Deepavali Subhakankshalu! Wish you all a very happy and delightful Diwali. Diwali as the name suggests is ' array of lights ' and you see light coming from deeyas in almost every house in India. The day before Diwali is Narakachathurdasi, when the lord Krishna killed the deamon Narakasura. Diwali is also being celebrated for the return of the god Rama after 14 years of exile. It is the festival for the triumph of good over evil. The festival of lights ( diwali ) insists on shedding the darkness of the mind with the light of Gnana( Knowledge )
Diwali takes me to a walk down the cherishable memory lane. I remember this is the one such festival packed with so much excitement for the D day, where we can fire the crackers all night long, relish delicious food, take part in the lakshmi pooja and never forget new clothes and jewelery. I would do anything for those days. I was always a silent spectator when it comes to fireworks (bombs) like lakshmi tapas, vankaya bambulu, rockets, parachutes etc, I would be on the safer side with kakarathulu, chichu buddulu, venna muddalu, nela tapakayalu, paamu billalu, Bhu chakram,Vishnu chakram and my most favorite Aggipettalu. I remember my grandma asking us to lit the diya( lamp) outside the house during the whole month of diwali and recite this sloka for the sandhya deepam( evening lamp).
Deepam sarva tamopaham
Deepena saadhyate sarvam
Sandhya deepam namosthuthe
Usually this would come first in my list when we expect someone for lunch/dinner. Almost everyone who tasted this asked for the recipe and were really surprised to know how easy, delicious and light this was.
1 - 8oz cool whip or home made whipped cream
1 - 20 0z crushed pineapple can in its own juice
1 - 14 oz sweetened condensed milk or milkmaid
A big fistful of almonds( badam )
A big fistful of cashewnuts( kaju )
25 pistachios( pista )
Keep the cool whip whipped cream outside for 20 min until it becomes spreadable. For fresh cream you can avoid this step
In a blender or chopper chop the nuts coarsely and keep aside
Drain the crushed pineapple and keep it aside
In a big bowl mix in whipped cream, condensed milk, pineapple and chopped nuts
Freeze it for 6-8 hours or overnight
Tada! pineapple dessert is ready to serve!!
This pineapple dessert is neither too sweet nor too sour, Its just right.Be generous and Never forget the nuts which add crunch and so much flavor to the dessert. I am gonna make this again for the Diwali potluck this weekend. Hope the magic works again!!
This will be my post for JFS:Diwali hosted by Vee of Past,Present and Me. Also this will be going to WYF: DESSERT hosted by Hima of Snackorama.
Tags: Badam kaju and pista. nuts and cool whip, Deepavali, Diwali, Pineapple Dessert, Sweets