While there is no denying the sweet delicacies of Holi are impossible to resist, there is also a cause for alarm: Calories! But worry not, there is a way you can have Holi delicacies without piling on the calories and gaining weight. Include sugar-free options and low GI foods in your Holi delicacies if you have diabetes and enjoy the festival like the rest.

@Manpreet Kaur Paul , Executive Nutritionist, Cloudnine Hospitals, Faridabad, shares with us some mouth-watering diabetes-friendly recipes for the Holi party.

Recipe 1:  Coconut Thandai


8-10 almonds
5 cashews
6 unsalted pistachio
350ml coconut milk
10gm fennel powder (saunf)
1/2tsp poppy seeds
3-4 pepper corns
1 inch cinnamon stick
5-6 saffron strands (kesar)
8-10 rose petals for garnishing


  • Whisk coconut milk and all the other ingredients together (except rose petals and saffron strands) with the help of a blending machine
  • Add saunf powder to it as a natural sugar sweetner
  • Now, in a heavy bottom pan, put together this mixture and bring it to a boil
  • Stir till the mixture has reduced a little in quantity
  • Now pour the thandai mixture in a glass and allow it to set in the refrigerator.
  • Serve chilled after garnishing with rose petals and saffron strands.

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