Diwali Cooking with Hari Ghotra and Tea India

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Hari Ghotra Diwali Cooking

Diwali isn’t cancelled this year…far from it! When we realised we might not be able to celebrate Diwali with our friends and family, we reached out to our favourite YouTube chef, Hari Ghotra. She’s brilliant at layering authentic Indian spices and can teach anyone how to create simple, delicious dishes. We love her #FridayCurryClub and she loves our chai, so naturally we thought it was the perfect pairing for a cooking class the Friday night before Diwali!

Join us on Hari’s YouTube Live on the eve of Diwali, Friday, 13 December at 6:15pm as she teaches us how to make spicy courgette pakora and mint chutney with masala chai. We’ve shared the ingredients below so you can nip over to the supermarket this week before joining.


Spicy Courgette Pakora

  • 2 medium courgettes coarsely grated (approx 750g total weight)
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • handful of fresh coriander, chopped
  • 1 tsp kashmiri chilli powder (or ½ tsp paprika)
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 100g chickpea flour (gram flour)
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • Rapeseed oil to deep fry

Mint Chutney

  • Large bunch of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 onion cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 green chilli (add more for more heat)
  • 1 or 2 lemons

Masala Chai

Hari’s sharing an exclusive free postage code: HARI2020 on all Tea India orders at £10 or more. Head to our tea shop, enter the code, and get your delivery of chai before Diwali!

About Diwali

Diwali is a holiday celebrating the triumph of good over evil, finding light even in the darkest of times. Quite frankly, it’s a holiday that suits the year we have had. On Diwali we light candles in our home and sparklers outside, we cook spicy Indian curries and drink chai to stay warm. Even if you have never celebrated Diwali before, it’s the perfect holiday to enjoy during lockdown and it will give you something new and exciting to look forward to. We hope you’ll join us next Friday, the evening before Diwali, and enjoy an hour of cooking, chai, and chatting!