Deepavali Food & Desserts To Celebrate the Festival of Lights [2021]

It’s time to celebrate Deepavali again! What is the one food that comes to mind when you think of the festival of lights? We can’t decide – that’s why we’ve put together a list of 10 foods and desserts to add a little SPICE to your celebrations this year.

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1. Gulab Jamun

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Gulab Jamun is a dessert made of curdled milk. It is typically mixed with flour and kneaded with rose water alongside other yummy ingredients like sugar and cardamom powder. It is then moulded into a round dough and deep-fried in hot oil! It is best served with a drizzle of scented syrup.

It’s a delicious, melt-in-your-mouth treat that is sure to sweeten up your day.

2. Chirote

Chirote, also known as Chiroti, is another must-have. Hailing from South India, this dessert is made primarily from three main ingredients; Maida (Indian white flour), sugar, and Ghee (clarified butter).

What makes this dessert unique is that it is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It is best enjoyed with sweetened milk, and is usually eaten not just during Deepavali, but also during other special occasions like festivals and weddings – it’s the ultimate celebration food!

3. Kheer

Another one at the top of our must-have list this Deepavali is Kheer. This Indian rice pudding is made from slow-cooked and sweetened milk and mixed with rice and spices. 

It combines unexpected ingredients like rice, sugar, milk, cardamom, nuts, and rose water – making for a unique yet absolutely mouthwatering dessert. It’s aromatic, creamy, yet mellow at the same time – perfect for a light celebration treat!

4. Samosa

Samosa is a savoury baked pastry that contains spice vegetables or meat and usually takes different forms depending on the region it’s made in – triangular, cone, or half-moon shapes. It is made of maida flour, fillings of choice (usually chicken, onions, and other meat), vegetable oil or butter, salt, and water.

Fun fact: You can make vegan samosa, stuffing it with fillings like spiced potatoes instead of meat. 

Samosas are very popular in India, the Middle East, and other parts of Asia. Some say that it is a much healthier alternative compared to burgers! Be sure to enjoy this guilt-free indulgence this Deepavali.

5. Aloo Tikki

Aloo Tikki is a popular snack, also known as Alu Ki Tikkia or Alu Ki Tikki. The word “Aloo” means “potatoes”, and “Tikki” means “patties” – and it is exactly what it is called, potato patties! 

The main ingredient of this dish is, of course, boiled potatoes, and seasoned with aromatic spices and herbs. The best part? It is deep-fried to perfection. 

Complete the festivities by adding Aloo Tikki to your menu!

6. Puri

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Start the day right with Puri (or Poori), made of deep-fried whole-wheat flour and salt. The final dish is a very puffy yet light bread that’s our go-to snack!

At Indian restaurants, you’ll notice that Puri is usually served with a potato curry also known as Puri Bhaji or Poori Masala – which is what makes this dish even more special.

7. Poha

If you’re looking for a slightly heavier breakfast to fuel the festivities, try Poha. It is known by many other names – Pohaa, Pauwa, Chira, and Aval. 

This is a one-of-a-kind dish that’s made of flattened (or beaten) rice, onions, spices, and herbs. Sometimes, peanuts, peas, carrots, and cashew nuts are also added to the dish to make it more nutritious and wholesome.

8. Barfi

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Barfi or Burfi is a favourite among many, especially during Deepavali. It’s a fudgy, melt-in-your-mouth sweet made from milk, syrup and topped with nuts. Like Chirote, it is also typically enjoyed at occasions, such as birthdays and weddings. 

The texture, coupled with its light yet tantalising flavour is enough to keep you wanting more!

9. Halwa

Halwa or Halva is a very well-known dessert in India. Though it originally hails from Turkey, it is also well-loved during Deepavali, with a creative twist, of course!

This pudding is made of carrot, milk, sugar, Ghee, and nuts. When cooked together, it results in the most amazing explosion of flavours, making it perfect for dessert. 

Malaysians love it too, especially kids! Don’t forget to welcome your guests (safely and responsibly, of course) with Halwa this Deepavali.

10. Laddu

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Also in our list is Laddu or Laddoo. It is a sweetened round ball made of gram flour, sugar, dry fruits and Ghee (or oil). You can also add your own twist to it too – popular ingredients include nuts, chocolate, and coffee – which is why Laddu comes in many different flavours and colours.

It is rich in flavour AND allows the person who makes it to express their creativity. It’s no surprise that it’s a Deepavali staple!

Time to enjoy all the best Deepavali foods and desserts in town!

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Looking to add more items to your menu this Deepavali? Check out our list of the best Indian food and curry houses now!

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