Have a healthy, sarvagunn sampann Diwali with these tips and healthy recipes& |  Photo Credit: iStock Images
New Delhi: Diwali is finally here and food is an undeniably focal part of it. After all, what’s Diwali without some Diwali dinners and heaps of mithai? Back in the day, it was not uncommon to spot platefuls of homemade delicacies around the house like modak from Orissa, puran poli or narali bhat from Maharashtra, mishti dahi or rosgullas from Kolkata, and kheer, besan laddoo, and suji halwa in North Indian households during Diwali. Everyone who has eaten them still remembers the delightful taste of homemade delicacies.
However, with time now, many prefer to just swing by the local sweet mart and pick up a dabba of assorted mithai and most choose to play it safe with the standard tried and tested sweets such as laddoo, pinni, patisa, imported chocolates, and cookies. While this is certainly convenient, an important factor that people miss out on is that homemade delicacies are a tad healthier affair and one could control the nutritional elements of those sweets as they liked to ensure sampann sehat of their families.
So this Diwali, take a leaf out of the past to make your Diwali sweets replete with the Indian way of nutrition and tap into the traditional festivities with these few easy-to-make recipes.
Easy sweet recipes you must try this Diwali
Besan Ke Laddoo is a rich preparation of pure ghee and gram flour, rolled in dry fruits. You would simply need ½ kg besan, 750 gm sugar, ½ kg ghee, 50 gm pista, and 50 gm almonds.
Roast besan in ghee over slow heat till it turns light golden in colour, then add sugar and cook for ½ a minute more. Keep aside; add crushed dry fruits and mix. Make round balls (while the mixture is still warm). Store in an airtight container when cool. The key to making gobsmacking besan laddoos is sourcing the right besan. For instance, opt for besan made with 100% unpolished chana dal from a trusted source.
Almonds Delight is as delicious as is healthy. All you will need is 1 ½ cup almonds, 2 cups milk, 500 gms sugar, 1 teaspoon powdered cardamom, and 4 tablespoon ghee.
Soak almonds for 4-5 hours in a cup full of warm water. When soft, remove the skin and grind them to a paste. Then mix the paste with milk and sugar and cook in a pan on medium heat. Stir constantly till sugar melts and the mixture boils. Add ghee and cook till the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Add cardamom powder and pour the mixture into a greased plate and flatten it out with the help of a spoon or knife. Cool and cut into strips.
Warm lentil cake
Warm lentil cake with honey is a delicious alternative to dal halwa if you are willing to experiment. For this, you will need 100 gm flour of unpolished lentils (any kind) for maximum nutrition, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, 3 eggs, 10 teaspoons. sugar, 30 ml honey, and 1 cinnamon stick.
Take the lentil flour, add a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon baking soda, and strain it. Add 3 eggs and 10 teaspoon sugar and then pour it into a lined cake tin. Bake it at 180°C for 35 minutes. Meanwhile, reduce 30 ml honey on a slow flame, add a cinnamon stick and enjoy the warm cake with honey.
With these tips, you are all set to ditch the readymade sweets for a nutritious take on homemade sweets this Diwali.
Kavita Devgan is a guest contributor. Views expressed are personal.