Diwali is the most celebrated festival on the Indian calendar. Known as the Festival of Lights, Indians across the globe get together with those closest to them for the 5 day long event. Candles are burned to symbolise good over evil and food is at the heart of the enjoyment. So let’s talk food…
If you want to understand the history behind Diwali and why it is celebrated then wiki is best for that, but if you want to talk food and entertaining – then you have come to the right place!
My family has always celebrated Diwali ever since I was young. My mother is from Bombay and she has always wanted us to appreciate our Indian roots. After hearing why Diwali was treated as Indian Xmas, and then doing the usual ritual blessings, we all tucked into some delicious food. This was the norm in our house. Time has since moved on and we all know the story behind this bright festival, and now it’s only about the food.
I don’t think anyone needs an excuse to celebrate these days and entertaining at home is one of the best ways to impress your friends and family. As always cooking with spices is seen to be scary, but if you follow recipes that don’t have endless ingredient lists using obscure and hard-to-find spices, cooking can be a breeze. Seeing as Diwali is just around the corner (3rd – 7th November), I wanted to share a few of my show stopper favourite recipes to guide you through your dinner party entertaining.
For the meat lovers out there you have to try these:
Slow Cooked Spiced Lamb : A leg of lamb studded with mint, rosemary and spices that falls off the bone just looking at it!
Souped Up Chicken : A one pot dish that packs so much flavour anyone would think you’ve been chained to the stove for hours.
Lamb Curry : This needs little intro but believe me when I say it’s truly yummy full of bold aromatic flavours.
Whole Stuffed Fish : One of my all time favourite dishes that looks amazing if you use a whole fish. The veggies in there should be kept seasonal so mix it up and you won’t be disappointed.
And not forgetting the veggies – have a go at these:
Sweet & Sour Lentils with Roasted Aubergine : Heart warming lentils with crispy skin spice rubbed aubergines – Dlish!
Channa Masala : You gotta love the versatility of chickpeas. Perfect with some rice or bread – simple yet satisfying.
Chunky Paneer Masala : This also needs little intro but imagine southern Indian spices finished with coconut milk – the perfect combo.
Diwali is always about the desserts and for those who know me you’ll know how many sweet recipes I have on my site. Have a browse through the recipe section and see what takes your fancy (ps. I would def add this to your list of recipes to try – Chocolate Cardamom Torte – I don’t even know where to begin telling you how impressive and scrumptious this is).
Happy Diwali and happy eating to you all…