5 Easy And Delicious Diwali Recipes To Enjoy The Festival Of Lights
When the decorations are done, and the evening aarti is over, the one thing we patiently and excitedly look forward to is gorging on those decadent sweets. Oozing with sugary syrups and made with calorie-loaded ingredients, Diwali is one time we make no excuses of diets and health concerns and go all out. And we should! After all, it is the day when good triumphed over evil, and the festival of lights came into being.
If you are looking for inspiration or just some guidance as to what sweets and snacks to conjure up for your fam in this year of socially distanced Diwali, we have just the recipes for you. Bring out your inner MasterChef to the fore and get cracking on these decadent recipes that are sure to make your Diwali all about food, sharing and love. This Diwali, Spark Something New. Leave behind the old festivities of buzzing out and stay in and devour these Diwali snacks. Let’s dig in!
Easy, delicious, and served like confetti in the Diwali gifting boxes, Namakpara is one of the best Diwali dishes you can make this year or any time.
- purpose flour
- Take the flour and add salt and a little bit ghee to it.
- Gradually add water to it to make a dough that is thick yet soft.
- Once your dough is kneaded properly, you can add ajwain to it.
- Keep it aside for 10 minutes and take the small ball-sized dough in your hand and flatten it out as you would with a chapati, retaining a little bit thickness.
- Now, cut horizontal and vertical lines across it so that you get small diamond-shaped namakparas ready to be fried.
- Heat oil or ghee in a wok and fry them until golden brown.
- Once you have fried all of it, serve and enjoy with other sweet delicacies or only with a cup of chai or tea.
Prep Time – 10 Minutes, Cooking Time – 15 Minutes
A savory delicacy that is not only popular during Diwali, but year-round, Murukkus give the perfect balance of palette when you are consuming all the sweet and sugary delights on Diwali.
- urad dal
- rice flour
- Take 1/4 cup of urad dal flour, 1 and 1/4 cup of rice flour, salt to taste, ghee, cumin and hing.
- Mix it well without any lumps.
- Gradually start adding water to make a dough.
- Knead it properly so that the dough is not sticky and ready to be put in the chakli maker- next, heat oil in a wok.
- Now, place small cylinders of the dough inside the maker, fix the four holed mould on it and gradually start churning chaklis in the oil.
- Once they are golden and crispy, take it out from the wok and place it on a tissue towel to remove the excess of oil.
- Serve hot and enjoy.
Prep Time – 10 Minutes, Cooking Time – 15 Minutes
That’s not all. Ahead we have some delectable sweets that you can gorge on this Diwali season.
3. Gulab Jamun
The iconic Diwali sweets recipe is Gulab Jamun. Made traditionally from milk solids, also known as khoya, you can also use milk powder to make it if the former is not available.
- Pre-mix or milk powder
- baking soda
- Take 3/4 milk powder, 1/2 cup all-purpose flour and a little bit of baking soda.
- Mix this well and add 2 tsp of ghee to add moisture to the mix.
- Now, gradually start adding milk as much required to form a smooth consistency that will make your dough later.
- Don’t knead it straight away.
- Just mix it and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
- For the sugar syrup, combine 2 cups of water and sugar in a pan and start stirring slowly, so it forms a thick and sugary consistency.
- Return to the dough and make small jamun sized balls and fry it in ghee or refined oil.
- Once it turns golden brown, strain excess oil and pour it in the sugar syrup.
- Let it rest for 2 hours and enjoy.
Prep Time – 10 Minutes, Cooking Time – 30 Minutes
4. Kaju Katli
One of the most quintessential Diwali delicacies, Kaju Katli, is a staple at every Indian household on the eve of Diwali.
- saffron (for garnishing)
- Blend the cashews in a fine powder in a mixer/blender.
- Keep it aside and take a pan in which you will make your sugar syrup.
- Add 1 cup of sugar and water.
- On a low flame, keep stirring until you get a thick consistency.
- Now, slowly add the cashew powder in this syrup and keep mixing until you get a dough-like consistency.
- Add 1-2 tbsp of ghee and saffron on this.
- In a pan, spread this dough to form an even base.
- Freeze it for some time and cut it in a diamond or square shapes and you have your Kaju katli.
Prep Time – 5 minutes, Cooking Time – 15 minutes
5. Besan Laddoo
Another staple of the festive recipes you will find in every sweet gifting box is the besan ka laddoo. Honestly, this one is economical and delicious at the same time and can be easily made at home on any occasion.
- 2 cups of besan
- 1.5 cups of processed or castor sugar
- cardamom (for essence and flavour)
- Now, take a pan and add ghee to it.
- Once it is sizzling hot, gradually add besan to it and stir slowly on medium flame.
- Make sure there are no lumps. On continued stirring, the colour changes from yellow to deep brown.
- The goal is to roast the besan perfectly.
- Once the besan is roasted and cooked, keep it aside to cool it down.
- Once it has cooled down, add sugar to this and cardamom.
- Mix it with your hands or a spatula and get a fine powdery texture.
- Add a little bit of ghee and start making round laddoos or cut them out in barfi shape.
- You have your besan ka laddoo ready to be served and devoured.
Prep Time – 10 Minutes, Cooking Time – 25 Minutes
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