Like all ancient cuisines, Indian cuisine is rich in tradition and connects intimately with rituals, festivals and other social activities. On the new moon before the special month of Shravan starts, is the celebration of Divyachi Amavasya, or the New Moon of Lamps. On this day, the home’s lamps are cleaned, polished and worshipped. For that evening, they are all replaced with (edible) lamps made of wheat flour in which oil is poured and the lamps are lit. The lamps are easy to make with wheat flour kneaded tightly with some jaggery mixed in water, some cooking soda and salt. The flour is then shaped into lamps with the help of some oil. These lamps are then steamed in order to make them fully edible. An interesting twist to the routine!
© Pravin Masalewale, 2020