Traditional sweet making at a school workshop this week on Incredible India - delicious, aromatic and moreish - none left by the end of the day !
Mithai is the Indian word for sweets – you may have heard of some such as Barfi (Burfi), Ladoo and Halwa. A treat for the eyes as much as it is to the taste buds.
Different sweets and deserts originate from different parts of India. Every state of India has its specialty sweets. Bengal is famous for many popular Indian sweets, but perhaps the most popular is Rasgulla. Another example from the different state of the country is Mysore Pak. This sweet dish was invented in the city of Mysore. The list of famous Indian sweets is very long!
From auspicious occasions to festivals (such as Diwali, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Raksha Bandhan, Eid, Onam, Baisakhi) sweets are immensely popular across India and are an important part of Indian celebrations such as weddings, birthdays and parties.
At a school workshop this week we all made Ladoos – round sweet balls which are rolled by hand. This gave the children first hand experience of preparing some Mithai for an Indian celebration. We also spoke about Indian mythology, religion, folk dance and why traditional dance is central to so many festivals and celebrations .... ending a memorable day full of enjoyable shared learning experiences with trying out different types of Indian folk dance together.