The season of lights, gambling and fun is almost here, and as we approach the victory of ‘good over evil’, lets us also enable healthy eating habits to triumph over our tendency to indulge in fried snacks and sweets.
No, we aren’t telling you to starve yourself or your guests, rather we have come up with easy and healthy recipes to help you keep your calories in check and win you the title of the ‘health conscious host’ in your friend circle.
The Festive season offers many many delicious temptations including rich sweets and fried snacks, but that does not necessarily mean waving goodbye to your well-toned bodies and fitted outfits. These quick recipes will help you enjoy the festivals without adding any extra inches:
1) Baked Chakli:
Chakli is an authentic Indian snack enjoyed by all due to its excellent crunch and spicy taste. What makes this recipe more interesting is that this crisp delicacy is cooked without being deep fried in oil.
- Knead rice flour, ghee, urad dal flour, ginger, chilli, garlic paste, sugar, salt and oil.
- Add dough in the chakli maker and press in circular motions to prepare the chakli.
- Preheat the oven and add the whirls at around 360°F for 15-20 mins. Your healthy chaklis are ready to eat.
- You can store them in an airtight container.
Another healthy and delicious snack that is perfect for the festive season is everyone’s favourite Dhokla. It is so low in glycemic index, that it can be added into any diabetics diet too. Made with fermented dals, this snack has high nutritive values and that makes this Gujarati steamed dish a definite go-to for festive evenings.
- Make a batter of Gram Flour (1 cup), sooji (1 tbsp), lemon juice (1 tsp), Eno(1 tsp), crushed garlic-ginger(1 tsp), curd(1/4 cup), oil (1 tsp), water(3/4 cup) and salt and make sure there are no lumps.
- Add 2-3 cups of water in the steamer preheat for 4-5 mins. Grease the plates and add the batter up to ½ inch thickness.
- Place plates in the steamer and cook for 10-12 mins.
- If the dhoklas do not come out clean, cook for another 2- 3 mins and keep aside.
- Heat 2 tbsp oil in a pan with mustard seeds and asafoetida. When they begin to crackle add cumin seeds, sesame seeds, curry leaves and green chillies and sauté for a min. Add water (1/3 cup) and sugar(1 tbsp) and cook for another min and then pour it on the already prepared dhoklas.
3) Lemon Garlic Roasted Potatoes:
This crisp almost oil-free recipe with a tender centre could be your new favourite. A healthier substitute for the famous addictive French fries, these roasted potatoes with lemon and garlic should be a part of your festive binge.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Cut slits in the potato to increase surface area and coat with a mixture of olive oil (3 tbsp), salt, basil, parsley, pepper garlic, or any other seasoning of your choice, along with maple syrup.
- Now put it into the oven to roast, when it’s halfway done in about 20-25 mins, pull it out and coat it with olive oil, basil, parsley and lemon syrup.
- Roast again in the oven for another 20 mins and they are ready to serve.
4) Spinach Balls:
Everyone knows who loves spinach, its Popeye! Well soon you’ll love it too. Packed with iron, vitamins and magnesium, this is the perfect recipe for all health freaks.
- All you need is spinach, eggs, cheese and a herb of your choice (oregano, coriander, parsley or mixed dried herbs).
- Mix it together and make small balls. Place them on parchment sheet and freeze, try to keep some gap between the balls so they don’t stick together, transfer into an airtight container after an hour.
- Bake them as and when needed in an oven and they are ready to serve.
5) Marinated Chicken Breast:
For all the non-veg lovers, if you want a healthy snack without losing out on the proteins, this recipe is for you. And the best part is it requires less than 20 mins of cooking time and about 8 hours of prep time.
- Mix vinegar (1-2 tbsp), dried oregano or rosemary, thyme, bay leaf (2-3 tsp), mustard or whole grain (1- 2 tbsp), garlic or onion powder (1-2 tsp), virgin olive oil (1/4 cup).
- Take 4 chicken breasts and slice them into thin pieces.
- Then coat them with this mixture and freeze overnight.
- Heat in the microwave for 1 minute to defrost.
- Heat a grill or grill pan, when it is hot, add the chicken and cook for about 4 mins on each side or until cooked. You could even cook the chicken in the oven at 375 F for 15 mins.
- Serve with lettuce leaves and offer your guests an exciting opportunity to make their own wraps.
6) Keeros Multigrain Chaat:
If you find yourself at a loss when it comes to making something crunchy, tasty and healthy for your kids, then set your worries aside as we have the perfect healthy evening snack that can be enjoyed by the entire family.
- Just take a bowl of Keeros Multigrain Roasted Supersnacks.
- Add in some freshly-chopped onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, and coriander.
- Since our supersnack is lightly salted with Himalayan pink salt, you just need to mix in some fresh lemon juice to enjoy a deliciously healthy snack.
And if all that is too much preparation, and you fear a lot of unannounced guests whom you love to host, keep a pack of Keeros Multigrain Roasted Supersnacks and Keeros Multiseed Roasted supersnacks handy, and you are good to go!