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Diwali sweets. Source: Wikimedia common
  • Diwali is a popular and much celebrated Indian festival
  • Just like any Indian celebration, Diwali is incomplete without people eating sweets
  • Some special sweets mark the celebration and are famous for their tastes

Sept 18, 2016: The ancient celebration of Diwali sees the country dazzling with the glow of illuminating lights. As any happy occasion in India remains incomplete without people gorging into galore of desserts; the Diwali too will lose its glory without varieties of sweets and desserts to spread joy and love with.

Here are listed ten famous Indian Diwali sweets to satiate the sweet tooth of India:-


  • Ladoo

Prepared with various ingredients and base materials like gram flour, coconuts etcetera; Ladoos have been famous and one of the most loved sweets of all time. This can be of multiple types which include Besan (gram flour), Motichur (gram flour), and coconut ladoo and so on.

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  • Kaju katli

Made with pasted cashew nuts, Kaju Katli is a huge show-stealer during the Diwali.

  • Gulab Jamun

Fried Khoya (dried whole milk, thickened by heating) balls are dipped and soaked in sugar syrup to prepare the lip-smacking Gulab Jamuns which are a huge hit in the celebration.

  • Soan Papdi

The flaky Indian dessert Soan Papdi or the Sohan Halwa, made from gram flour, sugar and ghee (clarified butter), is another popular giveaway on Diwali.

  • Halwa

Diwali will lose its flavor without Halwa. Made from different ingredients it can be of various types like Gajar (carrots) Halwa, Shuji Halwa (semolina pudding), Badam (almond) Halwa etcetera.

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  • Shrikhand

Shrikhand is another popular Diwali delicacy made with sugar and plain thick yogurt and flavored and garnished with saffron, cardamom and nuts.

  • Jalebi

Jalebi. Source: Wikimedia common

The circular or pretzel shaped Jalebis, made from deep fried and sugar-soaked wheat-flour batter, are one of the mouth watering treats in Diwali.

  • Rabdi

Pearl millet flour mixed well with buttermilk and boiled to make the delicious Rabdi. Both the look and the taste are a huge hit.

  • Peda

Another popular Diwali dessert is the Peda, made from thickened dried-whole milk, sugar and cardamom.

  • Gujiya

Prepared from flour, sugar, dried whole milk, clarified milk, nuts etcetera according to different regions; Gujiya is a mouth watering treat on Diwali.

Lighting a “diya” (lamp) illuminates the homes and the souls. The sweets brighten our hearts and keep Diwali from turning insipid.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC


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