The festival of lights, popularly known as DIWALI occurs each year during the autumn season following the moon cycle either in the month of October or November. Diwali in India is celebrated as one of the most beautiful festivals in the world.
Diwali is also known for its vast and varied range of special festive foods that are prepared in every home for the relatives who attend the celebration.
DIWALI FESTIVE SPECIAL FOODS
Diwali festive foods are special and are categorized into savours and sweets by taste. Savour snacks include samosa, kachori, chirongi nuts, pakora, chivda like bombay mixture and mullu murrukku whereas sweets include barfi, laddos, kaju katli, soan papdi, gajar halwa and gulab jamun.
DIWALI SAVOURY SNACKS
Samosa is one of the most popular and delicious savoury snacks during the Diwali festival season. They are the small triangle-sized pastry pockets stuffed with boiled vegetables, onion and other boiled lentils.
Kachori is a small pastry stuffed with nuts, sugar, and cardamom and can be taken with syrup or sauce.
Chirongi nuts can be toasted or even eaten raw. They have a flavour similar to almonds.
Chivda is quite similar to the Bombay mixture which includes peanuts, raisins, mustard seeds, poha (flattened rice) cooked and flavoured with green chilli and turmeric powder.
Mallu murukku is very spicy, and tasty and is made with rice flour, and cumin seeds. They are fried and made into the shape using special equipment.
Diwali sweets are the best and most delicious. These sweets are seasonal and are mostly available during the festive seasons.
Barfi is a white creamy sweet that is square-shaped and is made with condensed milk, nuts and sugar.
The popular diamond cut-shaped sweet decorated with edible silver colouring is Kaju Katli or Kaju barfi or cashew barfi. Kaju katli is prepared with sugar, cashew paste, and cream and cooked on a flat tray.
GAJAR KA HALWA
Gajar ka halwa is one tastiest, most delicious mouth-watering desserts often made regularly in northern India. It is made with grated carrots combined with sugar, milk and water before being cooked in ghee. You can garnish the dessert with chopped nuts, almonds and cashews.
Gulab Jamun is the most popular, creamy, smooth sweet that is made with a little flour and curdled milk kneaded into a dough. The dough is then made into small round-sized balls which are then dropped into hot oil for frying. Then dipped into the sugar syrup.