Diwali is around the corner. Hindus across the country are looking to celebrate the festival of lights on 7th November, 2018, followed by Govardhan Puja on 8th November and Bhai Dooj on 9th November. The significant festival is celebrated with traditional diyas, candles, lights and lots of sweetmeats. You may agree, we have all have been guilty of bingeing on sweets. However, considering the amount of sugar added to the desserts can be harmful in the long run, especially for people with diabetes. Thank heavens to Ayurveda for having a solution for this. According to Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda, “During Diwali, one food from which it is difficult to stay away are sweets, and if we follow Ayurveda, we should avoid consuming them in order to encourage tissue development. As per the Ayurvedic order of tastes, one should start their meal with something sweet, moving on to something sour and salty in the middle, followed by pungent, bitter and astringent food. The sweet helps to balance vayu that is wind in the stomach; while the sour and salty taste in the middle of the meal helps to stimulate the digestive fire. The pungent, bitter, and astringent taste at the end of the meal helps to subdue the kapha dosha (earth). Overdoing anything is not good and one should strike a balance between what we eat.”
Keeping in mind that one should balance each taste, Dr. Chauhan brings us some healthy recipes that may make your Diwali special and extremely healthy; not to forget, definitely delicious!