A survey has revealed that Gurgaon tops the list of traditional sweets’ consumers and their most favourite is “moong dal halwa”.

 

Food ordering portal Foodpanda.in recently conducted a survey across the country and the findings reveal the sweets consumption preferences during the month of October as compared to other months.

 

 

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While Gurgaon takes the lead when it comes to traditional sweets, it is followed by Delhi, Pune and Bangalore.

 

Moong dal halwa emerges as the favourite sweet of Gurgaon customers followed by gulab jamun and kheer.Hmm, mouth started watering? :D

 

What is your favorite sweet?

Moong Dal Halwa

Gulab Jamun

Kheer

 

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“Any festival is incomplete without sweets. Especially during the festival of Diwali, people make merry by indulging in a variegated spread of sweet delights, be it traditional or western,” Rohit Chadda, managing director and founder of Foodpanda.in, said in a statement.

 

 

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Overall sweet consumption is, however, highest in Bangalore, followed by Mumbai, Delhi and Gurgaon.

 

Before leaving – would like to share with you the recipe for “moong dal halwa”.

 

Many people take hours for frying dal for the halwa but this is a very quick & easy recipe.

 

Take 1 cup dholi hui moong dal (yellow dal). Soak it in luke warm water for 3-4 hours. After 4 hours you’ll be able to break it.

 

Coarsely grind it in a blender with practically nil or very little water.

 

Take a muslin cloth, squeeze out the extra water out of the coarsely ground yellow moong dal paste. Separate it with a spoon in a plate.

 

Take a heavy bottom pan, put 1 cup ghee or clarified butter and add dal paste.

 

Cook this for 10 – 12 minutes on a very slow flame, till it becomes golden brown. It might get slightly burnt on sides but no problem.

 

Next add 1 cup milk & 1 cup water, mix well. (Note: I did not throw the squeezed out water rather added it at this stage) :D

 

Now add 1 cup sugar. Keep stirring ocassionally.

 

Cover it & let it cook on a very very slow flame.

 

Garnish it with dry fruits, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder & saffron.

 

Your moong dal halwa is ready but do remember your gas is very very slow.

 

Here’s the video of moong dal sheera or halwa by Late Tarla Dalal.

 

Believe me, I have tried this recipe many times. Follow all the instructions carefully, the halwa comes out really well.

 

 

 

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buzzintown on October 22nd, 2014

We all celebrate Diwali with great fervor and gaiety year after year. But do we know the reason other than Lord Rama, Lakshman and Sita returning to Ayodhya from 14 years of rigorous exile after defeating the demon King Ravana?  There are various other legends for the origin of Deepawali.

 

Lets discover the history of Diwali today!

 

Diwali also marks the celebration of the marriage of Goddess of wealth and opulence, Lakshmi with Lord Vishnu.

 

• Whereas in Bengal the Deepavali festival is dedicated to the worship of Mother Kali , the dark Goddess of strength.

 

• In Jainism, Lord Mahavira attained the eternal bliss of nirvana on this day hence Deepavali has an added significance.

 

Deepawali also observes the return of Lord Rama along with Sita and Lakshman from his fourteen year long exile and conquering the demon-king Ravana.

 

• Sikhs celebrate Deepawali because it celebrates the release of the sixth guru, Guru Hargobind and 52 other princes with him from the prison of Emperor Jahangir in 1619.

 

Five day celebrations of the festival of lights:

 

 

Happy Diwali

 

 

Day 1: Dhanteras

Dhan Theras – The first day of Deepawali is also called Dhanwantari Triodasi.

 

On this day, Lord Dhanwantari came out of the ocean with Ayurvedic medicine for mankind. This day marks the beginning of Deepawali celebrations.

 

 

Dhanteras

 

 

Day 2: Chhoti Deepawali


Chhoti Deepawali – The second day of Deepawali is also called Narak Chaturdasi.

 

On this day Lord Krishna destroyed the demon Narakasur and made the world free from fear. People generally prefer to clean their house and bedeck it for the next day Diwali celebrations.

 

 

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Day 3: Lakshmi Puja

Deepawali – the third day of the celebration is the day when Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped to achieve the blessings for wealth and prosperity and good over evil.

 

 

Lakshmi Puja

 

 

Day 4: Padwa & Govardhan Puja

Govardhan Puja – the fourth day is also called Kartika Shudda Padyami – is a spiritual harvest festival.

 

Thousands of years ago, Lord Krishna made the people of Vrindavan to perform Govardhan Puja. From then on, every year Hindus worship Govardhan to honour that first puja.

 

Bali Maharaja was defeated on this day by Lord Krishna’s dwarf brahmana incarnation, Vamanadeva. On Kartika Shudda Padyami that Bali steps out of hell and rules the earth according to the boon given by Lord Vishnu to light millions of lamps to dispel the darkness and ignorance, and spread the radiance of love and wisdom.

 

 

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Day 5: Bhai Dooj

Bhaiya Dooj – the fifth day of the celebration – also called Yama Dvitiya is normally two days after Diwali day, dedicated to sisters.

 

In the Vedic era, Yama (Yamraj, the Lord of death) visited his sister Yamuna on this day and gave a Vardhan (a boon) that whosoever visits her on this day shall be liberated from all sins. From then on, brothers visit their sisters on this day to enquire of their welfare.

 

 

Bhai Duj

 

 

Wishing you all a very Happy & Safe Deepavali!

 

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buzzintown on October 22nd, 2014

Named after Lord of Connaught, the Georgian and concentric Connaught Place is where the heart of Delhi really lies! The Lord himself would have been mighty pleased to see that CP is home to some of the best bars and pubs in the Capital city, and had he been around, he would have said “Oh! Blimey, the natives can knock down quite a pinta’ ale aye?”

 

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Ssky Bar & Lounge on the 25th floor, offers a panoramic 360 degree view of the capital. When it comes to swirling the best poisons in town, it wins hands down! Go for the Grey goose l’orange, Angostura white rum, Hennessey VS or funky tequila shots!

 

 

Ssky Bar & Lounge

 

Kitty Su is all about dancing, electronic music, DJs and heady cocktails! It boasts of a funky décor, multiple bars and a spacious dance floor. It’s the only bar or pub to have made it to the DJ Mag’s Top 100 Clubs of the world!

 

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Rodeo is popular for its attitude, Happy Hours (3.30-7.30 PM) and its awesome Mexican cuisine. This oldest surviving bar in Connaught Place (CP), Delhi stirs up some of the best cocktails and martinis in town: Cactus Bite, Sunburn, Margaritas by the pitcher or try the Michelada: Mexican style of knocking down beer in salt-rimmed glasses!

 

 

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Knight Rider at Castle 9 takes you back to the seventies: psychedelic pop art, Rock n Roll fashioned DJ console and mood lighting. It’s the hottest spot for some lively music whether rock, pop or house music! Lace it with their innovative cocktails and you have a winner!

 

 

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My Bar Lounge is the new restobar in CP.This cool hangout for Delhi’s swish set sprawls across 10000 sq ft with a dance floor and hookah lounge. This “spirited” lounge offers good music, great grub and the best Mai-Tais and Capriosikas in town!

 

 

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If you’re looking for the perfect dining experience by the poolside and a good range of alcohol then head to Aqua. Savour cigara boregi or a mezze platter as you head for Nirvana with their signature cocktails: Aqua Spice, Moksha, Ananda, Chakra etc.

 

 

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Monkey Bar offers great ambience, an innovative menu, super burgers and potent in-house mixes! Go for “pandi curry and pita” or Goan chorizo! Pair the fusion cuisine with a heady mix of Shazia Imlli, Fatafat or knockout tequila shots!

 

 

monkey bar

 

 

Which of these above mentioned bar or pub you have visited and loved it? Do share with us in the comments section below – or is it any other lounge?

 

 

 

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