This Diwali, Try Making This Diwali Special Thali; All Recipes Inside

by Shreya Ghosh
This Diwali, Try Making This Diwali Special Thali; All Recipes Inside

Are you excited to enjoy your hearts out this festive season? After celebrating Durga Puja and Navaratri with pomp and glory, the time has come to enjoy Diwali, that too in the grandest way possible. Diwali is just around the corner and this is when we start throwing parties and presenting gifts for our loved ones. This festival is incomplete without relishing a Diwali Special Thali and doing puja with a traditional Puja Thali. What to add in this thali and how to make all of these? We are here to unveil all the details for you.

How Does A Diwali Special Thali Look Like?

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Diwali is that time of the year when we sit together with our family and friends, enjoy house parties, enjoy loads of delicious delicacies, wear beautiful outfits, decorate our homes with lights and diyas, and create memories to cherish forever. Desi Indian food has an integral role to play in keeping us lively and satisfying our cravings for Indian delicacies. If you are planning to be the Monica Geller of the group and host a lavish house party this year, make sure to make a huge spread of yummy dishes and spoil your loved ones with so many options.

To make the entire task a bit easier for you, we have curated a list of the must-have dishes that surely need to be added to a Diwali special thali. From main course to desserts, we have covered it all. Also, we have added recipe videos so that you do not need to sit and search for the videos on your mobile. Here’s a list of 10 food items to prepare for a grand Diwali special thali.

1. Murukku

Serving delectable and crunchy snacks is a must to kickstart your Diwali party. There are tons of snacks to make such as Murukku (our favourite), Pakodas, Thattai, Aloo Bhujia, Potato Sev, Chakli, and more. Here’s a recipe for Murukku shared on YouTube by Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana.

2. Paratha

Paratha is a must to enjoy all the lip-smacking curry and gravy recipes. This flatbread pairs the best with most Indian dishes and tastes the most delish as well. You can follow this recipe by Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana if you want to learn to make paratha.

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3. Chana Masala

North Indian delicacy Chana Masala adds the much-needed chatpata touches to the Diwali special thali. Loaded with flavours and goodness of Indian spices, this is one of our favourites. Here’s a YouTube video by Chef Ranveer Brar to learn it easily.

4. Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala holds a very special corner in every foodie’s heart. No matter if someone is a vegetarian or loves to eat meat, this paneer recipe is the winner among all categories. Chef Ranveer Brar’s recipe teaches you all the steps perfectly.

5. Jeera Rice

A thali needs a rice dish to complete it and what can be better than adding the humble Jeera Rice? If you are new to making this rice recipe, here’s a video by Chef Kunal Kapur.

6. Mango Pickle

Do we even need to describe our love for Mango Pickles? It has the power to lift our mood and add life to the most boring dishes. When it comes to a thali, having an achaar is a must. Here’s a video of making this pickle instantly shared on YouTube by Kunal Kapur.

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7. Dal Makhani

Be it rice or paratha, Dal Makhani is that OG recipe that tastes heavenly with everything. You can follow this YouTube video by Sanjeev Kapoor Khazana to learn it.

8. Vegetable Jalfrezi

If you are bored of eating the same Veg Curry, Veg Kolhapuri, and Veg Masala, you need to try Vegetable Jalfrezi this time. It is a unique recipe made with the same basic vegetables.

9. Bhindi Masala

Raise your hands if you love eating bhindi! Well, bhindi has a humongous fanbase among foodies and a Diwali special thali needs to have our ultimate favourite Bhindi Masala.

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10. Gulab Jamun

Gastronomic foodie experiences can never be complete without enjoying some desserts. And Gulab Jamun is one of our top recommendations.

How Does A Diwali Puja Thali Look Like?

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A thali is prepared for a traditional puja and following the rituals. Devotees add whole grains, incense sticks, betel leaves, coconut, kumkum, turmeric paste, diyas, and more such things. In most households, the festival is celebrated and devotees worship the Goddess Lakshmi and Lord Ganesh. Goddess Kali is also worshipped in many Indian states such as West Bengal.

What are your Diwali plans?

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