Diwali Festival Food-21 You Must Eat

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By- Ruchika Singh Gupta

Diwali, an Indian festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jain alike. It is a five-day celebration and every day signifies some valuable teachings of life.Diwali is a festival of light, fireworks and togetherness. Reminding us of all those people with whom we want to share joys of this beautiful festival. People exchange sweets with family and friends.

This day celebrate’s the triumph of good over evil, an evening pooja or prayer is performed in every household of goddess Laxmi of wealth and prosperity for her blessings. South Indians celebrate in the morning while North Indians at night, what marks the similarity is in their love for food. Like me for many Diwali is an awesome festival of sweet and savoury.

A festival which instantly reminds of how grandmothers and mothers start preparing for the lavish festival feasts days before the actual festival begins. All the planning, grocery shopping and preparation itself. So much so that every year this day creates unforgettable memories and reminds the importance of those family members away from home not being able to share these homemade joys. In fact, Diwali is one of the most beautiful festivals in the world, so 19 Oct 2017 is going to be a day you want to spend as beautifully as possible.

To celebrate this auspicious occasion we have curated ethnic dishes for you.

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Diwali Festival Food- you would want on your plate.

Diwali Mithai

Mithai is a generic term used for almost all the Indian deserts. Diwali becomes an excuse to stuff your tummy with these delicious Mithai almost every hour of the day!

  1. Gulab Jamun

    Gulab Jamun

This is one indispensable sweet of any Indian household on Diwali. These are Small balls of Maua and flour- deep fried till dark brown then dipped in sugar syrup. These gooey melt in mouth goodies are a treat for ssweet stalkers

  1. Jalebi

    Frying Jalebi

    A pretzel or circle shaped sweet made from flour, saffron, ghee or clarified butter and sugar. Best eaten hot with milk. This absolutely delicious mithai is also called kesari jalebi which is perfectly crispy, crunch and Juicy.

  2. Kaju NanKathai

    kaju nankathai

    These are eggless cashew biscuits made with maida or all purpose flour, sugar, butter, nutmeg, rava, milk, cardamom and cashew. This nan khatai is so tasty I bet you can’t have one.

  3. Kaju Katli-

    Since we are speaking of nuts- This is one sweet that is rich in chew nuts since it requires just these 3 ingredients. Ghee, sugar and cashew nuts. A very good example how you can preserve the flavour of simple ingredients in a dish.

  4. Halwa

    Sooji Halwa

    A concution of sooji, sugar, lots of desi ghee, cardmom and dry fruits. Well this one dish gives you alot of options to experiment with and you can also replace sooji with carrot and milk to get Gajar ka halwa.

  5. Kheer

    Kheer is a kind of rice pudding prepared with a lot of love also rice, milk, saffron, cardamom and sugar. Garnished with Pistachio and almonds.

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  1. Meethe Jave

    We can also replace rice in kheer with roasted vermicelli and add rasins, cashew in garnish. Can be served both hot or cold.

  2. Besan Laddu

    Besan Laddoo

    If you ever stayed in hostel you know what it is to get mom’s besan laddu during diwali. Its pure nostalgia. These small balls of emotions are made tangible with basen or gram flour, ghee, sugar, almonds and cardamom.

  1. Coconut Laddu or Nariyal ladoo

    coconut Laddu

    Coconut Laddoo is enjoyed alot in southern India made with grated and sauted coconut, condensed milk, powdered sugar, cardamom and dry fruits.One can also replace sugar with jaggery or sugar free options.

  1. Rasmali

    A sweet made from paneer, cream, sugar and milk. It literally means Juice and cream since its creamy and juicy at the same time.

  1. Rasgulla or Safed Jamun

    rasgullaAre a sweet of Bengali folks from India and likewise enjoyed by rest of Indians. Formed from chhena and dipped in sugary syrup. Perfect sweet for indulgence.

Diwali Nasheta or Snacks

As much we enjoy sweets, we also love our savoury snacks to balance all the sweetness.

  1.  Dahi Bhalle

    Dahi Bhale

    A very popular snack that’s made not only on diwali but also on Holli. Prepared by soaking dal vada’s in thick and spiced curd and garnished with tamarind and coriander chutney some people also prefer adding fruits and dry fruits.

  1. Samosa


    Samosa has garnered its long due fame internationally. Created by stuffing pastry pockets with fillings of either spiced potatoes or peas or onions or lentils or meat and infusion segment with macaroni or noodles. I bet you can’t have just one.

  1. Vegetable Vada

    Vegetable vadaVegetable stuffing coated in besan paste and deep fried. Leads to this tasty savoury to be enjoyed with chutney and tea.

  1. Dhokla


    Dhokla and Khandvi are gifts of Gujarat, a place in India that gives salt. Dhokla is a spongy and fluffy dish made by steaming besan mix and then garnished with fried mustard seeds and whole green chillies.

  1. Paneer Bread Pakore-

    paneer bread pakore

    Paneer and bread pakora- Thin slices of paneer is marinated in spices and then sandwiched between 2 pieces of bread post it dipped in basen mix. Then we deep fry it. A reason for you to have a diet cheet day!

  1. Mathi and Namak Pare –

    mathi and namak pare

    Mathi and Namak Pare is a snack to munch things that can be flavoured with as many spices as possible like, fenugreek or methi, ajwain, etc. Flour pastries shaped and deep fried. This snack can last for as long as a few months.

  1. Chatpate Alloo

    chatpate alloo

    Potato a humble vegetable is given all the jazz by adding spices, lemon, coriander making it #spicy #tangy and #tasty.

  2. Papdi Chaat

    papdi chaat

    A chaat made from crispy papdi, curd, tamarind sauce, and more and this is one of the quickest dish in the list. So all you lazy foodies out there its a shoutout.

  1. Alloo Tikki

    Alloo Tikki is cakes of boiled and matshed potatoes spiced then filled with lentil are shallow fried to be crispy from outside and melt in mouth from inside.

  2. Kachori


    Kachori is one of the most loved snacks of North India. Deep fried and can have fillings of either lentile, onion, Maua or peas.

Street Food Adda wishes you a very Happy Diwali and hope you have a food filled festival.

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