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Light Up the Table With Diwali-Inspired Dishes

Global Feature
By Andrea Lynn
Light Up the Table With Diwali-Inspired Dishes

November 11, 2015, ushers in Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights. Whether or not your family has ever celebrated the five-day holiday, this year it provides an opportunity to showcase Indian flavors and learn from a culture rich with tradition.

Diwali is a national festival celebrating the triumph of good over evil in India regardless of faith. Each day designates a different activity, like cleaning the home or visiting with friends. But the main part of the festival occurs on the third day, when families commemorate the day with feasts and fireworks. Bring a little Diwali love to your meals with these Indian dishes.

Garam Masala Cream Soup

This milk-based soup full of veggies is infused with the warm flavors of our Garam Masala mix, which combines cinnamon, cumin, and cardamom, among other spices. Use as an appetizer or bulk up with meat from a rotisserie chicken or sliced steak to transform into a full meal.

Indian Curry Couscous Salad

In a pinch, couscous is one of the easiest sides to prepare, with a cooking time of just 15 minutes, mostly unattended. Why not add a little Indian twist in honor of Diwali? This curry-spiked couscous salad is easy to pull off. With protein from beans, it could double as a side or vegetarian entrée.

Garam Masala Marinated Chicken

Chicken breasts are briefly soaked in a mixture of garam masala, olive oil, and water for full spice infusion in this recipe. Bake in the oven until chicken is moist and fully cooked (around 25 minutes), and dinner is served.

Spicy Indian Cauliflower and Garbanzo Bean Tacos

Naan or pita bread is the "taco" for this spicy vegetarian filling, which can also be served as a side dish. In this heart-healthy entrée, the mildness of cauliflower serves as a canvas for strong flavors, where the vegetable is simmered to soak up turmeric, mustard seeds, crushed red pepper, and ginger in the process. Portion onto bread, top with cilantro, cashews, and yogurt, and enjoy a new twist on Taco Night.

Mint Raita

This yogurt-based, mint-spiked dip serves as a cooling counterpart for any of the above dishes. Or, use it on its own with baby carrots, celery sticks, and cucumber slices as an afternoon snack.

For all of your Diwali celebrations, turn to authentic Spice Islands® spices like garam masala and curry powder to diversify your dinner routine and bring a little Indian inspiration to the table.

Andrea Lynn is a recipe developer and cookbook author, most recently of Queens: A Culinary Passport.

Spice Islands® spices deliver high quality, authentic flavors from all over the world so you can put the most delicious meals on your table.

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