Sunday, 30 October 2016

Shubh Deepavali! Happy Diwali to you all! Gluten-Free and Vegan Diwali Treat. Sending Love and Light

Shubh Deepavali!  Happy Diwali to you all!! 

The Carefree Baker is excited to share with you a lovely recipe that will hopefully add some joy to your celebrations today.

But what is Diwali? 

Unlike other religious dates, Diwali does not fall on the same date each year. Instead, the timing of the festival is calculated according to the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar.  This year, Diwali will fall on Sunday October 30.

Diwali is one of the most significant festivals in the Indian culture. Diwali is one of the most significant festivals in the Indian culture. Known as the 'festival of lights', the date is celebrated every year in the autumn in the northern hemisphere, and spring in the southern hemisphere. It is particularly associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the financial year in India and is celebrated by Hindu’s, Sikh’s and Jains all over the world.

One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. The word ‘Diwali’ means rows of lighted lamps and it is known as the 'festival of lights' because houses and shops are decorated with candles and colourful lights during the week. 

How is Diwali celebrated?

Lights, lamps, music, food, decorations will all be a major part of this week’s festivities, with thousands attending Diwali lights switch-on events around the country.  Those celebrating the festival also light traditional earthen candles called diyas and decorate their houses with colourful rangoli artworks - patterns created on the floor using coloured rice or powder. Families will also share Indian sweets and gifts, as well as giving food, money and goods to those in need. During Diwali, it is also traditional for families to clean their homes in honour of the new season, as well as wearing new clothes during the five-day celebration.

So, to honour this wonderful and colourful festival I have decided to dedicate this cake-eating post to all my Hindu, Sikh and Jain friends and send love and light to all of you with my Diwali take on a pancake.

These simple pancakes are normally deep-fried, soaked in sugar syrup and served with thick, sweet milky desserts.

Fennel and Cardamom Diwali Pancakes


80g/2¾oz plain gluten-free flour, sifted
70g/2½oz caster sugar
2 tbsp vegan milk powder (I used gluten-free coconut milk powder by the Coconut Company)
140ml/5fl oz dairy free milk
1 brown cardamom pod, seeds removed and ground to a powder in a pestle and mortar
1½ tsp fennel seeds, ground to a powder in a pestle and mortar
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp dairy-free margarine, melted
4 tbsp vegetable oil, for frying


Mix together the flour, sugar, powdered and whole milk, spices, salt and melted margarine in a bowl. Leave to rest for ten minutes.

Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and drop small tablespoons of the batter into the pan.

Fry over a moderate heat for about 1-2 minutes, turning once, until golden on both sides.

Remove from the pan and drain on kitchen paper. Serve while still slightly warm with a large chilled glass of your favourite lassi, milkshake or smoothie.

Whatever you are doing today, I hope you have an awesome Sunday.  Love and light to you all!



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