Diwali Special: Almond Diyas
This is a traditional dish relished during Diwali.
200 gms almonds, soaked and peeled
120 gms of powdered sugar
a few drops of yellow color
1. Grind the almonds to a very fine paste. Mix sugar and almond paste in a heavy pan.
2. Cook on low flame, stirring continuously. Take care that the paste does not stick to the bottom of the pan. Cook till the paste begins to leave the sides. Remove from the stove and allow to cool till mixture can be handled.
3. Divide the mixture into two equal portions. Add yellow color to half and mix well. Shape into diyas (large, flat teardrop shapes) either freehand or with help of a mold. Fill the center with the yellow mixture, smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Cover the outer surface with silver foil, or decorate as desired. Allow to dry well or refrigerate until well set.