Whether the sweets and savouries made in your house or bought for this deepavaliNormally in those days the sweets and savouries for the festivals especially for Deepavali are prepared in houses by house ladies.
In villages two or three house ladies collectively prepare them with small planning and share themselves.
In our house as the number of members are high my mother and aunt prepare everything even before three to four days before the festival.
In South India, there is a practice of preparing a medicinal paste called Lehyam for Deepavali festival. After having oil bath and wearing new dress the eldest person of the house offer the lehyam first to all persons and then only everybody sat round and share the sweets and savouries.
Nowadays since the number of persons are less and house ladies are engaged themselves with their office work, many of us bought everything from shop or some contract sweet preparing persons. As for as the lehyam also we get from the country medicine shops of our area in readymade as powder and by mixing the same with water and ghee we can prepare lehyam. In some places we get the lehyam itself in a prepared manner.
This lehyam is made of dry ginger. pepper, ajwain, dried long pepper, dried long pepper root, Thai ginger, cumin seeds, jaggery powder. Initially we have to soak all the above in water for two hours and grind them, after draining the water, into a good paste level with some water. By heating gingely oil, ghee in a pan we can add the paste grinded above and make stirring to a good level of paste in low flame. When came into a good condition we can switch off the stove and by adding small unit of honey in the mix and can get transferred into a good dried jar or bottle which can be used for more days without touching wet hand/spoon.
This is a high medicine for all type of stomach disorders.