The festival of lights is here, bringing a season full of gathering and parties. Make sure that your party turns up great with some good food and amazing people. Bringing a few Diwali recipes for refreshing Juices, Starters, and Namkeen your family and friends! Check out our next blog for Diwali special Main course and Desserts!

- Juice to serve


Rose Coconut Cooler

- Starters

Paneer Tikka

Veg Lollipop

- Namkeen

Dal Moth

Kachche Kele ka Chivda

● Juice to serve:

A good juice warms up the mood of a gathering/party and stirs in good conversations around - quite essential for a Diwali gathering. Hence, check out these interesting recipes for a quick yet refreshing drink!

➤ Jaljeera

A good juice warms up the mood of a gathering/party and stirs in good conversations around - quite essential for a Diwali gathering. Hence, check out these interesting recipes for a quick yet refreshing drink!

o Ingredients

- ½ cup Mint leaves

- ½ cup Coriander leaves

- 2 tablespoons Ginger

- 4 tablespoon Sugar

- 1 pinch Strong asafoetida or Strong Hing

- 6 tablespoons Lemon juice

- 2 tablespoon Tamarind (seedless)

- 2 tablespoon Cumin seeds

- 2 teaspoons Black salt

- 2 teaspoons Chat masala powder

- 1 teaspoon Salt

- Ice cubes as required

o Method

- Chop the mint and coriander leaves finely.

- Take a bowl and mix all the ingredients including cumin seeds, strong hing and chat masala powder. Don’t add the ice.

- Blend the mix in a blender.

- Pour the juice in glasses.

- Add ice cubes and serve.

➤ Rose Coconut Cooler:

A fusion of two popular Indian ingredients i.e., Rose and Coconut, this cooler will win the hearts of every individual at the party! Try it out!

o Ingredients

- 6 teaspoons Rose syrup

- 1 cup of Coconut water (chilled)

- 12-15 Mint leaves

- 2 cubed Lemons

- Drinking soda as required

o Method

- Combine mint leaves, lemon, and a little amount of coconut water in a shaker. Shake it well.

- Add Rose syrup and remaining coconut water to it and shake it for 2 minutes.

- Pour the juice in glasses.

- Top it up with soda as required.

- Serve it cold.

● Starters:

As the word says, ‘Starters’ are only for the start. But they ought to be the best. Hence, try out a few amazing dishes stated below. These dishes won’t take much time and will add the right amount of sass you need to get the party going!

➤ Paneer Tikka

Everyone’s favourite Paneer Tikka can be an ideal starter for Diwali. Not-so-spicy and easy-to-make, this won’t take much of your time.

o Ingredients

- ½ cup Onion petals

- ½ cup cubed Capsicum

- 5 cubes of Paneer per stick

- ½ cup Curd

- 1 tablespoon Lemon juice

- ½ teaspoon red Chilli powder

- ½ Coriander powder

- ¼ teaspoon Cumin powder

- ½ teaspoon Garam masala

- ½ teaspoon Kasuri methi or dry fenugreek leaves crushed

- ½ teaspoon Chaat masala powder

- 2 teaspoon Besan or gram flour

- ¼ teaspoon Ajwain seeds

- 3 teaspoon Oil

- Salt to taste

o Method

- Take yogurt in a bowl.

- Add red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, garam masala, chaat masala powder, kasuri methi (dry fenugreek leaves), and ajwain seeds to it.

- Combine them well.

- Add oil and all the vegetables along with the Paneer.

- Make sure that the yogurt coats well to them.

- Marinate, cover, and refrigerate it for about half an hour.

- Now, insert paneer, capsicum, and onion onto the skewers.

- Roast it in a hot tawa or tandoor.

- Sprinkle chaat masala powder over it and serve it with green chutney.

➤ Veg Lollipop:

Attractive and a bit funky, Veg Lollipop is a good Diwali dish to jazz up your evening. As it contains a host of vegetables, it is a fibre-rich option for starters during this festive.

o Ingredients

- 2 peeled, boiled, and grated Potato

- 2 tablespoon finely chopped Onion

- 3 tablespoon Peas

- 2 tablespoon Capsicum

- 2 tablespoon grated Carrot

- 2 tablespoon Maida

- 2 tablespoon Cornflour

- 2 teaspoon Corn

- ½ teaspoon red Chilli powder

- ¼ teaspoon Garam masala

- ½ teaspoon Amchur powder or Dry mango powder

- ½ teaspoon Chaat masala powder

- ½ teaspoon Ginger-garlic paste

- ¼ teaspoon black pepper powder

- ¼ cup Bread crumbs

- ½ cup Water

- Oil for deep frying

- Salt to taste

o Method

- Take a large bowl and add all the vegetables to it.

- Add chilli powder, cumin seeds, garam masala, chaat masala powder, salt, and ginger-garlic paste in it.

- Add bread crumbs and mix well to make a soft dough.

- Prepare small-sized balls from it.

- In another bowl, make a semi-thick slurry from maida and water.

- Dip the small-sized balls in this slurry, coat it with bread crumbs, and fry it till golden brown.

- Insert a toothpick in each lollipop and serve along with tomato sauce or cheese mayonnaise

● Namkeen:

Diwali and Namkeen are two sides of the same coin. Preparing them a few days in advance will save your time and help you manage other things, simultaneously. Thus, check out these recipes.

➤ Dal Moth

Simple yet tasty, Dal Moth is a popular namkeen. Make it for your Diwali gathering and see your guests enjoying every bit of it.

o Ingredients

- 200 grams of whole Masoor dal

- 1 cup Sev

- ½ teaspoon red Chilli powder

- ½ teaspoon Chaat masala powder

- ¼ teaspoon Black pepper powder

- ¼ teaspoon Cumin seeds

- ¼ teaspoon Amchur powder or dry mango powder

- ¼ teaspoon Hing or Asafoetida

- ¼ teaspoon Black salt or kala namak

- 1 tablespoon Melon seeds or magaj seeds

- Pinch of turmeric powder

- Pinch of baking soda

- Pinch of salt

- Oil to fry

o Method

- Soak Masoor dal along with turmeric powder, baking soda, and salt for 8-10 hours.

- Heat oil in a kadhai. Once, the oil is hot, reduce the flame to medium and fry the soaked masoor dal in batches. Before frying, ensure that no water is left in the dal.

- Drain the excess oil.

- Follow a similar procedure with Melon or magaj seeds.

- Take a bowl. Add fried masoor dal, fried melon seeds, and other spices like cumin seeds, chat masala powder, hing, etc

- Mix well.

- Cool it completely and serve.

➤ Kachche Kele ka Chivda:

Kachche Kele ka Chivda or Raw banana chivda is a sweet and sour namkeen that requires no prior preparation and hence, can be prepared within less time. As the flavours are mild and sweet, it will be loved by all.

o Ingredients

- 2 Raw bananas or Kachche kele

- 2 finely chopped Green chillies

- 8-10 Curry leaves

- 5-7 Almonds

- 5-7 Cashews

- 1/3 cup Peanuts

- 1 teaspoon Chaat masala powder

- 1 teaspoon powdered Sugar

-  ¼ teaspoon red Chilli powder

- 1 tablespoon Raisins

- Salt to taste

- Oil for frying

o Method

- Wash and peel the raw bananas. Grate and fry them in hot oil on a medium flame.

- Once they turn golden brown in colour, take them out of the oil.

- Remove excess oil and keep them aside.

- In the same pan, fry peanuts, cashews, and almonds till they turn golden brown. Keep it aside.

- In the same pan, fry green chillies and curry leaves till they become crispy.

- Lastly, fry raisins for a few seconds.

- Take a bowl and combine all these mixtures.

- Add red chilli powder, chaat masala powder, and salt to it.

- Mix well and server as per your convenience.

Diwali is the festival of purity and positivity. Enhance the effect of this essence by using 100% pure spices of Vasant Masala.

Wishing you a very Happy Diwali and a prosperous new year!