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  Recipes for Diwali
Updated 01 November 2002, 17.49
Diwali food
Diwali is the Hindu and Sikh equivalent of Christmas, it is the festival of light and is celebrated all across the world.

To help you celebrate we visited top Indian chef Andy Vama in his London restaurant to get some special Diwali recipes that you can make at home.

To make these recipes you will need to use a sharp knife and cook in hot oil so please make sure there is an adult there to help you.

Mixed Pakoras (Bahjias)

Mixed Pakoras
1/2 an aubergine
1 potato
1 onion
Fresh coriander
Chilli powder
Chickpea flour
Dash of water

How to make:

  Click here to see pix of making the pakoras

  • Chop the vegetables into medium size pieces.
  • Put them in a bowl and mix in the chilli powder and coriander.
  • Add the flour, season with salt and then add a dash of water.

How to cook:

You can either deep fry or shallow fry the Pakoras. Shallow frying is safer especially if there is not an adult around to help you.

  • Add some oil (sunflower or vegetable) to a non-stick pan and heat it until very hot.
  • Pour in the vegetable and batter mix and fry until brown.

Vegetable Fritters

Vegetable fritters
You can make these using most vegetables but Andy recommends using potatoes, onions, couliflower and broccoli for best results.

Ingredients: Vegetables
1 cup of chickpea flour
1/4 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon of crushed coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon of chopped ginger
Fresh coriander

How to make:

   Click here to see pix of making the fritters

  • Slice the vegetables quite thinly. Make sure that an adult is around to help you if you're using a very sharp knife.
  • To make the batter mix the flour and the water together in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add the coriander seeds, chopped ginger and fresh coriander and salt.
  • Mix together.

To cook:

  • Dip the sliced vegetables in the batter so that they are covered all over.
  • Heat some oil in a pan as in the recipe above. Make sure that you have an adult to help you as the oil needs to get very hot!
  • Add the vegetables in batter to the pan and cook until browned.

Mango Ice Cream with Fruits

Mango ice cream
1 fresh mango
1 melon
Raspberry sauce
Mango sauce
Chopped pistachio nuts

How to make:

  Click here to see pix of making the ice cream

To shape the ice cream, put it into a plastic container or an ice cube tray for small shapes and freeze for a few hours.

  • Chop the fresh mango and melon.
  • Put the ice cream and fruit on a plate and drizzle with mango and raspberry sauce.
  • Sprinkle with pistachio.

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