Diwali or Deepavali is widely celebrated by Hindus in India, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and other places in Asia. Diwali is also known as the Festival of Lights and it is to celebrate the victory of good over evil. This five-day celebration includes fireworks, candle-lighting, vibrant coloured kolam – designs made of finely ground rice – and of course, plenty of delicious foods. We have put together a list of sweet and savoury Diwali delights for you to pair with Pu-erh tea.
Samosa is a deep-fried, triangular-shaped pastry stuffed with onions, potatoes, herbs and spices. Some recipes even include minced chicken. The crispy outer layer and soft and creamy potato filling mixed with herbs and spices pair perfectly with the aged taste of Pu-erh tea.
If you have a sweet tooth, you should give Adhirasam a try. Crispy on the outside and spongy on the inside, this delectable deep-fried snack is made of freshly ground rice flour, spices and jaggery – a natural sweetener made of sugar cane or palm sap.
Ladoo is a golf ball-sized treat made of flour, sugar and ghee or oil. The type of ingredients used varies by recipe. Some ladoo recipes use chopped nuts and/or dried fruits such as raisins. Ladoos are also served during weddings and engagements.
A crispy deep-fried snack made from rice flour and urad flour with a dash of spices. Muruku is one of the most popular foods served during Diwali and it is usually enjoyed with a cup of hot chai. Why not try pairing this savoury snack with a cup of Pu-erh tea instead?
Tosai (Dosa) is a thin pancake or crepe made from rice batter and black lentils that has been left to ferment overnight. An all-time favourite of many, Tosai is best enjoyed with curry or chutney. Ripe Pu-erh is a great palate cleanser after a hearty meal.
Pakora is a traditional Indian fritter made with spices, vegetables like onion, eggplant, potato, spinach or cauliflower coated with a crispy batter. It is also vegan and gluten-free.
Payasam is a creamy rice pudding made from broken wheat or vermicelli simmered in milk or coconut milk with sugar and ghee-fried nuts like cashews or pistachios and dried fruits.
If you're planning on inviting your family and friends over for Diwali, how about adding Pu'er tea to your menu? We recommend checking out our Discovery range if you're new to Pu'er. With our Lazy Pour teapot, you'll get a perfectly brewed Pu-erh tea anytime. It's easy to use and aesthetically pleasing.
Which one of these Diwali delights are you eager to try? Let us know at email@example.com or @teaspectea.