Karwa Chauth, the festival most near to a woman’s heart is celebrated with full vigour across Northern India. Food items, vibrant clothes, beauty products and puja thalis constitute the significant part of this day. Starting with Sargi comprising of vermicelli cooked with milk, matthis, paranthas, fruits and sweets are the usual items on the menu. Nowadays, couples also indulge in restaurant treats to celebrate this bond of love.
As it is said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, every lady tries to prepare the best recipe to express her love and gratitude for her husband. Sabzi, poori, parantha, rice and halwa/kheer constitute the main meal of the day. But all these food items are loaded with high calories if prepared in a traditional way.
We provide you with alternatives to make your meal tasty and also ensure health.
Instead of going for high caloric foodstuff like potato, paneer etc. opt for beans like rajma, chole and dal makhani. Apart from being a rich source of proteins they also give you an advantage of consuming lesser calories. You gain strong immunity, low cholesterol and better control over blood pressure by consuming these beans.
On the top of it, choosing an organic variety of these pulses will save you from harmful effects of pesticides, synthetic fertilisers and contaminants associated with the non-organic variety. Cooking with organic spices and condiments will add more flavour, taste and energy to whatever you make.
Why are you disturbing the workout regime of your hubby? These food items are packed with saturated fats and toxins present in cooking oil, making you prone to heart disease and cancer. Higher consumption of fried foods is associated with increased amount of visceral fat in your body, thus hampering your daily workout.
Better go for Tandoori Chapatis prepared from organic wheat flour. That’s a double treat with all the essential nutrients of wheat like vitamin B, vitamin E, iron, zinc and potassium minus, of course, pesticides and synthetic fertilisers.
Instead of the traditional jeera rice, try making a veggie pulao this season. You can use carrot, capsicum, beans, beetroot or any vegetable of your choice. Being loaded with the goodness of vegetables like vitamin A, vitamin C, folic acid, dietary fibre and potassium, it’s also easy to cook in a pressure cooker. But remember to purchase the organic variety of rice which is free from toxic and carcinogenic effects of Arsenic found in non-organic cultivate.
All the more, you can use organic cashews to garnish your serving, add flavour and texture to it. This pulao can be served with plain yoghurt or fruit raita. Yoghurt boosts your digestion by promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the intestines. Adding fruit charges it with vitamins, minerals and fibre.
No meal is complete without a dessert. You have been using refined sugar till now to prepare them but this carries the risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood.
You can, instead, try making a laddu or halwa using jaggery? Organic jaggery tastes different!
So do not hesitate in using the natural sweeteners like jaggery, dates or raw honey in your recipes. They are far better than sugar in taste and destitute of its harmful effects. They will provide you with essential nutrients like iron, zinc, magnesium, calcium and potassium without compromising on taste.
So, give your husband an organic and healthy treat this Karwa Chauth, and celebrate the bond of love in its true essence.