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A Ganesh Murti on display on occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia
  • For people with diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity, Ganesh Chaturthi may feel like a daunting prospect due to fried food and sweets
  • This season, try to make your own delicacies and sweets at home in order to make them healthier
  • Apart from reviving the traditional way of celebration, you will be able to control your oil and sugar intake and enjoy a guilt-free Ganesh Chaturthi without compromising on your health

New Delhi, August 21, 2017: One can’t just ignore the risks associated with health that come along with festival foods, even though they delight the foodie inside you. Aishwarya Parameshwaran has listed a few tips that can make Ganesh Chaturthi both healthy and fun.

During Ganesh Chaturthi, the food items like Puri-bhaji, Modaks, Puran polis, aluwadi are sufficient to melt your heart. We lose control while looking at mouth-watering food but without delicious food and sweets, this festival would be incomplete.

For people suffering diabetes, cholesterol, and obesity, Ganesh Chaturthi might feel difficult to deal with as eating fried festival food depicts a way of celebrating this festival in a traditional manner but it could have an impact on weight management, cholesterol, and glucose level in the blood. Make an attempt to cook your own delicacies and sweets at home this season. You will not only be able to enjoy Ganesh Chaturthi in a traditional manner but it’ll also help you control your oil and sugar intake. This is turn will make your Ganesh Chaturthi guilt-free as you will not be making a compromise with your health.

Listed below are a few tips to go healthy this Ganesh Chaturthi:

Puri


Puri bhaji. Wikimedia

We rely on tissues to make the crispy, fried puris healthier. But, all the oil cannot be soaked from these puris using tissues. If you’re suffering from cholesterol and are stuck in a fix, we will provide you with a solution. The only change you need to take is to try baking the puris instead of frying! Knead the whole wheat flour well and then divide the dough into similar parts to roll them into the shape of a puri. Then, place them on a tray covered with grease after pricking them with a fork. Bake your wheat puris in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes, at 200 degree Celsius. Savor these healthy puris with potato vegetable!

Modak


Using jaggery instead of sugar will make your modaks healthy and tastier. Wikimedia

Consuming this sweet in large quantity can have an impact on your health. It appears as a healthy dish because it is not fried and is steamed, but it still remains unhealthy due to a lot of sugar present in it. You can make it nutritious and healthy by using jaggery instead of sugar. Jaggery, a natural sweetener, is not only enriched with iron but it helps to flush out the toxing from your body by cleaning up the liver. So, make way for healthier and tastier modaks!

Puran Poli


Maharashtrian Puran Poli. Wikimedia

Puran Poli, Maharashtra’s most famous dish, is a must during the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. It is a Maharashtra’s classic dish which is made using red gram (tuvar dal) or yellow gram (chana dal) with a mixture of cardamom, ghee, coconut, and jaggery stuffed in it. This mixture is full of calories due to its sweetness. So, we recommend you to use ghee negligible quantities and choose wheat flour to make it even more healthier.

Sheera


Sheera prepared during Ganesh Chaturthi. Wikimedia

All you got to do to make sheera healthier is use minimum ghee and natural sweeteners like banana, dates, or figs instead of sugar. Preparing it at home will make you get everyone’s help at home and also control the quantities of calories/sugar in the sweet. Home-made sheera will definitely be healthier and safer as compared to the outside one.

Also Read: Ganesh Chaturthi: The Birth Anniversary of the Mighty “Vighnaharta”

Alu wadi


Patrado is a Konkani & Malvani dish from the konkan region. It’s made with Taro leaves stuffed with a coarse paste made of rice, lentils and spices. Patrado also has a sweet version called Alu wadi mostly eaten as a snack in Gujarat. Wikimedia

Alu wadi, also known as Patra is a savory dish of Maharashtra and is prepared during festivals and special occasions in Maharashtra. Alu wadi is prepared with taro leaves, known to be very good for people with diabetes. The leaves also help in digestion due to their high fiber content. You can just consume this dish after steaming it or choosing shallow frying. This way you can enjoy amazing food along with keeping your health in mind.

Fruits


Choosing fruits as an alternative to sweets and fried snacks is a healthy option. Wikimedia

The hunger between our meals, make us have unhealthy sweets, fried chips, etc and few people even try to disregard that hunger. This can make your body go through acidity because this will only make you restless and tired. Choosing fruits as an alternative is a healthy option and it will not only fill your stomach temporarily but will also prevent you from feeling lazy.

Juices and drinks


Mosambi Juice. Wikimedia

Almost all processed foods or beverages contain huge amounts of fructose which poses a threat to our health. We recommend you to go for juices made from natural fruits like mosambijuice, lemon juice, coconut juice and try to stay away fromsoft drinks. Masala dudh can also be chosen as an option if honey is used as a sweetener.

Prepared by Harsimran Kaur of NewsGram. Twitter @Hkaur1025


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