It is without a doubt, that food plays a fundamental part in the festivities of all the world’s cultures. The festival of lights, Diwali, celebrated by people all over India is no exception. Just like any other festival in India, Diwali is celebrated jubilantly and is incomplete without its sweets and snacks. In fact, the preparation of these sweets and snacks start weeks in advance to the actual celebration day. Also, the different number of varieties of sweets and snacks produced in India alone is a testament to its thriving regional culinary traditions.
So, without much further ado, let us give you a glimpse of the sweets and snacks that you have to have this Diwali.
Kaju Katli is a kite-shaped fudge-like mithai with a fairly firm texture. Made from a combination of condensed milk, sugar, and nuts, Kaju Katli is available in dozens of flavors like chocolate, rose, mango, etc.
Literally meaning ‘spirals’, this savory snack is the most prepared and consumed snack of South India. These salty treats are made from a mix of rice and chickpea flour, cumin, sesame, turmeric and chilli powder. They are often distributed along with sweets during Diwali.
Gulab Jamun is a milk-solid-based sweet that is soaked in sugary syrup before its consumption. Made from Khoya, which is milk reduced to the consistency of a soft dough, Gulab Jamuns are soft and just melt in the mouth.
This traditional snack is very common around the country during Diwali. Samosas are tasty, spicy snacks that are both filling and energizing. They are deep fried, triangular pastries stuffed with peas, lentils, and other vegetables.
Literally means ‘pearled laddoos’, these ball-shaped sweets are made by binding together nuggets of chickpea flour. They come in dozens of flavors and can be made from any combination of semolina, whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, coconut, cardamom, saffron, and pistachios.
Bhujia is a crisp, deep-fried chickpea flour noodles, spiced with turmeric, red chilli powder, and pepper powder. A special hand press is used to make sev at home, which is then crumbled to small pieces by hand.
There you have it! Our list of favorite must-eats sweets and snacks for Diwali.
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