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

halvah.

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.

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