Diwali recipes, here are 100+ Indian Diwali recipes for the Hindu festival of lights. From popular Gulab jamun to traditional sweets prepared with cardamom, jaggery and ghee.
Looking for mouth-watering snacks that are addictive? Discover addictive murukku recipes and snacks like samosa for the celebration.
What is Diwali?
Diwali is Indian festival of lights celebrated by Hindu across the country. It is considered as a festival to celebrate victory of Good over the Evil. Diwali also coincides with Harvest festival as per old texts.
When is Diwali 2023?
Usually falls on the month October or November. This year it is Sunday, 12th of November.
How to celebrate Diwali?
Diwali usually means meeting friends and family. Getting blessing from elders at home and among relatives.
Usually even before a month, Diwali shopping starts. All family members get new dress to wear on Diwali day.
Sweets and snacks are mostly prepared at home prior the festival in bulk for family to enjoy as well as to distribute to friends, family and relatives.
The house is cleaned, decorated with flowers and lights for Diwali.
On Diwali days, family members get up early. Elder at home apply oil on head to the family members.
Everyone takes shower (Oil bath) and wear new clothes.
Sweets, snacks, new clothes, jewelry and special menu is prepared to offer in front of God. Children burst crackers.
List of Indian Sweets for Diwali
For the festival of light, many sweets are prepared at home especially to share with friends, family and relatives.
Gulab jamun is one of the most prepared sweets across India. We get Instant Jamun mix to prepare quick and easily.
Otherwise, you can also prepare it from scratch and make few variations when it comes to Gulab jamun.
Below are different types of gulab Jamun recipes:
Diwali sweets South Indian
From jaggery based adhirasam, suzhiyan to ever green classic recipes like jangri, laddu, mysore pak!
Famous Diwali sweets
Other classics for the festival below:
Sweet potato poli
Easy halwa recipes that you can choose ingredient and prepare it with ghee for Diwali. Fruits, dals, vegetables, flours.... what's your choice?
Burfis are super quick to prepare (Under 30 mins). Here are some easy burfi recipes for Diwali from my website.
Mom makes perfect boondi ladoo just like how they serve in weddings & sweet shops. Below you can find all ladoo recipes:
Diwali means murukku when it comes to south India. Being a south Indian, I have tasted all sort of murukku. Here are different varieties of murukku recipes in my website.
Kesari are quick & easy to prepare, beginner friendly and handy when you have not planned anything.
Here is the playlist in my Youtube channel where you can watch all the videos in one place.
Milk based sweets
For me Diwali means thrill, joy, happiness😍. Who can ever forget the childhood days filled with all these mixed emotions.
My joy starts even before 100 days from the festival. Yes! I take the calendar, mark the count down with a pencil in a corner of the daily sheet calendar😛.
And every single day when I tear off the calendar sheets, I will get so excited and count my days for the big day of festival 😆.
What made Deepavali so exciting those days and why its not now, I always ask myself🤨.
I still remember the cracker and firework stories in my childhood. Every single thing.
We the kids in the street will be having competition, like in front of who's house there is more cracker papers.
Burst crackers and sweep the papers in a corner to show how much we have burst. I love love to burst crackers.
Right from oosi pattasu to Laksmi vedi. And the cape - dot cape, which we burst with a hammer, roll cape with the toy g*n. I am not big fan of 'at*m bom*'. It's too loud for me, no fun.
But Laksmi vedi is class. It gives lots of paper kuppai, just what we want. And I have never burst 1000 walas. Only the 100s.
And the Bijili crackers. How colorful were those bijilis used to be and sometimes, we even untie the saram red fort crackers to bijilis and burst for more time.
We do lot of naughty things while bursting crackers, though not serious ones, it will be up to our range 😉
Like gather all the leftover papers and dig the cracker inside it and make it burst. It will blow up all the papers up and we watch the fun.
Diwali and rain comes together hand to hand. We will be so worried and our prayers to God will be only that it should not rain! How big our prayers, see, at that age. 😉
And we don't even leave rainwater that is in the open fields opposite to our home.
We quickly place the crackers inside it and make it burst, and it spills water all over. 😀
And all these things, I do these with my brother Sendhil Kumar Ramalingam .
Not to forget the mini competitions that who wake up first and burst the first cracker in the street. We burst the loudest to make the point that we did it first.
For me I wont get sleep at all on the eve of Diwali. Its pure excitement and nothing else.
My brother will be equally excited, but he will sleep like anything in the morning. I will be waking him every time.
Those days I don't even care about the Diwali works mom had. Only I used to do is enjoy with my brother. Until he went to hostel for his higher studies.
Then the scenarios just changed. In those 4 years when he was in hostels, he will even sometimes not come home for Diwali.
Me and mom used to shed tears for that too, which my dad always mocks at 🙂
My brother loves wheat halwa and mom makes it at times for Diwali.
But after he went to job, and though he will keep the suspense until last day whether he is coming or not, I had one more advantage, he will also buy crackers, dress for me.
And mainly the salwars, chudidars from B'lore 😉
No cooking that day and we used to eat all these and get heart burn of course because of all those oily goodies!
Celebration at home
Who cared, we totally enjoyed the food and time. We wake up like around 3.00 am and mom will lit lamp in the pooja room, keep sheekai / arappu thool in a bowl, and sesame oil in another bowl.
Elder in the house will apply those two in the head for sastra and we take oil bath, come back and wear some other new dress, not the diwali dress and eagerly wait for the pooja to get over.
After the pooja is over, we fall on the elders foot and get our dresses and rush to wear the dress. The smell of the new dress, how exciting it will be! 🙂
And not to forget to show off your dress to the friends and neighbors 😉 Now enough of my stories and here is the list of recipes for this Diwali.
Diwali recipes - Preparation and cooking time varies from recipe to recipe. Please check the individual to know. Prep time varies from 12 hrs to 10 mins and cooking from 1 hr to 15 mins.
And main ingredients in sweets are milk, khoya, sugar, besan/ kadalai maavu, maida, urad dal, badam, pista, cashew nuts, coconut, rava, jaggery, ghee, oil.
For snacks, mainly rice flour, urad dal flour, gram flour, oil etc; Click on the picture for the respective recipes.
- Please refer individual posts for the respective recipe instructions.