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Recipes for India's Festival of Lights

Updated: Jan 20, 2023

Diwali is all about reuniting with family and celebrating. So, it's not surprising that you want to spoil your family on Diwali day. You can't go wrong with sweets such as halwas and gulab jamuns. Making them at home will be an indispensable part of your Diwali preparations.

Here are a few recipes from India we collected on this occasion:

1. Moong Dal Halwa

Indain sweet moong dal halwa is festive special especially diwali sweet
Moong Dal Halwa


  • ½ cup Moong dal

  • 1 cup Milk

  • ½ cup Ghee (Clarified butter)

  • ½ cup Sugar

  • 1 tbsp Almond flakes

  • 10 Cashews

  • ¼ tsp Cardamom powder

  1. Dry roast moong dal in a pan.

  2. Cool and grind it to a slightly coarse powder.

  3. Heat a cup of milk in a saucepan. Don’t boil it.

  4. Heat ghee in a pan, add the powdered moong dal, and stir continuously to avoid lumps.

  5. Add cashews and almonds and let the nuts get roasted in ghee.

  6. Next, add hot milk and stir well until the ghee separates.

  7. Add sugar and mix until the halwa starts to thicken.

  8. Add cardamom powder, mix, and switch off the flame.

2. Gulab Jamun

Gulab jamun the most famous sweet dish for all ages
Gulab Jamun

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Mawa/Khoya

  • ½ cup Maida/All-purpose flour

  • a pinch Baking soda

  • 1.5 cups Sugar

  • 2.5 cups Water

  • ¼ tsp Cardamom powder

  • ¼ tsp Rose essence

  • Ghee - for frying Jamun

  1. To prepare the dough, mix khoya, Maida, and baking soda, and add milk slowly.

  2. Make small balls out of the dough.

  3. To prepare sugar syrup, in a saucepan, add sugar and water, mix and then at low flame, boil until the sugar syrup becomes sticky.

  4. Deep fry Jamun balls on low flame in ghee or oil till golden brown, and then let them cool.

  5. Reheat the sugar syrup and drop the Jamuns.

  6. Stir gently to coat and soak the Gulab Jamun in sugar syrup for 2 hours to make them soft, fluffy, and double in size.

3. Murukku

Indian savory snack (Hot) murukku

Ingredients :

  • 4 cups Rice flour (1 cup - 250ml)

  • ½ cup Moong dal

  • 2 tbsp Butter should be at room temperature

  • 2 tsp Salt adjust as needed

  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds

  • ¼ tsp Asafetida (Asafetida/Hing)

  • 3 cups Oil for deep frying

  1. Grind the moong dal into a smooth powder and add rice flour.

  2. Add cumin seeds, hing, and butter and give it a good mix till the dough becomes stiff

  3. Heat oil in a pan. Take the press and mold. Take one handful of dough and put it in the press and cover it with the lid.

  4. Deep fry the murukku in low flame till they are golden brown in color and become crispy.

  5. Gently take out the fried murukku from the oil and keep it in a strainer or paper towel to drain the excess oil.

4. Kaju Katli

Easy and healthy indian snack kaju katli for all festivals especially diwali sweet
Kaju Katli

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup Cashews (1 cup - 250ml)

  • ½ cup Sugar

  • ¼ cup Water

  • a pinch of Cardamom

  • 1 tsp Ghee

  1. Grind cashews into a smooth powder. Grease a plate with ghee and set it aside.

  2. Boil water and sugar on low flame until it becomes sticky syrup.

  3. Add cashew powder until it stops sticking to the sides of the pan.

  4. Add cardamom powder, ghee, and mix, and switch off the flame.

  5. Spread the cashew mixture on butter paper or on the ghee-greased plate.

  6. Once the dough is kneaded, add the cashew mixture to ghee greased plate and roll it to 3mm thickness, let it cool and cut it into diamond shape pieces.

5. Namakpare (Savory Diamond Cuts)

Indian easy savory snack namakpare (wheat sticks)

Ingredients :

  • 2 cups Wheat flour/Atta

  • 2 tbsp Rava/Semolina/Soji

  • 1 tsp Ajwain/Carom

  • ½ tsp Pepper (crushed)

  • ½ tsp Salt

  • 3 tbsp Oil

  • Oil for frying

  1. Add 2 cups of wheat flour, 2 tbsp rava, 1 tsp ajwain, ½ tsp pepper, and ½ tsp salt and mix them well.

  2. Pour hot ghee/oil over the flour.

  3. Crumble the oil with the dough well, rub with your hands and add water slowly until the dough becomes stiff.

  4. Flatten the dough as you do with a chapati ball, but slightly thicker.

  5. With a knife, cut long strips, and then into a diamond shape.

  6. Drop the namakpare into the hot oil, or bake in preheated oven at 180 degree Celsius for 15-20 minutes.

  7. Fry until it becomes golden brown on low-medium flame.

Celebrate this Diwali with your family and friends in a way that is relaxing, entertaining, safe, and full of delicacies. Dive deep into these sweet and savory recipes specially curated for festive occasions. On Klynk, you can find more such recipes, instantly create shopping lists and make weekly meal plans.


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