Discover Simple Diwali snacks with a Vegan twist- Part I



We had seen some delectable sweets that can be curated using plant-based ingredients. You may also be tempted to try out traditional savories out for Diwali. You have many snacks like butter murukku and nippat that use dairy butter as the common ingredient. But do not worry, an earnest effort has been made to veganize every dish out here. So, let us get started:


Chaklis can be renamed as ‘Murukus’ across the Southern part of India. These are crispy fritters that can be had with tea, coffee, or as a tasty evening snack. You can quite effortlessly veganize this particular recipe as only butter needs to be replaced with something that is plant-based. Helping you get started with the recipe:-

Ingredients Used

  • Rice Flour- 2.5 cups
  • Gram flour- 1 cup
  • Asafoetida- 1 pinch of it
  • Chilli powder- 1 tsp
  • 1 big tablespoon of vegan butter (Use GoodMylk’s unsalted butter)
  • Roasted Urad dal flakes
  • Water- to form the dough
  • Molds to make the chaklis
  • Oil for deep frying

Method of Preparation:

  • Take a big glass bowl. Pour rice flour. Use the exact quantity as stated on the ingredients list.

  • Now, to the rice flour, keep adding red chili powder, salt, asafoetida or ajwain powder, vegan butter, and roasted urad dal. You can use store-bought gram flour or you can powder roasted grams into a blender. 

  • Add the gram flour too. Now, blend all the ingredients using water. Do not use too much water. The dough must be crisp and easy to hold. You can add water in batches to prepare your dough. 

  • Once, the dough is prepared, allow it to set for about 20 minutes. 

  • Post the set-in time, take the mold and drop some flour into it. Now, take hot oil in a frying pan. While the oil is getting heated up, you can have parchment paper. You can start doing the chaklis using the mold. Hold the mold in a circular fashion so that you have the chaklis done for 3-4 rounds. 

  • Once, you have made about 10-12 of them, start frying them in deep oil. You can gently flip the chaklis over to the next side within 2-3 minutes of having dropped them into the oil.

  • Allow both sides of the chaklis to turn golden brown. Drain off the excess oil using the drainer ladle. And then place them on a plate. Give a cool-down period and now you can store your crispy chaklis in air-tight containers. 

Ribbon Pakodas

We would use almost a similar set of ingredients for this particular recipe too. The method of preparing the dough is also the same. However, this is also a healthy and tasty snack that you can try this Diwali 2022. So, let us get started with the recipe:

Ingredients Used:

  • Rice flour- 2 cups
  • Gram flour- 1 cup
  • Chili powder and Salt 1 tsp each
  • Hot oil- to mix into the flour
  • Water- to knead the dough
  • Roasted Urad dal- 1 tbsp
  • Cumin seeds or Jeera- 2 tsp
  • Asafoetida- 1 pinch
  • Sesame powder- 1 tsp
  • Oil for frying

Method of preparation:

  • Take a glass bowl. Add rice flour, gram or besan flour, chili powder, asafoetida, salt, roasted urad dal, cumin seeds, sesame powder and give all the dry ingredients a gentle mix. 

  • Add some hot oil into it. The mix becomes crumbly. Now, start adding water in batches. Add slowly to form the dough. Allow the dough to rest for 15-20 minutes. 

  • Take a mold that is meant for making ribbon pakodas. Fill the mold with the dough. Press into oil and spread. Flip the pakoda after 3-4 minutes. Then, make sure both the sides turn golden brown.

  • Wipe the excess oil using tissue towels and place the ribbon pakodas on your plate. Make 5-6 batches of the same to store into air-tight containers. 


We will see few more crispy Diwali recipes in Part II as I don't want to overcrowd you via this blog. Till then, stay tuned!

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