Celebrating Rakshabandhan, the sweet way: Learn how to make apple rabdi now!

Raksha Bandhan is a special occasion to celebrate an emotional bonding between a brother and his sister by tying a holy thread around the brothers wrist. This thread which pulsates with sisterly love and sublime sentiments, is called the Rakhi. It means a bond of protection and Raksha Bandhan means that the strong must protect the weak from all that's evil.

But, this does not end here. As the Raksha Bandhan rituals end, the celebrations begin. During this day, it is more like a family union in most of the households. Family members exchange gifts with other well wishers and relatives.

Besides the gifts and warm greetings, how can we forget the tasty dishes and sweets prepared on this day. But, should one really compromise on their health? 

Lets celebrate this trivia of Raksha Bandhan just like the true spirit of all other Indian festivals, but with a HEALTHY TWIST !


Ingredients:

1. Low fat milk – 1 cup
2. Grated apples (with skin) – 1 small
3. Cardamom (elaichi) powder – ¼ th tsp
4. Nutmeg (jaiphal) powder – a pinch
5. Sugar – ½ tsp


Method

Bring the milk to boil in a deep non-stick pan and simmer it for 10 to 12 minutes, while stirring in between and scraping the sides of the pan. Add the grated apple, mix well and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring in between and scraping the sides of the pan. Add the cardamom powder and nutmeg powder, mix well and keep aside to cool. Once the rabadi¸ has been cooled, add the sugar, mix well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve chilled.


NUTRITIVE VALUE:

1Energy (kcals)116
2Protein (g)3.3
3Fat (g)2
4Carbohydrates (g)15


KHYATI'S HEALTH 'O' METER SAYS:

This rabdi is surely a delight to everyone this Raksha Bandhan. Excellent for everyone, simple to make, containing good amounts of calcium from milk and the necessary vitamins and minerals from apple, this sweet dish makes a yummy combo of all the essential nutrients. Adding on to its taste is cardamom and nutmeg, amazing spices that work wonders for one health.


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