Diwali marks the onset of the season of celebrations, parties, gifting and loads of excitement. These days Diwali is not just a day’s ritual of meeting relatives and having traditional meals and lots of Mithai. Every family has its own way of celebrating Diwali that goes on for weeks with a focus on better living, wholesome eating and lots of food adventures.
This year, Asda brings you a sneak peak into how the stores are getting ready for Diwali, sharing tremendous ideas to inspire your celebration, by picking up the must-haves, party show-stoppers and nearly everything else that you might need to complete your festival preparations, Asda brings you great prices with offers on range of brands and products of your choice, under one roof.
A lot of people think of Mithai as a must-have for Diwali. But before we talk about desserts, there are 3 items which we recommend stocking up on. These 3 kitchen partners will ensure that all your essentials are in place for the delicious experiments, this festive season.
DIWALI MUST HAVES:
* KTC Sunflower oil Was £5.50 / Now £4
* Laila Basmati 10Kg Was £18 / Now £10
* Rajah Spices 100 gms at 55p only
Rice is a perfect ingredient for one-pot wonders especially when you have large groups visiting you. So, be it your family recipe of Pilau or experimental stir fries, a good Basmati is a good ally during festivals.
‘‘I remember how my mother used to cook a variety of snacks and desserts and lay them out on a table for our family and guests on Diwali. I try reliving those moments by hosting a Diwali party every year where I serve new and interesting dishes. From an Indo-Chinese themed party to a street food spread, I have done it all’’ – Shweta Srivastava (Housewife, Aylesbury)
And for your parties there is one ingredient which is versatile, adaptable and can help you create a wonderful spread, effortlessly – Yoghurt.
From chaats to marinades, from smoothies to healthy desserts, there is so much a tub of yoghurt can do. Here are 3 recipe ideas which you can try this year:
Beetroot Yoghurt Salad
Yoghurt panna cotta infused with cardamoms
Spicy dahi papri chaat
Lancashire Farm Natural Bio Yogurt – available at your local ASDA for £1.50
Get Set, Diwali
With so much focus on food and parties, let’s not forget how important the host and the house are during the festive period.
For added shine to your Diwali look, prep your hair with the Vatika hair regime from Asda and follow the oil, shampoo and mask regime for 6 weeks for well-nourished and amazing looking hair. Asda recommends the coconut range for those with dry and damaged hair. Vatika Coconut Hair Mask only for £5.99
The festival of lights would be incomplete without candles, lights and diyas. Add the perfect festive touch to your house and light up every corner with a pack of 100 GH White Tealights and set the mood for a bright and prosperous Diwali. GH White Tealights (Pack of 100)- Only for £2.20
Last but not the least. Here is a little help from ASDA on the cleaning front. Stock up on Dettol Antibacterial Spray to let it shine as bright as the light of the festivities.
’’With busy schedules and work commitments, it’s not easy for me to cook a big Diwali menu from scratch. I always look for ideas in the frozen range to make life a bit convenient for me.’’ – Vandna Singh (Casting Director, London)
If you have similar challenges, then this Diwali, Asda brings you a convenient way of cooking with their range of frozen snacks. The popular ones being –
* Vegetable Samosas (700g) from ASDA- Was £2.50 / Now £2
* Vegetable Spring rolls (700g) from ASDA- Was £2.50 / Now £2
And if you still have appetite for more, keep a pack of Gram Flour on standby at all times for making simple snacks like Pakoras, Dhokla, Besan Halwa, Khandvi etc.
As much as Diwali is the festival of lights and fireworks for some of us, it is also an occasion to indulge in sweets and treats for the others. This Diwali you can shop under one room for all your festive delights.
Ferrero Rocher (Was £5 / Now £3.50)