Diwali is that time of the year when you get to eat lots of savoury snacks and sweets. Sweets like Rasmalai, Rasgulla, Kaju Katli and Kalakand as well as snacks like Dal Pakwan, Dhokla, Poha, Ragda Patties, Chhole Bhature and different kinds of fried pakodas are routinely relished in India even without the excuse of Diwali. In Southern parts of India, Paniyaram, Medu vada and dosa form the staple diet. However, during the festive season of Deepawali, many snacks and sweets are prepared for near and dear ones. Some of the snacks worth trying from different parts of India are mentioned below.
A crispy snack called Murukku that originally comes from Tamil Nadu is very popular during Diwali. It is relished throughout the states of India. In Gujarat, it is known as “chakri”. Rice and urad dal flour is mainly used to prepare this delicious munching. Many varieties of murukku are available that include ring murukku, gram flour murukku and butter murukku.
Mathiya made up of math dal is extensively prepared in Gujarati homes during the auspicious festival of Diwali. It is even eaten a few weeks after the festival is over. Apart from that Cholafali, bhakharvadi, ghughra, vada made from corn flour and mathiya papad made from wheat flour and gram flour are also served to guests during Diwali.
Vegetable Shammi Kebab
In Northern parts of India, there is predominance of kebab dishes and papadi chaats. Vegetable shammi kebab is an exclusive Avadhi dish that is usually eaten as an appetizer. Aloo tikki chhole and sweets like badam puri are also served by Punjabis
Moving on to South India, crispy fritters made up of urad dal known as Mysore Bonda cannot be missed out. The spices added to it and coconut garnishing add to its wonderful flavour that is sure to linger in your taste buds for long.
Aloo Bonda is made from gram flour stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes followed by deep frying. Having this dish is surely worthwhile.
All purpose flour and cumin seeds are the main ingredients of Mathri, a Rajasthani snack. It is served with mango, chilli or lemon pickle and tea. Apart from Diwali, Rajasthanis and Punjabis also have it during Karwa Chauth.
A wonderful sweet dish originating from Punjab known as Phirni is something that would totally mesmerise your taste buds. The flavour of almonds, saffron and cardamom in this creamy dessert makes it stand out from all other sweet dishes.
Giving a fruity taste to traditional Gujia by adding stewed apples, nuts and spices rather than the usual “mava” makes apple gujia a much sought for sweet snack for Diwali. Make sure you try it out this Diwali.
If you are fasting during Diwali, Sabudana Chiwda is a great option for you. It is prepared with nylon sabudana that are quite different from conventional sabudana. Your kids would surely love this item a lot.
Sindhis prepare Varo during Diwali days. It is basically a sweet dish made from cashew nuts, almonds and pistachios added to cardamom and then caramelized. It tastes even more awesome than it sounds.
There is a never ending list for Diwali dishes. Mohanthal, Balushahi, Petha, Chiwda and different types of Halva can also be included in the list of dishes to be devoured on, during Diwali.