Top 5 MUST-HAVE Deepavali Snacks to Satisfy Your Munchies
Time to read 7 min
Time to read 7 min
The Festival of Lights, also known as Diwali, is a time of joy, family gatherings, and, of course, delicious snacks! As we prepare to celebrate this beautiful festival, there's one thing that's universal—we all get those irresistible munchies during the celebrations.
That's where these scrumptious Deepavali snacks come to the rescue. Let Chief Baker take you on a flavour-packed journey as we explore the top 5 snacks that will make your Diwali delicious and also a little... elevated.
Picture this: you're surrounded by the warm glow of lamps and the sound of laughter as you take a hit with your best buds this Deepavali. Amidst the festivities, you’re yearning for that perfect, crunchy bite to satisfy your munchies.
Dive into this snack lineup that will have you coming back for more!
We kick off our snack adventure with the one and only — Murukku. This iconic snack is a crispy rice flour spiral that's lightly spiced and fried to perfection. It offers a delightful crunch that's as satisfying as that first puff of your favourite aromatherapy dry herb vapour.
Rice flour and urad dal are the star ingredients. Back in the day, Diwali began with sweets made from a mix of rice flour, urad dal, and jaggery. But as time went on, and people's culinary curiosity began, they ground these ingredients into a semi-solid dough. This dough was then pressed into flat papads to make snacks.
As the snack evolution continued, cumin seeds, pepper, and other spices were added to the dough, resulting in a mix that was twisted and fried. It came to be the Murukku we have today. So, you could say Murukku was born out of an edible experiment, much like our late-night kitchen adventures.
The name "Murukku" itself means 'twisted'. They’re made using a press to shape the spirals. Ages ago, before the invention of the Murukku press, preparing this snack was a family affair where everyone pitched in. It was a time when the whole family would come together to create these munchies, much like your group of friends passing around a bowl.
The spirit of togetherness and creativity has been baked into the history of Murukku. So, when you indulge in this spiralling sensation, know that you're partaking in a snack with a rich and communal heritage. It's like the secret recipe that's been passed down from your grandma's grandma. Whether you're a seasoned snacker or a newcomer to Deepavali snacks, Murukku is a must-try!
Now, let's dive into the heart of Deepavali munchies with Mixture. While it goes by various names like Bombay Mix, Murukku Mixture, or Chanachur, Malaysians typically call it Mixture, as done in Southern India.
This unique snack features the main ingredient, sev, which are deep-fried threads of chickpea flour, resembling fine, golden noodles. Boondi, tiny spherical pearls of deep-fried chickpea flour, is another key component.
Along with fried peanuts, green peas, and an array of customised spices and herbs, Mixture offers a medley of textures and flavours, often with a higher spiciness level compared to Murukku.
And the taste, oh, where do I even begin? The salty sev adds that crispy, airy crunch, while the savoury boondi surprises you with its slightly chewy texture. The groundnuts bring in a satisfying earthiness, and the herbs and spices offer a balance to the ingredients. It's like a party in your mouth, and each ingredient brings its own unique dance move. Mixture truly embodies the spirit of Diwali—a celebration of diversity and harmony.
If you’re in Malaysia and want the best of the best – Chief Baker’s favourite Mixture is from KVM Thulasiraman.
It strikes a perfect balance between the tastes and textures, and it’s not too oily! You can get it on Lazada (not a sponsored post, just a munchie enthusiast who has had more than their life worth's of this murukku).
A word of warning though, it’ll disappear in a blink of an eye, so better to order more just in case. :P
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Ribbon Pakoda, the second cousin of Murukku, is another deep-fried delight gracing our Diwali snack tables. Introducing the unique, ribbon-shaped snack with a mild flavour that is suitable for young and old alike.
It is also known as Ribbon Murukku, Ola Pakoda or Aaku Pakoda in different regions. Made from rice flour, roasted chickpea flour and a blend of aromatic spices, it gives your mouth a satisfying crunch that's as enjoyable as that satisfying 'click' of a DynaVap. These can be prepared in an array of flavours like garlic, onion, coriander or pepper.
If you want to turn up the heat though, another variety is the spicier, knobbly-looking one called Dhall Pagoda. Flavoured with chilli, cumin and curry leaves, the crunch in this snack is heavier and not for tooth-sensitive folks.
For those seeking an extra kick, try this out with a handful of Mixture and experience snacktacular flavour explosion! They're a visual and culinary treat, making them an excellent addition for your Diwali munchies. One pakoda is never enough!
If you're craving something sweet to complement your Deepavali celebrations, consider the Appam. The sweet variety from Southern India is called Unni Appam.
It is a crispy, fried or pan-fried dumpling made from a batter of rice flour, jaggery, coconut, banana and cardamom. These golden-brown morsels are perfect to be eaten at any time of the day. It has a special place in Deepavali celebrations due to its cultural and religious significance.
Appam is often associated with the preparation of offerings to deities and as prasadam (food offered to gods) during Deepavali puja (worship). It symbolizes the idea of offering the best to the divine and seeking their blessings for a prosperous and harmonious life. The round shape of Appam represents the cycle of life, while the sweet taste signifies the hope for a sweet and joyful future.
Additionally, the act of preparing Appam and sharing it with family and friends fosters a sense of togetherness and unity during the festival. It's a snack with deep-rooted cultural and religious connections, making it an essential part of Diwali. It’s also one of the best tea time munchies, perfectly pairing with your favourite Deepavali beverage, whether it's chai, coffee, or a refreshing cooler.
Last but not least, we can't talk about Deepavali snacks without mentioning the iconic Samosa. These triangular pastries are filled with spiced potatoes and a variety of mixed goodies like onions, ginger, green chili, and peas.
The entire pastry is deep-fried in vegetable oil until it turns golden-brown. The combination of crispy pastry and flavourful filling is a joy for your taste buds.
It's believed to have originated in the Middle East and made its way to the Indian subcontinent via trade routes. The name "Samosa" is derived from the Persian word "sanbosag," meaning triangular pastry. Its journey from the Middle East to India reflects the cultural exchange and culinary diversity that defines Indian cuisine.
Samosas have many regional variations, making them a versatile snack with a broad spectrum of flavours. Not only are the fillings different according to the local food habits, even the way they are folded could be different.
Whether you're enjoying them as a quick bite or as a part of a grand Diwali feast, samosas are a cherished tradition.
With Deepavali just around the corner, we wanted to share our excitement about these amazing snacks. From the classic Murukku to the medley of Mixture, the addictive Ribbon Pakoda, the sweet Appam and the iconic Samosa, these snacks are sure to satisfy your Diwali munchies.
Deepavali is all about bringing people together and spreading light and happiness, and these snacks are just one more way to do that. Enjoy the Festival of Lights, from all of us here at Pocket Ovens!
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