Five Easy South Indian Diwali Recipes

Five Easy South Indian Diwali Recipes
  • Heat cooking oil in a kadhai
  • Once hot, drop the Badusha discs into the hot oil and deep fry till golden on both sides
  • Now, drop the fried discs into the sugar syrup, and let them soak on both sides.
  • Remove from syrup and serve fresh. Enjoy the Badusha or Balushahi !
  • Thenkuzhal

    Thenkuzhal is the simplest of savoury recipes for Diwali and is a great way to offset the overwhelming taste of the sweet dishes on a Diwali day. Crispy and delicious, this was a must on a Diwali morning for all of us. The best part about this snack was, that it could stay fresh and crispy for a long time. And so, long after Diwali, it still served as an evening snack for us. The recipe for this snack below:


    Course Snack
    Cuisine south Indian


    • Kadhai
    • Mixing Bowl
    • Murukku or Chakli Maker


    • 2 tsp Urad Dal or Split Black Gram, powdered into flour
    • 1 cup Rice Flour
    • 1 tbsp Butter
    • 1 tsp Jeera or Cumin
    • A Pinch of Asafetida
    • Oil For Frying
    • Salt to Taste


    • In a mixing bowl, add the rice flour, powdered urad dal, cumin seeds and asafoetida. Add salt and give it a good mix
    • Now add the butter and mix the butter well enough into the flour mix
    • Add water just enough to knead a dough.
    • Once the dough is made, take the chakli maker or murukku maker, available on all online supermarkets. Add the dough into the machine.
    • Heat oil in a kadhai. Once hot, using the chakli maker, squeeze the dough into the hot oil in the form of a small disc, in short bursts so that you get enough quantity of the snack in the hot oil. Make sure you grease the insides of the machine before you add the dough.
    • Fry all the discs to golden brown on both sides
    • You can now feast on the delicious savory snack – Thenkuzhal
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    Ribbon Pakoda / Nada Thenkuzhal

    Of all the savoury dishes we make at our place during Diwali the Ribbon Pakkoda has to be the easiest to make, the crispiest snack to have, and the most delicious to eat. This snack is also called the Nada Thenkuzhal – simply because the shape of this snack resembles a Nada – a flat string that is used to tighten some garments! It is also called the Ribbon Pakkoda because, again, it resembles a ribbon in its appearance. So here is how you make this easy snack – the Ribbon Pakkoda or the Nada Thenkuzhal.


    Ribbon shaped crispy, savory snack – a great munching option

    • 1 cup Rice Flour
    • 2 cups Besan / Gram Flour
    • ½ tsp Jeera / Cumin
    • ½ tsp Haldi / Turmeric Powder
    • Pinch of Asafetida
    • Salt to Taste
    • Oil to Fry
    • 2 tbsp Hot Cooking Oil
    • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
    1. In a large mixing bowl add the rice flour and the besan / gram flour
    2. Add the spices – cumin / jeera, turmeric / haldi, asafoetida, red chilli powder, and salt

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