Festivals in India are incomplete without savouring sweets. During festivals, we usually forget that the sweets contain an excess of fats, calories and sugar content. Consuming excess of sweets may result in a number of health complications such as diabetes and obesity. Therefore, this time, celebrate your holi with healthy sweets prepared with low-fat milk and sugar-free syrup. Go easy on ghee (clarifies butter) to cut down extra calories that give unwanted bulges. This holi, prepare healthy Gajjar(carrot) ka halwa and Shrikhand with the help of these recipes:
1 kg Carrots
1 litre low-fat Milk (to cut on calories)
1 teaspoon Cardamom seeds
3/4 cup Water
2 tablespoons Ghee
Chopped dried fruits (raisins, almonds and pistachios)
450 grams Sugar (can take same amount of sugar-free powder)
How to prepare:
• Thoroughly wash carrots and peel the covering. Grate them once washed.
• Boil water and when it begins to boil, add the grated carrots. Let them cook for 8-10 minutes.
• While stirring the carrots, add milk. Turn the gas on medium heat to cook for one hour. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking of the carrots on the container.
• Add sugar, mix it well and cook until it dissolves and the milk is absorbed.
• Add ghee and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
• Add crushed or chopped dried foods.
• Remove carrot halwa from the stove and garnish it with almonds and pistachios. You can serve it warm or cold.
1 litre low-fat milk
1 cup of long grain rice
2-3 cardamom seeds (crushed)
2 tbsp almonds (blanched silvered)
half teaspoon of saffron threads, soaked in hot milk
1 tbsp chopped pistachio
1 tbsp raisins ( optional)
3 tablespoons of sugar ( same amount of sugar-free syrup)
How to prepare:
• Properly wash the rice in plain water and drain water.
• Place a pan on the stove and put rice and cardamom into it. Stir properly and add milk.
• Turn the stove to medium heat, bring the milk to boil and simmer gently until the rice is soft and starts breaking up.
• Add chopped almonds, pistachio and raisins, simmer for another 5 minutesand add saffron.
• Now, add sugar and stir the kheer until the sugar is completely dissolved. Boil for another three minutes.
• Remove the pan of kheer from heat and serve either warm or cold.
Enjoy holi with these homemade, calorie-free, healthy and tasty sweets.
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