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Best Diwali Recipes


Learn all about Diwali, the festival of lights, and all of the delicious foods enjoyed by millions of people all over the world! We have the Best Diwali Recipes here for you.

Diwali Infographic

 

Diwali, the festival of lights, is one of the most popular festivals in Indian culture. Millions of people attend fireworks, prayers, and feasts across the world every autumn, according to The Independent. 

This festival is celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains as the triumph of light over darkness, which is a metaphor for good winning over evil. While it’s celebrated a little differently across various regions, that one main idea is one that remains the same. 

Delicious Diwali Food:

During these iconic celebrations, and perhaps almost as famous as the lights themselves, the food shared is an important tradition between family and friends.

While the food eaten during Diwali varies, the most popular traditional foods include snacks, fasting food, and sweet treats! Overall, Diwali is best known for the sweets. Here are some ideas for you to celebrate Diwali at home!

Diwali Snacks:

Diwali-Snacks

Snacks eaten during Diwali and definitely vary across the world, but they can be savory or sweet! They’re usually easy to eat, especially at festivals so they can be taken on the go. It’s customary to eat either vegan or vegetarian during Diwali, so there are plenty of plant-based options to go around! 

 

Potato Quinoa Patties with Chickpeas

These patties are vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, and an amazing savory option to celebrate Diwali. The ingredients are simple, so you’ll be able to find them mostly anywhere!

Savory Oats Poha 

 

If you’re looking for a snack in the morning, this Oats Poha is the way to go! It’s made with rice flakes, veggies, and spices and is very easy to put together.

 

Batata Vada

 

These potato-stuffed pastries are best served hot and a perfect snack for Diwali. These take about 45 minutes to put together, so make sure you give yourself enough time when cooking. 

 

Thattai 

 

These crackers are a popular snack choice for Diwali because they’re homemade, crunchy, and pair well with hummus or other veggie-based dips. 

 

Murukku

 

It wouldn’t be Diwali without Murukku! These deep-fried snacks are made with rice flour and dal flour. They make an amazing presentation for your table!

 

Vegetarian Shammi Kabab

 

These veggie kababs are made with black chana and are so good, you won’t even miss the fact that they’re not meat! 

 

Wheat Nankhatai

 

Nankhatai is basically a fancy way of saying Indian shortbread cookies! They only take 5 minutes to prep and 25 minutes to cook, making this an easy recipe for Diwali first-timers. 

 

Namak Paare

 

These make amazing tea time snacks or anytime snacks during Diwali! They’re crispy and fried and take hardly any time at all to prepare. 

 

Bun Samosa

 

Pop some of Sukhi’s vegetarian Samosas in a bun to make the Samosa sandwich you never knew you needed! 

 

Quinoa Chivda Savory Cereal Granola

 

In keeping with the savory tradition, we introduce to you this savory cereal snack. Made with puffed quinoa, brown Rice Krispies, cashews, walnuts, cranberries, and raisins, this mix is sure to curb your hunger.

Diwali Faral/Vrat ka Khana (fasting food)

Diwali-Vrat-Food

Due to tradition, it’s common for those celebrating to fast for four to nine days prior to Diwali. Diwali Faral is a collection of snacks that are offered to guests who visit during Diwali or given to neighbors. If you’re one of those fasting or following a restricted diet during this time, this is for you! These foods are all made without meat, eggs, onion, garlic, or grains. 

 

Singhade Ki Kadhi 

 

This recipe is made with water chestnuts and tempered with a red chili and curry leaf mix. Perfect for fasting! 

 

Vrat Wale Dahi Aloo

 

As the name suggests, this meal is made with boiled potatoes and cooked with curd, making it a quick and easy meal in under 30 minutes! 

 

Lauki Barfi

 

Made with bottle gourd, many people eat this snack during fasting because of its approved ingredients. In this case, it’s recommended that you avoid store-bought khoya since it might have preservatives or additives. 

 

Dahi Sabudana

 

This recipe is quick and made with sabudana, yogurt, crushed peanuts, and is spiced with green chilies.

 

Sweet Potato Sabzi

 

This veggie dish is made from sweet potatoes, peanuts, sesame seeds, and dry coconut, making it a nutritious alternative for fasting.

 

Suran Khichdi

 

Suran Khichdi is a hearty recipe, made up of grated elephant yam and peanuts. A great dish if you enjoy a nuttier flavor. 

 

Arbi Ke Kebab 

 

This kabab is made from roots, believe it or not! Flavored with ginger, chilies, and coriander, this flavorful dish is amazing if you’re fasting for Diwali. 

 

Sabudana Pulav

 

This version of Sabudana is made with peanuts for extra protein! It’s also made with potatoes, chilies, and lemon juice.

 

Cucumber Potato Peanut Salad 

 

A fresh take on potato salad, this dish has cucumber and peanuts and is served up with lemon dressing for a bright and spritzy flavoring. 

 

Sabudana Khichdi 

 

This dish is a little more advanced, but delicious and worth the extra bit of work! 

Diwali Sweets:

Diwali Sweets with diyas

Sweets are a staple during Diwali! These treats are typically prepared ahead of time by the women of each household and are shared amongst family and friends. From fudge to ladoo, there is something on this list to cure every sweet tooth during Diwali! 

 

Kheer 

 

Rice pudding is a super popular dessert to serve during Diwali. This recipe makes it super easy, using an Instant Pot. 

 

Gulab Jamun 

 

This classic Indian treat is made with khoya, sugar, rose syrup, and cardamom powder so you can enjoy during the festival season. 

 

Shankarpali

 

You’ll likely find these diamond-shaped biscuits everywhere during Diwali! They make a great snack to munch on and is nice and crispy. 

 

Kaju Katli

 

These sweet treats are thin and smooth and made from cashews!

 

Gulkand Rabri

 

For this dessert, you’ll need only a few ingredients like thickened milk, sugar, rose syrup/petals, and crushed pistachios. 

 

Chana Dal Burfi Split Chickpea Fudge

 

We know the words split chickpea and fudge don’t sound like they go together, but we promise they do!

 

Malai Chum Chum

 

Malai Chum Chum is a standard treat for Diwali and has a texture that’s similar to rasgullas and is wonderfully rich thanks to the malai and stuffing inside.

 

Instant Coconut Ladoo

 

Coconut Ladoo, but instant! This recipe makes it super easy to make treats for the festival of lights. 

 

Bengali Sandesh

 

Indian milk fudge is a popular choice for sweets during Diwali and these ones are pretty and easy to make with only three ingredients!

 

Gulabi Kalakand Rose-Flavored Ricotta

 

You’ll notice quite a few rose-flavored recipes, and it’s for a good reason. This rose-flavored ricotta will have you wishing you didn’t have to share with your neighbors!

 

If you’re looking for some quick and easy alternatives to pick up from the grocery store, try one of our Diwali-approved treats:

 

Roasted Tomato Curry 

Sukhi's Roasted Tomato Curry

 

 

Lemon Rice

Sukhi's lemon Rice

 

 

Potato Samosas

Sukhi's Potato Samosa

 

 

Veggie Samosa

Sukhi's veggie samosa street wrap

 

No matter how you celebrate Diwali, we wish you the best during this cheerful and bright holiday season! What are your go-to snacks during the festival of lights?

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