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Diwali recipes

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Discover mouth-watering Diwali recipes to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights. Try a selection of sweets, from creamy kheer and sticky gulab jamun, to fragrant cardamom biscuits.

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  • Pistachio barfi served into diamond-shaped slices

    Pistachio barfi

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Enjoy this traditional Indian sweet treat at special occasions such as Diwali. With the texture of soft marzipan, it's richly indulgent and beautifully spiced

  • Gulab Jamun in syrup in bowl

    Gulab jamun

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Make one of India’s most cherished festival desserts, gulab jamun. These fried dumplings are scented with cardamom and steeped in rose and saffron syrup

  • Kalakand served on two decorative plates

    Kalakand

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    Make this aromatic Indian sweetmeat for a treat. It has a soft and grainy texture and is infused with cardamom and rosewater

  • Boondi laddu on a decorative plate

    Boondi laddu

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    Celebrate Diwali with boondi laddu, a traditional Indian sweetmeat, made with fried gram flour droplets soaked in cardamom and saffron syrup

  • Samosas on board with raita

    Vegetable samosas

    A star rating of 4.7 out of 5.51 ratings

    Serve up these crisp vegan samosas as a tasty starter or side dish with your favourite curry. They also make great buffet food for your next party.

  • Onion bhajis on a tray with a bowl of raita

    Easy onion bhajis

    A star rating of 4.6 out of 5.82 ratings

    Serve your crispy onion bhajis with cooling cucumber and mint raita as a snack, or eat alongside a homemade Indian curry. You'll be surprised by how easy they are to make

  • Cardamom-spiced vermicelli (semiya payasam) in 3 bowls

    Cardamom-spiced vermicelli (semiya payasam)

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    Indulge in a popular Indian dessert made with fried vermicelli strands simmered in cardamom milk. A perfect treat for Diwali, it's creamy, sweet and golden

  • Shahi tukda on a decorative plate

    Shahi tukda

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    Enjoy a classic Mughal dessert of fried bread slices, steeped in sweetened cardamom milk, scented with saffron and rosewater and topped with chopped nuts

  • A grilled paneer wrap (kathi paneer rolls) on a plate

    Grilled paneer wraps (kathi paneer rolls)

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    Enjoy these omelette-coated chapati rolls as a snack or treat at Diwali. They're spread with coriander relish and stuffed with paneer seasoned with mango

  • Aloo chaat in a bowl with a spoon

    Aloo chaat

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    Enjoy a popular Indian festival snack. These lemony fried potatoes are seasoned with cumin and chaat masala, with green chilli, red onion and pomegranate

  • Minced lamb and lentil patties (shami kebab) on a decorative plate

    Minced lamb & lentil patties (shami kebab)

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    Cook popular Indian party kebabs for Diwali made with lamb mince and lentils, seasoned with spices and sharpened with fresh coriander, ginger and chillies

  • Channa bhatura served in a bowl with Indian breads

    Channa bhatura

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Serve up a hearty Indian veggie chickpea curry served with fried bread. The addition of spices such as black cardamom impart an irresistible smoky note

  • Aloo tikki with a slice of lime

    Aloo tikki

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.2 ratings

    Enjoy these Indian potato patties, filled with peas spiced with fruity mango powder, with tamarind sauce and fresh coriander relish

  • Spiced gram flour ladoo (besan ladoo) served on a cake stand

    Besan ladoo

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    Try this classic Indian sweet at Diwali. Besan ladoo is made with nutty fried gram flour enriched with fragrant saffron, chopped cashews and homemade ghee

  • Indian rice pudding (kheer) served in three bowls

    Kheer

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Celebrate Diwali with this indulgent slow-cooked Indian rice pudding. Studded with dried fruit, it has a sweetly spiced floral flavour and a lovely creaminess

  • Punjabi semolina halwa (Suji halwa) served in a bowl

    Punjabi semolina halwa (suji halwa)

    A star rating of 4 out of 5.1 rating

    Serve this Indian dessert at special occasions such as Diwali. With almonds, cardamom and raisins, it has a rich, buttery flavour and toasty semolina aroma

  • Carrot halwa (Gajar halwa) served on a bowl

    Carrot halwa (gajar halwa)

    A star rating of 5 out of 5.1 rating

    Make some indulgent gajar halwa, a popular dessert in North India. Often served at Diwali to mark the change of seasons, it's almost fudgy in texture

  • A collection of cardamom biscuits (nan khatai)

    Cardamom biscuits (nan khatai)

    A star rating of 4.5 out of 5.4 ratings

    Enjoy these traditional Indian cardamom biscuits with a mug of steamy masala chai. Nan khatai are notable for their crumbly texture and butter-rich flavour

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