Sweet potato, ladoo and barfi cakes

Diwali (c) anshu18 shutterstock

Diwali (c) anshu18 shutterstock

Diwali (c) anshu18 shutterstock

I had the chance to be at theMauritius for Diwalithe festival of lights. This Hindu religious festival commemorates the return of the god Rama and his wife Sita, in their capital, Ayodhya, which he reconquered from the demon Ravana. Diwali (or Divali or Dipavali), which means “row of lights”, recalls the path of lamps made to Rama by the inhabitants of Ayodhya to illuminate his return. (source: Wikipedia)

On this occasion, the houses are decorated a bit like at Christmas. The low-voltage electric garlands have for many replaced the traditional terracotta lamps, but the illuminated houses are still very beautiful as in Triolet on the evening of November 11th.

Fête de Diwali à Triolet - Ile Maurice ©Denis Lacour

Diwali Festival in Triolet – Mauritius ©Denis Lacour – With his kind permission.

I spent this evening with Veeren who works at the Hotel Récif. As part of his job, he regularly receives hotel guests in his house for a dinner experience with a Mauritian family. They love to meet tourists from elsewhere. It was magical to share these festive moments with him, his wife and his two children.  A huge thank you to them.

Diwali chez Veeren

Diwali at Veeren

For the recipes, Leena helped me. I met her during the week at the Ravenala Hotel where she works in e-marketing. She was great, knowing many recipes by heart. Icing on the cake, Leena having lived in France, knew what we could find (or not) here and so was able to give me equivalents when needed.

Leena

Leena

Here are the recipes realized :

Gâteaux de Divali

Divali Cakes

Just click on the titles to discover the recipes.

The bonus The sunset seen from the Pointe aux piments (beach of the hotel Recif).

Coucher de soleil - Recif Attitude

Sunset – Recif Attitude

Enjoy!

 

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