Are you itching to adult a little this year and host your own Diwali party? Do you want to host with style yet not spend an excess amount of money or time? Finally, do you want to serve something aside from the formulaic desi party offerings of cocktail samosa and pakora? We got you covered! This won’t be your Aunty-ji’s Diwali party, trust us.

Visit your local desi grocery store and you will find a treasure trove of ingredients and ready to use products that will help you serve foods that look fun and classy, taste delicious, and won’t break the bank—or your back for that matter.

It is all about thinking about ingredients and foods you already know but, coming up with new and innovative ways to present old classics. Doing this will surely make your Diwali party stand out from the rest. Not that it’s a competition but, well, there is no harm in hosting the best Diwali party ever!

First things first, it’s a Diwali party so you will need to buy a good amount of diyas to light per festival ritual, yes, but also to use as vessels and decorative pieces.

Here is a burst of inspiration!

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Want to fill out that big diya with some vibrant, masalafide guacamole? Check it out!

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You can use smaller diyas to decorate everything from your home to a cake. Yes, a cake.

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Your challenge to pick up awesome stuff at the desi grocery store has only begun, though! You want to look for food items which can be easily prepared and stuffed.

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SEV CHICKEN

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For every pound of chicken breast you use, you will need salt, pepper, 3 tablespoons bhel puri chutney, and ½ cup fine sev.
First, cut chicken breasts into big chunks (about the size of a mini muffin well) and season with salt and pepper (about ½ teaspoon for each breast). Marinate the chicken in the chutney for at least one hour and up to 4 hours.

Preheat your oven to 350 F. Get a small muffin pan and evenly distribute half of the sev at the bottom of each well.

Place one chicken cube in each well and evenly distribute remaining sev over each piece so chicken is covered.

Bake chicken for 20 to 22 minutes.

Insert a toothpick into each chicken piece for a bit of flare! Serve with chutney.

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PARATHA PINWHEELS

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First, you will need to thaw paratha dough so it is more malleable to work with.

Once it is thoroughly thawed, preheat your oven to 400 Fahrenheit.

Prepare a clean workstation and put a little flour on it so the dough will not stick. Lay down one whole paratha on the clean workstation and put ingredients of your choice on one end and roll it up.

Slice roll into evenly-sized pinwheels and bake for 25 minutes.

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PARTHA PUFFS

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The possibilities of things to make with paratha dough are endless. Paratha puffs are easy to make and make for amazing finger foods!

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STUFFED GOLGAPPA

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