Must Try Recipes this Diwali

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Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. It signifies the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

Food plays an important role in celebrations and being one of the most celebrated festival in the Indian culture, for sure you are preparing for that perfect menu for the whole family this Diwali. Browse through this post and choose which among our healthy, flavorful recipes you’d like to make for your Family and friends.

 Vegetarian Shammi Kabab

To kick start your celebration, try out this healthy version of Kabab!

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Ingredients:

  • A cup of dried black chickpeas
  • Chopped onion
  • Mint leaves
  • Chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • Green Chili
  • Chopped ginger paste
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 table spoon gram flour
  • Salt
  • oil

Procedure:

  1. First, soak the chickpeas in water and let them stay overnight
  2. The next day, pressure cook the chickpeas with salt and water until they are thoroughly cooked
  3. Drain the cooked chickpeas
  4. Mash the chickpeas in a large bowl
  5. Mix the mashed chickpeas to the rest of the ingredients then mix well
  6. From the mixture, make a small round shaped kabab patties
  7. Fried the kabab patties until they turn golden brown
  8. Garnish fried kababs with mint leaves
  9. Serve hot along with onion mint salad with two slices of lime on the side
Baby Corn Manchurian Recipe

Make baby corns part of your celebration for this recipe guarantees a different taste of corns!

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Ingredients:

For the batter:

  • Baby corns
  • Chopped green bell pepper
  • Two tablespoon of corn flour or corn starch
  • Four tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • A teaspoon of black pepper powder
  • Salt
  • Oil

For the sauce:

  • Two spring onions
  • Chopped small onion, green chili, ginger, garlic, celery
  • One tablespoon soy sauce
  • One tablespoon tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt and Sugar

Procedure:

Preparing the batter:

  1. Rinse the baby corn and chop them if they are too big
  2. Mix all the ingredients in one bowl except for the corns and oil
  3. Add water to the mixture to make it thick
  4. Dip each baby corn on the mixture and make sure to coat them evenly
  5. Fry each of the coated baby corns until they turn golden brown

Preparing the sauce:

  1. Heat oil in a pan
  2. Place the spring onions and stir fry
  3. Add the ginger, garlic, green chilies and celery to the spring onions
  4. Stir fry for a minute
  5. Add the soy sauce and tomato sauce then stir well
  6. Place the fried baby corns
  7. Stir again then put pepper, chili powder, salt and sugar as desired
  8. Continue stirring until sauce coats all the baby corns evenly
  9. Serve hot with spring onion greens garnish
Achari Paneer Tikka

For your main course, try out these pan-fried veggies specialty! 

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Ingredients:

For the masala:

  • Two teaspoon of yellow mustard
  • One teaspoon of whole mustard seeds
  • Two teaspoon of fennel seeds,
  • Two red chilies
  • Two tablespoon of masala or pickle mix

Other ingredients:

  • 300 grams cottage cheese sliced into cubes
  • Bell pepper
  • Diced onions
  • Medium sized tomato
  • Four garlic cloves and one inch ginger
  • ½ table spoon ginger garlic paste and dry mango powder
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder (optional)
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder
  • Crushed fenugreek leaves
  • One teaspoon mustard oil
  • Sliced onions
  • One sliced lime
  • One tablespoon chopped or mint leaves

Procedure:

Preparing the Achari masala mix:

  1. Grind all the spices: mustard speeds, fenugreek seeds, fennel seeds, nigella seeds and dry red chilies.
  2. Grind everything until the texture is fine then keep aside first.

Preparing the paneer tikka:

  1. Place yogurt in a bowl then whisk till smooth
  2. Keep the whisked yogurt inside the fridge for four to five hours.
  3. Add the achari masala mix, red chili powder, gram flour, ginger garlic paste, asafoetida, coriander powder, red chili powder, dry mango powder or lime juice, crushed dry fenugreek leaves, salt and mustard oil then mix well.
  4. Taste a little and check if there is a need to add more salt or seasoning
  5. Add bell peppers, onions and paneer cubes in the mixture until they are evenly coated
  6. Place inside the fridge and let it stay for at least an hour
  7. Remove the marinated cottage cheese cubes and veggies from the fridge then mix again

Pan Frying:

  1. Place oil in a pan then preheat
  2. Place the threaded paneer tikka on the plan with the skewers
  3. Pan fried the paneer tikka until both sides are golden brown
  4. Serve hot with onion slices and lemon wedges on the side
Gajar Halwa Recipe

Have you first round of dessert with this healthy and authentic Indian sweet recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • Eight medium sized carrots
  • Four cups full organic milk
  • Four tablespoon butter
  • 10 table spoon organic refined can sugar
  • Whole cashews
  • Five cardamom (powdered by mortar and pestle)
  • Raisins

Procedure:

  1. Peel the carrots and grate
  2. In a pan, place milk and grated carrots
  3. In a low fire, boil the mixture. Continuously stir the mixture as it simmers
  4. When the milk is reduced already, place the ghee, sugar and powdered cardamom then stir well until cooked
  5. Then add the cashews, crushed saffron, raisins and simmer until all the milk has evaporated
  6. Serve hot or it can also be serve cold
  7. Coconut ladoo recipe

Your very own celebration of Diwali in your homes will be more meaningful and enjoyable by including these recipes in your menu. Give your children and your whole family a taste of India by trying out these authentic Indian specialties this Diwali festival.

Enjoy cooking!

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