Festival of Lights
Known as the Festival of Lights celebrating the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, hope over despair and knowledge over ignorance it’s a 5 day festival and my goodness couldn’t we all do with a little more light in our lives.
The climax of the festival is illuminated with fireworks, what better way to celebrate light over darkness? It’s a rhetorical question because the answer lies in Diwali’s foodie status as perhaps the biggest food festival on the planet. Yep, Diwali is celebrated as a public holiday in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Mauritius, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Suriname, Malaysia and Singapore. So celebrate knowledge over ignorance and follow this foodie guide to enlightenment.
In my opinion, Diwali is the SAS of Indian food, Sweet And Savoury it’s a 5 day snackathon consisting of savoury morsels, followed by sweetmeats such as Indian fudge, known as mithai and indulgent puddings swished down with masala chai. The savoury proceedings tend to capture the definition of finger food, in that snacks such as vegetable pakoras, samosas, aloo tikki (spiced potato cutlets), just seem to taste vital and primal when licking the last savoury crumbs off your chutney dipped fingers. Puddings and confectionary nuggets are rich, indulgent and irresistible including carrot halwa (gajar ka halwa), ladoo, kheer, a refined rice pudding, seviyan or payasam, a rich vermicelli based dessert and badaam phirni (a milk smoothed blend of almonds and rice flour).
So if you fancy being part of the world’s biggest foodie bonanza, hook up with the Diwali community and illuminate your taste buds.