Diwali Sweets

The Hindu Festival of Lights begins this weekend. Celebrate with some of our favorite Indian treats.

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Diwali (also known as Divali, or Deepavali) is this weekend. Last year, President Obama celebrated Diwali by lighting a candle; he can do the same this year when he arrives in India on the 5th.

This five-day festival of lights is a magical and joyous time when families gather together to celebrate joyfulness and light, and the sharing of sweets, while remembering those who are close to their hearts.

In honor of the holiday, Indians typically don new clothes, light lamps (diyas), and exchange cards and sweets. Known for its grand colorful and magnificent celebrations, Diwali is different from other Hindu traditions in that each day has its own significance. Hallmark even started making their own Diwali cards a couple years ago.

To celebrate Diwali this weekend, and the sweetness and light in life, you can follow President Obama’s lead and light a candle. We, of course, will be cooking: Here are some of our favorite classic Indian sweets for you to try.



From Culinary Haven

This fudgy Indian sweet, flavored with cardamom, saffron, and nuts, is a favorite during this holiday.



From eCurry

An Indian pastry, often filled with coconut and dried fruits, but the filling will vary depending on where in India the pastry is made.


Shakkar Para

From Manjula's Kitchen

Deep fried sugar crisps made of flour and semolina flour, and flavored with coconut and cardamom.


Easy Badam Ka Halwa

From In Love with Food

A super-easy recipe for a classic Indian fudge-like treat.


Rava Laddoo

From Saffron Hut

Little Indian cookie-like treats, made with cashews, cardamom and raisins, that melt in your mouth.


Besan Laddu

From The Cooks Cottage

Another very popular sweet made with clarified butter (ghee) and chickpea flour.