Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights. The festival signifies new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil or light over darkness. The word Diwali is of Sanskrit origin meaning “row of lighted lamps”. Like all festivals, what we all are most concerned about is the special foods that are prepared during the time.
In hopes to make your Diwali delicious we made a list of the foods that you need to go looking for and fill your tummy with, after all, it’s food that brings us all together.
Jalebi is an Indian sweet and popular food found all over South Asia and the Middle East. It is made by deep-frying maida flour batter in pretzel or circular shapes, which are then soaked in sugar syrup.
In Sri Lanka, they are probably one of the most common and most loved foods we find in a “Bombay Sweets Shop”. It is golden and crunchy and drenched in honey. They are absolutely divine and a must-try during the season.
Gulab Jamun is a milk-solid based sweet which originated from the Indian subcontinent. However, its popularity has made its way down to Sri Lanka and is a staple during celebrations of not only Hindus but even other religious faiths.
It is a milky dough that is infused with various flavours ranging from Saffron, Almonds, Cashews and other spices which is deep friend and left to sock in sugar syrup. They are soft and filled with flavorful goodness.
Ladoo is shared an eaten during times of celebration around India and across the global by Hindus. As such Sri Lanka Hindus too share Ladoo among themselves and outside and boy do we love that. It is a flour-based mixture of ghee (India’s Olive Oil) semolina, nuts, raisins, sugar and can vary based on people’s preferences. It is definitely a must-try during these festive times.
Many of us probably never knew what it was called, but we are sure most of you have tried this beautiful sweet. It is what honey combe is to the western world what Mysorepak is for Indians and South Asians. It is basically just 3 ingredients: Ghee, Sugar and Gram Flour. Basically, it is a ghee fudge and they are really delicious. To touch they will seem firm since the ghee is tempted and solid at room temperature, but when you put it in your mouth the ghee melts and all that sweet spreads across your mouth and takes you to another place. So don’t forget to ask your Hindu neighbours for this.
Pakora or Budji
Let’s move away from the sweets for this final one and take a more crispy and savory route.
Pakora, delicious fried veggies in a flour-based batter that is sure to give you a case of the munchies. Once you eat one you just can’t stop with this one. Also found in the streets of India, it is sure to be in houses in Sri Lanka during Diwali so make sure to put your order to your neighbours before they make the Diwali batch.
So there you have it, a list of eats you need to try this Diwali and if you are to raid your Hindu neighbour’s kitchen on the 27th, be nice and take something with you to replace all the things you are going to eat and finish.