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.
“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
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.
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.
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!