Strawberry Mousse or Chocolate Ganache for Diwali Dessert? Sorry, I’m Bringing Besan Ladoo Back

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Strawberry Mousse or Chocolate Ganache for Diwali Dessert? Sorry, I’m Bringing Besan Ladoo Back

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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asterChef Australia is back. It coincides with the festival season and there’s a lot of pressure to wow friends and family with some spectacular dish. After slacking off all summer and most of the monsoon with the excuse, “Garmi hai/baarish hai, market me koi sabzi nahin mili,” Diwali is that time of the year when I am expected to cook – and sometimes, horror of horrors, invite people over as well.

As entertaining as MasterChef Australia is to watch, there are no takers for 15 different ways to eat beetroot and protein in my vegetarian-only family. So I had to turn to the deep, dark web for some recipes. After spending two weeks watching videos of warm caramel sauce falling gently onto a gold-dusted chocolate globe that opens out into a lotus which has a raspberry mousse-filled dark chocolate truffle ball in the centre, and putting on 10 kilos, my husband took me aside and whispered the words that no wife wants to hear: “My mom is coming to stay.”

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