They say Diwali is a festival of lights, but we can all agree that it’s also a festival of savoury snacks and sugary sweets. Even if you manage to substitute your sweet cravings with sugar-free and low-fat ladoos and pedas, there’s just no escaping oil-soaked crispy gujiyas, chaklis and shankarpali fresh out of the kadai.
Or is there?
There’s only so much oil you can drain after frying Diwali snacks the traditional way. But what if there was a way to minimise the oil or not use any at all and yet enjoy the same crunchy snacks.
An air fryer is what makes it possible. With this new technology you can improvise on your traditional recipes to make healthier, oil-free snacks that requires minimum effort to cook too.
Here are some air frying methods to make your Diwali snacks healthier than before.
Use your own recipe to make the dough and then shape them in the chakli maker. Place them on a butter paper and brush them with oil. Also, preheat your air fryer to 180 degrees for five minutes and cook the chaklis for 10-12 minutes or until you get the crispiness you’re looking for.
This not only eliminates the process of deep frying chaklis in oil but also cuts down the effort of standing there in the heat frying one batch at a time.
Preheat the air fryer at 180 degrees for 5 minutes. Before that make your gujiya moulds and shut it tight like you usually do. Then brush them with some oil and arrange them inside the air fryer. Let them air fry for 12 minutes until they turn the right brownish golden colour.
Namak Paare, shakkar pare or shankarpali
Depending on which Indian city you come from namak paape, shakkar pare or shankarpali will be another staple in your Diwali snack box. Their ingredients might differ slightly but these three are prepared pretty much the same way. To make them less oily just bake them in an air fryer instead of frying them. To do so preheat the appliance at 180 degrees for five minutes. Then place them on the tray of the air fryer and let them cook till they’re golden brown. Just remember to give the basket a good shake midway so that they are evenly cooked.
Make the dough of the Gulab Jamun and shape them as you wish. Preheat the air fryer to 140 degrees for three minutes. Place the dough pieces in the appliance and brush them with oil. Let them cook for five minutes and then soak them in sugar syrup.
As you see, these snacks use little oil but can guarantee the same flavours from your traditional recipes.
Apart from these Diwali snacks, you can make other snacks like samosas, pakoras, cookies etc. in an air fryer too. This means you can stop fearing oil and enjoy your food better.
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