Deepavali or Diwali Recipes

Deepavali or diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. One of the most popular festivals of Indians, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Diwali falls between mid-October and mid-November. This festival is typically celebrated for three days in Karnataka.

Day 1 of Deepavali – Naraka chaturdashi. This day is the celebration of Lord Krishna’s victory over the asura (demon) Narakasura. On this day, we do ‘enne shastra’ (oil ritual). The woman of the house draws rangoli in front of the house. She then does aarti to all the family members and applies oil using a flower on their head, hands and feet. It is believed that taking bath after performing this ritual is equivalent to taking bath in the holy Ganga (ganges). This ritual is done early in the morning before sunrise.

Day 2 of Deepavali – Lakshmi puja. Goddess Lakshmi is the Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity. On this amavasya (new moon) night, we light up our home beautifully with diya (lamps) and prepare sweet treats for offering to the Goddess. It is believed that the happier Goddess Lakshmi is with her visit to our home, the more she blesses us.

Day 3 of Deepavali – Balipadyami. According to Hindu mythology, Bali Padyami commemorates the victory of god Vishnu in his dwarf incarnation Vamana, the fifth incarnation of the Dashavatara (ten major incarnations of Vishnu) defeating Bali, and pushing him to the nether world. But Bali was bestowed a boon by Vishnu to return to earth for one day on this day to be honoured and celebrated for his devotion to the Lord and for his noble deeds to his people.

As with every Indian festival, Deepavali is the perfect time to indulge in mouth-watering food. I have put together some dishes that are perfect for the celebration. Get cooking and enjoy the festive season 🙂



Karjikai – Karjikai or karigadabu is deep fried sweet dumplings with a dried coconut filling. It is similar to gujiya made in north India

Balushai – Badusha or balushahi: flaky and crunchy from outside, soft and melt-in-mouth from inside, these Indian doughnuts are to die for!

Shankarpali – mildly sweet bite-sized cookies that literally melts in your mouth, and an integral part of our during Diwali celebrations

Khara Shankarpali – savoury deep fried biscuits made with plain flour, and an integral part of our during Diwali celebrations

Avalakki Chiwda – crunchy munchy healthy avalakki chiwda or chivda is a mixture of beaten rice, peanuts, coconut and spices

Kobbari Mithai – Kobbari mithai or coconut burfi is a simple sweet dish with just two main ingredients – coconut and sugar. This is the most common and easiest form of burfi and is ready in less than 20 minutes

Besan Laddu – Besan laddu is a very popular Indian sweet dish prepared during festivals and special occasions. Besan laddu is made with three main ingredients – besan (gram flour), ghee and sugar

Rava Laddu – Rava laddu are simple and quick sweet treats made with semolina, coconut and sugar, and are ready in no time

Dry fruit Laddu – Made with nutes, dates and raisins; and absolutely no sugar, the dry fruit laddu is healthy and delicious

Vermicelli Kheer – or shavige payasa is a simple, humble dish that is perfect for festivals

Sheera – Sheera/sooji halwa/semolina pudding – an easy to make sweet dish that is ready in minutes. This dish is made with just three main ingredients – semolina, sugar and ghee or clarified butter

Almond Halwa – a royal, rich and delicious dessert that is perfect for festivals and celebrations