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If you are passionate about Indian food, it is always a good time to be seduced by its flavors and spices. But if there is a time par excellence to enjoy and live the Indian cuisine is this. Every year between October and November, India celebrates Diwali, the festival of lights, which marks the beginning of the new year. It is also traditional to prepare tasty recipes, enjoy and exchange sweets and give gifts.

So do not miss the opportunity, take ideas and get ready to enjoy a true banquet and immerse yourself a little more in the culture:

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Chicken Tikka Masala with green curry rice is an ideal dish for Diwali that demonstrates without doubt the abundance of spices of traditional Indian cuisine like cilantro, cardamom, coriander, ginger, basil. But do not be intimidated by the long list of ingredients, as the preparation is very simple. And the result is worth it! In addition, once you have taken the trick to spices you can prepare many other recipes with chicken as a protagonist in Indian cuisine. Dare to try them all!

Diwali can be a good excuse to try something different than what we are used to. While the traditional cuisine of our country bets for tasting the lamb almost in its purest form, the biryani widens its possibilities and reveals the flavors that can be extracted from its meat leaving it to slowly marinate in spices. Next to him, the aroma of basmati rice puts the soft and subtle touch to an intense dish full of flavor.

If you're fed up with so much meat and prefer a different flavor with a touch of the sea, Basmati rice with red curry and prawns with honey is the ideal dish. A recipe full of contrasts, made for daring palates and where spicy, sweet and salty combine perfectly. Do you dare to try it?

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Naan is a flat bread, typical not only of India but also of countries like Iran or Bangladesh. It is traditionally prepared in the tandoor oven, cylindrical and with charcoal, but you can also make it in the electric oven at home or even in a frying pan. The recipe varies from one to another, but basically you will need 300 grams of white flour, 10 grams of baker's yeast, 100 milliliters of milk, a yogurt and a little salt.

What to do with that? Mix and knead everything well, let it stand and grow in a bowl greased with oil until it doubles its size and then cut it into flat and oval portions of about 60 grams. As a finishing touch, you can paint the bread with ghee or melted butter. Preheat the oven to about 230 degrees, and let it cook for 10 minutes. As you can see it is very simple and besides being a great accompaniment to any dish, it goes very well with different fillings, like nuts and raisins or potatoes.

So you know, choose the option that suits you best or try them all. Light up your house, enjoy the sunset, think about all the good things that are coming this fall, and bring a little bit of India to your home.

Banana Puri or kele ki puri are fried banana based sweets. If you think that the banana cannot be used for delicious and irresistible recipes, you must read our 10 best recipes with bananas. This fruit is generally eaten raw but, with a little skill in the kitchen, it can be cooked together with other ingredients to prepare delicious recipes.

Banana Puri

Banana Puri


a banana
a cup and a half of sugar
a tablespoon of Ghee
5 cups flour
18 almonds finely chopped


1) Peel and crush the banana, add the sugar, almond powder, ghee, salt and cardamom, then mix well.
2) Add the flour and knead for 5 minutes until you get a soft dough that you leave to rest for about 2 hours.
3) After two hours, spread the dough well and with a biscuit mold or simply with a glass to make the shape of your puri.
4) At this point, fry in hot oil and cook (turning them from time to time) until they are browned.

Kele ke chips

Kele ke chips

One of the main dishes of Navratri and Diwali is the kele ke chips. Banana chips are a genuine and delicious snack that will accompany your afternoons and those of your children. A festive dish, cheerful and definitely out of the norm to enjoy those bananas that never mature. And if you need an appetizer instead of a snack Why not try kele ki sabji, all made with banana!


5 unripe bananas
2 tablespoons of salt
½ teaspoon of pepper powder
1 pinch of turmeric
Oil for deep-fried frying
Very cold water, to taste
Salt, as needed


1) Peel the bananas and immerse them in cold water for about 10 minutes.
2) Slice the bananas into thin slices.
3) Dry the washers with the kitchen paper.
4) Sprinkle with chilli powder and turmeric, making sure that all are flavored properly. At this point, separate them one by one and let them rest on a tray for 1-2 hours, making sure they can dry out a little.
5) Heat the frying oil.
6) Fry the washers for about two minutes, or until they have a golden color and look crisp.
7) Place them on kitchen paper to dry the oil and sprinkle with salt.
8) Serve with a fresh drink.

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While it's easy to be perplexed about Barfi in the form of a diamond or a dish of syrupy Gulab Jamun, an enthusiastic adventurer quickly discovers the addictive quality of Indian sweets. Just a bite and the fragrant and exotic Indian desserts suddenly become something they crave, especially during festive occasions like Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights that takes place during the new moon, between October and November.

Traditionally, most Indian sweets are not baked, instead of being cooked on the stove or over an open fire. Which are the ? Well, it depends on the region, but the usual suspects are milk, chickpea flour, semolina, coconut and rice. By themselves, these ingredients may not sound too appetizing, but a knowledgeable cook can easily transform into delicious sweets flavored with cardamom, saffron and rose water.

Milk is very important in India, especially for the preparation of desserts. Whether in tune with cheese dumplings, chocolate, pudding, ice cream or sauce, milk acquires a number of ways to satisfy the most demanding palates. Below you will find a list of the most commonly enjoyed Indian sweets during Diwali:

1. Gulab Jamun

Often referred to as Indian donuts, Gulab Jamun are fried dumplings that are soaked in a sugar syrup mixed with rose water. Intensely sweet, only a small ball of dough will be enough to satisfy your craving (unless, of course, you have a great sweet tooth).

2. Jalebi

Sweet, sticky and irresistible, they are fried Indian sweets that are soaked in sugar syrup. The batter is commonly made from chickpea flour and the yellow color is derived from saffron or - sometimes - artificial colors.

3. Kheer

A creamy rice with Indian milk mixed with cardamom, kheer is often prepared with almonds and sliced ​​bleached raisins. It is commonly improved with saffron for very festive occasions, such as Diwali or weddings.

4. Ladoo

These ball-shaped sweets are often made from chickpea flour or semolina or shredded coconut depending on the region. The dough is cooked to form a paste and then small balls are formed when it cools.

5. Rasmalai

An intoxicatingly aromatic dish of cottage cheese meatballs laden with cardamom infused with milk syrup. Rasmalai comes from West Bengal, but enjoys much of India.

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6. Barfi

Usually cut in a diamond or square shape, Barfi is a sweet Indian dough made with condensed milk and sugar (but not only). Coconut, almonds, pistachios and edible silver bread are common additions.

7. Kesar Peda

Pedas are made with condensed milk, butter and dehydrated milk. What used to be a time-consuming process, now thanks to milk powder are very easy to make.

8. Boondi Ke Ladoo

These boondi are similar to those mentioned above, with one exception: they are very fried. Small drops of the dough are dropped into the hot oil and then soaked in a simple syrup and form balls.

9. Agra Ka Petha

A specialty of the city of Agra, with its famous Taj Mahal, these translucent soft candies are made with a local pumpkin and are often flavored with spices and rose water.

10. Kulfi

Intensely sweet and dense, kulfi is for the Indians what gelato is for the Italians. Since it is not beaten, kulfi freezes as a solid mass so it is best to let it sit for a minute before being devoured.

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Do you want an aromatic dessert, delicious and different from the usual? We recommend the preparation of the banana cheesecake. The classic combination is with chocolate, as a filling of a cake or a crepe, but also goes well with fresh cheeses such as ricotta, to create soft dough. If you love experimenting, bananas are also perfect for making original versions of famous sweets, like tiramisu. Try it and it will win you over your mother-in-law!
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