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Eating Right through Festivity

The holiday season has begun all over the world. For Indians, this week was 'Diwali' the festival of lights, fireworks and not to forget good food. While vegans on the other side of the globe are searching for animal friendly ways to celebrate thanksgiving, I was wondering how to keep myself in control. All the snacks are so yummy and irresistible..Just sharing a little about each.. Most common dishes that we all have at home during this season are some Indian sweets. Most of them are either milk based, deep fried in oil or at least contain a lot of ghee (clarified butter) No doubt they are yummy..but if you are looking for something healthier you need to make it at home. So tht's what I did..made some Jaggery and Peanut laddus at home. No oil, no refined sugar and totally organic. That is what I like to offer to God here as prasadam. So I escaped one of those dishes. Next comes daal papads and chakli..again snacks made up of lentils and deep fried to add to the taste. I also prepared some wheat based snacks myself. Thankfully, every festival in the Hindu religious does now allow us to consume meat or eggs. So we get some choice of vegan snacks to prepare, eat and share.

This was the first time I was making some snacks all by myself. Some experiments went well while others did not get great results. Overall I can say it was a time of fun and foods...I also prepared besan(gram flour) ladu for the first time in my life and they turned out really well. (will be sharing the recipe soon) Thankfully, the week passed without us eating any sweets or snacks from outside our home. This definitely has a positive impact on our health..not only now but for the years to come! I wish you all also remember to choose healthy options throughout the festive season and turn this time into achievement time. You will definitely feel a lot better after the season has passed.

 

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  1. Shabs Online
    Shabs Online
    Nice post, Aks....Well I already had my share of fat consumption with pooris and irresistible sweetmeats..n now am kinda sufferin from guilt! :-|Anywaz....your post has lessend this guilt to some extent! :) Definitely voted, dear!n heyy...Besan ke Laddoo....but we add ghee as binding agent, in the process...rite! if u're gonna add somethn else for the purpose, am waiting for the recipe! :) btw, I also love Chaulai or Ramdaane (Amaranth) ke Laddoo or even Til (Sesame) Laddoo......it's abt the lil seed and jaggery....that's all!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks a lot...No, I added ghee this time..I am not a vegan..not completely sold out to the concept yet..especially because I know about the Gowshala in Ashram...A bit confused so will talk about it some other time after gathering a few more facts. I am sure the ladus can be made with vegetable or olive oil...planning to try it sometime soon...will update here!
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  2. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    Both kind of laddos are my favorite :) I am all drooling again now :D Thanks for the "tasteful" post Akanksha. it is always great if one can avoid outside sweets these days :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      tasteful post...lolz... thanks!
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  3. kristo
    kristo
    mmmm I could eat Indian sweets all day long, and I would not be eating right through festivities ;) voted!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Well..I think I know what to serve you next! thanks for reading :-)
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  4. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted. Great blog, your descriptions of the food sound yummy, although I don't have a very sweet tooth. However, when it comes to savouries, like crackers with dips, I have no self-control.....
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Maggie. You can compare matharis to crackers...though they are usually salted, there is a sweet vetsion too!
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  5. Anita Vegana
    Great ideas. Well, this blog is perfect for posting healthy, vegan recipes for everyone! So all of you who have ideas, post them! I voted.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Anita. You are right..I love trying out new recipes I learn from here :-)
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  6. Veggie
    Voted! Great post, unfortunately I love sweets! I love lentils too so that is not too bad!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      why unfortunate? Even I love sweets..I just remember that the first piece is the tastiest one. So most of the time I stick to one! Thanks for reading my blog :-)
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  7. parneesha211
    Voted...experimented myself with just savoury delights no sweets coz lot of them were bought already. :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks parneesha!
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  8. pftsusan
    pftsusan
    #13.This is a good blogt,
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Susan..
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  9. Anita Mathur
    Good post...in India most of the people love laddoo as well as Chakli or chikki made of jaggery and peanut a very good combination.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks for reading Anita.
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  10. dianabart
    dianabart
    Love it! We will be celebrating with a Vegan Turkey for Thanksgiving. I am not a meat or fake meat kind of gal, but its only for one day a year (the fake meat) I guess I can handle it. I would rather stick to my eggplant and portabello mushrooms. ;) I am happy the temptation for snacks is not a challenge for me. I have no desire to feel icky like in the past, the reward is good health- so I will stick with it. -voted and shared! :)
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Thanks Diana..yes the rewards of healthy eating are definitely worth it. Thanks for being a regular reader..it is very encouraging :-)
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  11. Carolyn
    Carolyn
    Just wanted to say Hi! I still do not have internet access using someone else's. Looks like this article already made top posts. Hope all is going well!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Wow..Carolyn good to see you back. I was missing you so much and thinking about you yesterday only :-) great! hope you get a permanent connection at home and start blogging here again!!
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      1. Veganara
        Veganara
        Hi Carolyn. Yes, I was missing your blogs too! Akanksha had also been gone for a while, and she has just come back, I was wondering what had happened to you both, two of this site's top bloggers gone! Glad to hear it is only temporary.
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        1. SnakeWitch
          Sheesh... what do we have to do for these people to understand???
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          1. Veganara
            Veganara
            ???? Understand what Annie? i don't know what you are referring to!
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            1. SnakeWitch
              I'm just being a brat by saying that we miss them and want them back in a teasing manner!
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          2. Akanksha
            Akanksha
            yeah...I guess it is a misplaced comment...
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        2. Akanksha
          Akanksha
          Well..well...please don't tag me like that :) There are others too and it is good that all of us are 'top' bloggers..that makes this place friendly and worth being at! Carolyn has shifted to a new place and is still searching for Internet connection..I was just on a break from work for a week and then had too much work for the next week! I was hoping to find you on Facebook..you can track me from the Facebook page shared in my profile here...that way we can stay connected even outside TFV.
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          1. Veganara
            Veganara
            I know Akanksha, I wasn't discriminating, we have a lot of great bloggers on this site, I just meant that you and Carolyn have been here since the beginning, and you both often make Top Posts. I am not trying to make either of you feel bad about not being here for a while, obviously we all have various other things going on in our lives! Good to see you both back anyway. You can find me on Facebook under my email address maggie.bailey8@gmail.com. I had a look at your FB page before, btw.
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            1. Akanksha
              Akanksha
              couldn't find you with that..maybe you have made yourself unsearchable...do you mind sending me a request?
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              1. Veganara
                Veganara
                Oh sorry, yes, I may have changed my settings, as I was getting some funny requests! Can I send you a Friend Request, if I go to your FB page then? OK, will do.
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            2. Akanksha
              Akanksha
              Sorry to stretch this further..but Kristo and Snakewitch are the ones who started earlier than me and are still active! (And they often make it to top posts too!) Anyways..all that doesn't really matter..its only a matter of few weeks/months, not ages.. The point is that we were being missed and I am flattered to read that :)
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              1. Veganara
                Veganara
                I don't really know who was here from the beginning, I don't think I started here until around April. I sent you a friend request on Facebook, btw, did you see it? Found your FB page again, very inspirational!
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                1. Akanksha
                  Akanksha
                  Thanks! glad you joined :)
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      2. SnakeWitch
        Nor is it the same without you!
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    2. SnakeWitch
      what do you think? It's just not the same without you!
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      1. Akanksha
        Akanksha
        ohkay....sorry didn't get you at first..I am also keeping an eye on your horse blog ;-)
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        1. SnakeWitch
          Are you reading my Facebook page, Tarot Translation? I think I advertised it here once...
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          1. Veganara
            Veganara
            I will have a look at that Annie, I am interested in Tarot.
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          2. Veganara
            Veganara
            I will have a look at that Annie, I am interested in Tarot.
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