Today, October 19th, marks the beginning of the Hindu festival Diwali, or the festival of lights. In Indian, it is one of the most is anticipated and beautiful of all holidays. It is a five day, candle-lit, religious festival to give thanks to Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Ganesha, the god of wealth and remover of obstacles. Many people celebrate by giving loved ones gifts as well as having delicious Indian sweets and snacks.
While many Indian recipes use ghee, or clarified butter, it is actually very easy to make traditional recipes plant-based. Check out 15 Traditional Indian Foods Made Vegan to see some examples of how easy it is.
The food served during Diwali is typically light bites, snacks, and some sweets. So, we searched the Food Monster App for the best treats and snacks that will help you bring the spirit of Diwali into your home the week of October 19th. Check them out!
A pakora is an Indian snack that’s essentially a vegetable dipped in chickpea flour, so they’re naturally gluten-free, and then deep-fried until crispy. These savory Onion Pakoras are spiced with garlic, cumin, and curry powder and served with a cool, spicy, and creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce. These are perfect as an appetizer or snack at any party.
There is no South Indian celebration that doesn’t feature Vada and now you can enjoy them baked, not fried, for a lighter option. These baked vada are crispy, crunchy, and delicious. Plus, baking your vada makes the clean up much easier and the dish much healthier.
Paniyaram is an Indian dish made from a lentil and rice batter that is steamed in pan with circular molds. You can use the mushroom masala that goes in this paniyaram as a side for roti or rice. Also, you can use any of your favorite veggies instead of mushrooms.
These Indian Potato Bread Rolls stuffed with a spicy potato mixture are a scrumptious and delicious Indian snack, and are made healthier since they are baked (in the air fryer) rather than deep-frying. Enjoy these without any guilt!
The flavor of these Baked Potato Samosa Cups are pretty spot on to the traditional version. You won’t want to skip this recipe.
Crispy, crunchy, and surprisingly good for you, these Tukdi are a must-have! While these crackers are traditionally fried, here they are baked for a healthier alternative. They’re flavorful as is, but would taste delicious dipped in hummus as well!
Traditionally chakuli is a deep-fried Indian snack prepared using rice, lentils, and different spices. This “instant” version uses rice flour and is baked instead of fried, making them a delicious snack that satisfies your craving for something crunchy. These Baked Chakuli are spicy, crunchy, savory, and irresistible.
These crunchy noodles are a traditional Indian snack food. Janthikalu go perfectly with coffee and are almost impossible to stop eating. This Murukku recipe makes a lot of these savory treats so it’s great if you are having people over.
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This healthier version of Kheer: Indian Rice Pudding, uses brown rice, coconut milk, and date syrup. Top with lots of cinnamon and a bit of extra coconut milk for a creamy, dreamy dessert.
Doodh Pedha (milk fudge) is a very popular Indian dessert. This recipe is not only the vegan version, but it also comes together in less than 10 minutes. It’s the perfect sweet treat!
Pumpkin Halwa is a traditional Indian dessert that is essentially mashed pumpkin spiced with saffron and sugar. This recipe takes this tasty pumpkin dessert and nestles it into a tiny puff pastry. These little tartlets are perfect party treats.
Hungry for more? Check out The Ultimate Guide to Vegan Snacks!
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Lead Image Source: Baked Vada