Diwali: Recipes for This Auspicious Occasion

The sacred festival of Diwali is celebrated by the Jains, Sikhs and Hindus throughout the world. Fireworks, candles and golden-lit lamps are used to light up the sidewalks, doors and streets. The festival is a symbol of triumph of light on darkness & goodness on evil. The festival is also known for the prayers offered to Goddess Laxmi(Goddess of prosperity and wealth).

This festival is celebrated differently in different regions. The celebrations differ in terms of food, variety and the style of cuisines.

Here, we give you a perfect menu for perfect Diwali feast:

Snacks: Snacks are most often prepared with ghee, spices, sugar and whole-wheat flour/puffed rice. As some of these are made with Chickpea flour as a main ingredient, these are gluten-free naturally.

Shakarparra: Shakkarpara is a North Indian dish that can be prepared easily. It requires fewer ingredients. This dish has a long shelf life and can be eaten as a dessert.

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Chevdo: These are roasted rice flakes that are prepared with dry fruits and spices.

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Pakoras: These are prepared with vegetables soaked in batter and deep fried. These can be said to be Indian tempura.

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Mutthiya: These are fried dumplings prepared with calabash or bottle gourd.

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Ghatiya: These are fried strips prepared with dough of graham flour.

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Main dishes: These often include those dishes that are familiar to the lovers of Indian food:

• Vegetarian curries including Undhiyu

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Lentil curries

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Poori and aloo ki sabzi(deep fried bread with spice sauteed potatoes) with Shrikhand

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Paratha(Indian flatbread)

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Desserts/Sweets: These are also known as mithai and are most of the time made of milk in some

form. These are sometimes prepared with grains. Many of these sweets are deep fried in ghee.

Some common ingredients of sweets include spices like saffron, cinnamon and cardamom.

Ingredients like fig and coconut and also vegetables cooked with ghee and sugar are mixed to form

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Coconut Barfi: This preparation is similar to a fudge and is made with sweetened

condensed milk, cream and coconut.

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Gulab Jamun: These are fried milk dumplings that are very spongy. They are put into rosewater and saffron syrup.

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Ras malai: These are paneer cheese dumplings that are served when soaked in sweet and creamy sauce.

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Halvah: Halvah is a dense, sweet fudge that is very popular in India as well as Middle East. There are a lot of varieties prepared with sesame seeds and carrots.

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Jalebi: These are similar to funnel cakes. After soaking in saffron sauce, they are dried to give a crispy taste.

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Kheer: Kheer is a delicious rice pudding.

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So, enjoy this Diwali with these perfect recipes and share them with your loved ones.

10 Great Indian Breakfast Recipes

Breakfast is the most important meal of a person. But sometimes we tend to skip it due to a shortage of time. But it is better not to skip this healthy meal.

Each state of India has its unique cuisine and that is the reason why breakfast recipes vary with each state. In this post, we share with you top recipes for breakfast that are popular with readers.
Here are top 10 recipes for breakfast:-

  • Rava Upma: Upma is a traditional South Indian dish that is made from rava. The other names of rava are sooji in Hindi and cream of wheat in English. Upma is normally served with lime slices, lime pickle and coconut chutney. There are many kinds of upma including oats upma, bread upma and tomato upma.

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  • Idli: Idli is a traditional breakfast that is prepared in every household of India. Idli is available in many variants including rava idli, poha idli, oats idli and ragi idli. Idli is normally served with sambar and chutney.

 

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  • Aloo Paratha: Aloo paratha is a popular breakfast of India. It is a whole wheat bread filled with potato stuffing. The most famous of all the paratha recipes is aloo paratha. You can also try onion paratha, paneer paratha, dhaba style aloo paratha and methi thepla. Parathas are best served with curd, pickle or butter.

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  • Poha: This is a popular dish for breakfast that is made with beaten or flattened rice. Its an easy, quick and healthy dish.

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  • Appam: Appam is a very popular dish of South India. It is very easy to make. As yeast is used, the batter should not be fermented too long. The dish is best served with coconut milk and coconut stew.

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  • Pongal: This is a popular breakfast of South India prepared with yellow moong and rice. There are many variations of this recipe. Many times, we also add grated coconut. You can also add chopped vegetables resulting in mix veg pongal.

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  • Misal Pav : This is a popular breakfast of Maharashtra made with Usal. It is topped with tomatoes, onions, farsan and lemon juice. It is served with pav.

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  • Veg Grilled Sandwich: This vegetable sandwich is spiced with cilantro and is perfectly grilled. Sandwiches are quick and easy to make. You can use whole wheat bread if you are conscious about health.

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  • Besan Cheela: This is a delicious pancake that is made with spices, herbs and gram flour. You can add grated vegetables to increase the nutrition of the dish. Try the Oats Cheela and Rava Chila recipe.

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