Diwali Recipes

It's the Festival of Lights! Celebrate with traditional Indian sweets and savory snacks, including halwa, samosas, and barfi.

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Simple Besan Ladoo

Rating: 3.5 stars
If you are like me and like the taste of besan in sweets, then you will love Besan Laddu. What is even better is that it is very easy to make and it keeps well for many days. Not that it will last that long.


Rating: 4.58 stars
This is a simple but delicious recipe for Kulfi (Indian Ice Cream) that I got from my sister-in-law. I have made this several times, and it always gets rave reviews - even the kids love it! For extra flavor, you could add a few drops of rose water or ground pistachios.

Banana Malpua (Fried Indian Pancake for Diwali)

Malpua is an Indian pancake-like dessert fried in oodles of ghee and sugar syrup. The traditional sweet has been a festive staple since eons. For the longest time in Indian households, malpuas were associated with something celebratory. This is very popular in Northern and Eastern part of the country and the history goes back to the days of Aryans. This mouthwatering dish is prepared nowadays during Eid or Holi or during Diwali.

Shahi Tukra (Indian Bread Pudding)

Rating: 4 stars
This is a very famous Hyderabadi dish and is a very simple, but rich dessert. It is great for a large dinner party as the recipe can be easily multiplied to make more. It is best eaten chilled. If available, you can add a few drops of Kewra essence to the milk mixture once it has cooled.

Mutton Varuval (Malaysian Indian-Style Goat Curry)

Rating: 4.67 stars
This recipe is the star dish every Diwali at my Indian relative's home in Malaysia. I had to beg my husband's aunt to give up her secret recipe so we could make it for our wedding. Serve over rice or with Indian breads such as naan or chapati.

Gajar Ka Halwa (Carrot Halwa)

Rating: 4 stars
Try this recipe if you want to know how to make traditional Indian gajar ka halwa, or carrot halwa. A lovely dessert anytime, I most recently made it for Diwali. This is the 'old school' method that uses whole milk, not condensed milk. You can use ghee instead of oil for initially cooking the carrots, if desired.
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19 Indian Sweets and Snacks for a Festive Diwali
Celebrate Diwali with traditional recipes for easy-to-make Indian sweets and savory snacks.