Diwali 2023: The 7 Popular Savoury Snacks To Enjoy During Diwali
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Diwali is considered one of the biggest Indian festivals. Every year, it is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. Diwali goes on for five days, starting from Dhanteras to Bhai Dooj. Also known as the Festival of Lights, the day marks the return of Lord Rama from exile after 14 years, defeating demon king Ravana.   

Diwali celebrates good over evil, with people lighting their houses with diyas and fairy lights. They decorate their house by drawing rangolis at the doorstep, wearing new clothes, performing puja, and exchanging sweets and snacks. In addition to our sweets, there are a variety of snacks available that make the festival a memorable one. From bhujia to chakli, dry fruits to kachoris, there are a variety of snacks that we can exchange with our loved ones. Here are some of the snacks that do not go out of style during Diwali: 

  • Chakli  

This is one of the popular fried snacks that is consumed during Diwali year after year. Made from a blend of rice flour, gram flour, and a secret mix of spices, the dough is expertly piped into a coiled pattern before being deep-fried to golden perfection. You can also throw in some ajwain or jeera for an extra burst of flavours.

  • Butter Murukku   

It is a popular South Indian snack that combines the rich flavour of butter with the irresistible crunch of this traditional spiral-shaped delight. Crafted from a mixture of rice flour, urad dal flour, and besan, the dough is enriched with the velvety goodness of butter, imparting a luxurious taste to every bite. It is given the murukku shape and golden fried to perfection. It is considered a lighter version of chakli.   

  • Nimki  

Also known as Namak Pare, it is a savoury and crunchy snack that is quite popular during Diwali. These diamond-shaped delights are made from a simple yet flavourful dough consisting of all-purpose flour, semolina, ajwain, and kalonji. The dough is carefully kneaded, rolled out, and cut into small diamond shapes before being deep-fried to a golden crispiness.   

  • Thattai  

This is a South Indian snack that is crafted from a mixture of rice flour, urad dal flour, and a medley of spices. The dough is intricately shaped into thin discs and then deep-fried to perfection. The addition of ingredients like roasted chana dal, curry leaves, and asafoetida imparts a rich and aromatic flavour profile. It is widely enjoyed during Diwali as a traditional snack.   

  • Dal Ki Kachori  

They are a popular snack of all time, typically made with urad or moong dal paste mixed with aromatic spices such as cumin, coriander, and fennel. These puffy, flaky pastries are stuffed with the dal mixture and fried to a golden hue. It is served with tangy tamarind chutney or minty yogurt. It is a perfect snack for Diwali get-togethers. 

  • Ganthiya    

These are slender, crunchy wonders crafted from gram flour (besan), seasoned with a blend of spices like ajwain, black pepper, and baking soda for that perfect lightness. These are enjoyed with chutneys or sauces. They are considered thicker cousins of sev.   

  • Mathri  

Made from a simple mixture of all-purpose flour, semolina, and spices such as carom seeds, cumin, and black pepper, the dough is kneaded to perfection before being shaped into small discs. These discs are then deep-fried to a golden-brown hue, creating a crispy texture that's irresistible. They are eaten widely during Diwali as a snack.