Your Guide to Making These Delicious Deepavali Snacks a Little More Guilt-Free
Sweet. Rich. Creamy. Greasy. And so delicious. That’s Indian snacks and desserts for you. Eating gulab jamun or murukku may be a frequent occurrence in many Indian households, but to the health-conscious, such traditional treats have become a guilty pleasure due to their high fat and sugar content. As Deepavali celebrations get underway, the time has come to make a decadent feast of biryani, curries as well as traditional Indian sweets and snacks for your guests. There’s simply no avoiding all these yummy goodies at this special time of year, but there are ways to indulge while taking off little ounces (pun intended) of guilt. If you keep half an eye on the calorie count and compensate with the right amount of exercise, you can still enjoy all the festivities in a healthy way. Here’s our quick guide to enjoying a deliciously healthy Deepavali, including some calorie-friendly versions of our favourite Indian delights.

Gulab jamun – 300 calories per serving of 2 balls; a 60-minute brisk walk

Gulab jamun is a classic Indian dessert, and possibly the sweetest thing known to mankind. One bite might be enough if you don’t have a sweet tooth. Your guilt-free hack: Made out of deep-fried dough balls consisting of flour, milk and yoghurt, it’s served with a rose water-based syrup. Try preparing a healthier version by using wholewheat flour for the dough balls and stevia or honey for the syrup.

Kulfi – 180 calories per serving; a 30-minute swim

Kulfi is dubbed the Indian version of ice-cream, and it’s not hard to see why. It is made by slowly cooking sweetened milk which is flavoured with spices such as cardamom and saffron before being frozen. Nuts are often added, while fruit-flavoured kulfi are also available, too. Your guilt-free hack: For a healthier version, you could skip the sweetened or evaporated milk and use low-fat milk instead, although purist
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