Diwali is more than just the festival of lights. It’s also the time to relive childhood memories with friends, family and long-lost relatives whose names you don’t remember. And what better way to recreate the good old days than with some traditional festive fare?
Here are the traditional Diwali treats in these 12 Indian states that you must try at least once, if you haven’t already!
1. Maharashtra’s Karanji
Also known as Gujjia in some parts of India, Diwali feels incomplete without one of these sweet dumplings. Crunchy on the outside with a dessicated coconut stuffing inside, this treat must be on your to-eat list!
2. Gujarat’s Chorafali
What better way to enjoy tea-time than with a plate of Chorafali? These crispy fritters, made from chickpea and lentil flour, are even better when seasoned with tangy aamchur (dry mango) powder!
3. Rajasthan’s Mawa Kachori
This dessert doesn’t even need a spoon! Garnished in a syrup, the sweet surprise is hidden inside the Kachori – a filling of rich, wholesome Mawa (reduced milk)!
4. Delhi’s Kheel Batasha
Diwali doesn’t get any more traditional than with a handful of Kheel Batasha, a popular Puja offering of crystallized sugar drops sprinkled with puffed rice.
5. Madhya Pradesh’s Gajak
A thin, crunchy sweet made from sesame seeds & cashews, Gajak isn’t hard to bite but it’s definitely hard to miss during Diwali!
6. Kolkata’s Choddo Shak
For a healthy festive season, take cues from Kolkata. Containing 14 (“choddo” in Bengali) green leafy veggies like spinach, fenugreek, taro and pumpkin greens, this dish stands out with its spectacular nutritional value!
7. Odisha’s Chenna Poda
If you love cheesecakes, we bet you’ll love Chenna Poda, Odisha’s desi version, sprinkled with cashew nuts and raisins!
8. Uttar Pradesh’s Suran Ki Sabji
While Uttar Pradesh is well-known for its variety of mithai, tradition calls for this savoury dish featuring the nutritious suran (elephant foot yam) during Diwali. Now we know the secret of their gusto!
9. Assam’s Narikol Laru
Go (coco) nuts over Assam’s traditional sweet, the rich Narikol Laru, which is made with either sugar or the healthier alternative, jaggery!
10. Karnataka’s Senige Huggi
Similar to Pongal, this is a traditional porridge made from rice and mung beans. The best part? Sennige Huggi can be made in both savoury and sweet versions!
11. Andhra Pradesh’s Bandar Laddu
Originating from the town Bandar, the smoothness of these laddus is a treat for the eyes and their melt-in-your-mouth quality is one for your palate!
12. Tamil Nadu’s Ukkarai
A mixture of crushed lentils, roasted nuts and molten jaggery makes for this heavenly Tamilian sweet meat called Ukkarai. The simplicity of its ingredients does not do justice to its heavenly aroma!
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