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 Indian Jar Snacks for Diwali

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Indian Jar Snacks for Diwali

Diwali is that time of the year when the whole country is dazzling with lamps, new clothes and festive events! Unlike many festivals of regional importance, this is one occasion when the whole country unites in celebration. Of course, India is an example of unity in diversity, so in this case too, there are innumerable ways in which the festival is celebrated. Some worship Goddess Lakshmi while others focus on Krishna. Some light lamps while others burst crackers. However, everybody loves to have good food during Diwali. A common jar snack of Diwali is Rice Flour Chakli.

Rice Flour Chakli ( Gluten Free Recipe)

Rice Flour Chakli ( Gluten Free Recipe)

More than the menu on Diwali day, there is more focus on sweets and snacks prepared that week like Amrit PedaPoha Chivda, Rice Flour Chakli, because friends and relatives love to exchange these along with small gifts as a token of their love. So, this is a brilliant occasion to show off your cooking skills too!

Amrit PedaAmrit Peda

5 Tips to Make Indian Diwali Jar Snacks

  1. When deciding what snacks and sweets to prepare, take into consideration the time you have and your level of experience.
  2. Also note down how many varieties and how much of sweets and savouries you would like to share with your friends and family, and what you would like to serve at home.
  3. Balance your choice in terms of taste and appearance. For example, if you have chosen one jar snack as sev, then you could make a chakli or bhakarwadi next. It won’t look nice if you pack your box with 2-3 types of sev.
  4. Since you cannot prepare everything on the same day, plan such that you prepare those with a longer shelf life earlier and those than need to be consumed fresh just before Diwali.
  5. Depending on the sweets and snacks that you plan to exchange with others, plan the packaging also. If you need to order decorative boxes or bags, do so in advance.

Once you plan things well, you will find that the task of preparing the snacks is much more enjoyable and leisurely. Moreover, most of our recipes are made using readily available ingredients and quick methods, so you will find them convenient. These recipes and others on our website will surely make your Diwali special...

Chivda for Diwali

A crunchy snack which is a must during Diwali. The most authentic one is the Poha Chivda. It is made from an assortment of ingredients like rice flakes, peanuts, roasted chana dal, cashewnuts and a few Indian spices like turmeric powder and chilli powder along with sugar and salt. This takes only 15 minutes to make and does not require much planning as well. You make it in advance and store it.

Poha ChivdaPoha Chivda

While Poha Chivda is the most common recipe, some prefer Corn Flakes Chivda over it. This too has peanuts, roasted chana dal, chilli powder, sugar and salt but with fried corn flakes. This is a great recipe as a variation, if you are bored of the regular chivda. This is a good option for kid’s tiffin box also.

Chakli for Diwali

Next on our menu for Diwali is always chakli. While it isn’t that difficult to make, but it requires more time and a bit of expertise to make it. You also need to have a ‘chakli press’ to make it. Chaklis are made with different types flours like wheat flour, rice flour, bajra flour etc.

The South Indian prefer rice flour and they name it Murukku. Indeed, this crunchy delicacy made with rice and urad dal flours is an exciting treat that will be loved by all, especially thanks to the peppy aroma and flavour imparted by sesame and asafoetida.

Baked Palak Jowar MurukkuBaked Palak Jowar Murukku

If you travel to the west of India, chaklis made with wheat flour are more common. Wheat Flour Chakli are definitely worth trying. Whole Wheat Flour Chakli has a very different flavour and mouth-feel, equally tasty but slightly softer than the normal rice flour chakli.

Whole Wheat Flour Chakli Recipe, Jar Snack

Whole Wheat Flour Chakli Recipe, Jar Snack

These days’ people look for variations. Even one ingredient is enough sometimes to lend that variety. One such ingredient is spinach. Yes, Palak Chaklis are common these days. It will also be a good change from the usual savouries made during festivals. We have made the Palak Chakli using a dough of rice flour and besan perked up with a flavourful and colourful spinach puree.

Sev and Gathiya for Diwali

Think jar snack and sev is one of the first options that comes to mind. Popular all over India, with mild variations, sev is a crispy, thread-shaped snack made of besan dough. It has a melt-in-the-mouth texture and enjoyable flavour. While you can make plain sev, but that is usually apt for chaats.

For Diwali you can try out other varieties like Masala Sev and Black Pepper Lemon Sev. This too requires a ‘chakli press’, but the mould used is of the sev. This comes in different sizes. You can choose the mould depending on how thin or thick you want the sev to be.

Masala Sev

Masala Sev

Again South Indians have their own version of sev, which is Omapodi. This is made in most households during Diwali. This is a combination of rice flour and besan, while most of the other common spices remain the same.

Omapodi Recipe, South Indian Plain Sev Diwali Snack

Omapodi Recipe, South Indian Plain Sev Diwali Snack

For all the cooking enthusiast we also have the recipe of Aloo Bhujia - Potato Sev. This is available in the market. Watch the video of Aloo Bhujia and learn how to make it at home.

Aloo Bhujia, Potato Sev, Jar Snack

Aloo Bhujia, Potato Sev, Jar Snack

Teekha Gathiya is more famous in west of India. This is quite thicker than the sev, though the spices are somewhat common. But it has besan as its pre-dominant ingredient.

Teekha Gathiya

Teekha Gathiya

Bhakarwadi for Diwali

Bhakarwadi of Pune, Maharashtra is the most famous. Now this Diwali jar snack will test your culinary skills. It is totally based on your cooking skills how well you can roll and make them. Want to try it this Diwali? Check the recipe of Mini Bhakarwadi. The masalas have been perfectly combined to give a perfect balance of spiciness, sweetness and tanginess.

Mini Bhakarwadi

Mini Bhakarwadi

As a variation, you can lure your guests at home with Quick Bhakarwadi Chaat – use bhakarwadi made with all the efforts and love along with onions, tomatoes, spic powders, sev and lemon juice. They are sure to enjoy it!

Quick Bhakarwadi Chaat

Quick Bhakarwadi Chaat

And if you have guests have some health issues and don’t opt for fried snacks, then try this Baked Bhakrwadi.

Baked Bhakarwadi, Healthy Jar Snack

Baked Bhakarwadi, Healthy Jar Snack

Shakarpara for Diwali

Shakarpara also commonly known as shankarpali, kalakala and tukdi in different parts of India is a popular dry jar snacks made during festive occasions like Diwali and Janmashtami.

The sweet Shakarpara is made with wheat flour or maida as a base. It is kneaded into a dough with sweetened with milk-sugar mixture. They are rolled and cut into diamond shaped pieces and deep-fried in ghee till golden brown in colour.

ShakarparaShakarpara

There is also a savoury or Namkeen Shakarpara made in many households during Diwali. In Indian people enjoy savoury as much as they enjoy sweets for festivals. With maida as a base, it is pepped up with spice powders and sesame seeds. Some also prefer a handful of chopped methi leaves to it. Moreover, these are fried in oil instead of ghee.

Namkeen Shakarpara

Namkeen Shakarpara

For diabetics and heart patients, we have Flaxseed Shakarpara – a fiber rich non-fried delicacy to be enjoyed during Diwali.

Flax Seed Shakarpara, Diabetic Friendly

Flax Seed Shakarpara, Diabetic Friendly

Crisp Puris / Mathri for Diwali

Who doesn’t enjoy a crunchy puri? While puris are made as an everyday snack, they are famous during Diwali as well. This can also be in sweet and savoury form – Masala Mathri and Sweet Mathri. What makes Mathri so different from puri, is the sides that are pinched to give a pretty shape.  

Masala Mathri, How To Make Mathri

Masala Mathri, How To Make Mathri

Other Jar Snacks for Diwali

Phoolwadi, is another snack famous from the state of Gujarat. Crushed coriander seeds, saunf and til with a host of spices and combined to make a dough. It is shaped into a cylindrical roll and deep fried to perfection.

Phoolwadi Recipe
Phoolwadi Recipe

Seedai, a South Indian delicacy, is also a deep-fried jar snack. It is commonly made during Diwali and Janmashtami. The right mix of urad flour and rice flour gives the Seedai an exciting crunch, while ingredients like black sesame and coconut add to the taste.

Seedai, Baked South Indian Jar Snack

Seedai, Baked South Indian Jar Snack

So go ahead and list all the jar snacks you want to try this Diwali, make them in advance and store them. Then just relax and spend some time celebrating Diwali, the festival of and lights, in the company of your loved ones!!

indian jar snacks for diwali

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 by Tarla Dalal
chakli recipe | instant homemade chakli | rice flour chakli | Gujarati chakri | with amazing 24 pictures. Diwali is nearing and looking for a perfect savoury or jar snack to make for your guests? instant homemade chakli is definitely a go to. It is one of the most famous Indian snack and also is made in many Indian houses. Chakli is a namkeen which is made with easily available ingredients which are found in every well maintained kitchen. Rice flour chakli is also quick and easy to make. The method to make chakli might look complex but actually it is not. The process of making chakli is divided into three parts, the first is kneading the dough. For kneading dough for chakli, firstly you need to sieve the rice flour to get rid of impurities in it and add cup curds (dahi) ,butter, turmeric powder (haldi), chilli powder, asafoetida (hing), ginger- green chilli paste and sesame seeds (til). Mix and knead into a soft dough. The second step is divide and taking a portion and press it into a chakli “press” and cover it with the lid. Press out round swirls of chaklis. The final step is to deep- fry the instant homemade chakli till crisp and golden brown and drain on absorbent paper. Cool and store it in air tight container. Chaklis are an indispensable Diwali snack. Not only are they ideal to accompany the Diwali sweets you share with friends and family, but they also come in handy when you want to have a quick snack with tea. Made of spiced rice flour bound by curds and butter to make a soft dough, chaklis are super-crisp deep-fried savouries, which can be easily preserved for around two weeks provided you keep them in a dry and airtight container. While you might initially find it difficult to press out the chaklis into perfect circles, it will be a breeze once you get the hang of it! You can also serve instant homemade chakli as an evening tea snack with a hot cup of Masala Chai. I don’t only make it on occasion of Diwali but I keep making it once is consumed and over as my kids love this chakli but also they take chakli for kids tiffin snack. Enjoy chakli recipe | instant homemade chakli | rice flour chakli | Gujarati chakri | detailed step by step recipe and video below.
rice flour chakli recipe | gluten free chakli | South Indian chakli | instant Murukku | with amazing 19 images. rice flour chakli, this tempting South Indian version of chakli is made using rice flour enhanced with sesame seeds and cumin seeds (optional). Keep the snack handy for between-meals hunger pangs! Looking for a perfect savoury or jar snack to make for your guests and family members? instant homemade chakli is definitely a go to. It is one of the most famous Indian snack and also is made in many Indian houses. Chakli is a namkeen which is made with easily available ingredients which are found in every well maintained kitchen. Rice flour chakli is also quick and easy to make. Rice flour chakli is a variation of whole wheat flour chakli and is actually a South Indian chakli. The method to make rice flour chakli might look complex but actually it is not. The process of making rice flour chakli is divided into three parts, the first is kneading the dough. For kneading dough for chakli, firstly you need to sieve the rice flour to get rid of impurities in it and add cup curds (dahi) ,butter, turmeric powder (haldi), chilli powder, asafoetida (hing), ginger- green chilli paste and sesame seeds (til). Mix and knead into a soft dough. The second step is divide and taking a portion and press it into a chakli “press” and cover it with the lid. Press out round swirls of chaklis. The final step is to deep- fry the instant homemade chakli till crisp and golden brown and drain on absorbent paper. Cool and store it in air tight container. Chaklis are an indispensable Diwali snack. Not only are they ideal to accompany the Diwali sweets you share with friends and family, but they also come in handy when you want to have a quick snack with tea. Made of spiced rice flour bound by curds and oil to make a soft dough, chaklis are super-crisp deep-fried savouries, which can be easily preserved for around two weeks provided you keep them in a dry and airtight container. While you might initially find it difficult to press out the chaklis into perfect circles, it will be a breeze once you get the hang of it! You can also serve instant homemade chakli as an evening tea snack with a hot cup of Masala Chai. I don’t only make it on occasion of Diwali but I keep making it once it is consumed and over as my kids love this chakli but also they take chakli for kids tiffin snack. Enjoy rice flour chakli recipe | gluten free chakli | South Indian chakli | instant Murukku | detailed step by step recipe and video below.
Leafy vegetables, especially methi, do wonders for diabetics by controlling blood sugar. Not only that, methi also does wonders to the flavour of any dish it is added to, with its unique, mildly-bitter taste and splendid aroma. Here, methi is mixed with whole wheat flour and oats to make a healthy snack, flavoured with sesame seeds and ajwain. Curd is added to the dough to improve the texture of the Methi Crispies and also to impart a slight tanginess, which complements the bitterness of the fenugreek leaves beautifully. Make a batch of these Healthy Methi Crispies and store in a jar, to enjoy with your favourite low calorie dip.
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 by Tarla Dalal
sweet shakarpara recipe | Maharashtrian shankarpali | kalakala | tukdi | with 22 amazing photos. sweet shakarpara is a popular dry jar snacks made during festive occasions like Diwali and Janmashtami . Also, they make up for a great tea time snack or tiffin snack. Shakarpara and Namakpara are a famous savoury snack which you can either prepare by deep-frying or baking. These sweet biscuits are popularly known as shankarpali in Maharashtra, shakarpara in Gujarat, kalakala in Tamil Nadu, sweet tukdi in North India and teepi maida biscuits in Andhra Pradesh. There are two ways to prepare the sweet shakarpara. You can either add sugar or jaggery in the dough or sugar coat the shankarpali after frying. Here we are using the first method, for that we will be first preparing a sugar mixture. So we will start with preparing a sugar water mixture in a deep non-stick pan and pour milk, add sugar, ghee. If the quantity of ghee is less in the dough then the sweet shakarpara will turn hard instead of getting flaky and crispy. You can also use soft butter or oil as substitute but, ghee imparts a beautiful flavor. Mix well until sugar dissolves. Remove and let it cook. Further, we will prepare the dough for shakarpara. Sift whole wheat flour in a bowl, breaks down the lumps from flour, remove impurities and adds in volume to the flour by aeration. Add salt and milk sugar mixture. Knead into a firm dough. If the dough is soft then the shankarpali will get soft and not crunchy. If the dough is too soft, add more atta and if the dough is too stiff, add a tbsp or two of water and knead for a couple of minutes before you start rolling. Further, divide the dough into 4 equal portions. Take a portion and cover the other to prevent from drying. Roll out a portion. Cut them into diamonds and prick each diamond with a fork. This prevents the sweet shakarpara from puffing up. Separate them and fry in ghee till golden brown and drain on absorbent paper. Cool them completely and store sweet shakarparas in an air-tight container. A traditional tea-time snack often made during festive occasions, shankarpali is – much to the joy of amateurs – also very easy to make! Maharashtrian shankarpali is often had by Maharashtrians for breakfast by dipping theshankarpali in tea. While there are several ways of making this mildly-sweet snack, this recipe is one of the easiest to follow. Remember to fry shankarpali over a slow flame so that the insides get properly cooked. Enjoy sweet shakarpara recipe | Maharashtrian shankarpali | kalakala | tukdi | with step by step recipe photos and video below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
nankhatai biscuits recipe | nan khatai biscuits | eggless Indian cookies | with 20 amazing images. nankhatai biscuits are very popular Indian eggless tea time biscuits. Our vegetarian recipe of nan khatai biscuits is made with simple ingredients like plain flour, Vanaspati, powdered sugar, rava, cardamom powder, almond powder, baking powder and baking soda. A melt-in-the-mouth biscuit, with the rich aroma of ghee tinged with spicy notes of cardamom, the nankhatai is a perfect example of Indian ingenuity in making eggless Indian cookies. Almond and pistachio powders not only improves the flavour but also makes the nankhatai biscuits more porous, making every bite just melt in your mouth and coat your taste buds. Notes and tips on making the perfect nan khatai biscuits. 1. For making the Nankhatai Biscuit, in a deep bowl, place a fine sieve or strainer. Add the plain flour. Many people even add besan to the nankhatai recipe. You can freely change and mix match to make the nankhatai with only besan, sooji or maida but, maintain the measurements to get crunchy nan khatais. 2. Add the baking soda. While the soda neutralizes the acid in the recipe, but it is not sufficient enough to make biscuit nankhatai so we add baking powder too. 3. In another deep bowl, take the ghee. The ghee should not me melted; it should have a semi-solid consistency with grainy texture. 4. Combine the ghee and powdered sugar. Whisk well for 10 to 12 minutes or till white in colour, smooth and fluffy. This method is called as creaming; instead of a whisk you can make use of an electric beater. If using an electric beater it will only take 5 to 6 minutes. 4. Mix well to form soft dough. If you feel the dough is dry and you are unable to bring together all the ingredients then add 1 to 2 tsp of milk. Do not knead it, just mix all the ingredients. Also, if the dough is very soft then cover and keep it in the refrigerator for around 10-15 minutes before making the cookies. 5. Place the Nankhatai Biscuits on a baking tray at equal distance. They expand on baking so it is important to maintain some distance while placing them. Indeed, every crunchy bite of this intensely flavoured nankhatai biscuits is an opportunity to retreat from mundane worries and experience real delight! These traditional Indian cookies (nan khatai biscuits) can be served as Evening Tea Snacks, School Time Snacks, at High Tea Party and can also served to the guests on the occasion of Diwali or New year's day. Enjoy how to make nankhatai biscuits recipe | nan khatai biscuits | eggless Indian cookies | with detailed step by step photos.
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 by Tarla Dalal
sev recipes | besan sev | homemade sev | besan sev for chaats | sev for diwali | with 20 amazing images. Sev also called Besan Sev is made from a soft dough of besan (gram flour), oil and spices. The dough is then transferred into a sev press and pressed to form thin strands of sev which are then deep fried. Like green chutney and khajur imli ki chutney, Sev is also an extremely important ingredient in the preparation of chaat items like Bhel Puri, Sev Puri. The crispiness of Sev adds to the feel and distinctive taste of chaats. Sev is used as a garnish in many Indian snacks like Aloo Chaat, Poha and Hare Chane ki Chaat. In fact, if you just top boiled sprouts or grated veggies with Sev, it gives the impression of a chaat item; that is how closely it is related to the chaat family! Interestingly, this ever popular savoury Homemade Sev is made with minimal ingredients and a simple procedure, which you can easily master with just a little bit of practice. Also do try other variants like of Sev like Masala Sev, Ribbon Sev, Omapodi, Aloo Bhujia and Palak Pudina Sev. So, here we show you how to make Sev recipe with detailed step by step photos and video below.
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 by Tarla Dalal
poha chivda | roasted poha chivda | thin poha chivda | maharashtrian poha chivda | with 14 images. Poha Chivda is made from an assortment of ingredients ranging from poha, roasted urad dal and peanuts to cashews and curry leaves. This gives poha chivda a range of textures, while a choice of spice powders gives it a nice savoury aroma and flavour. Pop a spoonful into your mouth and savour the crunchiness of this delectable thin poha chivda snack! I always prefer to make snacks at home. Store bought or street bought snacks are cooked in inferior quality oil which causes inflammation of the body. This roasted poha chivda is not deep fried and hence a lot healthier than deep fried snacks. While it is perfect to have on a cold, rainy day, with a cup of chai , this versatile poha chivda snack is also light enough to enjoy on a hot summer’s day with a glass of juice, or to take along to school or office in a snack box! You can prepare a batch of this thin poha chivda and store it in an airtight container for a 10 to 15 days to relish it as and when you wish to. Looking for Indian travel food dry snacks, then this maharashtrian poha chivda is a perfect choice. When making roasted poha chivda, you need to take care. Dry roast the thin beaten rice on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring continuously. If you stir too much, the thin poha might break so, make use of a pan with handles and toast by shaking the pan. Enjoy maharashtrian poha chivda with detailed step by step photos and video below.
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