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This auspicious day is celebrated amongst Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs all over the world.
It's an important day for many reasons. Aside from the colorful decorations, sparklers, brightly lit diyas (ornament candles) and the quintessential sweets, the celebration of Diwali goes far deeper.
It's a time when good triumphs over evil, where the dormant become enlightened and where Love for all reigns supreme.
In sanskrit Diwali means rows of lighted lamps. The reasons why diyas are lit vary for the different faiths in India.
How Indians Celebrate
- In North India, Diwali marks the return of the Hindu Lord Rama as he comes back home to Ayodhya after defeating the Lord Ravana. The lighted lamps represent a path for his way home and it's also symbolic of good over evil.
- In South India, it's when Lord Krishna defeats the demon Lord Narakasur and represent the same concept of good over evil as the North.
- In Jainism, it marks the nirvana or spiritual awakening of Lord Mahavira.
- In Sikhism it marks the day that Guru Hargobind Ji, the Sixth Sikh Guru was freed from imprisonment.
No matter how you celebrate, Diwali is a time to get together with loved ones and bring in the New Year with a clean slate.
We at Bharat Bazar would like to wish you all a Happy and safe Diwali!
Delicious sweets, an array of beautiful colors, brightly lit sparkles and endless smiles from loved ones. This is what Diwali represents. It's a time for friends and family to get together. It's a time to wish others happiness and success in the upcoming year. It's a time to acknowledge our past woes for what they were and know that the future is upon us with a clean slate.
It's a very special time.
Diwali is celebrated by Sikhs, Hindu's and and Jains all over the world. In India the auspicious day is so extravagant with light shows to match, that you can literally see the celebrations via satellite.
Diwali is the Indian version of Christmas and New Years wrapped into one, so it has to be rather Grandiose!
At Bharat Bazar we understand the importance of Diwali and prepare months in advance for what our customers need and desire during this time.
Whether it's handcrafted tasty sweets, colorful decorations, sparklers for children or any of the cultural essentials to make our tradition and customs stand out, we have it for you!
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Tamatar Ki Chutney or Tomato Chutney is an extremely easy dish to cook. It's a great indian vegetarian recipe to know when you are stretched for time. It's full of vibrant colors, spices and flavors. It's a simple dish of tomatoes that transforms into a delicacy that has been enjoyed by Indian families for a long time.
Check out the recipe below. Remember, all ingredients and spices can be found at our Bharat Bazar Locations in Fremont, Union City and Sunnyvale.
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Check out the video below on how to make Tamatar Ki Chutney
Ingredients for Tomato Chutney
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. of cumin seeds
- 1/2 tsp. of fenugreek seeds
- 1/2 tsp. of mustard seeds
- 5-7 curry leaves
- 3 tsp. of garlic paste
- 1/2 onion (diced)
- 2-3 thai chillies (depending on spice tolerance)
- 1/2 tsp. of salt
- cilantro and red onion to garnish (optional)
- Heat pan on medium to high heat and add olive oil, cumin, fenugreek and mustard seeds. Let cook for 30-45 seconds.
- Add curry leaves, garlic paste, onion and thai chillies. Mix and let cook for 2-3 minutes
- Add in tomatoes and mix all ingredients for about 30 seconds.
- Cook for about 7-10 minutes on medium height.
- Serve with sliced red onion and fresh cilantro as garnish to finish the dish
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