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Diwali Recipes- Indian Sweets


Diwali is the festival of lights. It is celebrated with great pomp and show by Indians all around the world. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. Homes are decked up with lights, flowers and rangoli patterns. There are a plethora of lights from fancy decorative lights to traditional earthen lamps (diyas).

Diwali is all about happiness, family members coming together to celebrate. Firecrackers, exchange of gifts and sharing good yummy food is part of Diwali tradition. Wearing festive clothing, worship, buying something new is also part of Diwali tradition. Diwali is a deeply religious festival for most people in India. In Kerala we celebrate Diwali, but it is simple when compared to the Diwali celebration in North India. But we do have fun by lighting diyas, making and sharing traditional sweets and of coarse firecrackers.

I am here to share with you some delicious sweets and snacks for Diwali festival. No celebrations or festivities are complete without sweets and desserts. Indian Diwali Sweets can be easily made at home in advance and stored in the fridge for 2-3 days or even longer. When we say Indian there is so much diversity, every state has its special sweets and desserts. There are an astounding variety of Indian sweets and confectioners in all textures, shapes, and color. Here is a collection of Diwali recipes from this blog.

Ladoos
There are huge variety of ladoos and they differ from region to region. This ghee infused ball-shaped sweets is loved by both young and old. They are often made of either chickpea flour, rice flour,semolina, peanuts, coconut depending on the region.

Rava Ladoo 
Made with Semolina/ rava and coconut. It is flavored with ghee and cardamon and is one easiest ladoo recipe.

Besan ladoo
Made with roasted chickpeas flour and nuts. It is laced with flavor of cardamom and ghee.

Rice Ladoos / Ari Unda 
Ari Unda is made with rice flour. It is a traditional ladoo of Kerala and is made with roasted rice flour, coconut and jaggery. It is flavored with cumin and cardamom.

Puffed Rice Ladoo
Pori unda is made with puffed rice and jaggery, crispy, yummy ladoos
Maa ladoo 
Delicious and easy to make ladoo with  pottukadalai/roasted gram/chutney dal. It is flavored with ghee and cardamom



Like to try more ladoo recipe check these Caramel Coconut Ladoo, Rava Khoya ladoo,Sesame Ladoo, Peanut Ladoo and Coconut Ladoo

Kesari and Boli
South Indian favorites Kesari and Boli is a must for every celebration in South India, especially for Diwali. You can find these is sweet shops and bakeries in Kerala.

Boli
 Boli is a traditional South Indian sweet and its variations is found in puran poli, bobbatlu etc.It is delicate thin crepes with a sweet lentil filling. It is  served with milk payasam/kheer

Rava Kesari
This soft melt in mouth dessert is much loved and  is  considered as an auspicious prasadam or a  halwa. It is made with semolina and ghee.

Beetroot Kesari 
Kesari is a popular south India dessert made with semolina. Adding beets gives it a vibrant color and the dessert is  flavored with ghee.




Burfi- Indian Fudge
Burfii is a delicious fudge-like Indian sweet. Like ladoos there are so many varieties of burfi. It is made with milk, gram flour, lentils,Coconut or any kind of nuts. It is a soft melt in mouth sweet or confectionery. Here are a few burfi recipes.

Milk Burfi 
Made with khoya and condensed milk and topped with chopped nuts.


Ghee Mysore Pak 
Soft textured gram flour fudge. It is sweet and rich with ghee and hence the name

Carrot Burfi
Made with Carrots and condensed milk. This fudge has an interesting texture.


Rose Coconut Burfi
This nutty and rose flavored fudge is rich with intense flavor of coconut. Perfect for all coconut lovers!
Chana Dal Burfi
An interesting burfi made with lentils. The chana dal is cook with milk and shaped into a fudge.
Halwa
Halwa is made on every festive occasion. It has an important place in the astounding variety of Indian mittais or sweets confectioners. Halwa making is time consuming, but is an indispensable part of Indian feasts.

Plantain Halwa
Kerala special fruit halwa. This halwa is made with over ripe plantains, rice flour and jaggery. This is very popular in Kerala.

Karah Prasad/ Wheat Flour Halwa
It is made with whole wheat flour/atta, ghee and sugar. It is a  rich and tasty halwa that is also served in Gurudwara as prasad for devotees

 Palkova/ Thirattipal
Thirattipal is  rich and flavorful sweet milk halwa,popular in South India. It is made by reducing milk and sugar 

Coconut Halwa
This halwa is made with coconut milk and grated coconut. Toasted Coconut is added to give a slight crunch to this halwa. Kerala style halwa


Beetroot Halwa
Very popular and vibrant halwa made with beetroot and milk, ghee and sugar.
Like to try more halwa recipes, check Apple Raspberry Halwa, Jack fruit Halwa, Pineapple Halwa, Sooji Jaggery Halwa, Chickoo Coconut Halwa

Gulab jamun 
Gulab Jamuns are deep-fried dumplings that are soaked in a sugar syrup laced with rose water.Prepared with solid milk and flour and then dropped in sugar syrup it gets fluffy, juicy and has a melts in your mouth texture.


Bengali Delicacies Sandesh and Cham Cham
A selection of mithai is incomplete without any kind of Bengali Sweet. Sandesh and Cham Cham are milk-based sweet made with fresh home made paneer.

Sandesh
Milk based sweet made with fresh paneer and sugar and laced with flavor of cardamom



 Cham Cham  
Another Bengali delicacy  is this oval sweet made with fresh paneer.It has a spongy texture usually with stuffing and comes in a variety of vibrant colors.

Mango Peda
Luxurious, rich, flavorful fudge made with khoya and mangoes.



Milk Peda 
The richness and flavor of this sweet, soft Indian fudge is truly divine. It is made with milk and Khoya

Jalebi
Jalebi are deep-fried Indian sweets that are soaked in sugar syrup. The fermented batter is commonly made of urad dal, all purpose flour or chickpea flour.


Balushahi
It is like fried and glazed pasty that resembles doughnuts. It is sweet and has a slightly flaky and melt in mouth texture.

Diwali Snacks
Here is a list of Kerala snacks for Diwali

Banana Chips
Deep fried plantain chips is a popular snack in Kerala. Salty with the flavor of coconut oil


Kerala Mixture
 Mixture is a crispy and crunchy snack popular in India.  It is a snack mix or a blend of crispy fries, nuts,chips,fried lentils and  tossed with a spice powder.



Butter Biscuit/ Nankattai
Nankattai  is a very popular Indian tea time cookie and has the perfect crumbly melt in mouth texture. It is buttery, with the inviting fragrance of cardamon.

Maida Butter Murukku
Instant murukku with the intense flavor of butter. Perfect for festive occasions.




Kaara Biscuit
Bakery style spicy and salty cracker popular in Kerala

Samosa
Ever popular Indian street food with crisp fried  pastry dough and spiced potato filling.



Ellu Mittai
Ellu Mittai/ sesame brittle is old fashioned sugar and nuts candy
 

 Potato Bondas
It is a perfect tea time snack and is also served as appetizers during weddings and festive meals

Sukiyan
Sweet balls made with green gram and jaggery,dipped in batter and deep fried.
Neiyappam
Kerala style deep fried fitters made with rice and jaggery and with the enticing flavor of ghee and cardamom

Hope you find these recipes interesting. Try them and let me know how it turned out for you. Happy Cooking!

Happy Diwali!



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