Nibbles to fire up the festive nights-The New Indian Express

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By Monish Gujral Published: 27th October 2013 06:00 AM

Candles, lamps and action. Every year we await the festival of lights with enthusiasm and plan weeks and sometimes months in advance for the rounds of parties to celebrate. Yes, the festival which is about good winning over evil, is also a time for optimism. There is a buzz in the markets, businesses appear to be looking up and everyone gets into the mood to party, meeting relatives and friends, exchanging gifts and trying their luck at the gambling table. It is also the time for prayers and rituals, followed by food and feasting.

I remember in our home, my parents would always host a party on the Saturday before Diwali. It was a ritual and friends did not need to be reminded as it was an annual phenomena.
The menu was planned much in advance as friends and relatives arrived, expecting to be served the best that we could offer. But besides the annual party, there were a string of small get-togethers leading up to the actual festival, a feature that is common in other homes too.

Now these gatherings can be small, but they require meticulous planning as well. After all, everyone wants their food to be talked about in the midst of many similar small dos. Keeping that in mind, I am going to share some easy and doable recipes, which, I am sure, will win you praise and approval from your friends.

Milk and chocolate rolls


By Monish Gujral Published: October 27, 2013

  • Cook: 10 mins

By Monish Gujral Published: 27th October 2013 06:00 AM Candles, lamps and action. Every year we await the festival of lights with …



  1. In a heavy bottomed pan , pour condensed milk
  2. Keep stirring continuously on low heat till the milk reduces and becomes like dough
  3. Roll the dough into small balls and keep aside
  4. Now on a flat plate spread the chocolate powder and roll the milk balls on it. Refrigerate and serve chilled.

First chef from India to be invited to Le cordon Bleu to demonstrate in Paris. Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist, Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.

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