D-3: My Indian clothes were sent to me by my sis from India. I was on cloud 9.
D-2: Got permission to set off fireworks outside my apartment. Rushed to the supermarket and got some fireworks! I was excited!
D-1: Altered my clothes to a perfect fit. Made (an experimental) Kalakhand, Chocolate Barfi and Moong Dal Chakli. They turned out perfect. I was elated!
D-'Diwali' Day: Got up early very excited unaware of the nightmare unfolding! I had my mouthful of paste (the usual one intended for brushing teeth - no pun intended), opened the tap, no water. Tried opening all the other taps in the house and still no water! Hubs rushed to store to buy water for washing, but no water for anything else. The whole apartment had no water and we were the unlucky ones to stay home to celebrate Diwali and had to end up with no water even for a quick shower. I was disappointed!!!!
D-Day+16h: Somehow everything worked out and eventually we did have a nice Diwali. We had a wonderful meal with friends who have now become close family for us, set off fireworks and I was so glad it all ended well. I was happy and content!!!Saffron-Pistachio Kalakhand made with Ricotta Cheese
Ricotta Cheese - 4 250g tubs
Condensed milk - 2 Cans
Cardamom Powder - 3tsp
Milk Powder - 4 tsp
Saffron - a pinch
Chopped Pistachios - 50gms
Juice of 1 or 2 Lime
Ghee - 1-2 tbsp
In a heavy bottom non-stick pan mix the ricotta, condensed milk, milk powder,lime juice,saffron, ghee and cook on medium heat till the mixture becomes thick and looks a bit curdled (about 10-15min). It should come of the sides of the pan. Pour this into a greased tin and cut into squares or diamonds. Sprinkle chopped pistachios on top or decorate with silver leaves.
End of Chapter 'D'.