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Food and Traditions of the Festival of Lights


At Curry Leaves Bistro, a tried-and-true Malaysian restaurant in Pleasanton, California, we are not only dedicated to giving the best of what Malaysia has to offer. We also seek to broaden your knowledge of different cuisines as well cultures throughout the breathtaking continent of Asia.

That said, allow us, experts in catering services, to give you a rundown on the Indian festival of lights known as Diwali. Also referred to as Deepawali, this is observed in the autumn, with the dates shifting according to the Hindu lunar calendar. The celebration commemorates the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil, and knowledge over ignorance.

Aside from our expertise in Malaysian food in California, we can also give you insights into different asian cuisines. For instance, a few of the festival’s staple foods include the following:

  • Karanji or Gujiya:

    It is a sweet and crispy Maharashtrian fried dumpling. The crispy exterior of the dish is made of semolina or flour and is filled with a combination of sweetened milk solids and dried fruits before being fried until golden.

  • Samosa:

    During Diwali, these traditional Indian treats are popular throughout the region. They are triangle-shaped pockets of pastry filled with minced meat, peas, lentils, and other vegetables.

  • Pakoras, Pakoda, or Bhaji:

    This fried snack is prepared using a gram flour batter with various ingredients, including onions, eggplant, potatoes, and more. On Diwali, they are typically served as a snack or appetizer to visitors.

If you are interested in learning more about the taste of different cultures or perhaps details on our food service, you can reach us anytime.

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