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Diwali Sweet Treats: Indian Desserts That Are Actually Healthy

Dr. Shweta U. Shah

Dr. Shweta U. Shah
06 October 2020

This article is authored by Dr. Shweta U. Shah. A practicing homeopath, she follows a patient-centred perspective, emphasizing the benefits of natural remedies and herbs, homeopathy and whole food nutrition.

Immune Boosting Foods

In addition to celebrating Diwali with your loved ones and watching them unwrap your gifts with joy, the next best thing is the Diwali dinner. You are catering to crowd of people and you want to amaze them with a striking spread, and you want your dessert to be the star of the meal! What you need are - delicious, yet easy showstopper recipes that you can whip up effortlessly and spend quality time with your family rather than being stuck in the kitchen. To help you create your Diwali holiday menu, here are some Diwali sweets that are sure to wow the crowd.

9 Diwali sweets that are irresistible, yet healthy

With these scrumptious recipes, it is absolutely possible to enjoy all of your favourite holiday foods, without worrying about your sugar profile and without growing a gut! Let’s dig in to these celebratory recipes.

• Mysore paak: Mysore paak happens to be the perfect sweet for the Diwali dinner. It is made from besan, sugar and ghee. The key to getting this recipe right is to have immense patience and cook the besan well. Besan is made from chickpeas, which are packed with protein, amino acid lysine, and are stuffed of fibre, that keeps you full for longer. What better way to finish off a hearty Diwali meal, than with a chunk of melt-in-your-mouth Mysore paak! Try Tata Sampann Besan which is made from best quality 100% unpolished chana dal. It has doesn’t contain any other powders or flours, ensuring that the taste of your dessert stays authentic.

• Coconut laddoo: How to Increase Immune SystemThis laddoo promises to satisfy your sweet tooth, and will have a die-hard coconut fan relishing every bite! The dessert calls for negligible effort and tastes utterly scrumptious. Coconut, milk and sugar come together beautifully in this yummy ladoo and this sweet is an easy way to wow your crowd. Coconut gives you some protein and lots of fibre; it has good quality fat which promotes satiety, and also proffers adequate amounts of manganese. What’s more, coconut is sweet, so you could either skimp on the sugar or cut out the sugar completely and use jaggery in its place.

• Kaju katli: Don't pick up the boxed kaju katli this year - instead; try this very easy and very wholesome homemade edition. This fudgy sweet is made only from 2 ingredients – cashews and sugar and tastes simply divine! Cashews keep you full for longer, provide healthy fats and keep the heart happy. They are also crammed with an impressive quantity of amino acids, especially tryptophan, which has the potency to curb the symptoms of anxiety, stress, and depression effectively. To make the sweet healthy, you could withhold the use of sugar, and use a natural sweetener instead.

• Sandesh: When in doubt, make sandesh! You can’t go wrong with it, it’s fairly straightforward to make and is a huge crowd-pleaser. Sandesh is a versatile sweet that complements practically all dishes nicely. What’s more, you can customise your sandesh – opt from chocolate sandesh, rose sandesh, badam sandesh, orange sandesh, and so many more. Protein-packed paneer is super adaptable, working brilliantly in this sweet dish. Paneer regulates blood pressure levels and is vital for good bone health. This dessert gives an unexpectedly delightful twist to your Diwali dinner.

• Ragi laddoo: Immune Boosting FoodsGet ready to electrify your guests with this yummy and rather unusual mithai! It is a light, yet delicious after-dinner treat made from the nutritional powerhouse - ragi. Ragi is a millet which is a mega-nutrition giant that promises scores of health benefits! Ragi is slightly sweet and has a suggestion of nuttiness. It is brimming over with micronutrients – vitamin B complex, zinc, magnesium, potassium, copper, calcium, vitamin E and amino acids. Loaded with fibre, it facilitates weight loss and weight management and also helps in regular bowel movement. Importantly, it slows down the absorption of sugar in to the blood, monitors your blood glucose levels and is a boon for diabetics. In this wonderful recipe, ragi or nachni combines forces with sugar or jaggery, nuts and ghee to guarantee you a lip-smacking good mithai.

• Aval ladoo: The aval laddoo is an underestimated gem. It is made from poha and is chewy and gooey with a hit of jaggery goodness. Poha is chock-a-block with essential amino acids and healthy fibre; and these small delights proffer bags of flavour and texture and make for a remarkable dessert that everyone is bound to enjoy!

• Moong dal halwa: How to Increase Immune SystemIs there anything more classic than moong dal halwa? This traditional recipe is well-loved by all and is a truly decadent, yet nutritious dessert option to indulge in at Diwali. Cardamom and nutmeg are the real game changers in this recipe. Moong dal is esteemed for its dietetic value. High in fibre, packed with protein and lending you a whole host of vitamins and minerals, moong dal is a pre-biotic food that boosts gut health and revs up your immune mechanism. Incorporating the dal in to a halwa is a fun and innovative way!

• Payasam:Diwali is the perfect time to spoil yourself with this dreamy, creamy Diwali sweets dish! Rice is laden with digestion-slowing fibre which promotes satiety, and also proffers some protein and B vitamins; it makes for the perfect base for this creamy, thick, luscious sweet. Warm, delectable, and flavourful, this rice pudding is the most ideal way to end your meal.

• Pineapple sheera: The pineapple sheera will steal the show at your Diwali dinner! This dish is bound to have everybody talking, and for all the good reasons! The pineapple is a guilt-free food – it is jam-packed with vitamins, minerals and robust anti-oxidants. It also has a lot of fibre and is chockfull of bromelain, which is a sensational health worker. Bromelain battles inflammation in the body, gingers up the metabolic rate and promotes gut heath. Semolina, milk, ghee, sugar, pineapple and saffron make this dessert an enormously refreshing one to have at the end of your meal!

So, make a stunning dinner for your family and friends, gorge on some festive desserts and have a wonderful Diwali!



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