Divali is an Indian festival of lights meaning the victory of good over evil. It is celebrated with great pomp in Mauritius. Divali is a vibrant, colourful, joyous celebration expressed through the medium of food. . On the day of Divali, Hindus join with their families worship the divine Goddess Lakshmi to gain blessings of wealth and prosperity, the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. Fireworks and traditional sharing of sweets among family, friends, neighbours and colleagues are also form part of Divali culture in Mauritius.

Usually, on the day of Divali the traditional “gato patate” are not to be missed. The list of Divali special sweets is exhaustive. Gulab Jamun, Gajar Ka Halwa, Besan Ke Ladoo, Barfi, Khaja and Jalebis are the most commonly made sweets on this occasion.

Here are some simple healthy sweets with less ghee and little oil. These sweets are low calorie, healthy and are diabetic friendly.

  1. Badam Laddoo
Ingredients (240 ml cup used)
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 to 5 green cardamoms
  • ½ tbsp. Raisins
  • 1 tbsp. roasted nuts
Method
  1. Dry roast almonds evenly till you get an aroma. Set this aside to cool.
  2. Dry roast cardamoms and coconut till you get a good aroma, takes hardly 2 mins. Do not burn. Set this aside to cool.
  3. Powder almonds, coconut and cardamoms in a mixer. Set this aside.
  4. Powder sugar finely. Next add the almond coconut powder.
  5. Run the mixer till the powder warms up and the mix looks oily. Add your raisins and nuts.
  6. Take small portions of this warm mix and roll them to badam ladoo. If the mix cools up, it will be difficult to roll them, so run the mixer again.

Tadaa!! Very simple Badam Laddoo receipe.

2. Diet Jalebi

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups mflour
  • 2 tsps gram flour
  • 1 tsp ghee, melted
  • 2 tbsps sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsps active dry yeast (or soda)
  • Water (for making batter)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 4 drops yellow food colour
  • 2 cups refined oil for frying (refined sunflower oil)
  • 1 3/4 cups lime-saffron syrup

 Preparation:

  1. If you are adding yeast then dissolve it with water and keep it aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine gram flour, maida, ghee, lemon juice, sugar, food colour, water and yeast. Mix well into a smooth batter.
  3. Fill the batter into a pastry bag with a small opening at the tip.
  4. To the boiling oil, pour the batter in coils and deep fry.
  5. Drain the excess oil on cakes using paper towels and soak it in a warm lemon saffron syrup.

Adding elaichi powder to the syrup will make the diet sweet all the more delicious.

3. Sweet Potato/ gato patate

  • Ingredients
  • 300g sweet potatoes
  • 150g of flour
  • 100g of grated coconut
  • 80g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • oil for frying

Preparation

  1. In a bowl put the grated coconut, vanilla extract, sugar and let rest for 1 hour.

  2. Wash the potatoes and boil for 30 minutes (this is good when the blade of a knife easily enters a potato). Remove, peel, the meters in a large bowl and crush to obtain a smooth paste.

  3. Add the flour into the dough and work (by hand) to make a smooth dough. Add flour if necessary.

  4. Make 20 balls with the dough. Roll them (with a rolling pin) one by one to round them. Put in the center of each ball a little grated coconut. Fold in half and seal the edges with a fork. Fry them in hot oil until golden brown.