Collections of simple, easy recipes for Diwali from starters, snacks, to main course with curries and breads, to perk up your festivities!!
Planning Diwali party at your house or not able to decide what to take for Diwali potluck? Checkout this collection of easy recipes and plan your menu from snacks/starters, main course and desserts!!
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- What is Diwali
- How is Diwali Celebrated
- Recipes for Diwali Party Menu
- Serving Suggestions
- Traditonal Indian Diwali Desserts
- Dry Snacks or Namkeen for Diwali
- Chaat Recipes for Diwali Party
- Starters and Appetizers for Diwali Party Menu
- Main Course Curries Recipes for Diwali Party
- Rice Pulao and Biryani Recipes for Diwali Party
- Indian Flatbreads Recipes for Diwali Menu
- Raita recipes for Diwali Party Menu
- Salad Recipes for Diwali Party Menu
- Homemade Drinks for Diwali party
- Condiments(Chutneys and Dips)
- Soups and Rasam Recipes for Diwali Party
- Some Easy Menu Ideas for Diwali Party
What is Diwali
Diwali, the festival of lights is one of the biggest Hindu festival around the world. The festival symbolizes the victory good over evil
It is the time for deep cleaning of homes, decorations , lot of shopping, it is considered very auspicious to buy new things for homes, new clothes. Like any other festival, Diwali is time to spend with family and loved ones. And, when there is a gathering/celebration, how can one forget food!! one of the most important part of celebrations.
How is Diwali Celebrated
Hindus throughout Bharat/India and the world celebrate Diwali with respect to their own culture and customs. House entrances and the entire house is decorates with Diyas/Earthen Lamps with with oil. Now a days people have started decorating with electrical lights. Rangoli (traditional Hindu decorations on floors) with colors or flowers is also an important part of Diwali decoration.
The festival is celebrated for 5 days each day has it's own significance. Will soon cover the details in a more elaborate post soon.
In North India, many people (like we do) do Laxmi and Ganesh Poojan and offer puffed rice and sugar candy toys known as Khilona (read Khi-Lo-Na) along with other sweets to the Divine.
Recipes for Diwali Party Menu
Here I bring you a collection of recipes(sweet and savoury) to ease on the Diwali meal planning. The collection has mostly North Indian Vegetarian recipes with few variations from other cuisines as well. Includes
- Desserts and Sweets/Mithai are one of the most important part of Diwali celebrations.
- Dry snacks/Namkeen which you can make ahead and serve when guests come over.
- Appetizers and Starters for your Diwali parties and get-together.
- Main Course Dals and Curries
- Breads for the main course
- Rice dishes like pulao, biryani.
- Chutneys, Dips and Raita for the sides.
- Easy Vegetarian Menu Ideas for any party planning.
Hope the collection will make it easy for you to plan and organize your Diwali get-together. You can easily make these recipes just for your family, for a small gathering or a big crowd. There are recipes which you can plan a few days ahead of your party to save time and have less stress on party day!
Food Presentation is also an important highlight, as people eat through there eyes!! The food should be a treat not only to taste buds but also to the eyes!!
So, present food in most aesthetic sense. You can serve snacks/salads and desserts in most innovative ways. The best way is serve in small glasses and cups as per individual servings and are also easily handled by the guests.
Will soon plan a post on How to Plan a party with Indian Vegetarian Menu!!
Light up the diyas, decorate your abodes with flowers and set up the table to enjoy the festivities!!
Have a Happy and Prosperous Diwali. May the Festival of Lights brightens up your life!!
Hope you all have a wonderful time with your friends and family!!
Traditonal Indian Diwali Desserts
Sweets/Mithai for Diwali
Sweets/Mithai are one of the most important part of any celebration. Sweets are also offered as bhog/prasad to the Divine . Here is the collection of easy and fuss-free desserts especially for the busy professionals and homemakers.
Kheer and Puddings
Halwa and Choorma
Ladoo for Diwali
Other traditonal desserts
Other Fusion and International Desserts
Checkout more Dessert Recipes HERE
Dry Snacks or Namkeen for Diwali
Chaat Recipes for Diwali Party
Starters and Appetizers for Diwali Party Menu
Checkout more snack and starter recipes HERE
Main Course Curries Recipes for Diwali Party
Rice Pulao and Biryani Recipes for Diwali Party
Indian Flatbreads Recipes for Diwali Menu
Raita recipes for Diwali Party Menu
Salad Recipes for Diwali Party Menu
Homemade Drinks for Diwali party
Condiments(Chutneys and Dips)
Soups and Rasam Recipes for Diwali Party
Some Easy Menu Ideas for Diwali Party
Below are few menu ideas for your get togethers which will help you in easy planning.
Poori/Naan/Kulcha, Chole/Chana Masala, Besan Bhindi, Kashmiri Dum Aloo/Matar Paneer, Fresh Mint and Peas Pulao, Cheesy Potato Bites/Aloo Poha Cutlets, Gobhi 65, Paneer Pakora, Rabri tarts/Mango Falooda(can be made with canned )Mango puree
Chinese Style Fried Rice with or Manchurian or Chilli Paneer(Gravy), Crispy Air Fryer Vegetables, Spring Rolls, Crispy Lotus stem in Honey Chilli Sauce/ Salt and Pepper Baby Corn , Chilli Paneer(Dry), Hot and Soup, Custard Trifle/Chocolate Pudding
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