Shubh Diwali: Calorie Count Of Indian Festive Food



Published on: 21-Oct-2022


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Kajal Tharwani


Shubh Diwali: Calorie Count Of Indian Festive Food

Shubh Diwali: Calorie Count Of Indian Festive Food

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Cout the calories, not memories! 

Festivals are incomplete without big bites of sweets. Of course, the sweets are a treat to your sweet tooth and are undoubtedly a part of all the merriment. 

The sweets are prepared with flour, sugar, ghee, and oil. However, while rare indulgence is allowed, you must keep a tab on how many calories you consume amidst all the festivities. Consuming these sweets increases the chance of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. 

Enjoyment is necessary, but what about the guilt after overeating? What about the uninvited diseases? 

Eating snacks is good, but keeping a count is also essential. Therefore, we have brought a list of famous Indian sweets and their calorie count. So, you know when to eat and how much to eat. 

S No. 


Serving Size 






Gulab Jamun 







Besan Ladoo

1 (42g)








1 (10g)








2 pieces







Sweet ShakkarPara

10-12 (28g)






Burn your calories, not just crackers! We enjoy celebrating Diwali with our loved ones and friends. However, it is also essential to overlook the serving size and calorie count. 

ToneOp will show some facts and figures we underestimate most of the time. For example, according to nutrition experts, if you have to burn 1kg in 1 week, you have to burn 7700 kcal. 

1 Day of required calorie burn of 1100 kcal is bifurcated as

Diet - 500kcal 

Active exercise- 250kcal

Passive exercise- 250kcal 

Behaviour modification- 100kcal

That makes 1100kcal calories per day and 7700kcal a week! 

So during Diwali, you consume sweets that increase your calorie count. If you will consume, 

  • 2 Gulab Jamun- 316kcal 
  • 2 Chakli- 311kcal 
  • 2 Besan Ladoo- 422kcal 
  • 4-5 Sweet Shakkarpara- 80kcal 
  • 2 Mathri- 84kcal 
  • 1 Katori Namkeen- 180kcal 
  • 1 Gujiya- 220kcal 

Therefore, if you consume the above snacks for 5 days, you will get extra 1613 calories each day. 

But do not worry! ToneOp is here! 

We will guide and help you maintain calories that will not be added to your diet. When you think of Indian food, the first thing that comes to mind is spicy, oily, and fatty. Though this is partially true, the preparation of  staple Indian food is widely misunderstood.

A few changes to cooking methods, such as avoiding oil or cream, can go a long way. Instead, add a splash of soy milk or buttermilk to make it creamier. Consume skimmed milk and curd whenever possible. Reduce your oil consumption by using less oil when cooking. It is also a good idea to use healthy oils like olive oil. 

Here are some more options: 

1. Opt for low-calorie chiwada like  roasted namkeen made with (flattened rice+makhana).

2. Instead of fried and fatty snacks, go for baked snacks made with ragi and oats.

3. Sweet made with mawa is always high in calories, like gulab jamun (200 kcal). Try to opt for chena rasgulla or Bengali rasgulla (95kcal).

4. Instead of high-kcal dry fruit ladoo this Diwali, try coconut laddoo and murmura ladoo. 

5. Most people love to eat kachori/samosa (280kcal). You can go for mushroom tikka (80-100 kcal) instead.

6. Prefer rice kheer and badam halwa. Opt for low-calorie sweets like lauki kheer and makhana kheer.

7. 1 jalebi contains 150kcal, so consume 1 cup of fruit custard (75 kcal) instead.

8. Choose dry fruits if given a choice between them and sweets. Dried fruits contain calories but not "empty calories”. You may also prefer nuts, which are packed with nutrients.

9. Monitor the calories with the ToneOp app from the start of your morning meal. This does not mean you should go without food all day, which leads to increased cravings, binge eating, and calorie intake. Instead, make sure you eat moderately all day long.

The high-calorie content of Indian food is well known. Many Indian dishes, such as parathas, are prepared using oil and then topped with copious amounts of butter. Likewise, the candies are deep-fried in oil before being dipped in sugar syrup with high-calorie content. 

People prefer to eat more sweets during the wedding and other festive occasions. Therefore, it is better to avoid meals like deep-fried pooris, samosas, chips, and fries high in saturated fats.

Achieving a balanced calorie intake will ensure that you never gain weight. If you overate, make up for it by eating a light meal and keeping to your exercise schedule. You are in control of maintaining your fitness; all that is needed is an honest effort, and nothing will be able to stop you from succeeding. 

Using the proper cooking technique is just as important as eating wholesome, low-calorie foods. Avoid deep-frying foods because doing so necessitates using a lot of butter and oil, boosts your calorie consumption and makes you feel fuller.

Remember, eat what you love but with a limit! Also, have a happy and healthy Diwali! 


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