Diwali marks the onset of the season of celebrations, parties, gifting and loads of excitement. Diwali is not just a day’s ritual of meeting relatives and having traditional meals. Every family has its own way of celebrating Diwali that often goes on for weeks with a focus on better living, wholesome eating and lots of food adventures.
Asda offers a sneak peek into how the stores are getting ready for the Happy Diwali celebrations this year.
A lot of people think of mithai (sweets) as a must-have for Diwali. But before we talk about desserts, there are three items which we recommend stocking up. These will ensure that all your essentials are in place for the delicious experiments this festive season.
- KTC Sunflower Oil (was £5.50/now £4)
- Laila Basmati 10Kg (was £18/now £10)
- Rajah Spices (100 gms at 55p)
Rice is a perfect ingredient for one-pot wonders especially when you have large groups visiting your place. So be it your family recipe of pulao or experimental stir fries, fine grain Basmati is always a good ally during festivals.
‘‘I remember how my mother used to cook a variety of snacks and desserts and lay them out on a table for our family and guests on Diwali. I try reliving those moments by hosting a Diwali party every year,” says homemaker Shweta Srivastava of Aylesbury.
Yoghurt is one ingredient which is versatile, adaptable and can help you create a wonderful spread effortlessly. From chaats to marinades, from smoothies to healthy desserts, there is so much a tub of yoghurt can do.
Beetroot yoghurt salad, yoghurt panna cotta infused with cardamoms, and spicy dahi papri chaat are three interesting recipes that you can try this year.
The Lancashire Farm Natural Bio Yoghurt is available at your local Asda store for £1.50.
Get Set, Diwali
With the focus on food and parties, let’s not forget how important the host and the house are during the festive period.
For added shine to your Diwali look, prep your hair with the Vatika hair regime and follow the oil, shampoo and mask regime for six weeks for well-nourished and amazing looking hair. Asda recommends the Vatika Coconut Hair Mask for £5.99 for those with dry and damaged hair.
The festival of lights would be incomplete without candles, lights and diyas. Add the perfect festive touch to your house and light up every corner with a pack of 100 GH White Tealights £2.20 and set the mood for a bright and prosperous Diwali.
“With busy schedules and work commitments, it’s not easy for me to cook a big Diwali menu from scratch. I always look for ideas in the frozen range to make life a bit convenient for me,’’ says London-based casting director Vandna Singh.
If you face similar challenges, then this Diwali, Asda brings you a convenient way of cooking with its range of frozen snacks. The popular ones being vegetable samosas (was £2.50/now £2) and vegetable spring rolls (was £2.50/now £2).
And if you still have appetite for more, keep a pack of gram flour on standby for making simple snacks like pakoras, dhoklas, besan halwa, khandvi, and others.
As much as Diwali is the festival of lights and fireworks, it is also an occasion to indulge in sweets and treats for the others. Sweeten this Diwali with Ferrero Rocher (was £5/now £3.50).