10 Must Eat Foods This Festival Season

It’s the most joyous time of the year for Indians of the world! Festival season is here and in full swing, a time where families come together and celebrate their culture, religion and history through performing a variety of rituals and traditions. One of the most important aspects of any Indian festival is of course, the food! From sweet to savoury and everything in between, let’s have a look at the top 10 must eat foods this Festival season!

Let’s start the sweets off with Barfi! Made with milk powder, sugar, ghee and garnished with nuts, Barfi are a must have for your Festival feast! Sweet with a slight nuttiness and a melt in your mouth texture, Barfi is a familiar flavor we all know and love and no Mithai platter would be complete without them!

Kaju Katli
Directly translating into cashew slice, Kaju Katli is a traditional sweet cut into diamond shapes and decorated with edible silver colouring. Made with cream, sugar and ground cashews, it’s a sweet treat that is pretty to look at as well as delicious!

Gajar Halwa
A traditional North Indian dessert, Gajar Halwa is made by simmering grated carrots with milk, sugar and ghee. Although it directly translates into “Carrot Pudding” in English, this classic sweet has no eggs but rather is thickened naturally by cooking down the ingredients together for a long period of time until thickened. A favourite for many Indians, Gajar Halwa is a must have during Festival Season!

Gulab Jamun
A classic Indian sweet, often referred to as the Indian donut, Gulab Jamun is made by frying balls of dough made with milk solids and flour, then soaking in a sweet sugary syrup scented with rose and cardamom. Loved by kids and adults alike, this sweet is essential for Indian festivities and is a great recipe to make together with your loved ones!

Soan Papdi
A very popular Indian sweet ideal for any occasion, Soan Papdi is made from chickpea flour, ghee, sugar and milk, amongst other ingredients, and often topped with pistachios and almonds. Known for its flaky and melt-in-your-mouth texture, this treat is sure to bring a smile to everyone’s face!

Kaju Katli, Gajar Halwa, Gulab Jamun, Soan Papdi

Starting off strong with the savory foods, we can’t forget Samosas! Samosas are small, triangle shaped, pockets of pastry stuffed with mouth-watering ingredients including minced meat, grains, curry potatoes and vegetables as well as different kinds of spices to add both flavour and colour. An all-time favorite traditional Indian snack, whichever festival you celebrate, it’s not complete without samosas.

Aloo Tikki
Aloo tikki are small, patty-shaped potato cutlets which are well-known as one of the indigenous snacks to the North Indian subcontinent. There are a few ways to call this tasty snack, as it is also known as Aloo Ki tikkia, Aloo ki tikki and Alu tikki. It’s prepared using boiled potatoes, peas, herbs and various authentic curry spices and served with a mint or yogurt dipping sauce. This is one popular street food snack that you’ll never want to miss!

Deep fried spiced potato and onion fritters coated in seasoned chickpea batter…aren’t you craving it already? Of course you are! When it comes to Festival season, this street food is a must have. Most Indian restaurants around the world serve pakora as an appetizer, so you can get your fix any time of year.

Dahi Bhalla
Dahi Bhalla or Dahi Vada is a kind of chaat originating from Karnataka, which are soft lentil fritters dunked in creamy yogurt and topped with chutney, then garnished with spices, nuts, and pomegranates. This is one of the most popular street foods eaten around India, which melt in your mouth and will satisfy your sweet, spicy, and salty cravings.

Poha Chivda
One of the most delicious snack mixes around, Chivda is a popular Indian snack made with a mix of flattened rice called poha, spices, curry leaves and nuts. This is eaten as a tea-time snack all year round and is made for festivals including Diwali, Ganesh Chaturthi and Holi. However you prepare your chivda, whether in a thin, thick or medium texture, it’s a healthy snack that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Samosa, Aloo Tikki, Pakora, Dahi Bhalla

Festival season is the time to enjoy good foods, good friends and good vibes! With our list of favourites, you can make sure you tick off the essential foods on your Festival season bucket list. Reinvigorate your mental taste buds and get your appetite ready for a delicious festival feast!  

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