Mamma Spice in The Independent talking Diwali celebrations

Mamma Spice in The Independent talking Diwali celebrations

Posted on: Nov 18, 2021

Diwali celebrations were a little different this year, for many who were able to embrace the festival in post-pandemic style! Sadly, for Mamma Spice it was still a quiet one due to concerns around COVID, but nonetheless, she still managed to cook up a storm and share some gorgeous treats with her family. Lucky us! 

‘It’s a time to be joyous’: How people are celebrating Diwali without restrictions

Mamma Spice spoke to The Independent and here's what they had to say: 

Shashi Aggarwal, 70, and her husband will not be spending Diwali with their children and extended family due to concerns about the spread of Covid-19. Instead, she will send food parcels to her children and grandchildren. These will include South Asian sweets, called “mithai” – the sharing of which is an important aspect of Diwali.

“I’m doing all my normal Indian sweets which I normally cook every year,” she says. The star of her parcels will be Gulab Jamun, a round, milk-based sweet which is soaked in a fragrant syrup flavoured with rose water and cardamom. “If there’s one thing, I am really good at, and I’m famous for, it’s my Gulab Jamun,” she says proudly. “And I do savoury as well, like Bombay mix, and a mix of toasted nuts,” she adds.

It will be the second year in a row that Shashi will be having a quiet celebration at home. Before the pandemic, 15 different families would come together at a designated home, where each party would bring a different dish to feast on before a large firework display took place in the garden. This year, she will spend the day decorating her home with fresh flowers and making a Rangoli, an artful decoration created at the entrance of the house which signifies good luck and prosperity.

Click here to read the article in full on The Independent website. 

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