Food is fundamental to any special celebration – particularly Diwali which is just one week away.
Traditionally, Diwali is celebrated with friends and family and is not the same without a spread of treats – from traditional Indian sweets to moreish savoury snacks.
Throughout the lockdown, a number of the popular Indian eateries will still be available to order from for collection or delivery.
With so much to choose from, LeicestershireLive has compiled list of a few popular favourites and where to get them from.
Sweet and Savoury treats
Gulab jamun is a popular Indian dessert best described as soft, fried dough balls made from milk-solids soaked in sweet rose syrup. They are a party favourite and often served with a scoop of ice cream.
Barfi is a type of mithai, which translates simply as ‘sweets’. The dense, milk-based treats come in a variety of styles and flavours such as coconut and pistachio. Many sweet shops now offer more experimental flavours including things like chocolate orange. A popular type of barfi is kaju katli – a sweet, cashew barfi that is often cut into diamond shapes and coated with an edible metallic leaf.
Jalebi is an especially indulgent treat which is often served during special occasions. It is made from a mixed flour batter which is shaped into a spiral or pretzel, deep-fried and soaked in a sugary syrup. Ideal for anyone with a sweet tooth.
Chakri is a savoury snack that is commonly made at home during the Diwali period but is otherwise eaten all year round. Chakri is a spiral-shaped crunchy treat made from rice flour mixture that is lightly spiced and then fried. A cup of traditional Indian chai is a popular accompaniment of chakri and highly recommended.
Pani puri is a common, streetfood favourite and is perfect to include as part of a large spread or as a starter. The dish is made up of a number of elements which you put together before eating in one large bite. They consist of a hollow crispy ball which is then stuffed with a potato and chickpea mixture and served with a small spoonful of sweet, tamarind chutney and a watery, spicy chutney. The light but delicious snacks are best ordered in large quantities.
Khaman Dhokla is another light, tasty snack. Although it’s not the grandest of dishes, it is extremely popular and often served at large family gatherings or events as a side or starter. It is a savoury cake made from gram flour which is spiced and is topped with desiccated coconut, coriander leaves and brown mustard seeds.
Where to get them from in Leicester
- Milan Sweets, 99 E Park Rd, LE5 4QD
- Rushey Sweet Mart, 86 Gipsy Lane
- Aarti Sweet Centre, 321 St Saviour’s Road LE5 4HG and 8 Melton Road, LE4 5EA
- Bobby’s, 154-156 Belgrave Rd, LE4 5AT
- Jalaram Sweet Centre, 31 Melton Rd, LE4 6PN
These are just a few of the local places to find some of the best authentic, Indian treats. During the lockdown, you can order from them via their own websites or some are available on Deliveroo, Uber Eats, Just-Eat and local delivery service Owl Get It.