It’s time for gatherings, greetings, Diwali foods and sweets, and many celebrations. This Diwali, I am planning a Farm-to-table dinner party. My Diwali food menu is a blend of a traditional festive menu with some fun remixes :-). Like adding strawberries to lemonades or guavas for chutney or making finger foods with theplas.
Sharing this Diwali party food menu here with the hope that it helps you in some of your party planning. This food menu is vegetarian and vegan-friendly, with:
- millets recipes
- gluten-free options
- using only seasonal and local fresh produce.
I have designed the dinner menu based on the seasonal fresh produce growing on our farms – Urban Farms. So all the greens – spinach, methi, dill, coriander are used and the fruits – strawberries and guavas and also peanuts.
Almost all the fresh produce on the menu is growing on our farms so that I can offer the most nutritious (and in many ways the most auspicious food that Diwali stands for!). You can download the image and refer anytime when looking for food menu options or planning your Indian dinner party night. The table below has the recipes linked for easy reference.
Diwali Food Menu with Recipe Links
|WELCOME DRINKS||Strawberry Lemonade||If fresh strawberries are not available, make this with Strawberry Jam and adjust sugar accordingly.|
|Lemon and Ginger Tea||Add some fresh turmeric for winter warmth|
|APPETIZERS||Methi Bajra Appe|
|Thepla Sticks||To make thepla sticks: Simply cut theplas into strips and bake at 220C for 10-15 mins until crisp|
|MAINS||Amritsari Chole Masala with Methi Kulcha||Knead fresh methi into kulcha dough|
|Dal fry with Dill|
|Rajasthani papad ki sabji|
|Assortment of Phulka/ Parantha||Optional|
|DESSERTS||Moong dal Halwa||Make a day ahead|
|peanut laddus with Jaggery||Make 2-3 days ahead|
If you are looking for more menu options, I have 4 Diwali dinner menu ideas here. There are 4 menu ideas with non-veg, gluten-free and vegan options as well.
Diwali, for me, is a festival of lights. More than the lights outside, it is about touching that inner light within all of us. Every year on Diwali, I try to look for a quote that truly embodies the spirit of shining your inner light.
One of the Diwali quotes that I came across this time and really loved is:
दीपो ज्योति परं ब्रह्म दीपो ज्योतिर्जनार्दन:। दीपो हरतु मे पापं संध्यादीप नमोऽस्तु ते।।
The light of truth will always end the darkness of evil.
My all-time favourite Diwali quote is:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”MLK, Jr.
May you always choose light.
May you always choose love.