Bringing Diwali to Your Plate

Diwali, the festival of lights enjoyed by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs around the world, is tomorrow November 11! It also marks the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Unsurprisingly, food plays an integral role in this celebration. 

DiwaliWhat is Diwali?

According to BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, one of the largest and most active Hindu organizations within the Indian diaspora,

Diwali is often referred to as the ‘Festival of Light’, and is traditionally marked by placing decorated oil lamps (each called a (‘deepa’) in rows (‘avali’) – hence the Sanskrit name, ‘Deepavali’.

The festival spiritually signifies the victory of good over evil, and the beginning of the New Year.

What type of food can I expect?

As you can imagine, what’s cooked for Diwali depends on so many variables: location, family, preferences etc. The BBC has curated a list of Diwali recipes that are sure to pique your interest. There are so many sweets! Here are some photos of the delicious Diwali offerings we’ve found worldwide.

 Where can I celebrate Diwali?

Washington, DC:

  • At Penthouse 9 (1318 9th St NW) there will be a Bollywood Diwali event with open bar and celebrity DJ. Tables, bottle service and hookah will be available. Friday, November 13 | Details

London:

  • Neasden Temple, in North West London is holding a mass celebration on Diwali day itself, with hot snacks, prayer and a fireworks display. Wednesday, November 11 | Details
  • The Family Diwali Gala 2015 is taking place at Chiswick Pier House and promises Bollywood music, Indian food and henna tattoos. It is run by Culture Curry, an organization for children that teaches Hindi and Indian culture. Sunday, November 15 | Details

Dubai:

  • Chor Bazaar Restaurant at Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate will feature a special Diwali menu featuring a wide selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian starters, curries, tandoori items including; Jhinga Kali Mirch and Chicken Achari Tikka, along with desserts such as GajarHalwa and Kaju burfi. The occasion is set against a backdrop of marigold flowers, mango leaves and oil lamps. November 11-13 | Details
  • Antique Bazaar at Four Points by Sheraton is providing a vegetarian menu deal and/or non-vegetarian menu for Diwali. November 11 | 

 

Bringing Diwali to Your Plate

If you miss Diwali this year, no worries! We have plenty of chefs for you to utilize that can still bring you the delicious celebratory cuisine of Diwali into your home or desired venue. Check out our private chefs that specialize in Indian cuisine in DC, London (here, here & here), Dubai and Beirut.