FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Deepavali, also known as the Festival of Lights is celebrated by Hindus all over the world. Little clay lamps are lit on the day to signify triumph over evil. Many Hindus host open houses to friends and family, as they feast on culinary delights and festive treats together.

Here are five easy recipes, giving you more time to mingle and feast with your guests!

CUCUMBER RAITA SALAD
Perfect as a starter, the cucumber raita salad is a refreshing salad that is a perfect accompaniment to basmati or ghee rice. Peel the cucumber, remove the seeds with a teaspoon, then cut into slices. Put the cucumber slices into a bowl. Add onion and tomatoes, coriander and red or green chilies, lime juice, unflavored yoghurt and chopped peanuts.
ROASTED POTATOES WITH SPICES
Tossed with spices, this fiery but delicious roasted potatoes is relatively easy and can be prepared in advance, to save time.

Pan fry potatoes with oil and set aside. Heat some oil on another pan and fry mustard seeds and chilies. Add sliced ginger and garlic. Stir in salt, turmeric and garam masala powder. Add this mixture to the potatoes. Transfer to a baking tray and bake at 400 degree celcius for 40 minutes. Serve with lime wedges.
BOMBAY OMELETTE
A perfect pick me up, or have it as a breakfast option on lazy days! Whisk eggs together (depending on the number of guests you have) until well combined, then whisk in the onion, tomatoes, coriander, chili, turmeric, garam masala and cumin powder.

Put spinach leaves into a bowl, squeeze just enough lemon
to coat, toss together, then leave to one side. Melt butter in a medium non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and ladle in omelette mixture. Swirl the eggs around for 2 minutes, pushing them to the middle and tilting the pan so that all the mixture has a chance to set.

Leave it for a minute, then slip the omelette on to your serving plate. Top with the dressed spinach and fold the omelette in half. This can be served as a dish to accompany your rice or bread.
MANGO LASSI
The perfect thirst quencher, yet reaps in health benefits, Mango Lassi is a favourite during open houses. In a blender combine mango, fresh milk, sugar and yogurt. Blend until smooth. Pour into chilled glasses and garnish with fresh lime slices.
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