Sweets and mithais are integral part of Diwali and other Indian Festivals. With festive season coming up every one is excited about making sweets and festival special Namkeens.
Here are simple tips to make Diwali faral healthy:
1) Besan ke laddu
It is popular sweet made during Indian festivals. Unlike many other Indian sweets, besan laddu are nutritious and not really empty calories because these are made with chickpeas flour so it is rich in protein and fiber. In my opinion can be a good snack for kids after outdoor sports. To make them healthier you can use jaggery or desi shakkar which is better than white sugar.
TIPS AND TRICKS TO MAKE BEST BESAN KE LADDU-
Besan Jaggery a low fat and healthy Besan Ladoo, made without sugar, ghee, oil or milk. Yes it is totally a guilt free sweet which can be enjoyed without worrying about those extra calories. This year, I have been trying to totally reduce ghee and sugar in sweet preparations. Instead of fried ones, I have been trying lots of steamed or baked snacks. As Diwali is approaching fast, i have been planning to share more number of healthy sweets and savories. Besan Ladoo with Sugar takes more than 30 mins to prepare, whereas this ladoo can be prepared within 20 mins. The ladoo will not melt in your mouth as we have not used ghee or any other wet binding ingredients other than jaggery syrup. The color of ladoo depends on the type of jaggery you use. The syrup consistency is very
important here. Besan is a powerhouse of antioxidants that help clear your nasal tract. It is also an excellent
source of vitamin B1 that reduces fatigue by converting food into energy. Besan or chickpea flour is slowly roasted until aromatic and then simmered with milk, turmeric and freshly ground black peppercorns.
Chakli is a crisp crunchy snack with different names across India. It is known as Chakli in Maharashtra and many north Indian states, Chakri in Gujarat and Murukku in South India. It is made with different kinds of flour like whole wheat flour, rice flour, ragi, and lentil flour. It can be made them with steamed whole wheat flour. In this way very little oil is used, making them quite healthy.
Baked Ragi Chakli is a healthy twist to the typical chakli recipe. This easy-to-make recipe is made with simple ingredients such as ragi flour, besan flour, ginger paste, chili, garlic paste, salt and oil. Other variations:
1) Chakli made from Rice flour
2) Chakli made from whole wheat flour
3) Chakli made from Heeng and Ajwain. This is sure to have a great taste.
4) Bajra is itself very tasty. And when you make Chaklis with them, they are excellent.
5) Chakli made from Ragi or Nachni. Now diabetic people will not have worries taking in this dish.
6) Chakli is generally fried in oil. However, modern times have come up with a lot of innovations and you can now make baked Chaklis as well.
7) Chakli can taste great when made with butter.
8) Indian homes are also coming up with healthy versions of Chaklis. One of them is Spinach Chakli.
9) The Potato Murukku comes in a crisp countenance ready to win you by the heart.
10) Chakli made from maida
11) Chakli made from Moong
12) Chakli made from Methi
13) Rava Chakli
14) Poha Chakli.
A sweet, crispy yet melt in your mouth textured, deep fried, whole wheat flour biscuits.
Whole wheat flour –can substitute all purpose flour (Maida). Or even you can use half maida and half chapati atta. But I wanted to make it little healthy so we can use whole wheat atta.
Oil – Traditionally ghee is used while making dough. If you use ghee or clarified butter, then it will absorb more oil while frying the shankarpali. So for the health purpose we can use oil. Choice is yours, you can use ghee or oil.
Who said diabetics cant snack ? Yes, the taste varies vastly from the baked and fried version, but who cares as long as one can munch on these completely guilt free. We can use the stuffing of dates and roasted poppy seeds and NO added sugar. But one can use any stuffing of choice.