Diwali is getting celebrated right from the time of Lord Rama. It was first celebrated when Lord RAMA came to Ayodhya after his vanvas for 14 years. The people in Ayodhya were so overjoyed when they came to know that their king Rama is coming. They lited up oil lamps all around, burning crackers. Like this, Diwali was celebrated for the first time. Today with the same spirit and joy, people celebrate Diwali. Diwali’s preparations start from days earlier; markets are flooded with people buying rangolis, firecrackers, clothes. But the celebration is not complete unless there are several choices to eat. So here are some options to opt for.
Sweets are the best ender of any day foods like during lunch breakfast dinner afternoon or any time, here are some sweets which you should especially think off during Diwali before going for any other sweets.
Shankarpali is one of the most popular Diwali snacks in Indian families. It is a crunchy and slightly sweet snack that fills the home with its aroma while getting prepared. Shankarapali is made of sugar, ghee, maida, and suji. It is a fried snack, but it is sweet. At times it is eaten with tea. It is square-shaped but can but moulded in various shapes as circular, seashell, diamond, and many more.
Garja Or Kajjikayalu In South
It is a semi-circular shaped sweet. The ingredients needed are dry coconut, sugar, semolina, and cardamom powder. Its spiral shape at the rounded side is a little bit tricky as it requires practice. But the hard work is repaid by its taste.
The famous Indian sweet is made by thickening milk and other ingredients like sugar, mild spices, and dry fruits, mainly Kaju, i.e., cashew nut. There is another variety of it where the whole process is the same, but saffron is an add-on to it, making the sweet richer and tastier.
Made up of chhena and sugar is very popular and favorite of many people. It is the world-famous sweet dish of Bengal, where they call it Rosogolla. Despite its Bengali origin, Rasgulla is loved by all the regions of India. Pure chhena and suji are the ingredients of Rasgulla. Balls made of chhena and suji dipped in hot sugar syrup until they puff up and prepare the rasgullas. Rasgullas can make your Diwali special.
Served mostly in a small palm-size pot, Mishti Doi is a Bengali sweet and loved all over India due to its taste and serving style. It is made up of curd, milk, and sugar. To make it more exotic in flavor, add healthy dates jaggery (Nolen Gur) to it instead of sugar.
One of the easiest ladoos to prepare but yet very tasty. They are very popular in the sweet market. Besan ladoo is made up of gram flour, ghee, cardamom, and sugar. At times they are topped with some dry fruits. It has an excellent aroma of ghee and besan, which is mouth-watering. It melts immediately after entering your mouth, giving you a feeling of delicacy.
The kind of roti or chapatti stuffed with husked split Bengal gram, jaggery, and ghee. Once dipped with hot milk makes it tastier than before. It is popular in Maharashtrian households during Diwali Ganesh Chaturthi and many more. It is also popular in south India, calling it a polae in Telugu and different states’ names.
As its name suggests, coconut ladoo is mainly made up of freshly grated coconut, jaggery, and ghee. It can be made in three different ways or methods. Mostly popular in south India and can be made very easily within an hour. There are many beneficial nutrients in the ingredients making the ladoo healthy.
Suji Ka Halwa
Suji, called semolina in English, is used to make a different variety of halwa. It is made with ghee, nuts, and sugar. Apart from Gajar or carrot ka halwa, it is popular and can be made for half an hour. As halwa suggests, it requires much amount of ghee, making it too fatty and, at times, heavy for the stomach.
Gulab jamun is most popular among sweet lovers making it the first preference for anybody who wants to eat sweet, made-up khoa, nuts, and saffron. The dough is fried till golden brown and dipped in sugar water. The balls the sweetness becomes soft and gives its mind-boggling taste. The smell of desi ghee enhances the taste of Gulab jamun. Gulab jamun is prepared in Indian homes, especially on festivals.
Eating Snacks or “nashta” in the afternoon during Diwali create great excitement among people of every age; multiple choices are available down to be eaten.
Poha in English called flattened is eaten with milk and some other ingredients as a breakfast. Maharashtra, Poha, and poha chivda is very common and prepared on various occasions like Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali. It is prep ed with some fried mustard seeds, turmeric, green chili, and most important, fried onions. Delicious and also healthy.
Namak para is a diamond-shaped snack, mainly prepared in north India. Made during this auspicious occasion is prepared with caraway seeds, carom seeds, cumin, flour, ghee—dough prepared with these ingredients and fried till slightly brown and crispy.
The boondi we know is sweet, but Kara boondi is a little bit spicy, mainly prepared in south India. It is made up of besan, gram flour, rice flour, turmeric, chili powder; prepare this great namkeen this Diwali for your family. Crispy Kara boondi can be a great companion of your evening tea time.
Almost everyone knows about it, and it’s taste. It is a great choice for Diwali snacks as it is stuffed with potato, onion, lentils, peanuts, veggies, and many more. To make it better, you can add cheese in it stuffing or paneer. It comes in both triangular and half-moon shape.
Potato Sev also called as bhujiya, is a snack made mainly of small potatoes. The ingredients needed are besan, potatoes, chili powder, amchur powder, garam masala, and chaat masala. It is the most liked snack of Indians all around. It is also an excellent tea snack. Potato sev is crunchy and spicy.
It is like the heart of all choices for Diwali. Without murukku or chakli, there can be no Diwali; it is a savory snack. Made with flours of rice, Bengal gram, black gram, sago, preparing a dough out of it, and deep-frying makes it a crispy and delicious snack. It is a spiral-shaped super crunchy deep-fried snack.
It’s a sweet and slightly spicy snack and one best option during this occasion. Gram flour, coconut, and poppy seeds are all you need to prepare Bakarwadi. It is a very famous snack in Gujrat and Maharashtra. It is a crispy and rolled snack mainly consumed in the evening. You can only preserve it for weeks also.
Ribbon pakoda or widely known as ribbon murukku is a crunchy Indian snack that gets prepared, especially on Ganesh Chaturthi and Diwali. It is made up of rice flour, besan fried gram, chili powder, and cumin. The dough of these ingredients is added to a mold, which comes out in ribbon shape, which gives the snack an amazing appearance. It can be stored up to 15 days without losing its crunchiness and can be eaten at any time. You can serve it with sweets or tea also.
Vadas are quite popular items in Diwali dishes. Sabudana Vada is made of tapioca seeds, potatoes, and peanuts. It gets crunchy due to get deep-fried in oil. Serve hot sabudana vada with green or garlic chutney or tomato and chili sauces. It can also be served with hot tea in the place of pakoda.
To add up in sweets and snacks, here is the drink which can be best served on your next Diwali:
As the name suggests, it is made up of grapes juice. Adding it with litchis and honey. And also can add a few drops of rose water to it for making the nectar fragrant. The best-served cold in short glasses looks beautiful. Once kept on, the table catches everyone’s mind towards it. Grape nectar is a healthy drink to enjoy your Diwali with.
So here were the snacks and which you can opt for and try out during Diwali time. Faral is made up of all these sweets and snacks, not mixed but served on one plate. Giving Faral and spreading love and joy in society is Diwali’s main aim, not burning crackers and spreading pollution.