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Diwali Feast

Admit it! Diwali is the most favourite festival of the year, mostly because of the good food and the light spectacle. Usually, this time of the year, our moms make snacks and store them up inside huge dabbes. Plans are in motion, debit cards are swiping and there is a tonne of new stuff flooding the homes.

Have already started circling off the dates in the calendar? If you are looking for some fun recipes to try for the celebrations, the recipes below can come to your rescue. Most of don’t really tend to think about the calories but these healthy recipes are full of flavour and will keep you fit as a Diwali bonus. Let’s get cooking!

Chocolate Quinoa Balls

Satisfy your tea time cravings with this low-fat and delicious snack option. These energy balls are a grab and go delicacies made out of wholesome ingredients like almonds, dates and quinoa. These can also be an excellent alternative to sugar-laden protein bars for your pre and post-workout.

Ingredients

  • Uncooked quinoa - ⅓ cup
  • Dates - 1 cup
  • Maple syrup/ Honey - 2 tsp
  • Cocoa powder - 2 tsp
  • Almonds - ⅓ cup
  • Pistacio Powder, to coat
  • Cocoa powder to coat
  • Shredded coconut to coat

Directionss

  • Spread the quinoa on a baking sheet and bake them for 6-7 minutes at 3500 F
  • Add dates, almonds, cocoa powder and maple syrup into a food processor and blend
  • Make the mixture doughy and uniformly crumbled
  • Then add roasted quinoa and grind it again
  • Once done, make them into balls and coat them with cocoa powder, pistachio powder, and shredded coconut

Pineapple Sandesh Mithai

There couldn’t be an easier recipe than this. It is made with a couple of ingredients, but biting into a juicy fruit covered with kova and nuts is a delight like no other. This mithai is originally from Bengal. If there’s anybody who can get sweets right, it’s our fellow Bengalis.

Ingredients

For The Chenna

  • Whole milk - ½ gallon
  • Lemon - 2 large
  • Pineapple - 8 slices

Flavouring Agents

  • Rosewater - ¼ tsp
  • Stevia drops

Garnish

      • Raisins - ¼ cup
      • Pistachios - ¼ cup
      • Almonds - ¼ cup
      • Kesar - 5-6 strands
      • Water - 2tsp

Directions

    • To curdle the milk, add lemon to boiling milk and keep it in a low flame until it breaks
    • Wrap it around in a cheesecloth, rinse and get rid of the lemon
    • Fold the cloth and squeeze out the liquid
    • Add the essence, stevia, and knead the dough for 10-15 minutes
    • Now that the chenna is done, spread it on the pineapple slices and garnish it with dry nuts Freeze for 5 minutes before serving

Rice Puff Donuts

Want to try something different? Crunchy rice puff is a great way to mix things up from conventional sweets. They are fun to eat and fun to make. With this quick finger food, your guests are in for a healthy surprise.

Ingredients

  • Puffed rice - 3 cups
  • Jaggery - 1 cup
  • Cardamon - ¼ tsp
  • Vanilla essence - Few drops

Directions

  • In a heated pan, melt the jaggery with water and make it syrupy
  • Gently mix the jaggery with puffed rice
  • Place them in a mini doughnut pan and let it set
  • Once hardened, serve

Cereal Chivda

Let’s shift to something savoury before we go overload on the sweet stuff, shall we? This spicy, crunchy namkeen makes a great tea time snack. A low calories delicacy to keep you light on your feet during the festive nights.

Ingredients

  • Cornflake Cereal - 2 cups
  • Multigrain Cheerios - 2 cups
  • Peanuts - 1 cup
  • Rice puffs - 2 cups
  • Roasted channa dal - ½ cup
  • Shredded coconut - ½ cup
  • Chashew - ½ cup
  • Raisins -¼ cup
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1 tsp
  • Red chilli powder - ½ tsp
  • Haldi - ½ tsp
  • Hing to taste
  • Curry leaves - 10
  • Green chilli - 5
  • Oil - 2 tsp
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Heat oil and add mustard seeds and hing, add the curry leaves once it sizzles
  • Then add peanuts, channa dal, cashews, shredded coconut, green chilli, chilli powder
  • Add the rice cereal, cornflakes, cheerios and mix them well
  • Ready to serve

Baked Chaklis

Chakli is a popular snack around the house during Diwali. If you looking for a way to cheat around the weight gain during festivities but still want to indulge, this recipe is perfect. It is the healthier alternative to a classic namkeen.

Ingredients

  • Rice flour - 1 cup
  • Sesame seeds - 2 tsp
  • Chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Low fat curd - ½ cup
  • Olive Oil - 1 tsp
  • Hing
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  • Make a semi-soft dough by mixing all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Grease a baking sheet with olive oil and press the doughs into swirls
  • Preheat the oven to 356o Fahrenheit and bake for 25 minutes
  • Serve

Soothe your aching tooth with healthier alternatives rather than giving them up completely. Good food is a prerequisite for good Diwali celebrations. With these healthy snacks, you can indulge guilt-free.

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