Healthy Swaps for Diwali
Diwali, the festival of lights is approaching. It is a festival full of cheer and joy where we experience fun and frolic with delicious sweets and firecrackers.
But the health aspect of the sweet dishes is also quite important.
Don’t get carried away with taste and goodness of sweet dishes. You need to keep a check on the number of servings you eat to keep your weight in check.
Let’s get started with our informative article for the well-being of yourself and your family that will guide you with the selection of nutritional healthy Diwali swaps.
To start with we present to you the list of common Diwali swaps you relish. Have a look.
Healthy Diwali swaps recipes
1. Besan Barfi As Healthy Diwali Swap-
The prep time for this is nearly 5 minutes. The cook time is nearly 1 hour.
Looking at the calorific value of 100 gm of Besan Bari, it is mere 47.
It contains carbohydrates, essential fats, and protein. It is not only good for health but tastes amazingly great.
Besan is rich in fibre and essential minerals. It has potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and many other minerals.
First, you have to fry the 2 cups of besan in a cup of ghee on low flame for nearly about 30 minutes. Do it till the besan gets brown, and the ghee starts to get separated. Now add a cup of sugar into a cup of water by slowly boiling it over low heat.Once the sugar dissolves, bring it to boil and cook until it gets thick. This is the syrup we will use.Take some of this syrup between your fingers and start pulling apart. Two threads should form. No add this syrup to the cooked besan and mix this mixture well.Now put this mixture into an already greased tray. When this mixture cools down, cut it down into small cubes.Garnish it with almonds and cashew.
2. Sandesh As healthy Diwali Swap-
The prep time is nearly 10 minutes. While the cook time is 30 minutes which also include chilling time.
The calorific value of 100 gm of Sandesh is merely 57, which is perfect if you are looking for a sweet dish which is great in taste and has low calorific value.
It contains carbohydrates, essential fats, with zero cholesterol. It has rich protein content which is also good for your kids. It also contains calcium that is good for our bones. Kids love sweet dishes on Diwali, and this can be the best treat for them.
First, blend the 100 grams paneer along with half cup khoya with five tablespoons sugar or gur, whichever you prefer, till it gets smooth. You can utilize a blender to do this or simply use the back of a bowl to mash them evenly. Mix four green cardamom and a pinch of kesar and set this mixture in a layer of about ½ inch thick.Now, refrigerate this mixture till it sets. Cut it into squares and serve.
3. Kaju Katli As Healthy Diwali Swap –
Kaju Katli, is an exquisite sweet dish filled with the goodness of cashew. It is full of carbohydrates and essential fats. It also has an ample amount of protein. This brilliant dish, it is packed with vitamins and minerals along with anti-oxidants which takes care of free radicals in your body. It contains vitamin E and K which is good for skin and hairs. It also contains rich minerals like copper, phosphorous, zinc, magnesium, iron, etc. The prep time is nearly 5 minutes. The cook time is 30 minutes.The calorific value of 100 gm of Kaju Katli is just 58 calories.
First, you have to grind 100 gms cashew into a fine powder.Now heat sufficient amount of water in a non-stick pan.Then add five tablespoons sugar as well as one tablespoon saffron and mix it well. Cook it well till the syrup thickens.Add half tablespoon cardamom powder and mix it well.Now spread this mixture into a plate and allow it to cool at room temperature.Transfer this mixture onto a worktop and then knead it a little.Now spread this mixture into a burfi tray. Garnish it with silver varq and let it set.At last, cut this intro square and serve.
4. Rasgulla As Healthy Diwali Swap-
It is soft and spongy balls which are made from paneer, dipped in sugar syrup. The prep time is 10 minutes. The cook time is nearly 40 minutes. Add 4 hours to set the paneer. The calorific value of 100 gm of Rasgulla is 125. Rasgulla has the richness of minerals like manganese, selenium, copper, magnesium, iron, etc. It helps in high blood pressure and helps in preventing certain kinds of cancer
At first, you have to remove the cream which forms over the milk.Now bring 1-2 milk to a boil and then lower the heat.Add one teaspoon lemon juice gradually till the milk curdles. It doesn’t matter if you are not able to use the whole solution.Now shut off the heat and leave this mixture to rest for nearly 6 minutes.Drain off the water.Leave the paneer in a colander for at least 3 hours.Now mash paneer till it is quite smooth, without any grains. Add one tablespoon maida or refined flour.Now bring 6 cups of water to a boil and shape the paneer into balls. Make sure they are smooth and without cracks.No put this balls into the boiling water and cover it with a tight-fitting cover. Cook for some time till it is puffed up. Do it for 20 minutes.Let is cool down and squeeze out all of the water.Transfer these balls.
Add flavour to your life and celebrate this Diwali with nutrition-rich sweet dishes.
Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta: Professionally a homeopathic doctor and a dietician Dr. Ritu Kumari Gupta is passionate about writing health and parenting blogs. She believes in holistic approach towards health and well being.