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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