Diwali is around the corner and it’s that time of the year when the streets are lighted up with colourful lights. There are beautiful lanterns of various shapes and sizes hung outside the house, rangolis, lots of people around and obviously the aroma of different delicacies being prepared at home! Being a Foodie, I enjoy each and every delicacy made which we call as Faral in Marathi that is specially being prepared for this festival. Another interesting fact about Faral is that all the members of the family help in the making of these yummy dishes in some or the other way be it shopping for these groceries or actually making it which eventually leads to some family time automatically:)
For us Maharashtrians, Faral is the major attraction during Diwali! But having said that, it also has a lot of oils and sugars coming along with it. So for all the health freaks who want to celebrate the festival without cheating their gut, I bring to you some healthy Faral items you can enjoy this Diwali!
1 – Baked Chakli – My Granny says that earlier Chaklis were something which were exclusively prepared during Diwalis and hence people would go mad eating them for the next 4 days of Diwali. Now that you see Chaklis anywhere and everywhere, their craze has not yet reduced is what I believe! Looking at its recipe, Chaklis are quite healthy as it has multiple grains coming together in one dish, The only drawback for those on diets is that Chaklis are fried. So what you can do is bake them and make it more healthy!
For Bhajani (Chakli Flour) –
1 cup Rice
1/2 cup Chana dal
1/4 cup Udad dal
1/4 cup Jowar
1/4 cup Moong dal
10-15 gms Poha
20 gms Jeera
20 gms Coriander seeds
20 gms Wheat
20 gms Sabudana
Dry roast all the above ingredients separately for 5-10 mins and grind it for a fine flour.
Other ingredients –
2-3 tsp Red chilli powder
1 tsp Haldi
2 tsp Ajwain
3 tsp Til
Salt to taste
Water equal to the amount of flour taken
- In a saucepan, add water, spices and 1 tsp oil in it and let it come to a boil.
- Once the water starts boiling add the flour to it and mix well.
- Cover and keep aside for 10-15 mins.
- Grease the chakli press.
- Knead the dough with little oil and put it into the chakli press and press out round swirls of the dough in a greased baking tray.
- Bake the chaklis in a preheated oven at 180 degrees for 20-30 mins flipping the sides once after 10 mins.
- Baked Chaklis are ready to eat!
2- Date Walnut Karanji – One of my favourite sweets from the Faral menu! Have a look how I make them healthy.
1 cup Wheat flour
1/4 cup Oats flour (optional)
1/2 cup warm milk/ water
3 tbsp Black Dates (crushed)
3tbsp Walnuts (crushed)
1 tbsp groundnuts (crushed)
2 tsp ghee
For cover –
- Mix the wheat flour, oats flour, 1 tsp ghee (heated) and 1/2 cup water or milk in a bowl and make a medium consistency dough – not too hard not too soft.
- In a frying pan, heat 1 tsp ghee. Add the dates, walnuts and groundnuts to it and sauté for 5 mins till the mixture binds well together.
- Divide the dough into small equal parts and roll it like Puri. Add the stuffing and seal the Karanji well.
- You can make some design around the Karanji using a fork.
- Grease the baking tray.
- Bake the Karanjis in a preheated oven for 15-20 mins.
- The Karanjis are ready!
3 – Multigrain Shankarpali – These crispy and light shankarpali make up for a wonderful snack recipe. Get over the greasy-fried snacks and bite into these nutritious bites that are a surefire way of including wholesome grains.
2 tbsp Rice flour
2 tbsp Moongdal flour
2 tbsp Wheat bran/ Whole wheat flour
2 tbsp Soya flour
Red chilli powder/ flakes
Coriander seeds powder
- Mix all the above mentioned flours together. Add the mentioned spices to it and form it into a dough with the help of water.
- Allow the dough to rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Divide the dough into 2 parts and roll them into a big circle and prick it evenly with a fork.
- Cut it into small equal sized circles or any other desired shape.
- Bake it in oven for 10 minutes at 180 degrees.
- Ready to eat!
4 – Chivda – Chivda is another famous delicacy from the Faral menu appreciated by many! Chivda is prepared in many ways like deep frying the Poha or roasting it with little oil, I prefer simply dry roasting it! You can also add cornflakes (baked in oven), wheatflakes (baked in oven), wheat puffs, rice puffs, makhana or oats (roasted) to it to make it more healthy!
1 cup roasted Poha or cornflakes (baked in oven) or wheat flakes (baked in oven) or wheat puffs or rice puffs or makhana or oats (roasted)
2 tsp oil
1/4 cup roasted Ground nuts
1 tsp mustard seeds
2-3 Green chillies
1-2 tsp Turmeric powder
1 tsp Asafoetida (Hing)
5-7 Curry leaves
1/2 tsp Sugar
Salt to taste
- In a saucepan, heat oil then add mustard seeds, curry leaves, green chillies, turmeric, asafoetida and groundnuts. Saute for 2-5 mins.
- Then add salt and sugar according to taste.
- Add roasted Poha, Rice Puffs, etc. Mix well.
- Chivda is ready!
5 – Mixed Nuts Laddoos – Popular in almost every Indian household, these melt-in-the-mouth nutty ladoos are a mix of great foods found in a conventional Indian pantry. These ladoos are a great source of essential nutrients and at the same time are irresistibly delicious.
2 tbsp Black Dates (crushed)
1 tbsp Almonds (crushed)
1 tbsp Walnuts (crushed)
1 tbsp Groundnuts (crushed)
1 tbsp Til (roasted)
2 tbsp Milk
- Mix all the crushed nuts together.
- Add the milk and mix the mixture well.
- Divide the mixture into small balls of equal size and serve!
So these are some healthy Faral options you can try this Diwali! Also, if you have some other recipes which you would like me to add in my list, do let me know!
Have a happy Diwali and a prosperous new year! May this Diwali bring lots of love, luck and success for you. Stay safe and enjoy the festival to the fullest!
Abha is a Food Science and Nutrition graduate and currently pursuing M.Sc. in Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics. She calls herself an amateur Food and Health Blogger and an extremely big foodie at heart. For her food is not just about calories, carbohydrates and fats; it is a way of life! Abha truly believes that no food is unhealthy, what can be unhealthy is our attitude towards it. So if we correct our attitude, we can enjoy all those yummy foods! 🙂