Diwali has to be everyone’s favourite festival! With beautiful lights everywhere, there is just happiness and joy in the air! Although this year, we are fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and the deteriorating air quality (a story that repeats itself every year), nothing can kill the spirit of the festival. Don't get us wrong. We are not asking you to go out to celebrate and burn crackers. You can get your festive mood rolling without going out. Celebrate at home by going all out on some delicious food.
So, here we are with a list of some quick and easy recipes for Diwali that are not only tasty but don’t require long cooking hours as well. Now isn't that a win-win situation? From lip-smacking snacks to sweet treats, here are 10 fuss-free recipes that you and your family will love.
Diwali is just a day away and if you’re still wondering about your snacks menu, then look no further. Here are some easy-to-make snacks that you can enjoy with your near and dear ones.
Flaky, melt-in-the-mouth and crisp fried flour cookies, Shankarpali is a sweet snack, which is popular in western India.
- 11/2 cups maida
- 1/2 cup sooji or semolina
- 1/2 cup sugar
- A pinch of salt
- 3 tablespoons of milk
- 3 tablespoons of ghee
- Oil for frying
- Grind the sugar and keep it aside.
- Mix all the dry ingredients--the flour, sooji, salt, the powdered sugar--and sieve it. Melt the ghee and combine it with the dry mixture.
- Make sure that the mixture is holding its shape after you have mixed it properly.
- Now, warm the milk and add it to the mixture gradually in order to knead it into a dough.
- Once you have your dough ready, cover it and let it rest for three minutes.
- Now take the dough and divide it into two parts. Roll both the parts into discs and cut diamond-shaped slices.
- Now, take a pan and heat the oil. Gently drop 6-7 slices into the pan and deep fry until they are golden brown.
- Repeat the process till all your batches are done. Once they cool down, store them in an air-tight container.
You can bake them too. Just preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Place the diamond-shaped shankarpali on a baking tray and bake them for 25 minutes. Cool them and store them in an air-tight container.
Mathri is one snack that I personally love. ‘Coz I’m a chai lover and mathri is the perfect accompaniment to it (after Parle-G, of course). Believe it or not, it’s super easy to make too.
- 21/2 all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoon ghee
- 2 teaspoon ajwain (carom seeds)
- 2 teaspoons crushed black pepper
- 2 teaspoon dry fenugreek leaves
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- A pinch of baking soda
- Salt and water as required
- Oil for deep frying
- Mix all the dry ingredients and spices in a large bowl.
- Now, melt the ghee and combine it with the mixture. Keep combining till it has the breadcrumb-like texture and holds shape.
- Now, add the water gradually and knead it into a dough. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.
- Heat oil in a pan and make small dough balls. Flatten each dough ball with a rolling pin while keeping them a little thick. Prick each mathari with a fork.
- To check if the oil is ready for frying, drop a small piece of mathri and if it comes to the surface gradually, you’re good to go.
- Now fry the mathris till they are brown and golden.
Crispy Mysore Bonda is an easy-to-make snack that is perfect to serve to your guests with that cup of adrak wali chai.
- 1 cup maida
- 3/4 cup yogurt
- 1/4 cup rice flour
- 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 2 teaspoon chopped green chillies
- 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves
- 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Salt as required
- Oil for frying
- Take curd in a bowl, combine it with half cup of water and whisk well.
- Now, combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and add the water-yogurt mixture to it.
- Use your hands to combine the two mixtures.
- Heat the oil in a pan and start prepping the bondas for frying.
- Grease your hands with some oil and shape one tablespoon of batter between your fingers and drop it into the hot oil.
- Fry on them on medium heat and keep stirring continuously until they are golden brown.
- Serve them with coconut chutney or sambhar.
This deliciou snack is perfect to serve on festive occasions, especially if you’re running out of time.
- 1 Cup Sweet Corn Kernels
- 2 tablespoon corn flour
- 2 finely chopped green chillies
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander leaves
- Half a teaspoon of red chilli powder
- 1/4 teaspoon chaat masala
- 1/4 teaspoon black salt
- 1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Salt as required
- Take some water in a pan and add the corn once the water is boiled. Let it boil for around five minutes. Now switch off the heat and strain the corn kernels.
- Take a mixing bowl and mix the corn flour, chilli flakes, red chilli powder and salt together.
- Add the corn in the mixture and coat them nicely. If required, put some drops of water so that the corn is properly coated.
- Heat oil in a deep bottomed pan and start frying the corn on low flame for two minutes.
- After they are done, fry them for a minute on full flame too.
- Take them out once they are brown and appear to be crispy on the outside.
- Transfer the fried corn in a mixing bowl and add the black salt, chaat masala, green chillies, coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix it well and your tasty crispy corn chaat is ready to serve.
‘Coz no celebration in India is complete without a touch of sweetness! Honestly, there are so many mithais coming to my mind right now, but here’s bringing you the easiest and tastiest of them all.
Who doesn’t like kaju katli? It is definitely one of the most popular mithai that we eat on Diwali, and this time, surprise your loved ones with the home-made ones.
- 100 gm broken cashew nuts
- 1 teaspoon saffron
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 6 tablespoon sugar
- 2 sheets silver varq
- Water as required
- Take a grinder and grind the cashew nuts into a fine powder.
- Heat one-and-a-half cup of water in a pan. Add sugar and saffron, mix it and cook till the syrup thickens. Then, add the cardamom powder too.
- Now, add the cashew nut powder and mix it well. Cook it for about three minutes.
- Spread the mixture onto a thali and let it cool. Once it cools down to room temperature, transfer the mixture on a worktop and knead for 30 seconds.
- Spread the mixture on to a burfi tray and garnish it with a silver varq. Now, let it set.
- Cut into diamond shapes and serve.
Rich in taste, flavour and aroma, Shahi Tukda is one recipe you MUST try this Diwali, if you haven’t already.
- 2 bread slices
- 100 ml milk
- 2 tablespoon refined oil
- A pinch of saffron
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- 25 gm each of cashews and raisins
- Heat some oil in a pan, toast the bread slices and keep them aside on a plate.
- Take another pan and add milk, sugar and saffron and mix them well.
- Now add the raisins and cashews too.
- Take a plate and place your bread slices and pour this mixture over it.
- Serve hot.
Not making (or eating) ladoos on Diwali might just be declared a sin. So, here we are with the easiest recipe of coconut til ladoo that you will love.
- 1 cup grated dry coconut
- 2 cup white sesame seeds
- 11/2 cup chopped dates
- Take a wok and dry roast the sesame seeds for about 1-2 minutes or until they are light golden, and keep it aside to cool.
- Add the coconut to the wok and stir well.
- Now, lightly cool sesame seeds in a grinder but do not grind it into a fine powder.
- Take a bowl, add the sesame seeds, the chopped dates and the coconut powder and mix them well.
- Grease your hands with oil. Take a small amount of coconut mixture on your hands and roll it into the shape of ladoos.
This list is definitely incomplete without besan ke ladoo. What do you think? Here’s the simplest recipe that you will find on the web.
- 1 cup besan
- 1/4 cup ghee
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom powder
- Take a heavy bottomed pan and add the ghee. Let it melt on low heat. Once it’s melted, add the besan and keep stirring.
- After 15 minutes, the besan or the gram flour will loosen up a little and turn into a paste-like consistency.
- Keep roasting the mixture till your kitchen is filled with its aroma.
- Now, remove the pan from the heat and transfer the mixture into another container.
- Add the cardamom powder and let the mixture cool down for at least 15 minutes.
- Now, add the sugar and combine them well. By now, you will have a dough-like consistency.
- Make small balls from the dough and give them a nice round, ladoo shape. And tada, you have yourselves some tasty and easy-to-make besan ladoos.
Did you know that it just requires two ingredients--milk and sugar--everything else is optional. Great, isn’t it?
- 2 cups grated paneer
- 1 tin condensed milk
- 2 tablespoon milk powder
- 1 teaspoon ghee
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 2 chopped pistachios
- Take paneer in a large nonstick pan and add milkmaid and the milk powder while keeping the flame on medium.
- Add the condensed milk too and make sure that you mash continuously till the mixture thickens a little.
- Further, add the cardamom powder and mix it well.
- Now, keep stirring until the mixture starts to separate from the pan. Then, transfer the mixture to a plate greased with ghee.
- Level it up and set to an inch-thick block. Add the chopped pistachios now and press gently with the help of a spoon.
- Let it cool for three hours and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Cut the kalakand into square pieces and serve.
For those of you who are looking for a healthier option, this one is perfect for you.
- A cup of seedless dates
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 1/3 cup chopped nuts (cashews, melon seeds, pista, badam)
- 2 tablespoon poppy seeds
- Grind the dates into a coarse paste.
- Roast the chopped nuts in a teaspoon of ghee and keep them aside.
- In the same pan, heat one tablespoon of ghee and add the dates, and mix them well.
- Now, add the roasted nuts to the mixture until everything incorporates well.
- Remove it on a plate and knead it well. Make a log shape and cover it in roasted sesame seeds.
- Cut it into pieces and serve them once they cool down.
So ladies, save these recipes RN and give these a try. We bet you’ll fall in love with them. Have a happy and delicious Diwali peeps!
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