September 9 will welcome the Elephant God with great fervour and vigour. One of the biggest festivals of the country, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated pan India, with greater enthusiasm in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Known as the remover of all obstacles or vighnaharta, the festivities last for as long as 10 days which means pooja followed by yummy prasad every morning and evening. Though the delicacies are tasty, it is important to keep the nutrition and health factor in mind. Try making these healthy treats this Ganesh Chaturthi.
Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind at the mention of this festival and why not, it is after all Ganesha’s favourite sweet. After every pooja, an offering of 21 modaks is made to the deity and then distributed to others. Many people make fried modaks but you can also steam them to make them healthy. Try making this healthy modak version this year.
Another favourite of Lord Ganesha, puranpoli is made of a stuffing of jaggery and coconut inside paranthas known as polis. In its healthier version, we use sesame seeds and dates to make the stuffing of the polis. This packs in the sweetness and also provides good amounts of iron to your body. The dish is good for expecting women too.
Making use of various pulses and legumes, sundal is a popular and healthy dish in itself. It is mostly made in south Indian households but you too can give it a try this festival season. Since some of the ingredients will have to be soaked overnight in water, prepare in advance. Here is the recipe of sundal.
Karanji or gujia is often made by deep frying it and stuffing it with sweet ingredients. But this version makes use of moong dal along with other nutritious ingredients like dry fruits, saffron, etc and since it is baked, it is healthier than its fried counterpart. Though many people make this dish for Diwali, it is quite popular during Ganesh Chaturthi as well.
health.india.com/ Kriti Saraswat