17 October, 2017

Quick and Easy Diwali Snack Recipes | Simple and Easy to Make Snack Recipes for Deepavali


It is almost that time of the year in India when winter begins. It is almost that time of the year when the dawn is lightly caressed by the frost. It is almost that time of the year when the golden rays of morning sun passes through the dew drops on the grass making them look like a precious diamonds sewn on the lush green carpets. It is almost that time of the year when the trees sway to the gentle morning breeze in the cool mist. It is almost that time of the year when the soft sun light appears from the distant hills and the birds tweet as they flutter through the dew laden sky! It is almost that time of the year when the summer’s blistering heat and the monsoon’s thundering rains give way to a season of crisp winter months. It is the golden season of Kartik, a season of cool air, chirping birds, dew drops laden fresh grass, the blossoming trees and the time when the entire Indian subcontinent adorns itself in the silky golden hued sunlight to greet the heavenly bodies into welcoming arms!

When the paths are dotted with the carpet of heavenly perfumed dainty paarijata flowers and the air is heavy with the aroma of sugary treats, it is that time of the year... It is the time of Deepavali or Diwali, a Hindu festival of lights!

With the festival of lights just a week away, our house gets busy with preparing for the Diwali. It’s that time of the year when clattering of pots and pans are heard for most part of the day and the evenings as we plan the menu for the festive food. So while planning for the Diwali party menu, I thought it may be useful for my dear blog readers to have a compilation of some simple, quick and easy snacks recipes for Deepavali. I hope you will find this post useful in deciding what to cook for your friends and family and make this Diwali a special one for your loved ones.While you are at it, don't forget to check the list of Simple and Easy Sweet Recipes for Diwali to sweeten your taste buds!

May the festival of lights be the harbinger of joy and prosperity. As the holy occasion of Diwali is here and the atmosphere is filled with the spirit of mirth and love, here's hoping this festival of beauty brings your way, bright sparkles of contentment, that stay with you through the days ahead. Wishing all my dear readers and friends, a very happy and prosperous Deepavali!

Warm Regards

Paneer Stuffed Mirchi Bajji
Khara Kaddi
Chattambade/Masala Dal Vada
Aloo-Kala Chana Chaat
Mangalore Buns
Delicious, deep fried sin! Aloo Bonda
Gobi 65
Methi nu Muthia
Spicy Stuffed Buns

From Home (Udupi-Mangalorean)

Swadeshi (Indian)
  • Aloo-Kala Chana Chaat - Warm black chickpeas and potato salad with spiced tamarind dressing
  • Aloo Tikki Chole Chaat - Spicy grilled potato fritters served with creamy chickpeas curry topped with three chutneys (Tamarind and date chutney, spicy red chilli chutney and coriander and mint chutney) and crispy sev
  • Ammini Kozhukattai or Undrallu Guggillu - Gluten free and vegan steam cooked savoury rice ball dumplings tossed in aromatic tempering 
  • Beetroot Cutlets/Patties - Pan fried Indian styled spicy vegan beetroot patties with aromatic spices
  • Bhutta or Butta - Indian styled roasted corn on the cob flavoured with lime, salt and chilli powder
  • Dabeli - A Gujarati street food of potato mash spiced with special Dabeli spice powder and 3 delicious chutneys stuffed between a burger buns (Ladi-pav) and then garnished with juicy pomegranate seeds and roasted peanuts
  • Dahi Batata Puri - Indian street food of deep fried, hollow and crispy puris filled with spiced potato mash, cumin flavoured yogurt and 3 different chutneys and topped with onion and crispy sev
  • Gobi 65 - A restaurant style deep fried cauliflower fritters dipped in spicy plain flour batter and topped with stir fried vegetables and soya sauce
  • Khandvi - A Gujarati speciality of gram flour rolls garnished with mustard seasoning and coriander leaves
  • Khara Buns - Oven baked whole grain buns stuffed with spicy vegetable mash
  • Kolhapuri Misal - Popular breakfast or tiffin dish from Kolhapur, Maharashtra where sprouted moth beans curry (Usal) is topped with fiery hot red chilli-garlic gravy (Kat), boiled potato cubes, yogurt, a spicy mixture (Farsan or Chivda), garnished with chopped onion, tomato and coriander leaves and served with sliced bread or loaf of bread called Ladi-pav
  • Kothimbir Vadi - A popular Maharasthrian snack of steam cooked gram flour/chickpea flour and coriander leaves savoury cakes and then pan fried till crisp
  • Methi nu Muthia - Popular Gujarati snack of steam cooked gram flour/chickpea flour and fresh fenugreek leaves savoury cakes, pan fried till crisp and served garnished with fresh grated coconut and roasted white sesame seeds
  • Moongachi Usal/Sprouted Moong Bean Usal - Healthy and spicy salad of lightly stir fried sprouted moong beans with onion and Indian spices
  • Onion Bajji/Pakoda - Crispy deep fried onion and spicy gram flour fritters
  • Pav Bhaji - Famous Mumbai street food of spicy mashed potato and mixed vegetable curry topped with onions, coriander leaves, generous amount of butter and lime wedges and served with bread rolls (Ladi pav)
  • Paneer Stuffed Mirchi Bajji - Spicy mashed potato and paneer/Indian cottage cheese stuffed chillies coated in spicy gram flour batter and deep fried till crisp
  • Peas Stuffed Aloo Tikkis - Spicy mashed potato cutlets stuffed with delicious mashed green peas and pan fried till crisp
  • Plaintain Kababs - Pan fried or deep fried kebabs/kabas made using spicy raw banana mash
  • Ragda Patties - Potato patties served in a spicy peas gravy and topped with assortment of chutneys and garnished with crispy sev, chopped onions, tomato and coriander leaves; a famous and much loved street food of Indian sub-continent.
  • Samosa - Deep fried plain flour pastry triangles stuffed with spicy potato and green peas filling
  • Spicy Corn Chaat/Salad - Quick and simple healthy snack of sweet corn in a lime and chaat masala dressing and topped with spicy gram flour noodles
  • Stuffed Bread Pakoda/Pakora - Deep fried savoury bread slices stuffed with spicy mashed potato and coated with spicy chickpea flour batter 
  • Stuffed Capsicum/Bell Pepper Pakoda - Deep fried bell pepper rings stuffed with spiced potato mash and coated with spicy gram flour paste
  • Stuffed Chillies - Spicy mashed potato stuffed chillies coated in spicy gram flour batter and deep fried till crisp
  • Sweet Corn Sundal - A healthy snack of sweet corns stir fried with onions and tomato and tempered with mustard seeds

Videshi (International)
  • Baby Corn Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of deep fried spicy baby corn fritters served with sweet and spicy tomato and soya sauce
  • Crispy Mushroom Cups -Button mushrooms stuffed with spicy onion and mushroom filling, coated in batter, dusted with bread crumbs and deep fried till crisp
  • Falafel with Hummus -An Egyptian snack of spiced chickpeas balls or patty either deep fried or pan fried till crisp and served with pita bread or wraps, salad leaves, topmato, onion and chickpea dip (Hummus) made using sesame paste (Tahini), olive oil, garlic and lemon juice
  • Gobi/Cauliflower Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of deep fried spicy cauliflower fritters served with sweet and spicy tomato and soya sauce 
  • Gobi Manchurian with Gravy -Indo-Chinese recipe of deep fried cauliflower fritters in sweet and spicy vegetable gravy
  • Low Fat, Oven Roasted Potato Wedge -Diet friendly low fat, oven roasted potato wedges flavoured with roasted cumin powder and sea salt
  • Mushroom Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of deep fried spicy button mushrooms fritters served with sweet and spicy tomato and soya sauce 
  • Veg Manchurian -An Indo-Chinese dish of deep fried vegetable balls/dumpling (veg meat balls) served in sweet and sour sauce
  • Veg Spring Rolls -An Indo-Chinese or Chindise street food of wonton sheet rolls stuffed with spicy mixed vegetable stir fried with soya sauce and deep fried till crisp and golden
  • Whole Wheat Tibetian Momo - Steam cooked whole wheat dumpling stuffed with crispy vegetables, a delicacy from North East India


  1. Happy Deepavali to you and your family Sia , nice compilation of snacks. Thank you for all the recipes you have shared this year :)


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