The ‘festival of lights’ is almost here, and Indians around the world are gearing up to celebrate Diwali with joy and fervor. One of the country’s biggest festivals, Diwali marks the homecoming of Lord Rama after 14 years in exile. On this day, people perform pujas at home and offices, dress up and indulge in a delicious feast with family and friends.
This year, Diwali will be celebrated on October 24. The celebrations are incomplete without Diwali parties, in which a delectable spread is a must. As much as Diwali is about lights and the spirit of giving, it is also about a gastronomic adventure. With less than a week remaining, how about adding a special touch to the celebrations by making a handful of treats at home?
If you are planning to host a Diwali party at home this year, we’ve got some amazing recipes to add to your menu. If you and your guests love to nosh on non-vegetarian dishes, we’ve got some drool-worthy chicken recipes for you to try. No, they aren’t the usual tikkas and tangdis. There is lip-smacking pasta, cheesy garlic bread, and luscious curries straight from the kitchen of Ary’s Deli.
1. Chorizo Chicken Pasta
- Chicken chorizo sausages
- 1 cup pasta
- 4 tomatoes
- 10-12 cloves of garlic
- Salt and pepper, as per taste
- 7-8 fresh basil leaves
- 25 gm Parmesan cheese
- 1 tbsp mixed Italian herbs (oregano, chilli flakes, and parsley)
- In a large pot of boiling water, add a pinch of salt and a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Add the pasta and strain it once cooked. Save half a cup of the pasta water to add later.
- After thawing some chicken chorizo sausages, cut them into small chunky pieces and keep aside.
- In a wok, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil then the chopped garlic cloves in the hot oil.
- Once the garlic turns golden, add a puree of 4 tomatoes.
- Season with some salt and pepper.
- Once the tomatoes are cooked, add the fresh basil leaves and let the sauce simmer on low heat for 5 minutes.
- Now, add in the chopped sausages and the cooked pasta along with about half cup of the pasta water.
- Once the sauce, sausages and pasta are mixed well, your chicken chorizo pasta is ready to be plated.
- Garnish the pasta with Parmesan cheese and Italian herbs of your choice.
2. Chicken Kofta Curry
- 500gm chicken meatballs
- Puree or 2 tomatoes
- 1 onion (sliced)
- 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- 2-3 sliced green chillies
- 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- Salt, ash by taste
- Coriander leaves (chopped)
- In a heated pan, add a tbsp of oil or ghee.
- Add the cumin seeds, sliced onions, green chillies and ginger-garlic paste.
- Sauté until the onions are translucent.
- Add the puree of 2 tomatoes along with dry spices and salt.
- Once the tomatoes are cooked, add chicken meatballs once thawed at room temperature.
- Let the meatballs simmer in the curry for 5 minutes.
- Garnish with some fresh coriander leaves and your chicken kofta curry is ready.
- Serve with your choice of bread or rice.
3. Chicken Pepperoni Garlic Bread
- 250 gm chicken pepperoni
- Garlic bread loaf
- 10-12 cloves of garlic (crushed)
- 1/2 cup of salted butter
- 100 gm of grated Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup pizza sauce
- 1 tsp or oregano
- 1 tsp or chilli flakes
- Thaw your packet of chicken pepperoni and preheat the oven at 180 degrees Celsius.
- Slice the garlic bread load into 4 equal halves.
- In a bowl, mix crushed garlic cloves with softened butter until you get a smooth paste.
- Generously spread the butter-garlic paste onto the garlic bread halves.
- On top of the garlic-butter layer, spread an even layer of pizza sauce.
- Next, place the slices of chicken pepperoni on the pizza sauce layer for meaty goodness.
- Top with grated cheese.
- You can sprinkle oregano and chilli flakes or any other herbs of your choice.
- Place the loaded garlic bread halves in a baking tray and into the preheated oven.
- After baking for 5 to 8 minutes, once the cheese has melted and you can see crisp edges. Your chicken pepperoni garlic bread is ready.