Thursday, October 22, 2009

Diwali in Myanmar

Diwali is also celebrated in Myanmar...

Sharing the eastern border of India, Myanmar has a good number of Hindu populations. Hence most of the Hindu festivals are celebrated here. Diwali is one of them that is celebrated according to the Hindu solar calendar.
The festival day is celebrated by worshiping God. A good number of lights or traditional lamps are lit to illuminate the home inside and outside. Delicious foods are cooked and new garments are worn. Traditional dancing and music follow to mark the occasion. Everyone enjoys the sweets, the lights, the crackers and the enthusiasm to the festival. But there is much more to Diwali than feasting and merrymaking.

Delicacies are:

Moh let saung
(Coconut milk with sago)
l cup sago (sabudana)

4 cups water
¾ cup chopped palm sugar
ice cubes
4 cups coconut milk
1 cup sugar


Wash and soak sago for approximately l hour, drain and put m a large saucepan with 3 cups of the water. Bring to the boil and simmer over a moderate heat until sago grains are clear. Cool and chill. Put palm sugar in a small saucepan with remaining water and heat gently until the cakes of sugar dissolve. Cool and strain the syrup. For each serving, put approximately 4 tablespoons of chilled sago into a tall glass, add 3 tablespoons syrup (or more according to taste) and mix well. Add 2-3 ice cubes and fill up with coconut milk. Stir and serve immediately.

Spiced coconut and sweet potatoes
1 Onion, chopped

3 Garlic Cloves, crushed
2 Large Chillies, finely chopped
1 teasp Ground Turmeric
1 teasp freshly grated Root Ginger
Salt and Black Pepper
1 tbsp Soy Sauce
1 bowl Coconut Milk
1/2bowl Water
1 tbsp Lemon Juice
4-5 Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced


In a pan take a soonfull of oil, put chillies, garlic, ginger, turmeric, onion, and saute for a while.
Then add the soy sauce and salt and pepper.
Now add the coconut milk and little water if needed. Cook for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
Add the sweet potato, mix well and simmer for 20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Put the lemon juice and serve hot.

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