Ganesh Chaturthi 2018: Healthy Prasad Recipes
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“Never say no to prasad,” our elders would say.
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But if you’ve been avoiding treating yourself to the delicious prasads that are prepared on the on the occasion of Ganesh Chaturthi, just because you’re worried about not ruining your diet, here are 3 healthy versions of everyone’s favourite Ganesh Utsav prasads:
1. Dates Rajgira Ladoo
These are gluten-free, sugar-free, and vegan. You can munch on these rajgira ladoos without an ounce of guilt.
- 1/2 cup rajgira seeds
- 1/2 cup dates (de-seeded and chopped)
- ¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
- 8-10 almonds (chopped)
- 8-10 cashews (chopped)
- desiccated coconut
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Add 1/2 cup rajgira seeds to 1 1/2 cups of water in a pan.
- Bring it to a boil and let it simmer for 7-10 minutes.
- When the rajgira seeds have absorbed a little bit of water and look slightly cooked, add the finely chopped dates.
- Cover and continue to cook it for another 5 minutes. Add more water if required.
- Now, add cardamom powder and coconut oil and cook till all the water is absorbed.
- Turn off the heat and add chopped almonds. Mix well.
- Allow the mixture to cool.
- Now, grease your palms with a little bit of coconut oil, and roll the mixture into little balls.
- Dust them with desiccated coconut and serve.
2. Apple And Oats Modak No Ganesh Chaturthi celebration is complete without modaks. These fruity, protein-rich modaks are perfect to satiate your taste buds and fitness bug in you.
- Apple: 1
- Jaggery powder: 2 tablespoons
- A pinch of cinnamon powder
- Crushed oats: 1/4 cup
- Semolina: 2 teaspoons
- Milk: ¼ cup
- Almonds (crushed)
- Peel an apple and grate it.
- Now add it to a pan and start cooking it.
- When the apple starts to leave a little water, add 1 tablespoon jaggery powder, cinnamon in it.
- Let it cook till the mixture thickens.
- In another pan, dry roast the crushed oats until they turn slightly golden.
- Add semolina in it and roast till it starts emitting aroma.
- Now, add ¼ cup milk to the mixture.
- When the mixture is a little thick, add 1 tablespoon jaggery powder and apple mixture.
- Remove it from heat, add crushed almonds and mix well.
- Allow the mixture to cool completely.
- Use the modak mould to give shape to modaks.
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3. Baked Moong Dal Samosa
We all love samosas! Don’t we? And they’re often prepared as part of prasad. However, deep-fried samosas stuffed with potatoes can take a toll on your waistline. Try these baked, whole-wheat, moong dal samosas for a healthy and utterly tasty treat.
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp oil
For kneading: cold water
- Yellow moong daal - 1/2 cup (soaked)
- Ground fennel seeds- 1 teaspoon
- Mustard Oil- 1/2 tbsp.
- Coriander powder-1 teaspoon.
- A pinch of asafoetida
- Garam Masala powder- 1/2 teaspoon
- Raw mango powder- 1/2 teaspoon
- Salt- to taste
- Red chilli powder- 1/2 teaspoon
For the filling:
- Grind the soaked moong dal coarsely.
- Put oil in a pan, add asafoetida, fennel powder and fry for a couple of minutes.
- When they begin to splutter, add the moong dal mixture, raw mango powder, salt, and chilli powder.
- Sauté till the mixture is well cooked.
- Once the mixture is done, switch off the heat and let it cool.
For the covering:
- In a bowl take whole wheat flour, salt, and oil.
- Now add water and knead into a smooth dough.
- Make sure the dough is neither too soft nor too stiff.
- Shape dough into small balls, and roll the balls into thin pooris. Cut these into halves.
- Shape the dough into cones and stuff it with the dal mixture in it and seal it with water.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Brush a little oil on the samosas. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Serve with mint and tamarind chutney.
So, go ahead and dig into these healthy and delish prasads.
Ganpatti Bappa Mourya!