Strike a Balance between Taste and Health this Festivity!
Festivity time is usually the one time of the year where we let ourselves eat good food and get away with it.
The official start of the festive season brings an alluring time for friends and family to meet, greet, eat and have fun together. Food is, without a boggle, a major part of this equation.
We live in an age of instant gratification. A time when appetizing food cravings need less than an hour to be delivered to our doorstep.
After all, what’s a festivity without some delish food?
Also bear in mind that, it is essential to pay close attention to your health so as to boost your immunity while being in a celebratory mood. While festivities and special occasions are a license to give those calorie counters a break, it’s great if you can find a balance between fitness and your cravings with the art of substitution.
Don’t miss out on mouthwatering food this Festivity season but ensure that you keep it healthy!
So, check out popular sweets and savories and which are reinterpreted with a healthy twist. All of these are steeped with nutrition and will help to keep both your health and weight in check.
1-Dry fruits modak
1 cup almonds
½ cup jaggery
1 cup cashews
1 cup dates
1- Blend all the above ingredients in a jar. The mixture will turn a little sticky because of the dates and jaggery.
2- Now, take small portions of it and add it to a modak maker, press it tight till it holds its shape, and then take it out.
3- Serve and enjoy with your loved ones!
Ragi flour- ½ cup
Jaggery- 1 tbsp
Ghee- 2 tsp
Assorted nuts- 2 tbsp
Natural Peanut butter- 3 tbsp
Almonds- to garnish
1-Heat ghee in a cooking pot, add chopped nuts and saute for one minute.
2-Add the ragi flour and roast it until cooked for 8-10 minutes.
3-Now add jaggery and stir until the jaggery is completely melted.
4-Add peanut butter and keep stirring.
5-Remove the mixture on a plate and evenly spread it and refrigerate it.
6- Take it out from the refrigerator and garnish it with almonds.
7-Cut into the desired shape and Serve.
Makhana – 40 gm
Onion – 1
Tomato (deseeded) – 1
Green chilies – 1 to 2
Asafoetida – a pinch
Ghee – 1 tsp
Rock salt – to taste
Chaat masala – to taste
Lime juice – 2 tsp
Pomegranate – a handful
Fresh coriander – a handful
1-Roast the makhanas in ghee, until they are crisp.
2-Add asafoetida while roasting.
3-Once they cool down, quickly add diced onions, tomatoes, and chopped green chilies.
4-Add rock salt, chaat masala, and lime juice, and mix well.
5-Garnish with fresh coriander and pomegranate.
6-Enjoy fresh and crisp.
4-Roasted sooji ladoo
1 cup sooji (chiroti rava)
1½ cup maida
2 cup powdered sugar
1 cup ghee
Elaichi (6-8 pieces)
1- Roast the sooji on low flame till it releases its aroma; let it turn slightly brown. Remove it and keep it aside to cool down.
2- In the same pan, roast maida on low flame till it releases an aroma and changes color slightly. Remove and keep it aside.
3-Now in a small pan, heat ghee, and fry the dry fruits.
4- Take a big plate or vessel, add all the ingredients and mix well.
5-Make small ladoos and store them in an airtight container and enjoy with your near and dear ones.
“Healthy Eating is not Just an Option, Eating and Serving Healthy is a must for our lives.”