Saturday, January 13, 2007

Deepavali Sweets: Mithai

OK, I am posting something totally out of the occasion. I know it's not Deepavali. I thought I would dig out something that many of you have not seen before.

Deepavali Sweets. This box was given by a Indian Prof at my workplace. Previous years he gave some which I think was imported from India, they were too sweet for our liking. This box he gave is Singapore-made/company, thus fits into Singapura Daily Makan ;-)


Mithai is Tamil for sweets and snacks. Wikipedia it to know more.



This box came from Bombay Cafe. I have never ate there, but by the looks at its website, it seems like a very expensive place.



This is how it looks like when the box is opened. Yes, they have silver on it! We ate silver! They are called Varak, gossamer-thin silver sheets that covers the Mithai.




The next two close up, for you to see the texture, too bad, we do not have technology that enables you to smell or taste it yet. haha..






Hope that's an eye opener for some of you. The taste? It's actually quite nice!! Very green bean-ish for this box. They are not too sweet as well. Well, the next Deepavali season, go down to Little India and get some. Maybe you got to order it, I guess they would be rather expensive with pure silver that you can eat!



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11 comments:

Shilpa said...

Keropok man, I made some recently leh, very easy! http://khao-piyo-mauj-karo.blogspot.com/2007/01/this-i-can-make-it-at-home-for-nut-hing.html

But dunno where to get the silver lah...

tigerfish said...

Indian desserts all VERY VERY sweet.
They even eat silver now? After eat gold, eat silver, what's next ? Platinum or bronze....

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I have had some Indian sweets but unfortunately, they are way too sweet for me. I love their rice pudding with raisins and pistachios.

Melting Wok said...

pls be more descriptive can a not ? like the taste, flavor, what is it made of, tt'd b a killer to the readers, btw, the pix do tells about 999 words hehe :) hey, what's tt silver sheet made of ? is it edible ?

Melting Wok said...

oops, sorry to mention
Ming : that rice pudding is "kheer", I guess we can't run away from the sweet, pekat & tepat condense milk, they use tt to make kheer.

Rasa Malaysia said...

The silver can eat one meh?

Shilpa said...

yah, the silver can be eaten, got not much taste actually, juz don't microwave it, heh heh!!

Keropok Man said...

Shilpa, wow, can i taste some of it? Silver ah, melt some of your jewelry! haha...

Tiger, they have been eating silver since long long ago, I guess it depends how rich they are. The more well to do can afford it.

Ming, yeah they are always too sweet, most prob because traditionally they had to do it as preservatives? This Mithai from Bombay Cafe is not that sweet. phew!

Melting Wok, err, that was Deepavali some time ago, I forgot the taste liao. haha...

Rasa Malaysia, yes, can eat. Eat more if you can afford it. You see how thin the silver pieces are!! And not every piece has it. Shilpa should know :-)

Keropok Man said...

Melting Wok,

Just ask colleague who also had it and had better memory. It was an assortment of different kinds. So, some were very nutty, either pistachio or almonds. And most of them have this condensed milk flavour to it. Not bad, not too sweet for this version, but its an acquired taste.

Melting Wok said...

oooh, nutty and sweet, sweeeettt sensation :) thx for the detailed explaination :)

Viren said...

Wow really good diwali mouth watering sweets photos. I like it. Happy Diwali to you and all readers. As all of know that Diwali is a festival of India. But now a days so many Indians are living in other countries of the world. And Indian people are eagerly waiting for diwali festival because Diwali is a major festival of india. They can not reach India on this festival. so, they celebrate this festival where they lives. Now a days so many non Indians means foreigner people also celebrete this festival with great joy.

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