Diwali, the festival of lights, stands as India's grandest and most significant annual celebration, that spans over several days of festivities. Diwali embodies the triumph of good over evil, light over darkness, wisdom over ignorance, and optimism over desolation—principles that lie at the heart of Hinduism and my family's cherished beliefs.
Growing up, Diwali was synonymous with celebrating with our extended family, new clothes, lots of lights everywhere and above all, flower decorations and rangolis, a delightful abundance of food. I cherish the recollections of indulging in a wide array of Diwali sweets and delicacies, often starting a week or two ahead of the festivities.
Back at home, some of the things were homemade and some were bought from the best local stores. Since we do not have access to local halwaais (sweet mongers) and bhujiya bhandaars (savory snack markets), everything has to be homemade and I absolutely love that!
Here is a collection of my Diwali recipes that I have developed over the years and shared with friends and family and are super loved.
No Diwali party or gathering is complete without a spread of delicious savory snacks, appetizers, chaat, and chutneys. These are some of go to recipes when hosting a party or creating Diwali goodie boxes to share.
1. Samosa Appetizer Pinwheels
2. Potato Tikka Kebabs
3. Papdi Chaat
4. Ricotta Dip
5. Roasted Sweet Potato Chaat
6. Corn Bhel Chaat
Although India boasts a diverse array of sweets from various regions, I've had the pleasure of sharing some of our favorites on this blog in recent times. This list is by no means comprehensive; in fact, it's just the tip of the iceberg. However, if you're yearning for a straightforward, homemade Indian dessert this Diwali, I've got you covered. The majority of the ingredients are readily available, and you won't need to visit a specialty food store to gather your supplies. From diamond-shaped burfi to a bowl of syrupy rasgullas, I extend a warm invitation to embark on an enticing journey through the enchanting world of irresistible Indian sweets.