Diwali is the time to celebrate with family and friends and enjoy lots of delicious food. This wonderful collection of 25+ Diwali sweets is so easy and delicious that they will light up your festive parties and get-togethers!

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Diwali is the biggest holiday celebrated all across India. It signifies the victory of light over darkness (hence called the festival of lights), good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

All over India, people celebrate this festival by lighting their homes with diya’s, making lots of scrumptious food, and enjoying fireworks.

Diwali is absolutely my favorite Indian festival of the year. It is the festival of wonderful childhood memories, with the house decorated full of diya’s, filled with the beautiful aroma of the special sweets and snacks, and the heart full of happiness and joy!

I am super excited to share these Diwali recipes with you. I hope you enjoy them and share the light and love with your family and friends!

I hope this Diwali fills your heart with love, peace, and happiness. HAPPY DIWALI!

Delicious Diwali Food

Diwali celebrations are incomplete without the amazing spread of food! Sharing food with your family, friends, and neighbors is an important part of the tradition.

Diwali special foods mainly include sweets and snacks. These are typically prepared ahead of time. We love to make a Diwali charcuterie board with these wonderful snacks and sweets.

Indian-style desi charcuterie board for Diwali or Ramadan with a variety of snacks and sweets

From the traditional Indian sweets such as besan ladoo and Gulab jamun to the fried savory snacks such as shakarpara and chakli, the food is the highlight of this festival.

If you are throwing a party for Diwali or having a get-together, here are some Indian Dinner Party Food Ideas, which include main course and drink ideas too!

Diwali Sweets

Here are some of my favorite sweets to celebrate Diwali at home. With a variety of ladoo, kheer, and halwa recipes, there is a treat for everyone on this list.

Besan Ladoo

besan ladoo in a silver plate

Besan Ladoo is the most popular Indian sweet to make during the festive season. You need just a few ingredients, such as gram flour, ghee, and sugar, to make these amazing melt-in-the-mouth dessert balls. Make this decadent sweet with this easy, fail-proof recipe!

Gulab Jamun Shrikhand Bowls

Gulab Jamin Shrikhand Bowls on a pretty marble base

An easy Indian fusion festive dessert – Gulab Jamun Shrikhand Bowls. These are easy to put together yet super flavorful. These mini dessert bowls are a party stunner!

Badam Katli

Badam Barfi with almond flour in a plate with almonds

This festive season, try this easy Badam Katli made with almond flour in just 20 minutes! A delightful Indian sweet, this Badam Barfi is a wonderful unison of a soft fudge-like texture and luxurious flavors.

Mawa Gujiya

Mawa gujiya for holi served In a beautiful silver plate

Mawa Gujiya is an authentic Indian sweet fried dumpling filled with a mixture of mawa (milk solids), nuts, and coconut. It is a delicious treat made during the festivals of Holi and Diwali. 

Kalakand with Ricotta Cheese

Kalakand with ricotta cheese

Kalakand is one of the most popular Indian desserts enjoyed during festivals. It is a delectable soft milk fudge flavored with cardamom and saffron and decorated with slivered pistachios. You will love my easy Instant Kalakand recipe to make this melt-in-the-mouth sweet in less than 30 minutes!

Badam Halwa with Almond Flour

Badam halwa topped with pistachios in a bowl

Badam Halwa is a classic rich and luscious Indian dessert made with just 4 main ingredients: almonds, milk, sugar, ghee, and laced with cardamom and saffron. This Badam Halwa is put together quickly in less than 25 minutes using almond flour. It’s the ideal dessert for any celebration or festival!

Gujarati Magas

Homemade Magas recipe

This homemade Magas is a Gujarati fudge made of gram flour, ghee, cardamom, powdered sugar, and nuts. This Indian dessert is traditionally made during festivals. Make this delicious sweet with this foolproof recipe!

Rice Pudding / Kheer

Kheer Rice Pudding instant pot

An Indian favorite dessert for special occasions – Rice pudding made with rice and milk infused with saffron, cardamom, and assorted dried fruits. 

Coconut Almond Laddoo

Coconut Almond Ladoo in a plate decorated with rose petals

An easy sweet recipe for any festival, made with almond powder, desiccated coconut and sweetened condensed milk.

Gulab Jamun

Gulab Jamun's served in a plate

Gulab Jamun is the most popular Indian dessert. Gulab Jamun’s are deep-fried donut-like balls soaked in sweet rose-flavored syrup. Learn to make the best gulab jamun’s with khoya, along with all the tips and tricks to get them melt-in-the-mouth soft.

Besan Barfi

Besan Barfi (besan ki chakki) served in a bass pate garnished with nuts and rose petals

Besan Barfi, also called Besan ki Chakki, is a delicious, fudgy, and melt-in-mouth traditional delight. Besan ki Burfi is an authentic sweet prepared with just a few basic ingredients – gram flour, ghee, sugar, flavored with cardamom and saffron.

Instant Pot Moong Dal Halwa

Instant Moong Dal Halwa iin 2 bowls

Moong Dal Halwa is a rich, delicious dessert made with split yellow lentils, sugar, and ghee, along with the flavors of cardamom and saffron. This easy version of Moong Dal Halwa can be made in a pressure cooker and is much less laborious than the traditional method.

Gulab Jamun Custard Jars

Indian fusion dessert - Gulab jamun custard jars

An easy Indian fusion festive dessert – Gulab Jamun Custard Jars. This dessert is layered with the goodness of the cookie crumble, creamy cooling custard, and sweet gulab jamuns, adorned with slivered pistachios and rose petals. These exotic dessert jars are easy to put together and are sure to be a party stunner!

Chocolate Ladoo

A cut chocolate truffle over other balls in a small decorated box

These Chocolate Ladoos made with almond flour, condensed milk, and cocoa are sure to satisfy your cravings for Indian sweets! They take only 20 minutes to make and can be served as a festive dessert for special occasions or just a quick weekday treat.

Gajar ka Halwa

gajar ka halwa in a pretty bowl

Gajar ka halwa is a popular Indian dessert made from grated carrots cooked in milk and sugar, laced with cardamom, and garnished with roasted nuts. Learn how to make authentic, rich, and creamy carrot halwa!

Rava Ladoo (Suji Ladoo)

Rava Ladoo stacked in a pretty plate

Rava Ladoo, also called Suji Ladoo, is a popular sweet from India made during the festive season. These melt-in-the-mouth Rava Ladoo need just a few ingredients – roasted semolina, ghee, milk, and sugar – and can be made in less than 30 minutes!

Sabudana Kheer

Sabudana Kheer in two bowls garnished with nuts and rose petals

Sabudana Kheer, or Tapioca pudding, is a sweet made with tapioca pearls and milk. This kheer is popular during the fasting festive season in India. It is super easy to make in the instant pot or on the stovetop. Vegetarian and gluten-free! 

Besan Halwa

Closeup of besan halwa in a bowl

Made with simple ingredients of gram flour, ghee, and sugar, this rich and aromatic cardamom-infused Besan Halwa is a quick dessert that can be made ready within minutes.

Coconut Pumpkin Halwa

Coconut pumpkin halwa in a golden bowl

Coconut Pumpkin Halwa, also called Kaddu ka Halwa, is an Indian pumpkin dessert made with pumpkin, sugar, ghee, coconut, and nuts. It can be cooked in a pressure cooker on the stovetop or Instant Pot, and it takes less than 30 minutes to make this delicious dessert!

Mango Shrikhand

Closeup of mango amrakhand (shrikhand dessert) in 2 bowls garnished with saffron on a decorated plate

Mango Shrikhand, a refreshing & sweet Indian dessert, is a perfect summer treat. Creamy yogurt, mango pulp, and sugar are blended together and garnished with saffron and cardamom to make this luscious Mango Shrikhand. 

Fruit Custard

Fruit custard with banana, mango, grapes and pomegranates in a bowl

Made with custard powder, milk, and a variety of fresh fruits, this Fruit Custard is a delightful, easy-to-make dessert. This eggless dessert is easy to make in less than 30 minutes.

Custard Trifle Cups

Mini Fruit Custard Trifle Cups for Indian festivals

These Mini Custard Trifle Cups have delectable layers of pound cake, fruit, custard, and cream, garnished with rose petals and pistachios. They are sure to be a party stunner!

Oats Kheer

Rolled Oats Kheer topped with pistachios and saffron in 2 small glasses

Oats Kheer, also known as Oats payasam, is a delicious twist of using oats in Indian dessert recipes. Made with oats, milk, sugar, and cardamom, this healthy dessert can be cooked in the pressure cooker or on the stovetop.

Meethe Chawal

Zarda. Meethe Chawal. Sweet Rice in Instant Pot

Meethe Chawal or Zarda Rice is a sweet and rich rice preparation loaded with dry fruits, sugar, and ghee. This aromatic, sweet, saffron-flavored rice is a royal dessert made on special occasions and festivals. 

Lapsi (Cracked Wheat Sweet)

Lapsi served in a silver bowl garnished with sliced nuts.

Lapsi is a sweet dish made with roasted broken wheat (Dalia) and sweetened with jaggery. Garnished with nuts and flavored with cardamom, this cracked wheat recipe is perfect for celebrations. With a rich brown color, this lapsi halwa can be cooked in the pressure cooker within minutes.

Vermicelli Kheer (Semiyan Payasam)

Vermicelli Seviyan Kheer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

An Indian favorite dessert for special occasions – Kheer made with vermicelli, milk, and sugar infused with saffron, cardamom, and assorted dried fruits. 

Sooji Halwa

Sooji Halwa - Semolina Pudding served in 2 bowls topped with nuts and saffron

Suji Ka Halwa, also known as Sheera, is a simple Indian semolina pudding made with basic ingredients – semolina, sugar, and ghee. Sooji ka halwa tastes simply divine and takes just 20 minutes to prepare. 

Motichoor Cheesecake Parfait

Ladoo cheesecake in 4 cups

This Motichoor Ladoo Cheesecake Parfait is a real treat! Its Indian fusion dessert combines the rich flavors of Motichoor Ladoos with a creamy cheesecake layer with the aroma of cardamom and saffron.

Orange Semolina Cake

orange semolina cake topped with pistachios

Semolina Cake (Rava Cake) topped with an orange syrup made in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. It is an easy-to-make, fluffy, and moist cake with a gorgeous orange flavor. This is an eggless cake perfect for vegetarians.

Carrot Kheer

Carrot Pudding Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

A healthy and delectable Carrot Pudding made with carrots, milk, cashews, and dates, with the added aroma of cardamom and saffron.  A delicious and satisfying dessert, with no added sugar.  

Diwali Appetizers & Snacks

Any Diwali party or get-together is incomplete without an array of appetizers and snacks.

On Diwali, it is customary to eat vegetarian. Hence, here I am sharing my favorite vegetarian appetizers and snacks.

Shakarpara (Shankarpali)

shakarpara in a bowl served on a tray

Shakarpara, also known as Shankarpali, is a crispy, mildly sweetened snack made with 4 simple ingredients you will have at home. These bite-sized fried Indian cookies come together quickly and are popularly made during festivals such as Diwali and Holi.

Namak Para

crunchy namak para in a bowl served with chai

Namak para is a deep-fried Indian delicacy that is delicious and crispy—made with all-purpose flour (maida), semolina, and a few spices such as ajwain, salt, and pepper for a light flavor. It is one of the most popular snacks among kids.

Poha Chivda

roasted poha chivda in a bowl served with tea as a snack

Roasted Poha Chivda is a delicious savory snack that is sweet, tangy, and crunchy with a bit of spicy kick—made of crispy and crunchy roasted poha (flattened rice), peanuts, cashews, almonds, sliced coconut, and other seasonings.

Sabudana Vada

Sabudana vada in a plate with chutney

Sabudana Vada is a traditional Maharashtrian snack made from tapioca pearls (sago), potatoes, peanuts, herbs, and spices. These sago fritters are delicious! This is a vegan, gluten-free, and simple fasting recipe.

Dahi Vada

Dahi Vada in a large platter

This favorite Dahi Vada or Dahi Bhalla recipe has the softest lentil fritters drenched in creamy yogurt and topped with sweet and spicy chutneys. This popular Indian street food is loved by all and is a perfect inclusion to any festive menu!

Paneer Puff

Paneer Puff Pastry Turnovers Air Fryer Oven Main 4.3

A flaky golden crust with spicy, flavorful paneer filling. It is the perfect appetizer for a party that can be prepared ahead of time. So easy and delicious!  

Spicy Bombay Potatoes

Spicy bombay potatoes in a brown bowl

Baby Potatoes cooked with aromatic spices as a one-pot dish are perfect to serve as an appetizer or a side dish. These delicious and easy Bombay Potatoes take just 20 minutes to make in the Instant Pot or on the stovetop.

Mint Cilantro Chutney

Green mint cilantro chutney in a bowl

A cool, spicy, and tangy green chutney. This no-cook mint cilantro chutney is a must-try accompaniment to Indian food such as samosa, chaat, kebabs, and sandwiches. 

Gujarati Khandvi

Gujarati Khandvi on a serving tray with sesame seeds and cilantro on the side

Learn how to make this popular healthy snack from Gujarat – Khandvi rolls. These melts in the mouth, soft and flavorful rolls are made with chickpea flour and then tempered with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and garnished with fresh cilantro leaves and grated coconut.

Dahi Papdi Chaat

Sev topped on dahi papdi chaat

A famous Delhi street food, Dahi Papdi Chat, is a crispy, sweet, spicy, and tangy chaat that packs a whole lot of flavor. Also known as Dilli chaat, this popular street food is made with crispy pooris, sev (thin gram flour noodles), yogurt, and a variety of chutneys. 

Kala Chana Chaat

Kala Chana Chaat. Black Chickpea Salad in a bowl with avocado, tomato, onion, mint and lime pieces

A nutrition-packed Black Chickpea Salad made with black chickpeas, crunchy onions, tomatoes, avocado, and spices. This refreshing salad has fresh and tangy flavors and can be enjoyed as a great protein-rich breakfast or snack. 


Four pieces of yellow Khaman dhokla on a black platter

Soft and fluffy Khaman Dhokla made in the Instant Pot and stovetop. These delicious steamed savory chickpea flour cakes are a popular Gujarati delicacy, perfect to enjoy for breakfast or a snack!

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeño Poppers

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno poppers with tamarind chutney and mint chutney

Cheesy Samosa Jalapeno Poppers is an Indian twist to the favorite party appetizer. This is a vegetarian and gluten-free version made in the air fryer for samosa lovers. Don’t forget to check out the Halloween inspiration for these jalapeno poppers!

Onion Bhaji

Kanda bhajiya garnished with chaat masala and cilantro

These crispy onion fritters are made with gram flour, onions, and spices from your pantry. These vegan & gluten-free onion pakoras are delectable!

Paneer Tikka

Paneer Tikka in a white plate with cilantro ang lime wedge on side

Paneer marinated in a delightful combination of yogurt and spices, threaded to skewers, and cooked to create this heavenly appetizer. You can cook this tandoori paneer tikka in an oven or air-fryer.

Paneer Frankie

Three paneer Kathi roll wraps on a black base

This Paneer Frankie Roll, also known as Paneer Kathi Rolls, is a popular Indian street food made with flaky flatbread, covered with egg, wrapped with spicy paneer and tangy toppings. Perfect to pack for a grab and go meal, or a special weeknight meal.

Vada Pav

Vada Pav Air Fryer

Vada Pav is the humble street food of Mumbai. A fried potato fritter, or vada, is stuffed in between mini-burger buns called pav, along with sweet and spicy sauces or chutney. 

Sev Puri

Sev Puri garnished with pomegranate seeds and cilantro served in a plate

A popular Mumbai street food, Sev Puri is a sweet, spicy, and tangy chaat. Sev Puri is made with crispy puri (whole wheat crackers) topped with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and a variety of chutneys and finished with sev (thin gram flour noodles). This no-cook chaat recipe is a favorite snack to enjoy with your evening tea!

Favorite Beverages For Diwali

Favorite Main Dishes For Diwali

I hope you enjoy your Diwali with lots of wonderful food and share the joy with your loved ones!

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About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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    1. Hi Meeta – you can make any of the halwa and kheer recipes with gud. I have not tried the ladoo or barfi with gud, so cannot say if the same proportions will work well.

  1. Hi Meeta,
    Thank you for the lovely Diwali recipes! You make them so easy to follow. Do you have a recipe for Bombay Ice halwa? Please share , would love it!

  2. Ahh…what wonderful Diwali recipes…hope to make a few of them!!!!

    Do you have some simple instructions using the Saute Function…I have an Ultra 60 and, for the life of me, cannot figure out how to use it!!!! Happy Diwali…be safe and healthy…

    As I’ve said before…you’re the best!!!!

    1. Hi Elaine – Thank you for your kind words. I recently got a new instant pot ultra. You want to press the center knob for the instant pot display to turn on. Then turn the knob to reach the sauté function. Then press Start button. In other pots, I did not have to press an additional button, but with this model, need to press start for the saute to turn on. It does beep once it turns saute on.