Unconventional Recipes for Deepavali

October 16, 2019 | Blog

Literally translated to mean “row of lights”, Deepavali tells the tale of light triumphing over darkness. The festive season offers those celebrating the chance for a new start, with a colourful and vivid celebration of life through equally vibrant decorations and parties. Naturally, no good party or open house is complete without good food. Instead of serving up the usual fare, here are a few alternative recipes that will be both delicious and healthy.

Soya Hara Bhara Kebab

If you’re looking to eat your greens while maintaining a delicious serving of protein, here’s a recipe to try out. Unlike usual kebabs, the hara bhara kebab (literally meaning ‘filled with green’) is made out of spinach. Infusing it with the high-fibre, high-protein qualities of soya granules makes for a nutritious and tasty treat that can be savoured by guests, or whipped up as a quick side for your meals!


What You Need:

2 cups spinach, chopped

1 cup soya granules

1 cup green peas

1 green chili, chopped

3 tbsp oil, divided

2 tbsp chickpea flour/gram flour

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

1 tsp chaat masala

How To Make It:

Start off by soaking the soya granules in hot water to set aside. Sauté your chilies, ginger and garlic with a tablespoon of oil in a pan until fragrant, before adding in the green peas and salt. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, then add your spinach until it wilts before setting aside. Dry roast the chickpea flour until it’s light brown and develops a nutty aroma. Strain your soya granules well and grind them with the green peas and spinach mixture. Mix thoroughly, retaining a coarse consistency, then transfer it to a bowl and mix in the chickpea flour. Shape your mixture into tikkis or flat circles and set them aside. Heat up your pan with the remaining oil and cook the tikkis for 5-8 minutes on either side until golden-brown. Serve them up with some mint coriander chutney and ketchup for a delicious savoury snack!


Crispy Baked Onion Pakoras

Its variety of names are only matched by the assortment of vegetables used in making it. From eggplants to cauliflowers to potatoes, these pakora usually share one primary attribute: they’re all deep-fried. This Deepavali, level up these staple appetisers instead with a healthier method of cooking them which will let you skip both oil usage and guilt!


What You’ll Need:

3 large onions, sliced thinly

2 green chilies, chopped finely

½ cup chickpea flour

¼ cup rice flour

2 tbsp oil

½ cup + 1 tbsp water

½ tsp red chili powder

Salt to taste

How To Make It:

Begin by preheating your oven to 200ºC, then line it with a greased baking sheet or parchment paper. Combine all the ingredients in the bowl until smooth. Take a tablespoonful of onion batter, shaking off excess drops, then place them on the sheet at equal distance from one another. Bake them for about 22 minutes until cooked through and the top is golden-brown, brushing them with oil about halfway through or at the 15-minute mark. Serve them hot with your choice of sauces!


Baked Tukdi Crackers


Flavourful finger foods might not be the life of the party, but they’re definitely a needed element to your celebration! These baked tukdi crackers strike the perfect balance between crispy, crunchy and healthy. While these diamond-shaped biscuits are usually sweet, our spicy spin on these tidbits promises to deliver a delicious twist to a traditional treat!


What You Need:

¾ cup all-purpose flour

¾ cup wholewheat flour

¼ cup rice flour

1 tsp cumin seeds

A pinch of asafoetida

2 tsp red chili powder

1 tbsp vegetable shortening

Salt to taste


How to Make It:

Firstly, mix your flours, asafoetida, chili powder, shortening, and salt well. Add warm water little by little to the mixture and knead it to form a semi-soft dough, then keep it aside for 30 minutes while preheating the oven to 180ºC. Flatten a big ball of dough with a rolling pin into a thin circle and cut them into diamond shapes. Place each piece on a lightly-greased baking sheet, then bake them for 10-15 minutes or until done. Flip them after 5 minutes depending on thickness. 

Green Coriander Chutney

If you’re looking for a dip to compliment all your snacks, make one instead. Its blend of mint and coriander produces its aromatic quality, while the lime and onions lends the dip its fresh tanginess. This recipe is tart, sweet, spicy and refreshing in equal amounts, and sumptuous when paired with crackers, or even with meals for the more adventurous!


What You Need:

2 cups mint leaves

1 cup fresh coriander leaves

¼ cup onions, sliced

3 tbsp lime juice

1 tsp sugar

1-2 green chilies

½ tsp cumin seeds

½ tsp salt 


How to Make It:

Combine all the ingredients and grind it into a smooth paste with two tablespoons of water. Taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly by adding salt or lemon juice to the mix as and when necessary. 


Are you in the Deepavali mood yet? Grab all the celebratory goodies you need from any Village Grocer outlet near you!


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