If you haven’t heard Michael Scott singing the Diwali Song on The Office, you should. It’s ridiculous and catchy. Diwali is the celebration of good over evil or light over dark. It’s celebrated on one of the darkest nights of the lunar Hindu calendar. Why celebrate the “festival of lights” on the darkest night? To show that light will always win against the dark. People light diyas/candles/fireworks to celebrate this holiday and to show that good will always overcome evil.
I think the significance of the holiday is something that everyone can get behind. To celebrate, just spend the day being happy. Eat something sweet. Light a candle. And believe that good always wins.
The stories and beliefs behind Diwali differ. Different religions and regions have different beliefs. Hindus believe Diwali is when Rama and Sita returned from exile after winning a battle against the demon king, Ravana. Sikhs celebrate the sixth guru’s release from prison.
Diwali is a major holiday in India. We celebrate Diwali every year by going to the mandir (Hindu temple), which is right across the street from my parents’ home. On Diwali, my mom lights diyas and candles inside and outside the house. And of course, there’s always mithai. Sweets are a big part of Indian culture and there’s just no celebrating without mithai.
You can celebrate with mithai and other Indian sweets too – even if you are on a restrictive diet. Here are some Indian desserts – I’ll continue to add them onto this list and hopefully by next Diwali, you’ll have even more options!
Paleo Diwali Dessert Recipes:
- Gajar ka Halwa
- Gajar ka Halwa Cake
- Khajoor ki Mithai
- Coconut Mithai
- Chai Candies
- Coconut Caramel Candy
- Citrus Cardamom Cupcakes
- Cashew Cardamom Smoothie (make popsicles!)
- Rose Water Fudge
- Caramel Candy
- Chocolate Rose Skillet Cake
- Banana Malpua (gluten-free but not paleo)
Want even more delicious Diwali desserts? Pictured below (all paleo-friendly and dairy-free) from right to left: mango men gummies, gulab jamun, jalebi, apple jalebi, chocolate rose skillet cake, ras malai, kulfi, cardamom coconut bread and gajar ka halwa. You can find these recipes and many more in my eBook, South Asian Persuasion: 100+ Paleo Indian Recipes.