Saturday, November 10, 2007

VeganMoFo 9: Diwali Part 2

How did I manage to miss 4 days of posting? No idea, so I'm trying to catch up today.

I'd like to introduce you to the specialties of Diwali, particularly those related to cuisine.

In our house, you get up early and brush your teeth, and then you get a bit of "Diwali lehiyam," which is basically a special sweet medicine made uniquely for this occasion.

Diwali medicine is often, these days, made from a store-bought powder, but it includes such tasty things as ginger, jaggery (unrefined solid cane juice), peppercorns, cumin, coriander seeds, ajwain, and a certain type of spice called kanda thippili.

Kanda thippili is a relative of long pepper, and is good for body aches and flu.

The whole concoction, however, is a fantastic digestive aid, especially after you have overindulged in holiday sweets and snacks!

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