Deepavali Foods in Malaysia
Deepavali, or Diwali, is a festival celebrated by all Hindus all over the world to signify the victory of good over evil (hence, the reason why Deepavali is also known as "The Festival of Lights").
Like any other celebrations in Malaysia, Deepavali is celebrated with much zeal and excitement by inviting family and friends of different races and religions for an 'open house' - a common Malaysian practice where the star attraction is no other than the food, of course.
We save you from all the hassle as we have compiled you a list of mouth-watering (and our favourite!) Deepavali foods in Malaysia:
1. Dhal Curry
Some Hindus abstain themselves from eating meat on this auspicious day, so if you are visiting one of your vegetarian friends, you might be prepared with this simple, but delicious meal. Dhal Curry is a very mild and nutritious curry made up mainly of lentils, tomatoes, chilies, and spices. Heat level can be adjusted according to taste. It accompanies many meals such as dosai, and rice.
Dosai, much like Indian pancake, is a refreshing change from the usual oil-laden meal options during Deepavali. Rich in carbohydrate but contains no sugar nor saturated fats, the batter for dosai is made from fermented rice flour and ground lentils, before being spread out thinly on a hot plate in a perfectly round shape, and cooked until it is lightly browned and crispy. The result comes out as a thin pancake that is crispy around the edges but chewy in the middle. There are other varieties of dosai apart from the plain ones. There are rava dosai, paper dosai, masala dosai, egg dosai and onion dosai. Dosai are generally accompanied by spicy chili chutney, cooling coconut chutney, and a small bowl of lentil curry or sambhar.
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