Oliver Ephgrave

Oct 18th 2017

This week, Hindus throughout the world are celebrating Diwali, the festival of lights. It’s a family occasion, which invariably involves delicious home-cooked food. We visited Masale – The Taste of India in Terminal 1, D-Gates for a Diwali banquet that’s fit for a Maharajah.

Starter: Punjabi samosas

These crispy delights are made from a flour shell, filled with mashed potato, onions, green peas, spices and green chili. They’re deep-fried in oil and served hot with fresh mint chutney, sweet-sour tamarind and a delicately spiced chickpea curry (chana masala).

Main: Paneer khurchan

Khurchan is derived from the Hindi word ‘khurachna’ which means ‘to scrape’. This dish is ‘scraped’ paneer (Indian cottage cheese) in a spicy sauce of onions, tomatoes and bell pepper. It goes perfectly with a bowl of navratan pulao, an irresistible combination of nine different vegetables and fruit mixed with rice and spices.

Dessert: Besan laddu

This popular Indian sweet is made of gram flour, sugar and pistachios, roasted in ghee until golden brown and nutty in fragrance. It’s often served at festivals and family events, making it the ideal treat for Diwali.

Watch these three delicious dishes being prepared by Masale’s superb chef, Kabuli Rout.

Masale – The Taste of India is located in Terminal 1, D-Gates, upper floor