5 Diwali Party Snacks Within 10 Minutes
Inviting friends over for a Diwali get-together? And you are clueless about what to offer your guests? We present some lip-smacking festival snack ideas that you can whip up in 10 minutes.
By Monali Bordoloi • 7 min read
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” ― JRR Tolkien
Celebrations become twice as exciting and heart-warming when you have friends and family around you, and of course, a lot of lip-smacking food! It is no different during Diwali. We love distributing sweets in beautifully decorated platters and look forward to serving mouth-watering fare to our loved ones.
Food is an integral part of a festival get-together. Of course, you can always get your party food home-delivered, however, it is nicer to add a personal touch to the celebrations. So, if you have the time, do cook up a delicious meal for family and friends.
Here are some simple, quick recipes you can try for your next get-together. And then, sit back and relax while your guests (both adults and children) finish these yummy snacks in a jiffy!
1. Nachos chaat with veggies and sprouts
- 1/2 cup boiled sweet corn
- 2 tbsp thick curd
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 potato, boiled, peeled and cut into small pieces
- 1 onion chopped
- 1/2 capsicum diced
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 1 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tsp coriander finely chopped
- I packet nachos chips
- Put all the ingredients, except the nachos chips, into a bowl.
- Mix the ingredients and combine well.
- In a serving bowl or plate, line up 7–8 nachos.
- Scoop up the mixture from the mixing bowl.
- Put it over all the nachos.
- Your nachos chaat is ready to serve.
2. Mini Idli Chaat
- 8-10 medium-sized idlis
- 1 medium-sized onion
- 1 tsp chaat masala
- 2-3 medium-sized potatoes (boiled, peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces)
- 2 small tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
- 2/3 cup yoghurt (curd)
- 2 tbsp refined oil
- A handful of finely chopped coriander leaves
- 2 tsp namkeen or bhujiya
- Salt to taste
- You can make the idlis in advance to save time.
- In a kadai, put oil and lightly fry the idlis till light golden brown. Keep aside.
- Then fry the potato pieces till golden in colour.
- Now, arrange the chaat in a large mixing bowl. Put in the fried idlis, potatoes.
- Add diced onions, salt, diced tomatoes, curd. Mix all the ingredients well.
- Sprinkle the chaat masala.
- Serve your idli chaat in individual plates.
- Check the salt, and if needed, add more.
- Garnish with coriander and bhujiya.
3. Paneer Pakode
- 250g paneer
- 4–5 tbsp gram flour (besan)
- 1–2 tsp chiroti rava (Bombay rava)
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- Cut the paneer into long strips, don’t make it too thick or too thin.
- Make a batter of gram flour, rava, salt, red chilly powder and cumin powder.
- Don’t make the batter too runny or too thick. It must be similar to dosa batter consistency.
- Dip the paneer pieces into the batter.
- Deep fry (or shallow fry, in a non-stick tava) the paneer pieces just before serving.
- You can also make the batter in advance and refrigerate for future use.
- Garnish with coriander leaves.
4. Soya and sprouts vada
- 1 cup green moong (soaked for 4 hours and ground to a paste)
- 250g soya chunks (soaked in hot water for half an hour)
- Salt to taste
- 1 onion diced
- Half an inch of ginger finely sliced
- 1–2 tsp red chilly powder
- 1 tsp of cumin powder
- A few curry leaves
- Oil for frying
- Chop the soya chunks finely or grind coarsely.
- Lightly fry the soya chunks with salt and cumin powder.
- Put the soya chunks in the green moong paste.
- Add diced onions, curry leaves and ginger pieces.
- Mix all the ingredients together, check the salt.
- In a kadai, heat oil for frying.
- Now, fry the vadas till golden brown.
- Serve hot.
5. Bread pizza
- 10–12 bread pieces
- Mozzarella cheese shredded
- 2–3 tbsp tomato ketchup
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 2–3 tbsp pizza sauce
- A few black olives
- 2 carrots and one capsicum cut into small pieces
- Cut off the sides of the bread slices.
- Apply a little bit of pizza sauce and tomato ketchup on each slice.
- Arrange the carrots and capsicum on top of the bread slices (you can lightly stir fry the vegetables first if you want to).
- Cover with generous amounts of shredded cheese.
- Sprinkle dried oregano on top.
- If you have an oven, preheat for 10 minutes
- Bake the bread pizza slices for 5–7 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
- You can do this in a conventional tawa too; drizzle some butter and toast the bread slices.
- Cover and toast or bake for 3–4 minutes or till the cheese melts.
- Serve hot.
What's a party without food, fun and some fantastic conversation? But this Diwali, do make it a point to eat and serve healthy. Also, note that most of these snack items will be a big hit among children. So, why not add some mocktails of your own making and well, see your guests glow!
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