This year, Diwali will be celebrated on the 14th November. Diwali is the Festival of Lights and typically, family and friends share sweets and gifts during this time. Indian sweets come in a variety of different colours and flavours. Traditionally called ‘Mithai’, sweets are enjoyed as a small gesture of joy. These are some of our favourite Diwali Indian sweets!
Gujia is a sweet fried dumpling that crisp and sumptuous. The earliest mention of gujia (also referred to as Gujiya or karanji) dates back to the 13th century! It’s prepared in a similar way as a samosa but with a sweet mixture of dried fruits and khoa (milk solids) that is fried in ghee. They can be beautifully decorated with silver and gold leaf.
Besan Ladoo is one of the most famous Indian desserts for a celebration. Made primarily of chickpea flour, sugar, and ghee, these sweet dessert balls are simple yet delicious. The flour is roasted with ghee and then sugar is added and shaped into little balls. There are lots of variations that can be added such as pistachios or fruit for texture.
Gulab Jamun is a firm favourite for Diwali. They are soft and delicious fried balls that are soaked in a rose flavoured sugar syrup. The word Gulab translates to rose in Hindi and Jamun means berry, hence the size! Utterly delectable treats for all to enjoy.
Kaju Katli is one of the most frequently gifted sweets during Diwali. With a smooth, melt-in-the-mouth texture combine with delicate flavours of cardamom or rose, it’s no surprise why! It is similar to Besan Ki Barfi, but this fudge-like sweet is made with cashew nuts instead.
Kalakand is a popular soft-set sweet that is made by reducing milk and sugar. It’s loved across many households during Diwali for tis moist and juicy texture with flavours of cardamom and array of chopped nuts for decoration.