Diwali is that time of the year when people of all ages are really excited about the festival of lights, for reasons of their own. For the kids and youngsters, its the prospect of putting on new clothes after an early morning oil bath, followed by the incessant lighting of crackers and fancy fireworks all day long; for those middle aged and elderly folks, its more about making those yearly house visits and spending quality time with their loved ones.

The only aspect that ties all age groups together during Diwali is the food, consisting of sweets and savories that are easily prepared at home (or bought) and distributed among family, friends and relatives. Following are the most common sweets and savories relished during the Diwali season.

Adhirasams are sweets that top the list when it comes down to Diwali preparations at home. Similar in shape to a vadai, albeit a little flatter, the doughnut like pastry is made using rice flour, jaggery and ghee, and is known to have a long, popular history in Tamil culture.

Prepared using chickpea or gram flour and ingredients such as cashews, raisins, saffron and cardamom, Boondi Laddoos are the staple, Diwali sweet treats that are sure to be enjoyed in every home.

Originally known as ‘Mysuru Paaka’ denoting the city of its origin, the Mysore Pak is yet another Diwali staple, prepared with generous amounts of ghee, sugar, gram flour and cardamom. Taking a bite of this sweet treat is so good that it quite literally melts away in your mouth.

A traditional South Indian (Iyengar) savory, Mullu Murukku or Maghizhampoo Murukku is a deep fried, rice-based snack, prepared with flour, moong dal and channa dal. It is a common snack usually served with evening tea or coffee, but also prepared during special occasions like Diwali.

A delicious variation of the traditional murukku, the Ribbon Pakoda is also known by the names Ribbon Murukku or Ola Pakoda. This crispy snack is made using rice flour, besan, fried gram and mild spices like chili powder and cumin, remaining as one of the most prepared and consumed savory snacks during the Diwali season.

Diwali is the most colorful festival of lights and crackers. The only thing that connects us this Diwali is food! Have a colorful and safe Diwali everyone!