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Diwali: The Festival of Lights

Try some traditional Indian fare in honor of Diwali, the festival of lights!
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The Festival of Flavors

Diwali is a bright Indian holiday that celebrates the triumph of good versus evil, Lord Rama over demon Ravana. The festival means wearing new clothes, visiting various places, decorating the whole house, having fun with loved ones, and relishing tons of food items!

Diwali marks the start of a new Hindu year and is actually celebrated for 5 whole days! People also celebrate Diwali as ‘Lakshmi Puja’. It is believed that Goddess Lakshmi graces those homes with wealth and prosperity which are brightly illuminated on the big day!

Whether you're Indian or not, sit down and enjoy some intensely flavored sweet treats.

Rava Idli

EGG-FREEFISH-FREE
South Indian Steamed Semolina Cakes (Rava Idli)
Spoon Fork and Food

Rawa idli is a variation on the popular South Indian breakfast item, idli, made with rawa (semolina) or sooji. It is one of the simplest Idli recipes that does not require the labor of grinding or hours of soaking and fermentation. In fact, this Idli recipe can be made from scratch. Healthy and diabetic-friendly, you can also change up the recipe by adding grated carrots, beetroot, etc. to make it even more filling.

Jilebi

PESCATARIANNUT-FREE
Instant Jilebi
Anju's Recipe Book

Jilebi is one of the popular festive sweets in India. It is a round, spiral-shaped, fried Indian traditional sweet, and it's impossible to have just one!

Pori Urundai

GRAINSEASY
Pori Urundai (Puffed Rice Balls)
Foodomania

Have you considered trying some unconventional sweets? Loosely translated, this Indian sweet called Pori Urundai means Puffed Rice Balls. It is usually made by South Indians during the Festival of Lights (“Karthikai Deepam”).

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