Yesterday evening at around 7.30 P.M I finished my Diwali dishes preparation. Yes I go a little overboard while cooking Diwali dishes; I don’t know why, but maybe to emulate my mom and grandma who used to make a lot of sweets. I loved to at just eat at that time and never realized how difficult it is to make all those dishes. I didn’t learn any cooking from mom or grandma and only watched them, now I make dishes mainly from memories, and also asking to dad how it is made. I won’t make any comprise when comes to traditional dishes. If it uses ghee I will add ghee, my belief that if you alter it, it won’t taste like what it should be, that is my belief. This Thenkuzhal is an easy snack made during Deepavali/Diwali. However it is also available during other season too.
This is a simple recipe made with rice flour and moong dal flour, cumin and salt. Made everything into a smooth dough, then squeezed through a mold to form a concentric circle and later it is fried in the medium hot oil, until it is golden brown in color. It is crispy snack goes well with your coffee or tea. We make this thenkuzal for marriage and other functions too. Even though literal meaning says as honey tube it is a savory dish. We Indians like fried goodies and sweets a lot.
While experimenting with my thenkuzhal I learned a lesson that peanut oil is good for frying. I have canola oil which I add to the dough but I like to fry with peanut oil, as it has high flash point, and it maintain the temperature very well. So I am going to use peanut oil for frying part
After finishing this Diwali treat I need to make something for Halloween, yes my princess is excited to take part in trick treat. I am not taking them trick or treating, she will distribute the candies.
Hope those who celebrating Diwali have a wonderful and safe one. Only problem I found in India is noise pollution from the crackers, hope this time it is better.
Wishing all my friends a Happy and prosperous Diwali, May this festival of lights brings all the happiness you look forward too.
Make this delicious snack if you get time, it is really addictive, here comes the recipe.
This is Swathi ( Dr. Ambujom Saraswathy Ph.D) from Zesty South Indian Kitchen who loves to explore cuisines from all over the world. Whenever possible I try to to give an Indian touch to several of the world cuisine, and has weakness for freshly baked bread. All the recipes you see here are created by me and approved after taste-test by my family.