Happy Diwali 2017

Diwali Centerpiece

Wishing everyone a happy Diwali.

Our good friends Topi and Andy invited us to celebrate Diwali last weekend. They cooked an abundance of delicious food. The photos that I took with my phone don’t do justice to their beautiful cuisine, but this celebratory bounty is worth sharing.

Diwali is the five-day Festival of Lights and is one of the most significant festivals in the Indian culture. Marked by a profusion of lights, the festival signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. I think that we all hope for such victories in these times.

Diwali Gods

The festival falls at a time that many of us celebrate the harvest. There’s no better way to celebrate than with food and friends. Topi is an amazing cook and Andy is a sous chef super star (and a good cook in his own right). The spices and flavor combinations were amazing. I don’t have all of the ingredients. I was too busy eating to take notes.

On to the food…

Cauliflower from Diwali Celebration

Cauliflower fresh from the oven.

Beans from Diwali Celebration

A medley of beans.

Fish from Diwali Celebration

Fish with tomatoes, onions, cashews and wonderful spices.

Lamb from Diwali Celebration

Lamb with a mouth-watering curry sauce.

Squash from Diwali Celebration

Butternut squash. The dish to the left contained spicy pickles for those who needed more hot!

Eggpant from Diwali Celebration

Eggplant. Terrible photo, but trust me, this dish was amazing!

Chicken from Diwali Celebration

Chicken with great flavor and tenderness. Mmmm. We took some chicken and squash home and had them for dinner one night this week. After all, Diwali celebrations last for several days.

Rice from Diwali Celebration

Aromatic rice.

Yogurt Dish from Diwali Celebration

A yogurt dish to cool the palette after spicy bites.

Topi suggested that we make this an annual tradition. Yes please!

Thank you so much Topi and Andy. Happy Diwali to you.

The Guardian has some great images of Diwali 2017 celebrations.

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