Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth with Homemade Sweets for Raksha Bandhan

Raksha Bandhan is the celebration of the unbreakable bond between siblings. It's a joyful time when families come together to mark this special relationship. And in the midst of all the festivities, food takes centre stage, enhancing the celebratory environment.

Homemade desserts hold an important place in the celebration of Indian festivals like Raksha Bandhan. So, here are some of the healthy recipes for Rakshabandhan sweets that will enhance the sweetness of the festival. Make sure to carefully select the wholesome ingredients that mirror the purity of your affection for your siblings.

4 Healthy Indian Dessert Recipes for Rakhi

As the auspicious occasion of Raksha Bandhan approaches, it's time to savour the joy of celebrating the precious bond between siblings. And what better way to do this than making homemade sweets for Raksha Bandhan that not only satisfy your sweet tooth but also nourish your body? Let’s explore some delectable yet nutritious homemade Rakhi dessert options to make the festival memorable and healthier.

1. Organic Besan Laddoo

Besan Ke Laddoo is a famous Indian treat prepared from chickpea flour, sugar, and ghee. These spherical sweet balls, are prepared by toasting gram flour and ghee together, then adding sugar to create a thick pasty dough, which is then moulded into delightful, melt-in-the-mouth balls. But how can this dessert be healthy? Well, getting high-quality organic flour and substituting everyday sugar with the natural sweetness of organic jaggery or organic raw brown sugar can boost the health quotient of this dessert.

Get the pure ingredients from Amala Earth:

Organic Gram Flour - This organic gluten-free flour from Amala Earth is full of protein, fibre and iron. This is a great choice for people looking to include sustainable, natural products in their diet.

Organic Cow Ghee - The aroma of pure a2 cow ghee is the star of almost every Indian dessert including this Rakhi special Besan Ke Ladoo. 

Organic raw brown sugar - This raw organic Brown sugar has a deeper colour, a stickier texture, and a distinct caramel flavour. It is a mushy, lumpy substance that contains more molasses than other sugar. Molasses is composed of 46 per cent dissolved sucrose and other sugars, trace metals such as copper, manganese, iron, and zinc, and B vitamins and 3 per cent protein. When used in moderation this organic sugar can be a healthy choice for the Besan Ke Ladoo.

Now that the ingredients are collected, read on to find out the recipe for Besan Ladoo and make this rakhi even sweeter:

Step 1: In a blender jar, roughly chop the cashew nuts and almonds. Place in a dish and put aside.

Step 2: In a nonstick pan, melt the ghee. Cook, stirring constantly, for 15-20 minutes, or until the gram flour is aromatic and light brown in colour.

Step 3: Mix in the cardamom powder, cashews, and almonds. Remove from the heat after thoroughly mixing. Allow cooling for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Mix in the powdered sugar well. You may combine this using your hands.

Step 5: Make walnut-sized circular laddoos and place them on a dish. When the laddoos have totally cooled, place them in an airtight container.

2. Nariyal Halwa

Halwa is one of the most popular Indian desserts that is loved by most people and can be made with different ingredients. To add a healthy twist to this classic dish, we have used coconut. Nariyal Halwa, also known as Coconut Halwa can be made from grated coconut, sugar, ghee (clarified butter), and flavoured with cardamom. This homemade rakhi dessert is a must-try for coconut lovers this Raksha Bandhan.

Source the natural ingredients only from Amala Earth:

Virgin Coconut Oil - Virgin coconut oil is considered one of the purest forms of coconut oil and is known for its distinctive flavour, aroma, and potential health benefits. Explore virgin coconut oil by premium brands at Amala Earth.

Coconut Powder - Coconut powder is a dried and finely shredded form of coconut meat. It adds a rich coconut flavour and texture to dishes and is used in both sweet and savoury recipes.

Other Ingredients: Coconut milk, Stevia, Saffron, cardamom seeds, powdered, Chopped cashews, almonds and pistachios for garnishing.

Here’s how you can prepare this tasty homemade Rakhi dessert:

Step 1: Heat extra virgin coconut oil in a kadai.

Step 2: Incorporate desiccated coconut powder into the heated oil.

Step 3: Roast the coconut powder over low heat for approximately eight minutes or until it takes on a light brown hue.

Step 4: Introduce coconut milk, saffron, your sweetener of choice, and cardamom to the mixture.

Step 5: Stir continuously for around ten minutes until the mixture absorbs the moisture and begins to release oil.

Step 6: Turn off the heat and embellish the preparation with cashews, almonds, and pistachios before serving.

3. Dry fruit Laddoo

Dry Fruits Laddoo is a simple, nutritious recipe that is both healthful and delicious. This healthy Indian dessert has no extra sugar or jaggery, ghee, or oil, is inherently vegan, and takes less than 20 minutes to prepare. These energy balls are created with dates, figs, and other nuts and are high in nutrients, healthy fats, and fibre.

Source the natural ingredients only from Amala Earth -

Almonds - Almonds make a wholesome and nutritious snacking alternative. Break the almonds into small pieces and easily use them as one of the ingredients in your laddoos.

Cashew Nuts - The organic cashew nuts available at Amala Earth are carefully collected from the best farms across the world, then hand-sorted and packaged hygienically. 

Sunflower seeds - Sunflower seeds are high in polyunsaturated fats, which are necessary for normal physiological function and are rich in plant oil. Not only are these seeds delicious, but they also contain a plethora of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that may aid in the treatment of a variety of disorders such as high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, etc.

Other ingredients that one will need to enhance the flavour and healthfulness of this laddoo are flax seeds and coconut powder which are available at Amala Earth. Other ingredients that may be added are dates, figs, poppy seeds and maybe sweetened by organic jaggery.

Here is how to prepare healthy dry fruit laddoos:

Step 1: In a nonstick skillet, sunflower seeds, cashew nuts and flax seeds until fragrant. Set aside after removing from the heat.

Step 2: In a food processor, combine dates, figs, and dry roasted ingredients to make a smooth mixture. Place in a mixing basin.

Step 3: In a nonstick skillet, dry toast the poppy seeds and desiccated coconut or coconut powder until aromatic.

Step 4: Remove from the heat and place on a platter.

Step 5: Dampen your hands with water or oil. Make equal quantities of the ground mixture into medium-sized laddoos.

Step 6: Coat them with a combination of poppy seeds and coconut. Remove any surplus mixture. Serve right away.

4. Quinoa Kheer

Quinoa Kheer is a delightful and nutritious homemade rakhi dessert that offers a healthy twist on the traditional Indian rice pudding or kheer. Using Quinoa instead of rice will help add more protein to the dish and pack the essential nutrients. It is also a gluten-free grain which is an excellent choice for those looking for a healthy homemade rakhi dessert.

Here are the Ingredients required to prepare this homemade sweet for Raksha Bandhan: Quinoa, condensed milk or sweetened condensed coconut milk, cardamom powder, saffron strands (optional), chopped nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios), raisins, ghee (clarified butter)

Quinoa - Opting for Quinoa instead of rice can help cut down the calories and still produce a delectable dessert. Find organic and gluten-free Quinoa to enhance your diet on Amala Earth.

Keep reading to learn how to prepare this healthy Indian dessert in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Start by rinsing the quinoa under cold running water to remove any bitterness. Drain it well.

Step 2: In a large saucepan, heat the ghee over medium heat. Add the rinsed quinoa and toast it for about 2-3 minutes until it becomes slightly fragrant and changes colour.

Step 3: Pour in the milk and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

Step 4: After about 15 minutes, when the quinoa is mostly cooked and the mixture has thickened, add the condensed milk (or sweetened condensed coconut milk) and sugar. Stir well.

Step 5: Add the cardamom powder and saffron strands (if using). Continue to simmer on low heat for another 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently, until the kheer thickens to your desired consistency.

Step 6: Stir in the chopped nuts and raisins. Reserve some for garnishing if desired.

Step 7: Remove from heat and let it cool slightly. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled, garnished with more nuts and raisins. Enjoy your nutritious and tasty Quinoa Kheer!

So, make this rakhi special for you and your family by preparing these homemade sweets for Raksha Bandhan. For more mindful eating options, browse through our collection of premium offerings at Amala Earth.

FAQs on Homemade Sweets for Raksha Bandhan

What sweets are good for Raksha Bandhan?

You can try different homemade sweets for Raksha Bandhan that include some classic and traditional sweet recipes like Kheer, halwa, rasagulla, barfi and more. You can also make these dishes healthy by using organic ingredients that add fewer calories.

What are some healthy Indian dessert options for Raksha Bandhan?

There are various healthy Indian desserts that you can try this Raksha Bandhan. Some of these include Quinoa kheer, coconut halwa, sattu laddoo, Rajasthani churma, and more. You can also give a healthy makeover to most Indian desserts by simply switching a few ingredients.

How to make Indian desserts without sugar?

If you wish to make a healthy Indian dessert without using sugar, you can opt for some alternatives such as jaggery, Stevia, Sweet potato syrup, Tapioca syrup, and more. You can prepare a ton of healthy Indian sweets with jaggery and not pile on the calories that are added by sugar.