Come Diwali, and our homes are filled with fragrant and delicious but mostly unhealthy food. The endless boxes of chocolates, cakes, dried fruits, fried chips, sweets, canned soda and juices certainly complete the idea of a bustling and fun Diwali, but the mindless binging can be really harmful to the body. Fret not, for this Diwali, you can switch to an array of healthy and delicious party snacks made using the simplest ingredients. So keep the party going, dance away with joy as you successfully keep off those empty calories.
If you really want to give your taste buds a real treat without piling on guilt and pounds, try this amazing hummus platter. Chickpeas, which form the basis of this middle eastern dish, is a fibre-rich legume that aids weight loss, improves immunity and stabilises your blood sugar levels. Combined with the goodness of fresh veggies like carrots, cucumbers and broccoli, hummus makes for a great Diwali dinner. It is good for your health, takes little effort to put together and is a great way to get your family together over a big platter of hummus and veggies.
- Chickpeas, 200 gm
- Tahini paste, 1-2 tablespoon
- Garlic, 2-3 cloves, can be lightly roasted
- Lemon, 1
- Olive Oil , about ¼ cup
- Salt and Paprika powder to taste
- Sliced Olives for garnish
- Carrots, sliced
- Cucumber, sliced
- Cherry Tomatoes, 100 gm
- Broccoli, 9-10 florets, broiled
- Boil Chickpeas with salt after soaking overnight
- In a grinder, add the boiled chickpeas, tahini paste, garlic, and some reserve chickpea water.
- Now gradually begin blending and keep adding olive oil
- Ensure, that the consistency remains to be chunky and thickShutterstock
- Adjust the flavouring by adding salt if required
- Pour into a bowl and add sliced olives of your choice and sprinkle Paprika and a tablespoon of olive oil on top
- Serve on a platter with the vegetables and make your guests go wow! Can also serve with multigrain crackers.