But in the library the other week I found a great book - Festivals of the World - India - and in it was a really easy recipe for Burfi - a simple Indian treat. It's a basic recipe which can be changed around and adapted by using different types of nuts and flours. Because it's so simple it's really easy for children to help with.
500g raw cashew nuts
240ml sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon flour
Put the cashew nuts into a frying pan and cook them over a low heat until they are a golden brown.
Grind the roasted cashews using a blender, or simply crush them with a rolling pin.
Mix together half the ground cashew nuts, the condensed milk and the flour in a saucepan. Cook for a few minutes until it is almost solid.
Grease a baking tray and press in the cashew mixture. Pour the remaining ground cashew nuts over the top and press them down, then cool in the fridge before cutting into squares.
If you are looking for things to do with young children to help them learn about and celebrate Diwali, you might enjoy some of my other Diwali craft and activity posts.
Small Hama bead Rangoli
Diwali salt dough divas
Diwali dyed rice Rangoli
Simple Diwali cards
Large Hama bead Rangoli
Diwali craft and activity round-up