Prosperity, Wisdom and Food: Diwali
A five-day festival of light celebrated by over a billion people across India, Nepal and beyond, Diwali is one of the world’s major events. Taking place in the Hindu month of Kartika (mid-October to November), the festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness with parties, gifts and, perhaps most importantly, food.
Diwali is celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs, so there is a huge variety in how people will honour the festival. Generally, each of the five days is dedicated to a specific ritual. Day one, for example, involves cleaning and preparing your home for the festival, while day two is all about the food: buying and cooking your festive mithai, or sweets.
The entire festival hits a high note on the third day, Lakshmi Puja. On this day, devotees will dress in their finest clothes and hold puja ceremonies in honour of the goddess of wealth, Lakshmi, so that she might bring prosperity to their families in the coming year. Prayers are also dedicated to Ganesh, who brings wisdom and good luck.
While Diwali is a major Hindu festival, everyone is invited to celebrate. And what better way than to sit down with your family and feast on some of these delicious and nutritious Indian recipe ideas!
Butter Chicken Roti Bowls
This isn’t your typical butter chicken dish. This is a tasty fusion of rich, creamy spiced chicken and crunchy roti cups. A delicious main course, as well as delicious finger food. Read our Butter Chicken Roti Bowls recipe.
This is a classic Indian snack or starter. Packed with authentic spices and with a satisfying crispy crunch, onion bhaji are authentic crowd pleasers. Get the full onion bhaji recipe.
Korma Chicken Meatballs
This isn’t your typical chicken meatball meal! Lean, hearty chicken cooked to perfection in our creamy korma curry sauce and served with fresh lettuce cups, what’s not to like? Try our Korma Chicken Meatballs recipe.
Tikka Masala Vegetarian Pies
A fresh take on your classic pie, these vegetarian-friendly innovations are packed with flavour and nutrition. Take your pie game to the next level with our Tikka Masala Vegetarian Pies recipe.