10 Delicious Diwali Dishes

Wishing every one a Happy Diwali and Happy New Year “Saal Mubarak” 


Deepawali – “Festival of Lights” An ancient Hindu festival to celebrate the triumph of light over dark and good over evil. This year Diwali will be celebrated on Wednesday November 11th, 2015, this is one of the most major holidays in India. Although, it’s not just celebrated in India it’s actually celebrated by millions all over the world.

No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

Diwali is celebrated in many different ways, but the most traditional ways that people celebrate is by lighting lamps and clay diyas, fireworks, music, decorations, delicious food and sweets. Rangoli patterns are decorated inside and outside created with colorful rice, sand and colorful flower petals. These colorful geometric rangoli designs are created for the entrance ways, living rooms or courtyards of houses that encourage and welcome the goddess Lakshmi Mata.

rangoli 2

Diwali is one of the most lavishing, fun, full of tradition, bright, colorful and exciting festivals celebrated around the world. I find Diwali to be very similar to the traditional holiday “Christmas” which is also celebrated by many around the world. Diwali is all about exchanging gifts and sweets, greeting friends, family and loved ones with Diwali wishes, indulging in lavishing festive meals, buying and wearing new clothing.

For some of us the next day after Diwali, is Gujarati New Years also known as “Bestu Varsha”, “Nutan Varsha”, “Padwa” and “Saal Mubarak”. We celebrate the year 2072 this year, Gujarati’s all over the world will celebrate this day to mark the beginning of a new year and put all their worries behind, forget the past and prepare to welcome the “New Beginning” of a new year.



No festival or celebration is complete without delicious food and sweets.  This Diwali and New Year’s be sure to check out these great 10 recipes that is guaranteed to please the whole family.

  1. Sooji Ka Halwa



2. Corn Flour Spinach Onion Pakora



3. Dal Dhokli



4. Dry Fruit Anjeer Kajoor Ladoo



5. Methi Muttar Malai Paneer



6. Mattar Tofu in White Gravy



7. Moong Dal Dhokla



8. Strawberry Rose Lassi



9. Methi Kela Na Bhajiya



10. Carrot Kheer – Gajar Dhoodh Pak



Wishing you all a very Happy Diwali and Prosperous New Year. 








Dal Dhokli

Authentic “Surti” Gujarati Style Dal Dhokli


Dal Dhokli is a very traditional Gujarati dish eaten in many Gujarati households, it’s considered to be comforting food a one-dish meal. Dal Dhokli is made with the same traditional Gujarati Dar flavors, but is infused with a perfect combination of spiced whole wheat atta diamond-shaped dhoklis. These spiced dhoklis are added into the dal and simmered til nice and soft and the dal is semi-thickened topped with a nice flavorful mustard seed, red dry chili and thinly sliced garlic tadka.


Dal Dhokli is a very common dish, too me this dish is nothing new, but Yes! I’ve seen dal dhokli recipes posted on many different blogs and watched many different shows presenting this recipe and I’ve notice one difference in all of them…… everyone seems to have their own version of making it. That’s why I’m going to share my version ….which I had learned to make from my mother the really authentic “SURTI” style.

Again, no recipe is right or wrong we just have our own ways and methods of preparing. This recipe is full proof, it may seem like there’s a lot of ingredients or preparation and cooking time seems long. Trust me, once you try this one out you’ll definitely fall in love with it also and master it in no time.


When I think of dal dhokli, it reminds me of eating pasta tossed and simmer in a nice flavorful semi-thick lentil soup. Except this dish has a combination of sweet, spicy and sour taste. Dal dhokli can be eaten just the way it is topped with freshly cut onions or enjoy it with a side order of rice, plain rotli or chapati (Indian Flat Bread).

Hope you enjoy making this dish as much as I do. Check out the full recipe and let me know what you think. Enjoy!


Dal Dhokli

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Serving Size: 4-5

Dal Dhokli

Scrumptious and delicious comfort food Gujarati Dal Dhokli


  • ½ cup - Tovar dal - pigeon pea lentils
  • 2 cup water
  • ½ tsp. - turmeric powder
  • 10 – 12 curry leaves
  • 2 garlic cloves – thinly sliced
  • 10 – 15 – raw peanuts
  • 2 tbsp. - oil
  • ½ tsp. - mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp. - cumin seeds
  • 2 dry chilies
  • 1 tsp. - red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. – green chili paste
  • 1 tsp. – fresh grated ginger
  • Pinch of asafetida (hing)
  • Few fenugreek seeds
  • Jaggery (gor) according to taste
  • Lemon juice according to taste
  • ¼ cup fine chopped coriander
  • Salt according to taste
  • 2 cup of water or according as need
  • 2 cup- whole wheat flour (atta)
  • 1 tbsp. - oil
  • 1 tsp. - red chili powder
  • 1 tsp. - coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp. - turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp. - carom seeds ( ajwain )
  • Salt according to taste (approx. 2 tsp.)
  • Warm water as required for kneading the dough


For Dhokli Dough

In a mixing bowl take whole wheat flour (atta), add in salt, all dry spices, carom seeds, oil and give it a good mix.

Add in warm water in small quantity at a time.

Mix and knead into smooth soft dough.

Cover and keep the dough aside for 15 minutes.

For Dal

Wash the Tovar dal properly add in 2 cup of water. Pressure cook the dal for 4 – 5 whistles or till it gets cooked.

When dal gets cooked, turn of the flame and allow it to cool down completely. Then empty cooked dal into a larger vessel add in 2 cups of water and using a hand held blender; blend dal till nice and smooth completely combined with water.

On medium high heat keep dal to boil. Add in fenugreek seeds, peanuts, curry leaves, green chili paste, fresh grated ginger, jaggery (gor), turmeric powder, lemon juice and salt to taste. Stir and let it come to a boil.

Divide dough into 4 – 5 equal portions.

Roll out portion into large size 1- 2 mm thick roti.

Cut them into diamond shape or square shape using knife or pizza cutter.

Add each piece into boiling dal. I between keep stir well to avoid sticking to bottom of pot.

Cook till dhokli is nice and soft and completely cooked. Stir in between. If more water is needed add in ½ cup at a time.

Prepare Tadka

Heat the oil in a small pan.

Once oil is hot, but not smoking; Add mustard seeds and let it splutter.

Then add cumin seeds and sliced garlic. Let garlic cook for few seconds till golden brown. Add in dry red chili, hing and curry leaves and turn of heat. Remove from flame; add in red chili powder, mix and immediately pour prepared tadka over ready dal dhokli top with freshly chopped coriander leaves and give it a good stir.

Serve dal dhokli hot with your favorite side dish of rice, rotli or bhakri.





Spinach Green Onion Paratha

Palak Hari Pyaz ke Paratha stuffed with Paneer Onion Bhurji | Spinach Green Onion Paratha-Indian Flat Bread stuff with Cottage Cheese Onion stuffing


Spinach and Green Onion Paratha stuffed with Paneer Onion mixture. The perfect stuffed Indian Flat Bread made with fresh Spinach, Green Onions and stuffed with sautéed Onions and Paneer (cottage cheese) lightly flavored. These parathas are so delicious and healthy …packed with Iron,Vitamin K and Calcium.  The perfect meal to enjoy anytime, any day with your favorite pickle, yogurt or a side dish of your favorite subzi.


As I say, summer time is the best. Nothing beats freshly grown vegetables and nothing taste better than garden fresh vegetables. This year we’ve planted red onions and white onions, but onions do take a longer time to grow. As we all may know that the greens from the onions are edible and super delicious when added into any dish. We have a neighbor that loves to garden and he also grows many different vegetables, but his biggest harvest is onions. This year he had also planted spinach (palak) and as a nice neighbor he always shares with us and that’s how I ended up with triple the amount of spinach.

This is when I got inspired to make a dish combined with spinach and green onion also known as scallions. These greens are packed with many different health benefits as per research and that’s why I love to incorporate them into my dishes.These parathas were a creation of my own, cause I wanted to make this dish a bit more interesting and filling. I decided to make a simple but delicious paneer bhurji to fill inside the parathas to boost up the flavor. I love paneer, but I also know a lot of people don’t like it ….why I don’t understand? 🙂 No worries paneer can be substituted with tofu or if your completely not into vegetarian food then stuff it with your favorite meat.


This time around flavors or spiciness was not a problem, I wasn’t cooking for little ones ….this was made purely for me and my dear husband. Yes! we have become empty nesters for about a week now, our little ones are enjoying sleepover with their cousins for the last two weeks of summer vacations. 🙁  very lonely and missing them, but no worries soon their smiling faces will be back and life hearing “mummy” one million times a day will resume. Can’t wait! 🙂 🙂

Paneer Bhurji is a very popular dish made in North India, and is enjoyed with roti. I’ve made a sandwich out of paneer bhurji called “Paneer Bhurji Sandwich”, there is actually no set ingredients for this dish, it’s lightly flavored with your choice of vegetables and mixed up with paneer (cottage cheese) or can be substituted with tofu. My Spinach Green Onion Parathas are slightly different because I flavored the parathas in a Gujarati style and prepared the stuffing in a more North Indian style but slightly on the lighter side to combine the two flavors.


Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuffed with Paneer Bhurji is a great breakfast, lunch or dinner idea. I made these for dinner and serve them with a dry Aloo Palak subzi- Dry Potato Spinach curry  and sweet mango pickle called Gori keri and a tall glass of Salty Lassi. The choice is yours ….no set rules enjoy it any way you like it.

So, lets start preparing these awesome and delicious “Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuffed with Paneer Bhurji”  🙂


Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuff with Paneer Onion Bhurji

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 7-8

Spinach Green Onion Paratha stuff with Paneer Onion Bhurji

Scrumptious, delicious and healthy garden fresh "Spinach Green Onion stuffed Paneer Bhuji Paratha


  • 1 1/2 cup - Whole Wheat Atta
  • 2 cups- Fresh Spinach; washed and finely chopped
  • 1 cup- Fresh Green Onions; washed and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp. - Ajwain (Carom Seeds)
  • 1 tbsp. - Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp. – Sugar
  • 1 tsp. – Red Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp. – Turmeric Powder (haldi)
  • 2 tbsp. – Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Water as needed
    Paneer Bhurji Stuffing
  • 1 medium Red Onion - finely chopped
  • 1 cup - Springs of Green Onion - finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic – grated
  • 2 Green Chilies – finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. - Ginger - grated
  • 1 1/2 cups - Crumbled Paneer (chhena)
  • 1 tbsp. - Oil
  • 1/2 tsp. - Cumin Seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tsp. Red Chili powder
  • ½. – Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 tbsp. – Paratha Masala
  • Pinch of asafetida - Hing
  • Salt to taste
  • Oil 3 tbsp. + to roast the parathas


Dough Preparation

Take a mixing bowl, add flour and all ingredients for dough preparation except water; mix well. Using warm water make it into soft and smooth dough & cover it and keep it aside for about 10-15 minutes.

Stuffing Preparation

Heat oil in a kadai on medium heat, when oil is warm add in cumin seeds, wait for them to splutter, then add in asafetida (hing), finely chopped onions, garlic, green chili, and ginger sauté well until onion are slightly pinkish.

Add in all dry ingredients and give it a good mix. Sprinkle a few drops of water on the mixture to avoid spices from burning and let it cook for about minute.

Now add in green onion and paneer. Mix it all well and turn off heat. Empty mixture into another bowl and keep aside to cool down completely.

Paratha Preparation

Knead the resting dough, and then make 7-8 equal lemon size balls. Once the stuffing has completely cool down, do the same make 7-8 lemon size balls and keep aside.

On to a well-floured surface, take one dough ball and roll out to about 3" disc, keep one paneer ball on the center and seal them by bring all of the edges together and roll it all into a ball. On a floured surface start rolling to make a round 8" paratha.

Heat tawa/frying pan, fry the paratha on both sides until turns light golden brown, Spread oil all around and on top of the paratha while cooking.

Remove from tawa, Spinach Green Onion stuffed with Paneer Bhurji is ready to serve hot with some butter(makhan) on top and a choice of plain yogurt, chutney or pickle or subzi.



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Double Decker Sandwich

Double Decker Sandwich | Layered Sandwich with a nice Spicy Cilantro-Coriander Peanut Chutney


The ultimate layered vegetarian sandwich made with boiled potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, loads of cheese and a super delicious Spicy Coriander (Cilantro) Peanut Chutney all layered into white rye bread and toasted till nice and golden brown. Truly, does sound divine right! Well it absolutely is, this sandwich loaded with tons of authentic flavors and scrumptious mouth-watering sandwich that is not to be missed.


I’ve made many different versions of sandwiches, but by far this is my favorite and not just mine, but also my families. Double Decker sandwich is the perfect lunch or dinner sandwich. It’s absolutely filling so it’s a perfect idea for a nice quick and easy dinner.

A vegetarian sandwich is unconditional, any vegetable of your choice goes well and to top it off cheese makes it completely delicious. I had decided to give this sandwich a bit of a twist by making a special chutney, dip or spread whatever you want to call it. It’s a spicy coriander (cilantro) peanut chutney, this chutney absolutely changes the complete taste of the sandwich. Instead of using it has a spread I had drizzled it all over the vegetables in the sandwich and then grilled it on my Panini grill.

Cheese is a weakness for me, I just love it and some of my all time favorites cheeses to have stocked up are Pepper Jack Monterey Jack with Jalapeño Peppers, Mild Cheddar, Swiss Cheese, Provolone and Colby Jack Ripen Cheese. They taste the best on any sandwich.


Being a vegetarian I’ve found that many fast food joints,sandwich stores or restaurants really don’t indulge into making creative and interesting vegetarian sandwiches. It seems like it’s always the same old vegetable sandwich with some tomatoes, cucumbers and lettuce with cheese or a frozen veggie patty that is warmed up in the microwave and stuff into the sandwich. This is absolutely not fun or tasty! Tasty vegetarian sandwiches don’t always have to be boring and that’s why I think that the best sandwiches can be made right at home just the way you like it with your own choice of topping. 🙂

My son is a picky eater, I find that veggies is one thing that is difficult for him to accept. He will eat it ….but surely takes his time. So, for me this was a challenge but I wasn’t going to give up so I decided to make wraps and sandwiches with veggies but in such a way that he wouldn’t even know that I had vegetables in his sandwich. Mashed vegetables with cheese and light flavoring it was a super hit. He now enjoys sandwiches with vegetables and chutney but has to have loads of cheese.


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Double Decker Sandwich

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Double Decker Sandwich- the ultimate vegetarian sandwich made with a spicy cilantro peanut chutney


    Cilantro (Coriander) Peanut Chutney
  • Half stalk of Coriander/Cilantro (about 2 cups) cut off root parts only leave stems and leaves
  • ½ cup – skinned peanuts
  • 2 - Green Chilly
  • 2-3 garlic cloves peeled (optional)
  • 1 tsp. of lemon/lime juice
  • Salt to taste
  • Sandwich
  • 4 slices Rye Bread (white or whole wheat)
  • 1 medium Potato – Boiled/peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 Tomato - thinly sliced in round rings
  • ½ Cucumber - thinly sliced in round circles
  • 1 medium Red Onion - thinly sliced in rings
  • 2 slices - Pepper Jack Monterey Jack with Jalapeño Peppers
  • 2 slices - Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 slices - Colby Jack Ripen Cheese
  • 2 slices - Swiss cheese
  • Salt to taste


Prepare Cilantro (Coriander) Peanut Chutney

Make sure to wash coriander properly and can be roughly chopped.

In a blender/grinder with a little bit of water place all the ingredients and grind till a smooth consistency.

At this point check and do a taste test and adjust the salt and lemon juice to your liking.

Store the chutney an airtight container and keep refrigerated if consuming for a later time.

Sandwich Preperation

Take 2 slices of bread; spread butter/margarine on both slices. Once side of bread place 2 slices of cheese (use two different flavors) on top place a couple slices of boiled potatoes, then drizzle some cilantro chutney all over. Now place slices of tomato, than few cucumber and few slices of red onion rings. Sprinkle salt and pepper to your liking. Drizzle some more cilantro chutney all over. Place the other 2 slices of cheese on top and cover with bread slice with butter/margarine on it.

Place sandwich on sandwich toaster/Panini grill. Toast until nice golden brown.

Serve nice and warm with ketchup or your favorite sauce.






Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza

Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza | Quick and Easy Desi Flavored Paneer Naan Pizza

imageWho doesn’t love pizza? Especially, if its home-made and made with a complete Indian desi twist. That’s exactly what I’m bringing to you here, pizza this simple and delicious is impossible not to try out. Store bought ready made naan, your choice of fresh vegetables, super quick and easy pizza sauce, fresh shredded mozzarella cheese and the grand show stopper is small cubes of paneer marinated in a special sauce for about 30 minutes  and topped onto our special naan pizza.

imageThey’re a lot of different recipes out there related to Tandoori pizza naan, but I think this one is a bit different. I’m one that loves the Tandoori flavor, but just not on my pizza. I had recently tried tandoori pizza from one of our local pizza parlor, a small Indian owned pizza store in the area I live. Actually, I’m amazed that I had never ordered from them until now cause their actually really good. We’ve tried many different kinds of pizza, from the authentic Italian pizza at a high-end Italian restaurant right to the hard-core desi Indian style pizza at our local pizzeria. Nothing bets a nice home-made pizza ! 🙂

I want to share a little story before I get into this delicious pizza recipe. My love for pizza is actually related to my birth, I know your going to think what does pizza and birth have to do with each other. 🙂  Sorry mom for sharing this. 🙂   My mom told me that in her last month during her pregnancy with me she was going thought some strange cravings, but one of the cravings that she was having had to do with pizza. Well, for beginners her last craving before I was born was for a huge veggie pizza with lots of cheese  and to top off things there was a snow storm going on. I’m a winter baby and in Canada we get lots of heavy snowfalls and storms so just try to imagine the scene. My poor father …..but I love him too much for this. 🙂 He went out and got that special veggie pizza for her, obviously my mom enjoyed every bit of it, but right after all that BOOM! I’m sure you can guess what happen….yes she went into labor and I had arrived. Her last meal became one of my all time favorite meal PIZZA! 🙂

imagePizza is one food that is enjoyed by many whether you’re a young child or a grown up adult. It’s made in many different variations, flavors, styles, topping and sizes. Different cultures have adapted their own style and taste. Pizza can be made for vegans, vegetarians, meat lovers, lactose intolerance or gluten-free.  They can be made on whole wheat, white or gluten-free dough, store-bought naan, flat bread, bread, pastry sheets. The ideas on making pizza are phenomenal, I think that there is no right or wrong way of making pizza.

Marinated Paneer Sauce that I’ve created here is super simple and tasty, it doesn’t have the tandoori flavor, but it does have a nice spicy tangy flavor. Simple ingredients like plain yogurt, kesuri methi, red Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric powder (haldi), salt, besan (gram flour),garlic, ginger, freshly chopped coriander (cilantro) and little bit of orange food coloring to give it a nice bright color. All mixed together into the small cubes of paneer and marinated for about 30 minutes.

imageThis is a partial cheat recipe, I’ve used store-bought naan and also store-bought pizza sauce which I’ve flavored up with my own seasoning. This was my quick and easy version of making pizza.

Dinner was all about pizza and I wanted my family to enjoy many different variations and flavors, so that was when I had decided to make pizza on naan bread. I had made Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza, Mediterranean Naan Pizza, Alfredo Naan Pizza, Alfredo Cheesy Naan Pizza and a basic Veggie Naan Pizza. Besides from marinating the paneer cubes, the total time to prepare and serve the naan pizza was approximately one hour. When served nice and hot right from the oven to dinner table is ultimately unbelievable.


Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Serving Size: 2

Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza

Super simple and delicious homemade Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza


    Basic Pizza
  • 2 - Naan of your choice
  • 1 cup - Mozzarella Cheese; shredded
  • 1/2 - Red Bell Pepper; thinly sliced
  • 1/2 - Green Bell Pepper; thinly sliced
  • 4-5 - Mushrooms; thinly sliced
  • Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) - finely chopped
    Pizza Sauce
  • 1/2 can Primo Traditional Pizza Sauce
  • 1 tbsp.- Olive Oil
  • 2 Garlic Cloves; finely chopped
  • 1 tsp.- Italian Seasoning Mix
  • 10-12 - Fresh Basil leaves; washed and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp.- Red Chill Powder
  • Salt to taste
    Paneer Marination Sauce
  • 1/2 cup- Paneer; small sized cubed
  • 2 tbsp.- Plain yogurt
  • 1/2 tsp.- Red Kashmiri Chili Powder
  • 1/2 tsp.- Haldi (turmeric powder)
  • 1/2 tsp.- Kesoori Methi; crushed
  • 1/2 tsp.- Garlic Paste
  • 1/2 tsp.- Ginger Paste
  • 2-3 Springs of Fresh Coriander (Cilantro) finely chopped
  • 2 tsp.- Besan (gram flour/chick peas flour)
  • salt to taste
  • pinch of Orange Food coloring (optional)


Into a bowl combine all ingredients for the Paneer Marination Sauce. Give the paneer mixture a good mix to make sure all paneer pieces are coded. Cover and keep aside for 30 minutes.

Into a small pot, warm up Olive Oil on medium heat. Once warm add in finely chopped garlic and saute for 1 minute.

Add in pizza sauce, Italian seasoning, red chili flakes, salt to taste and freshly chopped basil leaves and cook for 10 minute on medium-low heat. Once ready keep aside.

Pizza Preparation

Pre-heat oven at 425°F for 15 minutes.

On a round or square pizza dish, place two naans side by side. Spread pizza sauce all over naan, sprinkle some mozzarella cheese on both naans, and then evenly top with bell peppers, mushroom and red onion and the remaining cheese evenly between the two naan pizzas.

Give Marinated Paneer a good mix again. Take single pieces of paneer and evenly spread over each pizza. Take sauce of marination and spread a few drops all over pizza (optional), then evenly distribute fresh chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) all over pizza

Place into oven for 15 minutes, until cheese is nice and melted and the paneer is slightly golden.

Once ready remove from oven and let Marinated Paneer Naan Pizza cool down for 2-3 minutes and cut as desired.

Serve immediately!


Use any topping of your choice

For extra crisper paneer cubes, leave pizza in oven for extra 5 minutes. Make sure to keep watching so the naan doesn't get burnt.

Onion and Garlic is optional can be omitted.

Orange food coloring is optional, but it does give a very nice look to the pizza.




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