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Rejoice the family gathering with delectable sweet dishes on this special occasion of Diwali. Read further and find out some delectable Indian Diwali recipes.

Diwali Recipes

Diwali holds great significance to culture and tradition as it is associated with legendary stories of Lord Rama's return to his kingdom Ayodhya. On Diwali, diyas are lit all over cities and homes as a symbol of 'the light of knowledge'. It marks the defeat of darkness and the victory of good over bad. Getting together with friends and family is an important part of Diwali festivities. What special dish are you planning to give your family and friends while getting together on this special occasion of Diwali? No celebration is complete without delicious food and when it is Diwali everyone would dream of lip smacking traditional Indian sweets! These mouthwatering delicacies are indeed appealing and also easy to cook. People welcome Diwali, the most beautiful festival of lights, with lots of sweets and snacks that are sure to relish taste buds. Scroll further to find recipes of some all-time favorite dishes.

Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka Halwa)

  • Sugar - 1 cup
  • Cardamom Powder - 1/2 tsp.
  • Saffron Strands - a pinch
  • Grated Carrots - 3 cups
  • Milk - 1 1/2 cups
  • Ghee - 3 tbsp.
  • Chopped Cashew nuts - 2 tbsp.
  • Raisins -1/4
  • Peel the outer skin off carrots and grate well.
  • Take the metal pan body of apressure cooker and add one tablespoon ghee to it. To this, add the grated carrots and sautethem for a minute.
  • After adding milk and saffron strands, close the lid of the cooker and wait for one whistle.
  • Once it whistles, wait until the pressure reduces and then open the lid. Now, Keep the heat medium and add sugar. Stir continuously.
  • When all the moisture in the mixture is absorbed, add the half of the remaining portion of the ghee.
  • Remove the mixture from heat after frying it for the two minutes.
  • With the left out portion of ghee, fry cashew nuts and raisins and garnish the halwa with the cardamom powder.
  • Mix well and serve it at room temperature.
Kesar Rasmalai


For Making Malai:
  • Sugar- 1 1/2 cups
  • Water- 4 cups
  • Cardamom powder- 1/4 tsp.
  • Milk- 4 cups
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice dissolved in 1 tbsp.water
For Making Ras:
  • Sliced almonds and pistachios- 1 tbsp.
  • Sugar- 1 1/4 cups
  • Saffron-1/8 tsp.
  • Cardamom powder- 1 tsp.
  • Milk- 3 cups
Directions for Making Malai:
  • In a pan, boil milk for about 8-10 minutes.
  • When the milk starts boiling, add lemon juice to it and wait until the milk curdles completely.
  • Take the pan off from heat and allow it to cool.
  • Pour this mixture over a thin cotton/muslin cloth and tie it tightlyby making a knot. Strain the milk completely. The cheese obtained after this is called 'paneer'. Use muslin cloth and wash paneer thoroughly under cold running water to remove the lemon flavor from it.
  • Make smooth dough out of paneer by kneading it thoroughly for about 5-7 minutes.
  • Make disc shaped flat pieces out of the dough and keep them aside for a while.
  • To make sugar syrup, take a saucepan and mix sugar, water and cardamom. Boil this mixture to form hot sugary syrup.
  • To this hot syrup, add the disc paneer balls and cook them on medium heat for about 15-20 minutes. Keep the lid partially covered.
  • The saucepan should be large enough so that all the malais are accommodated in it even after they expand in size and becomes double its original volume after absorbing the sugar syrup.
  • Once cooked properly, remove the paneer balls from the syrup carefully and bring it to cool.
Directions for the Ras:
  • In a saucepan, boil milk over low flame for about 10-12 minutes.
  • To this add, sugar, cardamom powder and strands of saffron and let it boil for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Stir continuously till it attains a thick consistency.
  • Keep the mixture aside and let it cool for about 3 minutes. After it cools down, add the prepared 'malais' one after another to this mixture and garnish using pistachios and almonds.
  • In order for the flavors to set thoroughly, refrigerate Rasmalai for 6-8 hours and serve chilled.
Without sweets, Diwali celebrations are incomplete. Brush up your culinary skills and get started with these delicious Indian sweets.