Holi 2023: Oil-Free Snacks For A Healthy Celebration
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Holi is round the corner and we are all excited to celebrate the festival. It is one of the most popular occasions in India, as Holi gives an opportunity to take out some time from our busy schedule and spend it with our friends and family. People gather to play with colours and relish some delicious delicacies. Gujiya, kachori, dahi bhalle, thandai, namak pare and so on, there is a whole platter of mouth-watering dishes that is prepared on Holi.

No doubt they taste heavenly but the calorie count of these oil–loaded dishes worries us about our health. Most of the time we tend to ignore the health factor but doing so can have serious repercussions. But the good news is there are plenty of healthy alternatives available that give the same delicious punch without affecting our fitness regime. These Holi snacks need no extra effort to prepare and perfectly match the festive vibe.  

Here are five yummy oil-free snacks you can enjoy on Holi without any guilt: 

Baked Gujiya 

The baked version of this festive delicacy is no less delicious than the fried gujiya. It is soft and can also be made without mawa. Baked gujiya is much easier to make and is prepared without any mess. All the ingredients are the same as the fried gujiya, you just need to bake the dumplings instead of frying it. 

Spicy Bhel Puri 

Made with exotic flavours, this yummy Indian street food is tangy, crispy and spicy. It is prepared with puffed rice, peanuts, onion, tomato, potato and three types of chutney; sweet, spicy and tangy. Bhel puri is quick, easy and low in fat that makes it an ideal addition to your healthy snack platter. 

Baked Namak Pare 

This crunchy and savoury snack is very popular in India. It is made on several occasions and festivals. Also known as nimki, namak pare can also be enjoyed with a hot cup of tea. It is made with a delicate seasoning of ajwain and cumin seeds. Usually, namak pare is fried in ghee or oil, but you can also bake it to get a healthier version of your favourite snack. 

No Fry Samosa 

Samosa is everyone’s favourite snack. It is flaky and flavourful, yet we often skip this Indian snack as they are very oily. But don’t worry there are healthy ways also available to enjoy these savoury fritters. You can bake your samosas in an air fryer instead of frying in oil. The potato filling can also be replaced with some healthy alternatives like meat, veggies and lentils. 

Aloo Chaat 

This quick and delicious snack can steal our taste buds in just one bite. It is very easy to make, just boil potatoes and bake them crisp with salt and pepper. Then add the spices and mix well. You can also add chopped veggies and coriander leaves. Top it with sev and serve with green or red chutney. 

Enjoy these snacks and have a happy and healthy Holi.