These vegetarian Diwali recipes are quick and easy, and will make the festive season even more fun. Because you won't be spending hours in the kitchen and can actually spend more time with your family. A collection of appetizers, mains and desserts for you to choose from.
Here's a list of the recipes for quick access:
Appetizers and snacks
- Aloo Chaat
- Cheese Samosa
- Aloo Paneer Tikki
- Vegetable Pakoras
- Punjabi Samosas
- Crispy Honey Chilli Potatoes
- Paneer Pakora 2 Ways
- Green Coriander Chutney
- Crackling Spinach
- Crispy Thread Paneer
- Gobi Manchurian
- Railway Style Veg Cutlets
- Onion Pakora
- Mushroom Pepper Fry
- Paneer Kathi Roll
- Baked Cauliflower
- Sabudana Vada
- Chilli Paneer
Want more vegetarian Diwali starters? Check out my list of over 35 Diwali Snack recipes that you can prep ahead and serve for your Diwali party!
Diwali Main Course Dishes
- Dal Makhani
- Chana Masala
- Paneer Butter Masala
- Vegetable Korma
- Saag Paneer
- Palak Paneer
- Dhaba Style Dal Fry
- Vegetable Jalfrezi
- Creamy Matar Paneer Curry
- Palak Paneer Kofta Curry
- Spicy Achari Paneer
- Pav Bhaji
- Lasooni Corn Palak
- Moong Dal
- Mushroom Masala
- Soft Rotis
- Instant Naan
- Chana Pulao
- Jeera Rice
- Vegetarian Pulao
- Raw Mango & Turmeric Rice
- Lemon Rice
- Kasuri Methi Parathas
- Perfect Pooris
- Ghee Rice
- Ladi Pav
Appetizers and Snacks for Diwali
1. Easy Delhi Style Aloo Chaat
Aloo Chaat is such an addictive snack. Potatoes fried in ghee and then tossed in spices for a super chatpata flavor. I like to finish this off with tamarind chutney, fresh ginger and sev.
2. Jalapeno Cheese Samosa
Samosas are perfect when you want make-ahead Diwali recipes. Wrap them, freeze them and fry just before your guests arrive.
3. Aloo Paneer Tikkis
These tikkis are simple to make, pretty healthy and fantastic when paired with coriander chutney.
4. Vegetable Pakora
Crispy vegetable pakoras are the perfect pass around snack. Serve it with some green coriander mint chutney!
5. Punjabi Samosas
These taste just like your favourite mithai shop, but homemade! So crispy, flaky and with the most amazing filling
6. Crispy Honey Chilli Potatoes
This is the kind of snack you make for your best friends. Fried potato fingers are tossed in a sesame honey chilli sauce that’s sweet and spicy and will give you sticky fingers that you’ll be licking.
7. Paneer Pakora 2 Ways
Paneer Pakora in two different ways - sandwiched with chutney or marinated, you choose!
8. Green Coriander Chutney
It doesn't matter what your menu is. If you are making something crispy, spicy and chatpata, this chutney is a must have!
9. Crackling Spinach
Crispy fried spinach, sweet and salty! Once you have a taste of this, you'll definitely come back for more!
10. Crispy Thread Paneer
My favourite Mumbai snack - paneer marinated in a spicy sauce, wrapped around soft noodles and deep fried. Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
11. Gobi Manchurian
Hands down the best street snack there is! If you are crazy about Indo-Chinese street food like me, you will love this lip smacking gobi manchurian.
12. Railway Style Veg Cutlets
Amazing veggie filled cutlets coated with vermicelli and deep fried, need I say more?
13. Onion Pakora
Nothing like hot and crispy Kanda Bhaji on a cold Diwali evening, surrounded by your friends and family. Paints the perfect picture no?
14. Mushroom Pepper Fry
The goodness of protein packed mushrooms in a south Indian style pepper tadka!
15. Paneer Kathi Roll
The perfect meal on the go! Cut it up into bite sized pieces and serve it with come mint chutney.
16. Baked Cauliflower
This is the best dish if you're catering to a crowd. It's easy to prep and makes a large portion at once, oh and to top it off, it's super yummy!
18. Chilli Paneer
Back to the Indo Chinese street style favourites, chilli paneer will be your show stopper. Crispy fried paneer in a spicy tangy stir fry!
Check out more Diwali snack recipes here
19. Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani is the queen of all Diwali menus. Thick, smokey dal made quicker in a pressure cooker to creamy consistency.
20. Spicy Chana Masala
This is a fabulous chickpea curry that goes so well with jeera rice and parathas
21. Paneer Butter Masala
This recipe will remind you of that perfect restaurant like taste!
22. Vegetable Korma
When you crave something milder and a little different than usual! Try this with lemon rice.
23. Saag Paneer
This is an easy, Indian recipe that's full of flavour and uses a combination of mustard greens or arugula and spinach.
24. Palak Paneer
This recipe is a perfect combination of creamy spinach gravy with soft paneer. Mop it up with naan or serve it with veg pulao.
25. Dhaba Style Dal Fry
should be on every Diwali table, especially when you are in a hurry!
26. Vegetable Jalfrezi
You'll be surprised at how fast this dish comes together. It's mildly spiced, and packs in a lot of veggies!
27. Creamy Matar Paneer Curry
Home style comfort ready in under 30 minutes!
28. Palak Paneer Kofta Curry
Simple recipe for healthy paneer koftas simmered in a palak or spinach curry!
29. Spicy Achari Paneer
That same achar wala taste with the goodness of soft fresh paneer!
30. Pav Bhaji
Pav Bhaji is a popular street food where cooked vegetables are tempered with spices and butter and mashed till creamy and buttery!
31. Lasooni Corn Palak
This restaurant style Indian curry is creamy, flavourful and has a beautiful texture - it's extra garlicky with juicy sweet corn!
Kidney beans or rajma is cooked and then simmered in a luscious onion tomato gravy till thick and tasty!
33. Moong Dal
Make moong dal even more tasty with this Dhaba Style version which makes this dish spicy and smoky and absolutely perfect for a family lunch or dinner.
34. Mushroom Masala
This mushroom masala has a spicy, tangy curry with matar to add more texture and freshness. Perfect with accompaniments like paratha or rotis!
35. Instant Naan
For when nothing else but naan will do. This one takes only 30 minutes!
36. Chana Pulao
This is a simple one pot dish that’s flavored with lots of spices so that every bite is a riot.
37. Jeera Rice
It may look simple but it's definitely the star of every Diwali table. This recipe only takes 10 minutes!
38. Veg Pulao
This recipe is fragrant, fluffy and perfect every single time!
39. Raw Mango and Turmeric Brown Rice
To add some colour to the table!
40. Soft Rotis
No feast is complete without the addition of homemade rotis! Here's my recipe, it's loaded with tips and tricks on how to get it super soft.
41. Lemon Rice
Flavourful rice made with a lemon and turmeric based tadka!
42. Kasuri Methi Parathas
Homely and healthy - warm kasuri methi parathas with brushed with some ghee or butter!
43. Perfect Pooris
Fully puffed up crispy pooris, the perfect pair to any masala or gravy you plan to make!
44. Ghee Rice
Rice with desi ghee? Now imagine that with roasted cashews and fried onions too!
45. Ladi Pav
Ladi pav is the bread roll you need this season! The same road style pav, made with the quality home ingredients. Pair this with bhaji, misal, or serve it up for breakfast or tea!
A delicious side dish, pairs well with many dishes and has a bonus cooling effect on your body!
47. Pudina Chaas
Minty fresh drink perfect to cleanse your palate and wash down all the festive foods that's coming your way!
48. Beetroot Chaas
A notch above, this healthier version of chaas will leave you craving more. And pssst no the beetroot is not overpowering this drink!
49. Masala Chaas
Buttermilk at it's best, the classic and loveable masala chaas!
Diwali Recipes for Desserts
50. Thin and crispy Jalebis
Jalebis are everyone’s undoing. Make them at home now with easy step by step instructions that’ll give you the best homemade jalebis every single time.
51. Rice Kheer
This easy rice kheer or chawal ki kheer is probably the most popular Indian dessert there is. Made with long grained basmati rice and sweetened with condensed milk, it’s simple enough that you can make it often, and elegant enough to serve to guests!
52. Lavender white chocolate truffles
These truffles are fragrant, creamy white chocolate bites that are perfect for the festive season and holidays!
53. Garam Masala Apple Cake
This recipe is beautiful, delicious and fragrant with the heady flavors of garam masala. A little work, but so worth it!
54. Festive Chocolate Rice Kheer
This chocolate rice kheer aka pudding aka creamy, delicious, chocolatey Indian dessert made with rice that you can enjoy cold or warm depending on how the weather is your side of the woods.
55. Healthy Quinoa Apple Kheer
Are you counting calories but also counting days before you can cheat? This recipe is the perfect dessert for you!
56. Baileys Chocolate Ice Cream
This recipe does not require an ice cream machine; is super creamy, really chocolatey and comes together in minutes!
57. Instant Rabdi
This is my version of a rabdi, quick and easy for when you just don't have enough time.
58. Eggless Chocolate Pudding Cake
A super quick recipe, and all you need is a microwave!
59. Eggless Lemon Cake
Tart and sweet, this eggless lemon cake is the perfect blend of both! Really soft and moist, this recipe is a keeper.
These Diwali recipes are sure to make this festive season even more special! Pick your favorites and build your own menu - something that'll work for you. And have a happy and safe diwali!
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