An American co-worker asked me today, “It’s Diwali on Thursday, how are you planning to celebrate? ”
I was completely awed by him. “Diwali, oh yes its Diwali”, there was a big smile on my face as I started to tell him how and why we celebrate. This conversation went on for few minutes and I returned to my office with a smile on my face. All those memories of celebrating Diwali with parents back in India became so fresh and I suddenly started feeling better and excited. Well, until yesterday, I was feeling too homesick. Festivals away from home always make you feel that way. It is just another day in abroad, where you wake up in the morning, get ready and go to work. There is absolutely no feeling of festivities around.
After work, I stopped by at an Indian store, and bought some diyas, stickers for ‘Shubh Diwali’, colors to make rangoli, some decorative pieces and sparkler. Okay !! all set for decors but how about sweets !! There were variety of sweets which I was too tempted to buy but I am proud to have improved a lot on self control so I decided to go home and make my own healthy version of Diwali sweets.
Making a low calorie Indian dessert is a challenge. With limited time, I decided to cut it easy and took a shot at the most famous Indian dessert – Gajar ka Halwa. The traditional halwa will be screaming in calories but I modified few ingredient to make it tasty yet healthy.
- Ghee, 2 tbsp
- Finely grated carrot, 2.5 cup
- Milk (Any type you prefer, I use whole milk ), 1.5 cup
- Truvia(Sweetener), 2 tbsp
- Cashew, 25g
- Raisins, 25g
- Cardamom powder, 1/3 tsp
- Pour ghee in a saute pan over low medium heat. Add cashew and raisins and saute for 2-3 mins.
- Now, add grated carrot and saute for 10 minutes.
- Add milk and boil the mixture. When the milk has 75% evaporated, add sugar and cardamom to the mixture
- Keep stirring it while it cooks on low flames.
- Simmer till all the milk is evaporated and top it with your Cashew and Raisins. You can also add Saffron. I could not find it near my location.
Voila !! Gajar ka halwa is ready 🙂
Its a low calorie recipe perfect to satisfy your sweet cravings, do try if you still have some bandwidth.
Happy Diwali !!