Diwali is incomplete without a plate of faral that includes different sweets and savouries. While all the items are definitely mouth watering, it is time-consuming and laborious task to make each item and that too in considerable quantities. But, there is a solution for every dilemma as women’s organisations begun making Diwali farals for sale.
These outfits have an assortment of items ready for you after an advance booking. Yashoda Mahila Mandal in Koparkhairane will also have chocolates for sale this year.
“Chocolates are not traditional faral items, but are loved by everyone and can also be given as gifts for Diwali. So, we will be making dry fruit, groundnut, and biscuit chocolates that are made using both milk and bitter chocolate,” says Dr Rajashree Patil, who has been doing this for 10 years.
She added that among the traditional items that are made, anarse (a sweet made of rice and jaggery) has high demand as it involves complex procedure and takes time to prepare.
Bharatiya Manav Seva Sangh in Vashi has a long list of items such as karanji, besan ladoo, boondi ladoo, moti choor ladoo, chakli, anarse and chivda.
“We set up a stall near the Vashi bus depot four days prior to Diwali with all our items. However, we start preparations about a week before and six women of our self-help group work on making different items. We work for around 4 hours daily and complete all the work on time,” says Sharada Arkhade, president of the organisation.
However, since price rise is a problem that has hit people hard, prices of these items will also see an increase.
“Basic requirements like ghee, sugar, dry coconut, and dry fruits are costly these days. And, so we are forced to up the prices of our products,” adds Arkhade.
But, they all promise good quality and timely delivery of products as that is of paramount importance.
Ujjwala Jadhav, president of Snehabandh Mahila Mandal in Koparkhairane says,“We make the traditional items such as chakli, besan ladoo, chivda and karanji. Around 11 women of our SHG promptly drop in every year to take part in this activity. We start meetings after Navratri itself, deciding on items to be made and their quantities and preparing list of raw materials. The main aim is to help women, try their hand at business and develop their entrepreneurial as well as cooking skills.”