The colorful, vibrant festival of Holi is almost here folks! While we are planning our color attacks, water wars, songs and celebrations, how can food be left behind? We Indians being the biggest foodies, love the food that celebrates each festival – right from sweets and spicy dishes to delicious, heady drinks! So let’s plan to make tasty yet healthy food this Holi.
1)Santre ki kheer:
Our beloved kheer gets a fruity makeover! The orange kheer tastes delicious because of the mild orange flavor infused in the yummy milky sweet dish.
5 cups low fat milk, 1/2 cup grated jaggery, 3 large oranges peeled and cut into small chunks, 4 green cardamoms, shredded almonds and pistachios.
Boil the milk in a large pan over low heat, adding jaggery and cardamoms. Stir continually to avoid burning. Simmer till the mixture evaporates and thickens. Once the kheer becomes thick and a bit dark, cool it to room temperature. Add pieces of orange to the kheer, mix well and add pistachio and almond slivers as garnish.
Traditionally made with Fortune Besan, the healthy cheela can be made with split green gram or moong dal. Prepare to delight your guests with these tasty and wholesome stuffed cheelas.
Dhuli moong dal soaked for 5 hours, jeera powder, ginger-green chili paste, salt, and oil for frying; tomato and pudina chutney. Filling: Shredded paneer, grated carrot and cabbage, finely chopped capsicum, salt and garam masala.
Drain the soaked moong dal and grind to a fine paste in a mixer, adding the wet and dry masalas. Heat oil in a pan and spread a ladle of the batter in a small circle. Drizzle some oil around the edges and cook for a while. Flip it to cook the other side, adding a little oil. Remove from flame once both sides turn brown. Mix the filling ingredients together and toss in salt and garam masala as per taste. Spread tomato and pudina chutney over the cheelas, add stuffing and roll it neatly. These healthy cheelas are tasty and satisfying.
3)Lajawab Lauki Ki Barfi:
Avoiding mithai because of the calories? The super healthy lauki ki barfi made from power-packed bottle gourd is a must-have!
2 cups of grated lauki, 1/2 cup khoya, 1 liter milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 tbsp elaichi powder and green food color.
Boil the milk in a pan, add grated lauki and stir for a while. Simmer till the mixture reduces by half. Add khoya, sugar and green color and stir well till blended. Once the froth leaves the sides, transfer the mixture into a greased aluminum tray, leveling it smoothly. Sprinkle elaichi powder and dry fruits over it. Let it sit for an hour till set. Once done, cut into neat squares and serve!
Health in a chaat? Yes, it’s true – we have lined up a spicy chaat that is healthy too. We are sure bowls of this lip-smacking chaat will make your guests ask for more!
1 cup oats, 1 cup beaten curds, 1/4 cup finely chopped tomatoes, cooked brown chick peas, red chili powder, jeera powder, chaat masala, black salt, finely chopped coriander, pomegranate seeds, sweet imli chutney. Chutney: 1 cup seedless khajur, 1/2 tbsp imly/tamarind pulp, lemon juice, chili powder, cumin seeds, black salt and salt to taste.
Chutney: Pressure cook dates and tamarind for 2 whistles. After it cools, blend the mixture to a smooth paste adding little water. Add other ingredients to it and mix well. Chaat: In a non-stick pan, dry roast the oats for 4 minutes and let cool. In a large bowl, combine all the chaat ingredients along with the roasted oats and the sweet chutney and mix well. Garnish well with pomegranate seeds and chopped coriander. Make this Holi even more delightful with these super healthy recipes that will certainly be loved by friends and family!