Diwali recipes

Plan a delicious Diwali with our recipes that celebrate the Hindu festival of lights. Our Diwali recipes include festive curries, Indian side dishes, special biryanis, fluffy Indian flatbreads and plenty more feasting dishes to feed a crowd.

We’ve also included recipes from some of the UK’s leading chefs and restaurateurs with Indian heritage, including Vivek Singh, Ravinder Bhogal, Chetna Makan and Rohit Ghai.

And check out popular Diwali sweet dishes like kheer, carrot halwa and gulab jamun, too.

Happy Diwali!

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Maunika Gowardhan’s vegetable korma (Navratan Korma)

Curry recipes

Maunika Gowardhan’s vegetable korma (Navratan Korma)

Maunika Gowardhan‘s rich vegetable korma is packed with cashews, vegetables, ginger and tangy pineapple. Delicious on its own, or as...

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Maunika Gowardhan’s Sindhi fish pulao (Sindhi machhi jo pulao)

Diwali recipes

Maunika Gowardhan’s Sindhi fish pulao (Sindhi machhi jo pulao)

Maunika Gowardhan‘s fragrant sea bream pulao is perfect for serving at Diwali or other special occasions, as part of a...

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Maunika Gowardhan’s spicy potato fry (Chettinad Urulai)

Diwali recipes

Maunika Gowardhan’s spicy potato fry (Chettinad Urulai)

Maunika Gowardhan shares her recipe for authentic Chettinad potato fry. This spicy potato dish sings with chilli, mustard and black...

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Maunika Gowardhan’s lamb fry (Kolhapuri kaala lamb sukka)

Diwali recipes

Maunika Gowardhan’s lamb fry (Kolhapuri kaala lamb sukka)

Maunika Gowardhan shares her recipe for lamb fry, a classic dry curry in Kolhapuri cooking. Serve it as part of...

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Pakora

Diwali recipes

Pakora

Super quick and endlessly versatile, you can put pretty much any vegetable into a pakora – just finely slice anything...

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Coconut, saffron and pistachio barfi

Diwali recipes

Coconut, saffron and pistachio barfi

Cooking and sharing Indian sweets are the essence of Diwali, says Maunika Gowardhan, who shares her creamy pistachio barfi recipe....

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Green coriander chutney

Indian side dishes

Green coriander chutney

Whizz up a batch of green coriander chutney (Dhaniyey ki hari chutney) in ust 10 mins. This zingy fresh chutney...

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Papdi chaat

Indian side dishes

Papdi chaat

Vivek Singh shares his recipe for papdi chaat. This colourful Indian street food dish includes crispy sev and papdi, zingy...

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Thandhai (spiced milk cooler)

Non-alcoholic drink recipes

Thandhai (spiced milk cooler)

Vivek Singh shares his recipe for thandai, a traditional Indian cold drink made with almonds, milk and spices and often...

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West Bengali lamb curry (khela kalia)

Lamb curry recipes

West Bengali lamb curry (khela kalia)

Vivek Singh shares his recipe for West Bengali lamb curry. This rich, celebratory dish is also known as Sunday special...

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Mixed vegetable pilau (Subz mutter pulao)

Indian side dishes

Mixed vegetable pilau (Subz mutter pulao)

Vivek Singh’s aromatic mixed vegetable pilau (subz mutter pulao) is packed with cauliflower, carrots and peas. Serve with Vivek’s West...

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Aloo paratha (potato flatbreads)

Indian side dishes

Aloo paratha (potato flatbreads)

Chef Rohit Ghai shares his recipe for aloo paratha, potato-stuffed flatbreads. Delicious for breakfast, or as part of an Indian...

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Malpuas (sweet pancakes)

Pancake recipes

Malpuas (sweet pancakes)

Rohit Ghai shares his recipe for malpuas, sweet pancakes fried in ghee and dipped in syrup. Recipe from TARKARI: Vegetarian...

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Frozen thandai semifreddo meringue cake

Impressive recipes for a special occasion

Frozen thandai semifreddo meringue cake

Ravinder Bhogal’s spectacular frozen thandai semifreddo meringue cake is perfect for a big Diwali gathering or other special celebration. Get...

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Rose and pistachio cake with cardamom toffee sauce

Easy cake recipes

Rose and pistachio cake with cardamom toffee sauce

Chetna Makan’s delicate rose and pistachio cake (pista gulab) is delicious on its own, but you won’t be able to...

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Pickle-spiced chickpeas (aachari chole)

Indian side dishes

Pickle-spiced chickpeas (aachari chole)

Chetna Makan’s easy spiced chickpeas (aachari chole) can be served as a side or vegan main. Simmer chickpeas with tomatoes...

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