Diwali is right around the corner and we know you can’t wait to indulge in the festive food treats leaving your worries about gaining weight or eating unhealthy, especially the mithais (sweets). One of the biggest festivals celebrated widely in India, Diwali comes with an enthusiasm to make and eat traditional Diwali sweets at home. Though mithais have always been associated with extra calories and sugar loaded foods that leave us with the lurking thought of gaining some pounds and posing a great threat to the waistline, according to Gympik nutritionist, Sujetha Shetty, Indian sweets that are prepared at home are a great source of nutritional goodness and for people who are weight watchers, there are amazing options for sugar free Diwali sweets in this post. To make the homemade Diwali sweets even more healthy, swapping sugar with jaggery, oils with ghee, chocolate chips with dry fruits, toppings with coconut flakes can be great options to follow – you can choose healthier options if you have been reading our blog. Moreover, these homemade Diwali sweets are not harmful for diabetic people since natural ingredients in the traditional and healthy sweets have low Glycemic Index (GI).
Here Are The Healthy Indian Sweet Recipes
So, here are a few options for you to make homemade quick and easy Diwali sweets that are not only healthy but also a treat to your taste buds. Not just that, these recipes can help you with Diwali sweets gift ideas and you can surprise your dear ones with homemade mithai for Diwali. So, without much ado, let’s jump off to the amazing savouries you can treat yourself and your loved ones with and thank us later when you get a pat on your back for making such scrumptious and healthy Indian Diwali sweets for your guests. In this post, we have come up with the healthier version of the popular Diwali sweets and if you make it the way we suggested you to, get ready for the accolades from even the most annoying relative, we bet.
1. Khoya Peda
- Khoya- 1 cup crumbled
- Powdered brown sugar- 1/4 cup
- Elaichi powder- 1/4 teaspoon
- Pistachios- 50 grams blanched and 10-15 finely sliced (for garnishing)
- Saffron strands- 4-5 nos
Take a non-stick pan. Add khoya and powdered sugar. Stirring continuously, cook it on a simmer for 5-6 minutes. Add elaichi powder and mix well. Remove it from the pan and let it cool for 10-15 minutes. Make two portions of the mixture—one is ¼ th and the other is ¾ th. Add saffron in the ¾ th mixture and mix well. Add pistachios and mix in the ¼ th portion. Make small balls with the pistachio mix and a little larger balls with the saffron mixture. Now, take a saffron mixture ball and flatten with your palms. Put a pistachio ball in the center and close it putting the edges together. Shape it like a rounded and flattened ball. Now, garnish with the blanched pistachios.
2. Dry Fruit Laddu
- Coconut grated ½ cup
- Pistachios- 10-12
- Walnuts- 10-12
- Raisins- 10
- Peanuts- 15
- Sesame seeds- 1 tsp
- Pumpkin seeds- 1-2 tsp
- Almonds- 10-12
- Dates- 250 grams
- Choco chips- white and dark chocolate
Microwave the nuts and dates in separate bowls for a couple of minutes till the dates turn soft and the nuts becomes crispy. Blend the dates in a blender or you can kneed them to dough. Crush the nuts coarsely as well. Now make small balls out of the dates and roll them on nuts, choco chips and grated coconut.
3. Sugar free Dates & Pistachios Laddoo
- Deseeded Dates – 2 cups
- Anjeer or Figs – 10 nos.
- Chopped Pistachios – 1 cup
- Roasted Sesame or til – 1 tbsp
- Ghee – 3 – 4 tbsp
- Edible rose petals – ½ cup
- Warm Water – 1 cup
- Edible silver foil – 1 sheet
Soak the seedless dates and figs in water for an hour and grind them in a mixer. Add very little water in the mixer if needed and keep the paste aside. Chop the pistachios coarsely and keep aside. Now heat a kadhai and add a tablespoon of ghee in it. Put the date and fig paste in the kadhai. Keep stirring the mixture in the kadhai and cook till the mixture solidifies a little. Keep adding ghee little by little during cooking to avoid coarse texture and burning. Now add the chopped pistachios, edible rose petals, and sesame seeds. Once these are evenly distributed in the mixture, keep it aside and let it cool. Once the mixture is completely cool, take some ghee on your hands and make them into balls. Garnish them with rose petals and edible silver foil. Refrigerate this for a couple of hours before serving.
4. Green gram laddoo
- Green gram roasted – 1 cup
- Cardamom powder – 1 tsp
- Broken Cashew Nuts – a handful
- Jaggery -7-8 tbsp
- Ghee – 3 – 4 tbsp
Dry roast the green gram dal in a dry tawa and put it in a grinder to make fine powder. Add cashew nuts, ghee, cardamom powder, melted jaggery and mix it well to get a dough like consistency. Now take some amount of the dough and make laddos. Your healthy dry sweets for Diwali is ready to serve.
5. Rawa Anjeer rolls
- Rawa – 1 cup
- Broken cashew – for garnishing
- Broken pistachios – for garnishing
- Milk – 1 cup
- Anjeer or fig – 1/2 cup
- Deseeded dates – 1/2 cup
- Jaggery – 1/4 cup
- Ghee – 1 tsp
Dry roast the rawa. Now add the rawa, anjeer, jaggery, and dates in a mixed and make a coarse powder. Add milk in a kadhai, add the mixture in it and keep stirring till it becomes like a dough. Cool it completely and grease your hands with ghee before making the rolls. Once the rolls are made, run them through the broken pistachios and cashew nuts.
So, go ahead and try making these Diwali sweets at home and impress your guests with your panache in creating healthier version of traditional Diwali desserts. Don’t forget to comment on how you liked it and share with your friends if you did.
Wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous Diwali 🙂