Diwali should probably be renamed from “Festival of Lights” to “Festival of the Foodies”. Really, no kidding. All the weight that you managed to lose after a lot of hard work in the gym, there are great chances of you gaining it all back. Diwali is a festival that is all about rich food. Sweets and snacks rolled in ghee and sugar are available abundantly, so you can’t really escape the pounds even if you wanted to. Oh, but the food! If you are a foodie then Diwali must certainly be one of your favourite festivals. The variety of good food that is available is mind-boggling and a complete gastronomic roller-coaster. Here’s a list of the top 5 Diwali delicacies that have existed since time immemorial but will surely make your taste-buds sing!
The incredible Besan Laddoo is everyone’s favourite. This soft ball of delight, if full of dry fruits and ghee, can make anyone’s day. If made well, it can melt on your tongue making it one of the most light yet filling Diwali sweets ever made. Although, watch out, its easy to binge on these little darlings!
Difficult to master, but oh so yummy. Much like momos, only deep-fried, Karanjis are filled with a sweet coconutty goodness, which is in turn full of dry fruits and nuts. The best thing about Karanjis is that it can be stored for a long time after it is made, which makes it a great after-Diwali snack, too!
Made to look like a Jalebi but doesn’t taste like it. This spiral of spicy crispiness should be eaten with some hot tea for maximum impact! Made from a whole variety of flours like rice, bengal gram and black gram, Chakri or Chakli is also fun to make!
Shakarpara or Shankarpali is one of the easiest to make Diwali snacks. It can be made either sweet or salty, depending on how you like it. These tiny diamond-shaped snacks are not only delicious but are also high in carbs, making them rich sources of energy. Shakarpara is actually a snack available in the market throughout the year, so if you suddenly start craving it, you know you won’t be denied it!
Last but not least in this list of the top 5 Diwali delicacies, Poha Chivda is definitely the healthiest. This low fat snack is a very famous Maharashtrian snack that complements some adrak chai very well. Made of thin poha tossed with a lot of cashew nuts, peanuts, curry leaves, green chillies and dry coconut slices, Poha Chivda is a must-eat during Diwali!