Celebrate a happy and healthy Diwali with these sugar-free Mithai recipes


Celebrate a happy and healthy Diwali with these sugar-free Mithai recipes&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights

Diwali is a festival of lights, and is celebrated with good food, love and sweets

Sweets, however, can normally contain a lot of sugar, which can mess up your blood sugar levels or weight loss plans

Here are 2 sugar-free Diwali mithai recipes you must try to ensure you have a healthy and happy Diwali

New Delhi: Diwali is the festival of lights, they all say. However, one other thing that goes without saying is that Diwali is also the festival of sweets. While it sounds all happy and good, with the high prevalence of obesity, and conditions such as type 2 diabetes in the country, it is important to keep a check on our sugar consumption, even when it is on the biggest festival of the year, and in the form of sweets. For people who are on weight management or weight-loss diets or those who are diabetic, should be extra careful at this time since one can lose track of their sugar consumption when it is in the form of sweets. However, does that mean you should steer clear of Mithais this Diwali? Well, absolutely not. If you want to take a healthier approach to consuming sweets this Diwali, you can ensure to include sugar-free sweets in your Diwali meal plan. 

Sugar-free sweets also need to be consumed in moderation but can help in better management of weight, as well as blood sugar levels. Home-made sweets are also more hygienic, healthy, and tasty. Here are two sugar-free, healthy and tasty Diwali mithai recipes shared by Chef Rehman Mujeebur, celebrity, roaming chef and restaurant consultant, that are sure to give your festival a healthy spin.

Sugar-free Diwali Mithai recipes

Pistachio Halwa

Ingredients:

1 kg pistachio
1 kg mawa /condensed milk
250 ml ghee
100 gm cashewnut
1 litre cooking cream
100 gm coconut powder

Method:

Soak pistachio for 2 hours in water and keep aside, peel and then crush them finely in a grinder.
Take ghee in kadhai and roast cashew nuts in it.
After roasting, add grated pistachio paste in it.
Once pistachio paste gets sauteed, add coconut powder in it.
Stir for 2-3 minutes then add half amount of khoya in it and sate well for at least a few minutes.
Put in a plate and pour like you want to give shape through the mould, like a cake. And put in the refrigerator.

To make cream:

Take fresh dairy cream and mix with khoya.
Put on heat and stir gently on low temperature until it became thick.
Put an additional layer of the cream mixture on moulded pistachio cakes.
Put it in the chiller for 1 hour, at the time of serving you can garnish on top with pistachio powder and red jelly.

Sugar-free Shahi Tukda

Ingredients:

Slices of bread – 12 
1 litre milk
0.5 gm saffron
10 ml kewra water
5 ml itar
300 gm khoya
150 gm natural sweetner
20 gm almonds

Method:

Deep fry pieces of bread and keep aside. Ensure the bread is fried evenly into a golden brown shade, uniformly.
Boil milk and add kewra water, saffron water, itar in it.
Pour flavoured milk on fried pieces of bread and keep aside.
Meanwhile, prepare khoya rabri. Take milk and reduce it to half.
Then add khoya and natural sweetener to it,  after it gets reduced.
Pour the rabri on the pieces of bread, and allow it to chill in the refrigerator for at least half an hour.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.

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