Festival of Lights

As the end of year fast approaches, so comes the Hindu Diwali festival, or as it's also known, the Festival of Lights. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and the power of knowledge over ignorance, with the main festival night coinciding with the darkest night of October as the new moon rises in the sky.

Seen as a fresh start for many Hindu families, before Diwali night many families renovate and clean their homes. On the night of the new moon, devotees wear their best clothes and light lamps and candles called diyas in and outside of the home to symbolise the light conquering the dark, and pray to the goddess of wealth and prosperity, Lakshmi. Fireworks and a feast follow prayers, and gifts are exchanged between family and friends.

Food is an important part of Diwali, with different dishes served throughout the festival. Sweets play a large part in the festivities, with the gifting of handmade treats a popular custom.  Savoury dishes also play a key part throughout Diwali, and vegetable-based curries, lentil dishes and puri or flatbread are crowd favourites, available from market stalls and street hawkers.

Using Asian Home Gourmet's Indian-inspired spice pastes, you can recreate the Diwali festival in your own kitchen. With a rich blend of flavours, the AHG spice sachets will help take your festivities to the next level. Simply take any of our AHG for Indian spice sachets and add your favourite vegetables. Try adding chickpeas to the AHG for Indian Tikka Masala for a delicious Chickpea Curry, perfect for celebrating with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

JAPANESE CURRY (KARE RAISU)

JAPANESE CURRY (KARE RAISU)

Love sushi but looking to try some different Japanese dishes? Our delicious Japanese Curry (Kare Raisu) is the perfect dish for your next dinner party. As hot or mild as you choose, this recipe combines the Asian Home Gourmet Japanese Curry Spice Paste with potatoes, carrots and beef for a warming curry that is sure to have your guests raving.  

 

Japanese Curry Serves 4

·         1 packet Japanese Curry Spice Paste

·         200 g (7 oz) chicken or beef, cut into bite-sized pieces

·         1 tbsp vegetable oil

·         100 g (3.5 oz) onions, sliced

·         250 g (½ lb) potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces

·         100 g (3.5 oz) carrots, cut into bite-sized pieces

·         2 cups (440 mL) water

·         2 tbsp wheat or corn flour

 

1.     Heat oil in non-stick saucepan on medium heat.  Add onions and meat; stir-fry for 1 minute.

2.     Stir in water, Spice Paste, potatoes and carrots.  Bring to boil and simmer uncovered on medium heat for 15 minutes.  Stir occasionally.

3.     Mix 2 tbsp water with wheat or corn flour.  Stir in and cook for another 5 minutes or until thickened.  Serve hot with rice.

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 Diwali Festival of Lights

Diwali Festival of Lights

As the end of year fast approaches, so comes the Hindu Diwali festival, or as it's also known, the Festival of Lights. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil and the power of knowledge over ignorance, with the main festival night coinciding with the darkest night of October as the new moon rises in the sky.

» Read more

JAPANESE CURRY (KARE RAISU)

JAPANESE CURRY (KARE RAISU)

Love sushi but looking to try some different Japanese dishes? Our delicious Japanese Curry (Kare Raisu) is the perfect dish for your next dinner party. As hot or mild as you choose, this recipe combines the Asian Home Gourmet Japanese Curry Spice Paste with potatoes, carrots and beef for a warming curry that is sure to have your guests raving.

» Read more