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When we speak of festive food, it is mostly about sweets. But what about other festive foods – like these Diwali savouries? Here are a few quick & easy ones.
When I think of Diwali, I see it as a vibrant, colorful festival of lights. It is one of the most important Indian festivals. Diwali literally means ‘rows of lights’ and its origin can be traced back in history as an important harvest festival.
As with most Indian festivals, the celebration of the ‘Festival of Lights’ is through the medium of food, and comes in a variety of flavours and textures.
With Diwali coming up shortly, we would want to whip up some special, lip smacking treats for our family and friends. Any Indian festival is incomplete without having savories to accompany the traditional sweets on our dining tables – so Diwali savouries it is.
Here are a few of my favourite Diwali savouries, which are easy to prepare, simple and delicious, which have a longish shelf life – so that you can have them handy when guests arrive, and which is not very time consuming to prepare. Anyone with a very basic knowledge of cooking can prepare these Diwali savouries.
And the best part of preparing these Diwali savouries? The ease of preparation means that your kids can join you in it, and it is a great way to bond with your little ones during this festive season.
Masala Murmura is an Indian snack, spicy and slightly tangy in flavour. This can be prepared under 15 minutes and is more popular in South India. This is a great option for the health conscious ones, as well.
See the recipe here.
As the name suggests, this is slightly spicy with a tinge of sweetness packed into it, as well
A quick snack for those who want stay inside and for the ones who want to celebrate outside, popping a piece or two into their mouth as they watch the fireworks outside. Try this peanut masala which will last for a month from here.
This one is one of the most popular and widely made Diwali savouries. It is delicious and is a popular option in North India. Serve it as an snack accompanied by garam chai in the evenings.
This mixture is absolutely mouth watering and can be served in the evenings. It is slightly spicy in taste.
This is a great option for those who like me, are worried about the extra calories this festive season. It is a simple and tasty option. The best part is you can store it in an airtight container which can be served when guests drop by as well.
Thattai, translated as “flat” is a Diwali savoury recipe that’s strictly meant for celebrations and is one of the signature savoury recipes of south India. It’s usually made in huge quantities to be shared with friends and families to mark the sharing aspect of the celebrations.
This is one of the easiest Diwali savouries to make. These tiny rice balls fried in oil, can be made as a sweet dish, or a savoury dish, depending upon our needs. As we are all about that ‘savoury’ in this post, here is link to the Salt/coconut seedai recipe.
Do let me know in your comments below, if you enjoyed preparing these Diwali savouries… Happy Diwali!
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