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Last Updated : May 18,2021

दीवाली - हिन्दी में पढ़ें (Diwali recipes in Hindi)
દિવાળીની રેસિપિ - ગુજરાતી માં વાંચો (Diwali recipes in Gujarati)

Diwali Recipes, Diwali Sweets, Diwali Snacks, Food

Diwali Recipes, Diwali Sweet Recipes, Diwali Snack Recipes. 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.

 Shahi Rabri, How To Make Shahi RabriShahi Rabri, How To Make Shahi Rabri

Can you imagine Diwali without sweets, savouries, new clothes, diyas and fireworks?! More than the menu on Diwali day, there is more focus on Diwali sweets and Diwali snacks (Diwali faral recipes) prepared that week, because friends and relatives love to exchange these along with small gifts as a token of their love.

Whole Wheat Flour Chakli Recipe, Jar SnackWhole Wheat Flour Chakli Recipe, Jar Snack

So, this is a brilliant occasion to show off your cooking skills too! It is perhaps the sweets and snacks that are most significant because they are shared with near and dear ones, symbolic of sharing your joy with them.

Whole Wheat Flour and Jaggery LadooWhole Wheat Flour and Jaggery Ladoo

Traditional Indian Diwali Sweet Recipes

If you are looking for Indian sweets recipes for Diwali recipes which is more traditional, then this Traditional Indian Mithai section is surely going to amaze you with delights from across the country. One such famed mithai is Motichoor Ke Ladoo. Well making them requires a little bit of exceptional art, but you can master by learning from an expert in the video.  Just follow the exact proportions and you will get the perfect motichur Ladoo, with the rich taste of besan and irresistible aroma of cardamom and saffron. motichoor ladoo are very soft and crumbly in texture.

Motichoor Ke LadooMotichoor Ke Ladoo

Karanji that are known as ghughra in Gujarati, Gujia in Hindi can be made with various stuffing and can either be fried or baked. It is also one of the popular Deepavali sweets that has a delightful crunchy yet flaky mouthfeel. As the crunchy shell of Karanji gives way to the sweet stuffing, you are greeted by shades of spice, the crunch of nuts and of course, the delightfully flaky mouth-feel of roasted coconut and rava.

Karanji Recipe, Rava Maharashtrian Karanji

Karanji Recipe, Rava Maharashtrian Karanji

Gujiya, on the other hand, has a more luxurious stuffing of mava in combination with rich crunchy nuts. Folded in a pleated fashion to perfection and fried in ghee, these can easily be made at home.

Mawa Karanji, Gujiya Recipe

Mawa Karanji, Gujiya Recipe

If you nearing a bakery during Diwali, you can get sniffs of nankhatai being baked. While most bakeires make this sweet and sell through the year, it is a common practice of Indian housewives to make their own nakhatai dough, shape them and go to the bakery to get their own Nankhatai baked. Check the recipe of Nankhatai, if you think of joining this gang of women this year. It is A melt-in-the-mouth biscuit, with the rich aroma of ghee tinged with spicy notes of cardamom.

Nankhatai, Nan Khatai Biscuit

Nankhatai, Nan Khatai Biscuit

The site of Kaju Katli itself is extremely tempting. From kids to adults, all love it alike. Can you believe that this Indian mithai needs only 4 ingredients and can be made in less than 15 minutes?  It is almost the time you would spend to go to a shop acorss to buy it. Check out how to make Kaju Katli with photos and video.

Kaju Katli, Kaju Katli RecipeKaju Katli, Kaju Katli Recipe

One other famous Diwali sweets recipe made in many households is Mohanthal. It is rich flavour and has a melt-in-the-mouth texture of ghee-roasted besan and sugar. Rose water and spices like cardamom and saffron give the sweet an enticing flavour and captivating aroma to mohanthal, while an assortment of slivered nuts makes the sweet richer. It is very popular in Gujarat and Rajasthan.

Mohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal MithaiMohanthal, Traditional Gujarati Mohanthal Mithai

The delicious soft Mysore pak has it own unique sweetness which is quite enjoyable. It is famous in the southerns states of India. Soft Mysore Pak recipe is a recipe made with 4 basic ingredients in which besan is cooked in sugar syrup and then with a generous amount of ghee and small quantity of oil.

 Mysore PakMysore Pak

Amongst the east of Indian, Bengali Rasgulla and Chum-Chum is most recognised for Diwali.


While both these sweets are milk based and need paneer as their base, rasgulla is cooked and dipped in sugar syrup, whereas chum-chum are cooked in sugar syrup and then stuffed with a rich mava, elaichi and saffron stuffing. The sfot texture and the perfect sweetness of these mithais is their matchless.

Chum ChumChum Chum

Quick Indian Sweets for Diwali

Barfis and pedas are relatively easy to make and also top the list of Diwali sweets. Every time we think of these sweets we usually head towards a mithai shop. How about trying some of the famous mithai recipes for Diwali in your own kitchen? If you are an amateur, we you can begin with recipes in this section.

Malai PedaMalai Peda

You can also try and indulge into peda recipes like Malai Peda and Mava Peda. Malai peda is more authentic in taste, texture and looks and is made with milk till it thickens. On the other hand, Mava Peda is made with paneer to simplify the cooking process and is ready in 15 miniutes.

These stay fresh upto a week. So you make it before Diwali commences and enjoy it for the 5 days of festivities with family and friends.

Mawa Peda, Quick Mava Peda, Khoya Peda

Mawa Peda, Quick Mava Peda, Khoya Peda

Anjeer Barfi is a sweet with the richness and nutrition from figs which is perfectly balanced with the crunch of protein rich nuts. Spend only 10 minutes to make this alluring Indian mithai which is sure to gaet you an applaud.

Anjeer and Mixed Nut BarfiAnjeer and Mixed Nut Barfi

Quick Kalakand, a 15 minute recipe, which requires least efforts can be your first choice to begin with. The dainty white square pieces made with readymade mava loveliness and topped with rich nuts has it own exquisiteness. From its origins in northern India, its popularity has become pan Indian – why global too, as it is not uncommon to find this luscious, milky mithai in Indian stores across the world.

 Quick Kalakand  Quick Kalakand

If you find Motichoor Ladoo slightly challenging, try the simple Coconut Ladoo for Diwali. These are easy to make, immensely rich and tasty and have a luxuriant milky flavour with an exciting mouth-feel that combines the crunch of coconuts and nuts with the creaminess of condensed milk.

Coconut Laddoo, Coconut Ladoo

Coconut Laddoo, Coconut Ladoo

Diwali Snack Recipes

Fried crunchy snacks are an inevitable part of Diwali. Every household in India makes their own version of snacks during this festive time. An important element of these dry snacks is that they can be made in advance (even 10 days before) and gives you all the time to enjoy the festival.

Jada Poha Chivda, Jar Snack

Jada Poha Chivda, Jar Snack

Chivda is one of the traditional Diwali fare seen across all Indian households. It is, in reality from the west coast of India – Gujarat and Maharashtra, but is now enjoyed throughout India. Roasted poha with the crunchiness or roasted chana dal and peanuts and spiced with only turmeric powder and chilli powder, it is a delight to indulge into.

Poha ChivdaPoha Chivda

Corn Flakes Chivda is also a famous snack made during Diwali and enjoyed more by kids since it is slightly sweet. In this innovative recipe, crisp-fried corn flakes are combined with crunchy peanuts, chana dal and spice powders to make a really exciting snack, which can be stored in an air-tight container for a few days.

Corn Flakes Chivda ( Tiffin Treats)

Corn Flakes Chivda

Spiral shaped chakli is another Diwali snack and one of the easiest too! You can try the Rice Flour Chakli to Wheat flour Chakli. The rice flour chakli is easier to make as it involves only making a dough and then making swirls in a chakli press and deep-frying.

Rice Flour Chakli ( Gluten Free Recipe)

Rice Flour Chakli ( Gluten Free Recipe)

The version of chakli with wheat flour gets its unique texture because of pressure steaming the wheat flour. Diabetics and heart patients can try Non Fried Besan Chakli.

Non Fried Besan Chakli, Diabetic Friendly Non Fried Besan Chakli, Diabetic Friendly

Crispy and flavourful, Masala Mathri can be prepared quite easily with readily available ingredients like plain flour, carom seeds and cumin seeds, and so on. It has a distinctive look due to the pinching done on the circumference after rolling. It has a flaky yet crunchy flavour, which is enjoyed by all.

Masala Mathri, How To Make Mathri

Masala Mathri, How To Make Mathri

Teekha Gathiya is a Gujarati snack made in batches during Diwali. It is easy to make. It uses only common ingredients and takes very little time. All you need is besan and a handful common masalas and sev press. Try it out!

Teekha Gathiya

Teekha Gathiya

Want to try your culinary skills on some snack which is slightly tactful and need expert cooking skills? Go in for Mini Bhakarwadi. The famous Puneri style bhakarwadi recipe is her for you to try and surprise your guests. It is a dry snack, which has an interesting spiral shape with alternate layers of masala and dough. It is very difficult to stop munching on these even after a few pop-ups.

Mini Bhakarwadi

Mini Bhakarwadi

Have you every tasted spicy diamond shaped crispy Gujarati style  Shakarpara? These can be made with maida or wheat flour as a base ingredient and the dough is kneaded with sugar and milk.


They are then rolled, cut into diamond shaped pieces and fried to perfection in ghee to get a rich Indian taste. If you want its peppier version, you can try the recipe with spices instead of sugar – Namkeen Shakarpara.

Namkeen Shakarpara

Namkeen Shakarpara

Another famous Diwali snack is Phoolwadi. It is a crispy, deep-fried and cylinder-shaped savoury snack made of besan and spices. Very popular in Gujarat, this jar snack can be enjoyed anytime

Phoolwadi Recipe
Phoolwadi Recipe

Bengali's love to make their famous snack – Nimki. It is quite similar to Gujarati Farsi Puri. While the former has kalonji and cumin powder as its main spice and is shaped in a triangle and fried, the later has black pepper powder as its spice secret and is rolled in a circular shape and fried. However, both have maida as a the base ingredient.

Farsi Puri

Farsi Puri

Diwali Snacks for Entertaining

Yes, traditional sweets and snacks will always be a part of our Diwali celebration, some people also love to make hot snacks to entertain theier guests. They are always in search for unique hot snacks to serve them.  

Moong-Dal-PakodaMoong Dal Pakoda

You can try the Punjabi Pakoda. It is a simple and quick snack, in which the paneer pieces can be kept ready and the batter too can be made in refrigerated. Serve them with green chutney or tomato ketchup.

 Paneer Pakoda, Punjabi Paneer Pakora RecipePaneer Pakoda, Punjabi Paneer Pakora Recipe

Looking for a cheese based ssnack? Try Cheese and Spring Onion Samosa. These can be half-fried and later can be fried and served hot to be shared with your friends and family. These can be served with any hot sauce like chilli garlic sauce or Schezuan sauce.  

Cheese and Spring Onion Samosa

Cheese and Spring Onion Samosa

Potato is a universal vegetable, loved by one and all. And if it is boiled and used in the form a chaat topped with sweet chutney, teekha chutney, garlic chutney, dahi, sev, fried chana dal and served garnished with coriander, it’s truly irresistible. Try the famous Mumbai Aloo Chaat.

Aloo Chaat ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )

Aloo Chaat ( Mumbai Roadside Recipes )

Also Read : More Snacks for Entertaining

10 Drinks for Diwali

You can also try a variety of these drinks as an accompaniment with the snacks.

Bourbon Milkshake 

Kokum Sherbat

Pomegranate Tea

 Pomegranate Tea, Turkish Tea

 Pomegranate Tea, Turkish Tea

Pineapple Masala Drink

Watermelon and Coconut Drink

Minty Jaljeera

Minty Jaljeera, Phudina Jaljeera Paani

Minty Jaljeera, Phudina Jaljeera Paani

Virgi Pinacolada

Kiwi Margarita

Guava Smoothie, Indian Style Guava Smoothie

Guava Smoothie, Indian Style Guava Smoothie

Guava Smoothie

Paan Shot

Enjoy the festival of diyas and light with great joy and excitement. HAPPY DIWALI!!

When deciding what Diwali snacks and Diwali sweets to prepare, take into consideration the time you have, level of experience, 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. Balance your choice in terms of taste and appearance.

Kopra PakKopra Pak

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 on our website will surely make your Diwali special.


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