Get 124 Diwali Snacks in this collection – which includes Diwali Faral, Diwali savory snacks, Chaat snacks and Party snacks. This is a large collection of Diwali recipes and includes all type of recipes like starters, snacks or side dishes. I hope this Diwali snacks recipe collection is helpful and handy to you.
Diwali or Deepavali is one of the most popular Indian festival. At many places, there are special vacations in schools and colleges. So it is usually a good time to meet friends, go for picnics or small outings and overall celebrate Diwali with your family. It is also a good time to meet your old friends or just relax at your home and read a good book.
This year Diwali is on November 14, 2020. Wishing all my friends and readers of the blog, a Happy Diwali. I hope this Diwali brings prosperity, peace and wisdom in your life.
The most important thing is wisdom because how we deal with any situation depends upon our intelligence. So while we are praying prosperity, wealth or peace also ask for wisdom so that we can deal with life situations wisely.
What to make for Diwali?
If you have the above question, then look no further. I am here to help you with this super recipe compilation that will help you in deciding your Diwali snacks menu. Choose any recipe or dish that you like from this collection.
In this list of Diwali snacks, I have included snacks from all over India. So you will find Maharashtrian snacks, North Indian as well as South Indian snacks and some Bengali snacks.
India has a rich cuisine and each Indian state has their own favorite snack or sweet that is made during Diwali. I have listed below the recipes which I have shared on the blog.
This list comprises of both savory and sweet snacks. Some of these recipes are traditionally made in many homes during the festival.
I have also added some cookie recipes in the list. You will also find some party snacks. Most of these recipes can be easily scaled.
If you love sweets, then this awesome collection of Diwali Sweets will also be super helpful.
Some of these dishes are vegetarian and some are vegan. You can easily make the vegetarian snacks vegan by substituting ghee (clarified butter), milk, yogurt and butter with alternative vegan ingredients.
Use vegan butter or oil in place of ghee or butter. Replace milk with almond or cashew milk. Substitute yogurt with vegan yogurt.
Maharashtrian Snacks or Diwali Faral
Below you will find the savory Diwali snacks also known as “faral”. Most of them are deep fried. For a healthier option you can bake or air-fry these snacks.
Crisp & crunchy snack for Diwali festival. chakli is a deep-fried snack made from rice flour, gram flour, wheat flour or a mixture of lentil flours.
Sweet shankarpali recipe – crisp, flaky, melt in the mouth fried and baked biscuits. Shankarpali is a popular festive snack from maharashtra.
Karanji is a crisp flaky fried pastry stuffed with desiccated coconut and dry fruits. it is also one of the sweet snack that is a part of Diwali faral.
Bhakarwadi is one of the popular snack from western India. Bhakarwadi are fried and crisp pinwheels or spirals. They are addictive and have a sweet, spicy and tangy taste.
Chivda or poha chivda is a quick dry snack made with thin poha, dry fruits, peanuts, spices in Maharashtrian style.
Cornflakes chivda is a crisp, crunchy, sweet & savory fried mixture made with corn flakes, dry fruits and spices.
Roasted oats chivda is a savory mixture of roasted oats, nuts, spices and herbs.
Puran poli is a sweet flatbread stuffed with a sweet lentil filling made from skinned spilt bengal gram/chana dal and jaggery.
North Indian Snacks
Here you will find both savory and sweet snacks from the northern parts of India. In fact a few of these snacks are popular all over India.
Nankhatai are Indian shortbread cookies that are made with all-purpose flour, sugar and ghee (clarified butter) or butter.
Mathri is a tea time snack. Flaky, crisp and spiced flour crackers.
This crisp and flaky gujiya is made with khoya or mawa. Gujiya is a popular North Indian sweet of a crisp, flaky pastry filled with a sweet khoya and dry fruits stuffing. Khoya or mawa is evaporated milk solids.
Namak pare is a savory and fried flour crispies and usually had with Indian chai.
Shakkar pare is North Indian sweet of crisp, flaky fried flour crispies coated with sugar syrup.
This sev recipe is made from besan (gram flour) and hence also known as besan sev. These are crisp sev made from besan and spices. This is a quick, savory snack prepared during Diwali.
Crisp spiced sev made with besan and potatoes.
South Indian Snacks
Listed below are Diwali snacks that is made in South India. Murukku and its many variations are made in South Indian homes. I have also included recipes of sweet appams in this section.
Murukku is a popular South Indian crunchy and crispy snack made with rice flour and lentil flour. It is also known as murukulu, chakralu and jantikalu in Andhra.
Butter murukku is a South Indian style murukku made with butter & rice flour.
Ribbon pakoda are fried crisp ribbon shaped savory snack. They are easy to prepare and tastes good too. they are also known as ribbon murukku or ola pakoda or nada thenkuzhal.
Thattai are deep-fried crispy rice crackers served as a snack and made during festivals like krishna jayanthi (gokulashtmi) or Diwali. Thattai are made with rice flour, spices and herbs having a spiced, crunchy and crisp taste.
Omapodi is a delicious and crispy South Indian snack of sev laced with the aroma and flavor of ajwain or carom seeds
Kara boondi is a spiced version of boondi and a mixture consisting of boondi, peanuts, cashews, curry leaves and a few spices.
Madras mixture recipe – one of the popular South Indian snacks made during Diwali is this South Indian mixture, which is basically a mix of various edible ingredients, nuts and dry fruits. It is also called as omapodi mixture.
Poornam boorelu – deep fried snack made with a stuffing of chana dal+jaggery and coated with rice+urad dal batter.
Unniyappam are sweet fritters made with rice, banana, a few spices and coconut.
These are instant appams made with whole wheat flour, jaggery and bananas.
Banana appam are sweet appam or paniyaram made with ripe bananas, rice flour and jaggery.
Sweet appam orSweet paniyaram is a crisp, soft and porous dumpling made with leftover idli batter. Vegan & gluten free snack.
Yereyappa is a Karnataka special traditional navrathri sweet dish
These crisp and tasty eggless butter cookies are made with whole wheat flour, butter and spiced with cardamom and nutmeg powder.
Soft textured and a slight chewy chocolate chip cookies made without eggs.
A super simple recipe of making oatmeal raisin cookies that give crisp, crunchy and chewy cookies.
Easy vegan coconut cookies made with whole wheat flour, jaggery and coconut oil.
This is a quick three-ingredient 30-minute recipe (baking time included) of coconut macaroons made without eggs.
Who does not love Chaat? I know Diwali is a time to have plenty of sweets but it is also a time to have delicious chaat snacks.
Indian street food has an array of so many awesome chaat dishes and all of them are equally great.
I always make it a point to make a few chaat snacks during Diwali festival. Not only the family loves these but even our friends and guests enjoy them.
Pani puri is a popular street food of India, where crisp fried dough balls are stuffed with potatoes, sprouts, spicy tangy water or sweet chutney.
Dahi vada is a popular North Indian street food snack made of lentil dumplings in yogurt, spiced with chutneys and spice powders.
Ragda Patties is a popular Bombay chaat recipe where potato patties are topped with ragda (dried peas curry) and the various chaat chutneys, sev and spice powders.
Bhelpuri is a crispy, sweet, tangy, spicy mixture of many edibles. Bhel puri is mainly made with puffed rice mixed with onions, tomatoes, assorted chutneys etc. This bhel puri is easy to make and includes quick recipes for the 3 chutneys that are added in a bhel puri.
Sev puri is a spicy, sweet and tangy street snack from Mumbai.
Masala puri chaat is a chatpata, spicy, tangy and tasty street food snack from Bangalore.
Jhal muri is a tasty and very popular street food snack from Kolkata. Jhalmuri is made with puffed rice and other tidbits like roasted peanuts, onions, tomatoes, boiled potatoes, spice powders and herbs.
Aloo tikki chaat is super delicious chatpata dish. In aloo tikki chaat fried potato patties are topped with a tangy sweet tamarind chutney and spicy green chutney along with curd (yogurt).
Raj kachori also called as the king of all kachoris is a popular chaat snack from north India.
Dahi puri also known as dahi batata puri is a delicious, yummy, chatpata chaat snack from Mumbai. It is sweet, sour, tangy, spicy and crispy chaat.
Katori chaat also known as tokri chaat is a popular chaat snack from north India. Fried potato baskets are topped with cooked chana, boiled potatoes, sweet and spicy chutneys, curd and a few spice powders.
Aloo tikki chole are crisp & browned spiced potato patties served with a spicy North Indian chickpea curry along with a green chutney and sweet chutney with some tidbits.
Samosa chaat is a lip-smacking chaat made with samosa, chickpea curry, various chutneys and spices.
Popular North Indian snack of dahi bhalla papdi chaat.
Ram ladoo is a popular street food snack from Delhi. Crisp pakoras or vadas made from moong dal and chana dal batter.
Dahi papdi chaat is a popular chaat snack which is sweet, spicy and tangy.
Aloo chana chaat is a spicy, tangy, sweet chaat made with boiled potatoes and white chickpeas.
Dahi aloo tikki is a popular street food snack of potato patties topped with yogurt, sweet tamarind chutney, green chutney and spice blends.
Kala chana chaat is a tangy and tasty snack made from black chickpeas
Pav bhaji is a popular street food from Mumbai consisting of spiced smooth mashed mix vegetables, served with lightly toasted buttered bread.
Diwali Party Snacks
Parties are often kept during Diwali. It could be a small get together or a family reunion. So when there is a party, there should be great food.
In this section, I have compiled party snacks and starters which can be made easily. You will find baked, steamed and fried snacks & appetizers in this list.
Tikka, Kabab & Cutlet
This Restaurant Style Paneer Tikka is a popular and delicious tandoori snack where paneer (Indian cottage cheese cubes) are marinated in a spiced yogurt-based marinade, arranged on skewers and grilled in the oven.
Marinated & spiced potatoes which can be grilled or pan fried.
Dahi kabab are crisp, soft and tasty kababs made with dahi or curd. Here the dahi used is hung curd.
These are crisp and tasty veg cutlet made with mixed vegetables. These vegan patties are a good tea time snack.
Corn cutlet are crisp melt in the mouth corn patties made with mashed potatoes and stuffed with a spicy corn filling.
Hara bhara kebab recipe is a delicious variation of vegetarian kabab. it is made with fresh spinach leaves, green peas and potatoes. So they are nutritious as well as delicious. Hara bhara kabab makes for a good Indian starter or snack. This green veg kabab can also be stuffed in burger buns or sandwiches can be made from them.
This crispy and tasty sweet corn kabab is an easy to make snack.
Fried & Steamed Snacks
This recipe post details both the fried and baked methods of making potato wedges.
Thayir vadai is the South Indian variation of dahi vada and is spiced and sour to taste.
Khaman dhokla or khaman as its called is a savory steamed cake made from gram flour.
Khatta dhokla is a fermented and steamed sour cake made from rice, black gram (urad dal) & sour yogurt. It is light, spongy and mildly spiced with ginger and green chilies.
Rava dhokla is steamed, soft and fluffy cake made from rava or semolina.
Chana Dal Dhokla is a steamed lentil cake made with ground, fermented batter made of rice, bengal gram (chana dal) and curd (yogurt).
Khandvi is a soft, melt in the mouth, spiced and seasoned gram flour rolls. A favorite snack from the Gujarati cuisine.
Kothimbir vadi is a delicious savory crisp snack made with gram flour (besan), coriander leaves and spices.
This is a crisp and tasty bread roll with a soft spiced mashed potato filling.
Gobi 65 is a spicy and tasty starter snack of fried cauliflower florets.
Aloo tikki is a popular North Indian snack of spiced, crisp potato patties.
Methi muthia are steamed or fried dumplings made from gram flour and fenugreek leaves (methi).
These are tasty Bengali vegetable chops which are a popular street food recipe of veg cutlet from west bengal.
Kacchi Dabeli or Kutchi dabeli is a Mumbai street food also popular in Gujarat.
Easy to prepare tasty recipe of cheese balls made with potatoes, gram flour and cheese.
Fafda is a fried crispy crunchy tasty snack made with besan (gram flour), laced with carom seeds and black pepper. A popular Gujarati vegan snack.
Samosa & Kachori
Punjabi samosa is a classic and popular Indian snack stuffed with spiced potato peas filling.
Flaky and tasty kachori made with spiced moong lentils stuffing.
Koraishutir kochuri is a fried bread with a mild and sweet green peas stuffing. A popular Bengali breakfast as well as snack.
Urad dal kachori are soft as well as crisp stuffed kachori from the Uttar Pradesh cuisine. Kachori are stuffed with a spiced urad dal paste.
Radhaballavi also known as radhaballabhi are tasty dal puris. These soft pooris are stuffed with a spiced dal filling.
Peas kachori is a flaky & crisp Indian pastries stuffed with spiced & mashed peas. Vegan recipe.
Pakoda & Vada
Onion pakoda are onion fritters made with thinly sliced onions, gram flour or besan batter and some spices. This is a classic Punjabi style onion pakora recipe and one that I make at home as a tea-time snack.
Bread pakora is a popular North Indian snack of bread fritters. Bread slices are stuffed with spiced mashed potatoes filling, batter-coated and then deep-fried.
Aloo pakora or potato bajji are crisp potato fritters which are deep fried.
Gram flour coated cottage cheese fritters. These tasty paneer pakoda are crisp from outside and soft from inside.
Palak Pakoda is a crisp and tasty deep fried fritters made with spinach, gram flour, herbs and spices.
Tangy, spiced, crunchy and tasty stuffed mirchi bajji. These delicious bajjis are also known as mirapakaya bajji in Andhra and is a well known street food there.
Ulli vada are crisp and crunchy onion fritters. Popular as a street food snack in Kerala.
Gobi pakoda recipe – crisp fried marinated cauliflower fritters made with gram flour or besan.
Pazham pori or ethakka appam is a popular street food snack from Kerala made with ripe bananas.
Medu vada are crisp and fried dough nuts made from black grams, herbs, coconut and spices. These urad dal vada are also known as Garelu in Andhra, Uzhunnu Vada in Kerala and Medhu Vadai in Tamil Nadu.
Chana dal vada is a popular crispy & crunchy fried snack made from chana dal, onions and spices-herbs. Gluten-free and Vegan
Batata vada is a fried potato stuffed fritter. The recipe shared here is the Maharashtrian recipe of making batata vada.
These mysore bajji are crisp, soft and fluffy fritters made with urad dal, some spices and fresh coconut bits.
Maddur vada are crisp fried patties popular as an evening snack in Karnataka. Maddur vade are made with a mix of rice flour, semolina, all purpose flour, onions and some herbs-spices.
Goli baje also called as Mangalore bajji and Mangalore bonda is a popular streed food snack from the Karnataka cuisine. These are like soft and spongy fritters made with all purpose flour, spices and herbs.
Paniyaram are crisp and soft spiced dumplings made from leftover idli batter.
Punugulu are spiced and crisp fritters made from idli dosa batter. Quick snack from the Andhra cuisine.
This Bombay vegetable sandwich is a popular Mumbai street food of delicious sandwiches made with mix vegetables, green chutney and a few spice powders.
This is a tasty and easy to prepare mayonnaise sandwich made with mild veggie mayo stuffing
Veg club sandwich recipe – this recipe is the club sandwich that used to be served in the restaurants in Mumbai.
This is a simple and easy breakfast or snack idea of grilled paneer sandwich.
This is a crisp cheesy sandwich made with Indian spices and grilled.
This is an easy to make grilled potato sandwich made with spiced mashed potatoes.
This is easy and quick to prepare sandwiches made with veg coleslaw.
This Mumbai style veg grilled sandwiches are spiced with coriander chutney, filled with veggies and grilled to perfection.
These quick to prepare cucumber sandwiches makes for a nice finger food snack for kid parties or tea parties.
Chilli cheese toast on tawa – tasty cheese toast spiced with chilies and ginger. An easy breakfast to prepare and serve.
Kulcha, Poori & Bhatura
Kulcha is a popular soft leavened North Indian flatbread. they can be made in the tandoor as well as on a tava or griddle.
Aloo kulcha are crisp and soft leavened flatbreads stuffed with a spiced potato stuffing.
Chole Bhature is a spicy chickpea curry served with leavened fried bread. Popular in Punjab and parts of north India.
This aloo puri is a traditional Punjabi spiced potato curry served with pooris.
Crisp, golden and soft poori made with whole wheat flour, salt and water.
Bhatura or Bhature is a thick leavened fried Indian bread made with yeast or without yeast. These soft and fluffy no yeast bhatura are made with whole wheat flour (atta) and curd (dahi).
Chilli paneer is one of the popular recipe from the Indian Chinese cuisine. This chilli paneer gives restaurant style taste and flavor.
This healthy and tasty chinese gobi manchurian with sauce is a saucy, umami and spicy recipe. A Vegan Cauliflower Manchurian Gravy made without maida and without deep frying.
Veg Manchurian is a tasty Indo Chinese dish of fried veg manchurian balls in a spicy, sweet and tangy sauce. This delicious veg manchurian recipe is with a sauce or gravy. A vegan recipe.
Veg spring rolls are a popular Chinese snack. These delicious vegan spring rolls are crunchy from outside, with a spiced vegetable filling from inside.
Spicy and tasty indo Chinese recipe of mushroom manchurian dry.
Stir fried noodles with mixed vegetables. Chow mein noodles is a popular Indian street food.
Chilli baby corn recipe is a snack or starter recipe of crispy & spicy pan fried baby corn.
This is an easy to prepare spicy and tasty mushroom chilli recipe. This is a popular indo Chinese starter snack.
This hakka noodles recipe taste delicious and will have you craving for more. A vegan recipe loaded with veggies and button mushrooms.
Stay safe and have a great time. Wishing a Happy Diwali to all of you.
This post from the archives (Oct 2013) has been republished and updated on 28 October 2020.