Diwali Dinner Menu (Indian Fusion & Traditional)

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Diwali preps are in full swing. And I know most of us are either attending or throwing a Diwali Dinner. When it comes to food for Diwali, I like both- fusion and traditional. And depending on my mood (and also the guests), I sometimes have a fusion menu and sometimes a traditional one. They are both good in their own ways!

When planning a Diwali menu, I like to start with a drink or two, then do 2 to 3 appetizers, 3 to 4 mains out of which one is always a paneer sabzi and then a dessert or two. That’s the usual standard protocol that I follow. Along with that, I will have salad, chutneys and other condiments.

Here are 2 sample menus for your Diwali party. One is the Indian fusion menu and the other one is traditional. Hope you find some inspiration. Happy festivities!

Indian Fusion Diwali Dinner Menu

This menu is great for those who want to try something new for the festive season. It’s exciting, fun and definitely one that will be loved by the guests. This menu includes recipes with a modern twist on the classic Indian flavors like paneer lasagna and motichoor ladoo cheesecake jars.

Indian fusion Diwali dinner menu


tamarind drink served in a glass topped with mint leaves and lemon wedges

Imli Chutney Mocktail

Spicy, sweet and tart, this Spiced Tamarind Mocktail is inspired by the flavors of Imli Chutney! The fennel, ginger add the zing and lime and mint make it super refreshing.
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orange color drink garnished with rosemary served in short glasses

Orange Rosemary Mocktail

Fresh orange juice, rosemary sugar syrup and spices come together in this colorful drink. This Spicy Orange Rosemary Mocktail is the perfect festive drink for everyone to enjoy!
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paneer and corn tossed with onion, tomatoes served in a glass and garnished with cilantro

Paneer Tikka Corn Chaat

Cubes of bite size paneer tikka is tossed with sweet corn and spices in this appetizing chaat. Topped with cilantro, sev, this Paneer Tikka Corn Chaat makes a flavorful appetizer for your Diwali party or the Holidays!
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puff pastry pinwheels arranged on a plate and served with chutneys

Shahi Samosa Pinwheels

Easy puff pastry samosa pinwheels are stuffed with spiced potato, paneer and peas filling. The addition of cashews and raisins make them extra rich and flavorful. They make a crowd pleasing appetizer for potlucks and parties!
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layered dip served in a transparent bowl topped with cilantro, pomegranate

Indian Chaat Dip

An Indian party dip inspired by flavors of chaat, this has layers of pureed chole, salsa, tamarind chutney, cilantro chutney and topped with cilantro, pomegranate, papdi and sev. It's explosion of flavors in every bite!
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paneer lasagna in an orange color baking dish with a spatula scooping out a portion from the lasagna

Vegetable & Paneer Lasagna

Indian styles Lasagna combines vegetables, paneer and spiced tomato sauce in a super flavorful vegetarian lasagna.
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gnocchi in tomato sauce in a steel pan garnished with cilantro

Gnocchi Masala

Potato gnocchi tossed in a creamy Indian spiced tomato sauce- this Gnocchi Masala makes an indulgent meal!
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three slices of pizza topped with cilantro and chutney and placed on a black board

Aloo Chaat Pizza

This Aloo Chaat Pizza is Indian fusion pizza with layers of thinly sliced spiced potatoes and drizzled with chutneys and cilantro!
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jars of motichoor cheesecake ladoo with spoon on the side and motichoor ladoo in the background

Motichoor Ladoo Cheesecake Jars

No-Bake Motichoor Ladoo Cheesecake Jars make a decadent dessert for the festive season! Layers of cheesecake, crumbled boondi ladoo and a parle-g crust make this dessert irresistible! 
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baklava cups arranged on a golden color plate

Coconut Burfi Baklava Cups

Coconut Burfi Baklava Cups combines the flavors of Indian coconut burfi with baklava in a fun, bite sized dessert which is perfect to serve at Diwali and other festive parties!
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paan coconut ladoo

Paan Coconut Ladoo

Instant Paan Coconut Ladoo, filled with gulkand is an easy Indian sweet for Diwali! You need only 15 minutes to make these!
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Traditional Diwali Dinner Menu

If you like to keep food traditional for Diwali, then this menu is for you. It has the classics like paneer tikka, dal makhani and gajar halwa which are always great for festivities. You can’t go wrong with this menu. I would advise to get naan from outside, it will save you time.

traditional Indian food Diwali Menu


Aam Panna

Refreshing Indian summer drink made with raw green mangoes!
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3 skewers of hariyali paneer tikka placed on a round plate with a lemon wedge on the side

Hariyali Paneer Tikka

Cubes of paneer marinated with cilantro, mint along with yogurt & spices. This Hariyali Paneer Tikka is a great vegetarian option for summer grilling & BBQ parties!
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tandoori mushrooms arranged on skewer served with cilantro chutney

Tandoori Mushrooms

These Tandoori Mushrooms have a cheesy and spicy filling and are baked to golden perfection in the oven. They are then cooked over direct heat until a little charred for that smoky flavor! Makes a great vegetarian appetizer for just about any occasion.
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beetroot tikkis arranged on a plate with bowl of chutney on the side

Beetroot Tikki

Pan fried Beetroot Tikki make a healthy vegan appetizer or snack. They can also be used as a patty in sandwiches or burgers. Can be easily made gluten-free.
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dal makhani served in a copper kadai topped with butter and cream

Dal Makhani

Creamy & buttery Dal Makhani is one of India’s most special and popular dal. Black lentils are cooked with lot of butter and cream making it a special dish. Best enjoyed with naan! 
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methi matar malai served in a copper kadai with a naan placed in the back

Methi Matar Malai

A popular Indian curry, Methi Matar Malai combines fresh methi leaves with green peas and creamy in a sweet, rich and creamy curry.
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kadai paneer in a red color wok with a wooden spatula with blue napkin in the background

Kadai Paneer

Indian Cottage Cheese and bell peppers are cooked in freshly ground spicy masala! Kadai Paneer is one of the most popular Indian paneer recipes and is best enjoyed with naan or roti!
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yogurt in a blue bowl topped with boondi and chopped mint

Boondi Raita

Boondi Raita is popular Indian yogurt side dish made with yogurt, spices and boondi which are tiny balls made from gram flour. It makes the perfect accompaniment to Indian meals!
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3 pieces of homemade naan placed one over another on a brown plate with a curry placed on the side and a slab of butter in the background

Butter Naan

Soft and fluffy Homemade Naan tastes just like the one from your favorite Indian restaurant! Pairs so well with a creamy curry or dal!
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gajar halwa served in a copper bowl

Gajar Halwa

Gajar Halwa is a quintessential Indian dessert made with carrots, ghee, milk, sugar and flavored with cardamom. It's rich, creamy and do decadent!
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3 pieces of kalakand served on a small round copper plate with a tealight in the background


Kalakand is an Indian sweet fudge made with milk and flavored with cardamom. This is an easy and delicious sweet to make for special occassions and Indian festivals like Diwali, Raksha Bandhan etc.
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