This week, across the world, many Hindus, Sikhs and Jains have been celebrating Diwali. Diwali is known as the festival of light and marks the beginning of the Indian New Year. The auspicious festival represents the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness.
The joyous occasion represents families coming together to celebrate happiness and prosperity. And this year feels extra special, as families will be reunited after a year of being apart.
If you’ve been celebrating Diwali this week, you’ll have been busy decorating the house with clay lights (diyas) and rangoli patterns, enjoying a feast of colourful and delicious dishes, and exchanging gifts and sweets (mithai) with family and friends.
And here at Slimming World head office, we’ve really loved honouring Diwali. Our sparkling head office was lit up with candles and staff members have been honouring the people who light up their life at work.
As well as this, the talented catering team treated us to an incredible Diwali-inspired spread from our brand-new Ultimate Curry cookbook (on sale in Slimming World groups from 13th November). From the Paneer and pepper shashlik and Railway lamb curry to Gunpowder potatoes and Carrot and onion bhajis – it’s safe to say we were well and truly spoiled!
If you’re celebrating Diwali this year and looking for some inspiration for a festive feast which will still keep you on track with your weight-loss goals, why not try your hand at these light and tasty dishes the whole family will enjoy!
Although the word shashlik is actually Russian, skewers loaded with chunks of marinated food are enjoyed across Asia. Every country and region has its own delicious way of preparing them – Indian versions are sumptuously spiced!
Some say balti is Britain’s very own contribution to the world of curry – while others say it actually comes from Pakistan or northern India. Either way, we think this spice-fest is simply balti-ful!
To everyone celebrating, we’re wishing you a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous and joyful New Year!