Join the Festival of Light with Diwali Recipes

This week, let’s join the festival of light with these delicious Diwali recipes! 
A highlight of our India journey is our cooking class with Chef Neha from Saffron Palate in Delhi. All of our guests love their experience and what’s not to love! Going to a local market and then off to Chef Neha’s beautiful home to cook up some delicious Indian dishes!
The festival of Diwali is this week, and we were fortunate enough to join Chef Neha and her family a couple of years ago in the celebrations during a Delectable Destination trip. A recent blog post explaining the festival is up on our website. 
Chef Neha was kind enough to share these recipes, very popular during the festivities of Diwali. Hope you enjoy and bring a taste of India to your home! Chef Neha also offers virtual cooking classes, and you can contact her via her website above.


Cilantro (2 cups)
Mint Leaves (1/2 cup)
Lemon Juice (2 tbsp)
One Serrano Pepper
Fresh Garlic Cloves (5 pieces)

Salt as per taste
Cumin Powder – 1/2 tsp
Powdered Sugar – 2 tsp
Water – as per need

Mix all the ingredients & blend to a smooth paste
Taste & adjust spices/sweetness
Chill & serve cold



1/2 cup BOILED GREEN PEAS (Peas should be soft but firm)
2 cups BOILED & PEELED POTATOES (Potatoes should be soft & mushy)
High heat tolerance oil (Sunflower/Vegetable) – 2 cups approximately
All-purpose Flour – 2 cups
Water – 1/2 cup
Oil – 2 tbsp
Caraway Seeds – 1 tsp

Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Smoked Paprika Powder – 1 tsp
Coriander Seeds Powder – 1 tsp
Garam Masala – 2 tsp
Cumin Powder – 1 tsp
Salt as per taste

Method – (dough):
Mix all-purpose flour, a pinch of salt, 1 tbsp oil & 1 tsp caraway seeds & knead to a stiff dough with 1/2 cup water
Refrigerate for 1 hour (to be used later)

Method – (stuffing):
In a flat pan, add the following :
1 tbsp oil and warm-up
Next, add cumin seeds and wait till they splutter
Add boiled peas & let them cook for 1 minute
Add boiled potatoes
Add spices
Mash all together to very smooth

Method – (samosa pastry):
Take a small ball of the dough (golf ball size)
Roll into a circle
Cut the circle from the centre to get a semicircle/half moon
Take 1 half-moon & create into a cone structure
Add 1 spoon of the stuffing & close the pastry. Pleat it well from the edges, so that it doesn’t open when you put it to fry

Heat some oil to very hot. Drop in the samosa & deep fry till medium brown in colour
Serve hot with green sauce


Saffron Palate Diwali Recipe - KHEER (Rice Pudding)KHEER (Rice Pudding)

Rice – 1/2 cup
Milk – 4 cups (full fat is preferred)
Sugar – 3 tbsp or as per choice
Saffron Strands – 5/6 strands (OPTIONAL)
2 Nuts as per choice (Almonds/Raisins,/Pistachio/Walnut/Cashew-nuts) Green Cardamon Powder (1 tsp)
Cardamon Powder – 1/2 tsp (OPTIONAL)


Soak rice in 1 cup water & keep aside for 30 minutes
After 30 minutes,
In a deep pan, boil milk
Add sugar and let it melt
Add the ground rice and mix. Stir every few seconds so that it doesn’t stick in the pan
Once the mixture is thick enough (after about 15 minutes), add 2-3 saffron strands, Nuts (Almonds, Raisins, Pistachio) and let it cook another few minutes
Garnish with some more nuts before serving

The dessert can be served both hot or cold depending on the weather & your preference


May this festival of lights bring you peace, prosperity, success, health and great happiness! 

Happy Diwali!


Carol Ketelson is the owner and operator of Delectable Destinations LLC. Dedicated to planning, coordinating and curating customized group tours to hand-picked destinations. As an experienced travel planner, Carol’s customized itineraries, specialized tours and off-the-beaten-path experiences create memorable journeys for her small groups of singles, couples, and solo travellers, seeking exceptional trips into the culture and cuisine of destinations around the world. Spring and Fall bookings invite travellers to taste delectable local cuisine, culturally rich traditions and mesmerizing sights. For over 12 years, Carol’s tours have captured the true essence of Tuscany, the Amalfi Coast, PugliaFranceSpain, Ireland and India.

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