maha shivratri recipes diabetes friendly diet
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Expert-reviewed by Ashwini S.Kanade, Registered Dietician and Certified Diabetes Educator with 17 years of experience

Maha Shivratri or the great night of Shiva is one of the most auspicious festivals of the Hindu community, where devotees gather around the Shiva Linga to present offerings to Lord Shiva. But what truly makes this festival special is its characteristic of fasting. While some devotees observe the fasting by not consuming even a single drop of water, a majority of them observe a special fast consisting of fruits, milk, dry fruits and potatoes.

Here are the best diabetes-friendly fruits that you can try.

Fasting is considered auspicious especially at Maha Shivratri as it’s a way to detoxify our body, flush out the toxins by eating healthy and by avoiding indulgence. It means eating light and not letting our organs become overworked. Another side to fasting is to practice self-control.

So how do we make the most out of fasting during Maha Shivaratri? Disti Vira, Diet Coach At Obino, an online health and weight loss coach, will tell us about the top tips and recipes for eating right and fasting cautiously during Maha Shivaratri.

How can you stick to fast and not make it a feast?

  • Ideally, no meals should be eaten after sunset on Shivaratri, but a lot of us are not sure about the right time to eat, and this ends up affecting our health. When we consider fasting as a ‘day’ and don’t eat all day, or at gaps of 6 to 8 hours, that is when it can cause health issues. The idea is to eat at short intervals of 2 to 3 hours and eat light.
  • Try to eat healthy sweets that are made using milk, paneer etc. which will add some protein to your day. Use fruits to make custards, shrikhands and kheer.
  • Replace sugar with natural sugars, such as honey and jaggery. The key here lies in controlling portion size and not substituting these sweet dishes with main meals – especially so if your blood sugar levels are not in control.
  • You can even have roti made from kuttu flour, yam sabji, aloo sabji, kadhi, sweet potatoes and chaat. Here are some tips to make potatoes diabetes-friendly.
  • Sweet potatoes contain a good amount of fibre and minerals which keeps blood sugar levels in control.
  • Make sure you don’t keep long gaps, as you might end up overeating in the next meal.
  • Keep your meals light and avoid fried foods. For example, you can have some boiled potato tikkis made in a non-stick pan instead of fried chips. A sago khichdi over sago vadas.
  • Add some nuts, buttermilk, fruits, makhanas, milkshakes and salted lassi in the diet to fill the gaps.

Tips to fast when you have diabetes

Importance of staying hydrated during fasting:

Since fasting is one of the ways you can detoxify your body, water remains one of the crucial element. Adequate water intake will accelerate the process of detoxification by flushing out toxins from the body. Another aspect is thirst and hunger signal impairment. Staying hydrated helps the body to avoid confusion between hunger and thirst signals, preventing overeating.

Mentioned below are 5 healthy, delicious and very easy to make Maha Shivaratri recipes you can prepare:

1. Nutty Dates Balls

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup almonds
  • 3/4 cup pitted medjool dates (you can also use normal dates instead)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • Extra coconut to coat the balls (about 2/3 cup)

How to make:

  1. Add the walnuts, almonds and cashews to the food processor and pulse until they are finely ground.
  2. Add seedless dates to the food processor and blitz all of it into a fine mixture.
  3. Add the coconut and cardamom to the date paste and mix.
  4. Add the date mixture to the nuts and stir to mix well.
  5. Make small balls.
  6. Coat half of the ball with grated coconut flakes.
  7. Place on a plate and either make round balls of the mixture or place them in a freezer for a few hours and cut into small squares later.
  8. Do refrigerate them in an air-tight box or zip-lock bag only.

2. Thalipeeth

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup rajgira flour
  • 1/4 cup peeled and grated raw potatoes
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanut powder
  • Rock salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 tsp green chilli paste
  • Ghee for greasing and cooking

How to make:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Little by little add water to the mixture and make it into a thick batter (read pourable consistency).
  2. Let the batter sit for sometime before you start preparing thalipeeths.
  3. Heat a non-stick griddle on high flame and pour a few drops of ghee on the pan.
  4. Coat your fingers with a little bit of water and spread a portion of the batter with it on the tava to form a 100 mm. (4”) diameter thick circle. Just like pancakes!
  5. Cook, using a little ghee, till they turn golden brown in colour on both the sides.
  6. Serve hot with fresh curd.

3. Sweet Potato Chaat:

What you’ll need:

  • 1.5-2 cups boiled sweet potatoes
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • Sendha namak/rock salt to taste
  • A few sprigs of cilantro

How to make:

    1. Rinse the potatoes well and steam them in the pressure cooker for about 3-4 whistles.
    2. Once cooked well, peel and chop them into small cubes.
    3. Add all the spices and serve.

4. Dosa:

What you’ll need:

    • 1/2 cup sanwa millet
    • 1/2 cup rajgira flour
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 tbsp ginger and green chilli paste
    • Rock salt to taste
    • Oil for cooking

How to make:

  1. Clean, wash and soak the sanwa millet in enough water in a deep bowl for at least 2 hours.
  2. Drain and blend in a mixer to a smooth mixture using little water.
  3. Transfer the mixture into a deep bowl, add rajgira atta and buttermilk along with ginger and green chilli paste. Let the mixture sit in the bowl and ferment overnight.
  4. Now add rock salt to taste right before you start making the dosas.
  5. Heat a non-stick tava (griddle), pour a ladleful of the batter on the tava and spread it in a circular motion to make thin dosa.
  6. Add a sprinkling of salt on the outer side of the dosa and cook it till the colour turns into golden brown.
  7. Serve immediately.

5. Banana Smoothie

What you’ll need:

  • 1 banana  
  • 2/4 cup curd
  • ¼ tsp raw cocoa
  • 2 dates
  • A pinch of cinnamon

How to make:

  1. Blend all of them together.
  2. Consume immediately.

Once you try out these recipes, chances are you may want to have them on non-fasting days as well – healthy and super delicious!

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