If you don't already have plans to celebrate Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, these recipes might make you reconsider. Like so many holidays around the world, food is an important part of Diwali. Snacks and sweets are especially present, along with many of the classic Indian dishes you know and love. It's the perfect excuse to get into the kitchen and cook!
The best thing about these spicy mashed potato fritters is they can be mostly prepped ahead of time. Pre-shape the patties and bake them when you need them!
This recipe for roasted cashews calls for a unique ingredient: black salt. That salt, which is actually pink, adds a rich umami flavor to the simple snack.
These are puff pastry samosas that you can really make your own, thanks to three different filling choices. The sirloin and curry chicken fillings are nice and hearty, while the mango filling turns them into dessert samosas.
The sweet and sour sauce made from tamarind concentrate is an absolute must with these crispy vegetable fritters. Make a double batch and keep it in the fridge for up to two weeks to use with other fried snacks.
5. Tomato Rasam
This South Indian soup is one of the best versions of tomato soup out there. It's deeply spiced and sure to warm you up from the inside out.
This comforting lentil dal is a great recipe to make now and continue to make again and again through the winter. Serve it over rice, and definitely take the leftovers for lunch.
Once you've made this Indian restaurant favorite at home, you may never go out and order it again. This version comes together in the slow cooker to ensure it's extra simple.
The slow cooker strikes again in this extra-spicy pork curry. You might want to make some raita to go along with it to cool things down!
9. Carrot Halwa
This sweet carrot pudding is one of the most common sweets to make for Diwali. While a pinch of saffron really makes it special, if you don't have the spice on hand you can feel free to leave it out.
Another classic dessert, this creamy rice pudding (or kheer) is spiced with cardamom and studded with golden raisins and nuts.