Diwali (also called Deepavali) is the Hindu festival of lights, which is celebrated annually over 5 days of festivities and food-indulgence.

Most people who celebrate prepare sweets, savories and generous meal portions, tidy their homes and keep them lighted through the night, with lamps lit as a sign of celebration and hope. The Diwali festival is said to symbolize the victory of light over dark, good over evil and knowledge over darkness – and is intended to celebrate the good in everyone, prosperity, health, and knowledge.

So, if you’re looking to have a vegan feast this year here is a hand-picked selection of vegan sweets, savories, and snacks, all which are perfect for Diwali!

10 Recipes To Light Up a Vegan Diwali


1. Cashew Barfi Truffles

This is a staple for many people for Diwali. As luck has it, they’re usually vegan by default,  as well as gluten-free and a delicious sweet treat.

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2. Samosa Stuffed Bread Pakoras

This modern version of a classic dish makes one amazing sandwich! These stuffed savory vegan French toasts are a Vegan Richa creation not to be turned down!

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3. Coconut Almond & Rum Laddoos

Easy, festive and fun to make – these are the perfect Diwali festival snack. For those who would prefer an alcohol-free version, this can be made into Indian sweet Ladoo with cardamom instead of rum.

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4. Batatda Wada

Batatda Wada is a popular Mumbai street food. There are many different variations of this dish, but Dassana Amit has created a seriously amazing version!

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5. Apple Jalebis with Rabri Cream

Does anything sound more delicious than apple fritters soaked in saffron flavored syrup served with sweet cream?  Perfect as a sweet and comforting dessert!

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6. Kashmiri Rogan Josh

Rogan Josh roughly translates to “red heat”. Although this is a classic meat dish from the belly of Kashmir – this recipe proves it can be made vegan (and ultra delicious).

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7. Almond Kheer

You’ll be surprised at just how familiar this rice pudding tastes to classic, dairy-based versions. This will be loved by anyone with a sweet tooth or stomach room left after dinner.

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8. Bhurji Pav

This recipe is an oil-free and vegan version of a popular food that is available from food carts until the early hours of the morning. Some may think of it as vegan scrambled eggs on toast, but this has oodles more flavour and nutrients than it’s predecessor.

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9. Mutter Tempeh “Paneer”

As this spiced pea and tempeh curry shows, meat and dairy-free curry could well be your latest obsession, because it’s simply delicious.

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10. Pakore Waali Punjabi Kadhi

Baked broccoli fritters in spiced coconut yoghurt gravy – you can’t go wrong with this easy appetiser or side dish that is conveniently gluten-free and vegan.

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