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 4, 2021. 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.
These snacks can be made in advance some days before or a week earlier. Since many of them are deep fried snacks, they can be stored in a steel container or jar at room temperature for a longer period of time.
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 (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.
Chakli is a deep-fried snack made from rice flour, gram flour, wheat flour or a mixture of lentil flours. Make this crispy and crunchy snack for Diwali festival.
Sweet shankarpali are 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 is a quick and delicious snack mix from the Maharashtrian cuisine made with flattened rice (poha), spices, dry fruit, nuts and with hints of salt and sugar.
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 also called as mathiya or mathari is a popular North Indian tea time snack of savory, flaky, spiced and crispy crackers made with all-purpose flour, spices and seasonings. I share both fried and baked versions.
Gujiya is a popular and traditional North Indian sweet of a crisp, flaky pastry filled with a sweet khoya (evaporated milk solids) and dry fruits stuffing. They can be fried as well as baked. Get both the fried and baked versions in this recipe.
This Punjabi style Namak Para or Namak Pare are crispy, spiced and savory fried bites made with wheat flour, spices, fat and seasonings. These are a popular snack across North India that you can make as a tea-time snack or for festivals like Diwali.
Shakkarpara is North Indian sweet of crisp, flaky fried flour cookies 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 Pradesh and Telangana.
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 or Sweet paniyaram is a crisp, soft and porous dumpling made with leftover idli batter. Vegan & gluten free snack.
These butter cookies are decadently rich made with whole wheat flour, butter and spiced with cardamom and nutmeg powder. They are lightly crispy and so delicious, and made with only a handful of pantry staples.
Buttery, crisp and crunchy Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookies made from whole wheat flour.
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 Indian street food of crispy, fried, hollow dough balls that are stuffed with boiled potatoes, steamed moong sprouts, spicy tangy water and sweet chutney.
Fluffy, tender, tangy and sweet dahi vada are a combination of all your favorite flavors and textures in one tasty snack. They consist of homemade fried lentil dumpling fritters, dunked in creamy whipped yogurt and topped with both spicy and sweet chutneys.
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.
Bhel puri is a crispy, sweet, tangy, spicy dish made with puffed rice, onions, tomatoes and assorted chutneys. This bhel recipe is easy to make and includes quick recipes for the three chutneys.
Sev puri recipe is a canapé like snack -where crispy fried flour discs are topped with flavorful condiments, veggies, herbs, ground spices and more. Spicy, sweet, tangy, savory, crunchy, crispy flavors – all bursting in your mouth in each bite. Learn to make this mouthwatering snack with my authentic Mumbai style recipe.
Masala puri is a delicious street food snack from bangalore. It is made with layers of crunchy puri, creamy and spicy dried white peas gravy, rich ground spices and fresh veggies.
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.
Kala chana chaat is a tangy and tasty snack made from black chickpeas
Pav Bhaji is a hearty, delightsome, flavorful meal of mashed vegetable gravy with fluffy soft buttery dinner rolls served with a side of crunchy piquant onions, tangy lemon and herby coriander. You will love this pav bhaji recipe for its Mumbai style flavors. I share the traditional method of making Pav Bhaji and a quick Instant Pot recipe.
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.
Vegetable Cutlet are crisp, savory, tender patties made with a mix of hearty veggies, savory spices, fresh herbs and crispy breadcrumbs. Cutlet is a popular snack in Indian cuisine.
Corn cutlet or corn patties are crisp melt in the mouth snack made with mashed potatoes and stuffed with a spicy corn filling.
Hara bhara kabab is made with fresh spinach leaves, green peas and potatoes. So they are nutritious as well as delicious. Hara bhara kebab makes for a good Indian starter or snack. This green 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.
This khaman or khaman dhokla recipe makes a wonderfully soft and fluffy, lightly sweet and savory cake that's perfect to enjoy anytime of the day. It's easy to prepare steamed on the stovetop or even in the Instant Pot with my instructions.
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 a soft, fluffy, steamed savory cake made from rava (suji or semolina or cream of wheat) together with herbs, spices, white sesame seeds and topped with coconut and coriander leaves
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 from the Maharashtrian cuisine made with gram flour (besan), coriander leaves, peanut, sesame seeds and spices. They are a popular tea time snack loaded with coriander leaves (cilantro).
This is a crispy and tasty recipe of bread roll with a spiced, savory, tangy mashed potato filling. Makes for a delicious evening snack or an after school snack for kids.
Spicy, crispy, vegan Gobi 65 is a fried cauliflower appetizer or snack that everyone will love. Crunchy and savory cauliflower 65 is perfect to serve with tomato ketchup, red chili sauce, chutneys, or your favorite condiment to dip.
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. This popular snack is vegetarian and gluten free, making it the perfect appetizer to share.
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
A Samosa recipe that is your popular and classic Punjabi samosa with a super flaky, crispy crust and a savory, tangy potato and green 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.
Matar ki kachori is a flaky, crispy deep-fried pastry filled with savory, spiced green peas stuffing. In the Hindi language, matar means green peas and Kachori is a deep-fried and flaky pastry.
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 are soft melt-in-the-mouth fried potato fritters coated in a delicious, golden, crispy gram flour batter. Make this awesome vegan potato snack also known as potato bajji in less than 30 minutes.
Paneer pakora are savory gram flour batter coated Indian cottage cheese fritters. Paneer pakora make for quick evening snack having a lovely crispy texture with a moist, soft paneer from within.
Easy Palak Pakoda recipe are a quick savory snack made with finely chopped spinach leaves mixed in seasoned gram flour batter and deep fried.
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.
Cauliflower pakoda or gobi pakora are crispy and tasty cauliflower fritters. In this North Indian recipe marinated cauliflower florets are coated with savory gram flour batter and deep fried. They make for a wonderful evening vegan snack.
Pazham pori or ethakka appam is a popular street food snack from Kerala made with ripe bananas.
Medu vada are crisp and fried doughnut shaped fritters made with black gram (urad dal), herbs and spices. These urad dal vada are also known as Garelu in Andhra, Uzhunnu Vada in Kerala, Uddina Vada in Kannada and Medhu Vadai, Ulundu Vadai in Tamil.
Dal Vada also known as Parippu Vada or Chana Dal Vada are savory, spiced, crunchy fritters that are a popular street food in South India. Gluten-free and vegan.
Batata vada is a fried snack of batter-coated potato stuffed fritter dumplings. Making these take some time but absolutely worth it. I share this lip smacking delicious recipe of Maharashtrian style batata vada that you will love.
Mysore bonda also known as Mysore Bajji is a popular South Indian snack made with lentils, fresh herbs and vibrant spices. The ingredients are combined to create a thick batter, and are then deep fried to make crisp, soft and fluffy fritters.
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 known as Kuzhi Paniyaram (Kuli Paniyaram) are savory, spiced, crisp and soft dumplings made from leftover idli batter. Easy to make this paniyaram snack is vegan and can be made gluten-free by skipping asafoetida in the recipe.
Punugulu are spiced and crisp fritters made from idli dosa batter. Quick snack from the Andhra cuisine.
This Bombay veg sandwich recipe 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 mix veggies, mayonnaise and spices. These sandwiches make for a hearty snack that can be made quickly.
This scrumptious vegetarian Club sandwich with a unique twist making it different from the traditional club sandwiches! It has 3 layers of fresh, delicious fillings and can be made in about 40 minutes.
Paneer Sandwich is quick to put together and makes for a simple, easy and delish breakfast or snack.
There’s nothing more simple to make and satisfying to enjoy than a warm, crisp and gooey cheese sandwich. Here I share two ways to prepare an easy grilled cheese sandwich in less than 20 minutes. Try your preferred recipe for a quick and yummy breakfast, lunch, or even dinner.
This grilled Potato sandwich is made with a savory spiced mashed potato stuffing. All you need to make these delicious sandwiches are few boiled potatoes, butter, herbs, ground spices, cheese and your preferred choice of bread.
Creamy, crunchy, quick, easy, and (mostly) raw coleslaw sandwich made with a stuffing og mix vegetables, seasonings and eggless mayo.
This grilled sandwich recipe is filled with spiced cilantro chutney and delicious vegetables, then grilled to perfection.
This simple Cucumber sandwich recipe is perfect to prepare as a light snack or lunch. It's easy to make and great for customizing with your favorite ingredients, like tomatoes, cheese, and/or herbs.
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.
Poori or Puri is a traditional Indian fried unleavened bread made with only whole wheat flour, salt, and water. Make crispy, fluffy, and soft poori to enjoy with your favorite meals.
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 slightly healthier and tasty Chinese gobi manchurian gravy (with sauce) is a delicious dish of fried cauliflower florets in a spicy, sweet and sour sauce . A vegan recipe made without all-purpose flour 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 of crispy, crunchy rolls filled with a savory mix of vegetable stuffing. Hot handheld pockets of spiced veggies are wrapped and deep fried for a delightful snack.
Spicy and tasty indo Chinese recipe of mushroom manchurian dry.
Chow mein is a popular Chinese dish of stir fried noodles with mix vegetables, soy sauce, aromatics and spices. Chow mein noodles is also a popular Indian street food.
Chilli baby corn recipe is a delicious vegetarian, vegan snack or starter recipe of crispy fried baby corn in a spicy, sweet, umami sauce for a bright and bold dish that everyone will love.
Spicy, sweet, tangy and crispy Chilli Mushroom from the fusion Indo Chinese Cuisine that makes for a delicious starter or snack. Perfect as a side with a Chinese meal or with your favorite dipping sauce.
This hakka noodles 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, first published in Oct 2013 has been republished and updated on 31 October 2021.