Markets buzzing with crowd, houses lit up with strings of fancy lights and decorative materials and fragrance of traditional sweet dishes -- that's what Diwali is all about.
Diwali festivities have begun with Dhanteras and let us guess, you can't wait for October 27 so that you can have lip-smacking dishes and delectable delicacies.
With time, earthen diyas have been replaced by LED lights and fancy chocolate and mithai boxes have taken place of home-made gujiyas and laddoos. Reason? With our busy lifestyle and hectic schedules, we find readymade stuff more convenient.
However, nothing can replace the sense of celebration and togetherness that comes with homemade delicacies. It's time to celebrate sweetness with laughter rather than playing passing the parcel (read: with soan papdi dabbas).
There was a time when people shooed away ghee and deep-fried items. Well, trust us, it was all fad. Because gradually, millennials have started understanding the importance of homemade sweets made of ghee.
Celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar, who is followed by B-town stars such as Kareena Kapoor Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Alia Bhatt among others also endorses the idea of having a spoon or half of ghee on your platter and that too daily.
In case you aren't convinced, let us explain to you in detail. Deep-fried foods, unlike the popular belief, have plenty of health benefits.
Frying gujiyas in essential fats like those present in ghee or groundnut oil reduces the glycemic index of the food item. Not only this, but it also helps in absorbing fat-soluble vitamins like A, E, D and K. This as a result boosts immunity and regulates blood sugar.
Besides, ghee if extracted from cows feeding on grass, is rich in K2 and CLA which are antioxidants with anti-viral properties. Various researches have also proved that ghee has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.
Also, while preparing don't substitute sugar with artificial sweeteners.
Ye Diwali home-made sweets wali!
So, this Diwali have gujiyas guilt-free and enjoy the food diversity we have.
Happy Diwali To All Of You!