Diwali is here and its time to celebrate with sweets and savouries. It is also a time to pray for prosperity and good health. We may have a subdued festivities. However, we can still gorge on mithai and namkeen. No festival is complete without sweets and savouries. It is time to celebrate with immediate family. Here is a collection of Diwali snacks that you can make easily at home.
Read the Diwali snacks platter below:
- Paneer Pakoda: Can you ever go wrong with paneer and pakoras? Cottage cheese fritters make an awesome snack for tea-time any day. Filled with protein and umami!
- Batata vada/Aloo bonda: Batata vada or aloo bada/aloo bonda is a yummy starter. Spicy
boiled potato stuffed into a chickpea flour coating and fried to perfection. This is both vegan and gluten-free.Serve it with mint and date chutneys and ladi pav homemade buns,to make an awesome vada pav.
- Bread pakoda: Have some potato masala left over, add some bread and make yummy bread fritters. You may even make it with just a slice.
- Mirchi bada : Jodhpuri Mirchi vada combines the heat of Bhavnagari mirch/ desi jalapenos in a chickpea flour casing perfectly.
- Baked vegan samosa: Samosa or sambosa is our Indian signature dish. Make it better by baking it instead of frying. Yes, health and taste can go together!
- Dahi vada: Dahi vada is the fried lentil donuts served with yogurt and spicy green chutney and tangy date/tamarind chutney. Perfect to complete your festive thali.
- Moong dal kachori : Moong dal kachori with aloo ki sabzi makes it a perfect dish for Diwali brunch. Serve it with chutneys if you want to eat it at tea-time.
- Vegetable puffs: No one can get over vegetable puff pastry. Fill the filling of your choice and enjoy it at tea-time.
- Khasta kachori - No potatoes at home? no problem. Make this dry khasta lentil kachori full of flavor.
- Murruku/chakli/chakoli - Butter chakli,tomato chakoli,mint chakri. Reminds you of chakri crackers .This spicy crisp murukku is the base of all the above recipes. Let it come alive in the brown rice version.
- Diet chivda: Roasted trail mix consisting of nuts, rice and corn flakes and spices. Roasted on a cast iron pan with no oil, but only salt.
- Achari mathri - Spicy Indian crackers which re-use the left-over oil and spice mix of pickle. This can be made without the masala too. It is extremely yummy and lasts quite long in an air-tight jar like chakli and chiwda.
Chutneys and Dips for starters
- Hari Chutney- Spicy green chutney which goes with every Indian starter. Coriander and Mint fresh!
- Dates chutney -Tangy and sweet iron rich dip which is vegan too. You may replace dates with tamarind pulp.
- Tomato ketchup: Good old tomato ketchup without added sugar and preservatives.No more worries!
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