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4 Alternatives to Milk For Your Diwali Wali Kheer

Milk is an ingredient that everyone is familiar with especially during this upcoming Diwali season, where almost all kinds of sweets made of milk are available to be seen and eaten. This Diwali allow us at Krishi Jagran to introduce you to certain types of milk which can be used as a healthier replacement to the regular milk that you know of.

Abin Joseph
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Milk is an ingredient that everyone is familiar with especially during this upcoming Diwali season, where almost all kinds of sweets made of milk are available to be seen and eaten. This Diwali allow us at Krishi Jagran to introduce you to certain types of milk which can be used as a healthier replacement to the regular milk that you know of. 

Almond milk 

Almond milk is a plant-based beverage created by pulverising or processing almonds. Almond milk is not an excellent source of protein, despite the fact that almonds are. A cup of unsweetened almond milk has roughly 1 gramme of protein, whereas a cup of cow's milk contains 8 grammes. Almond milk, on the other hand, is lower in calories and sugar than cow's milk and has very little saturated fat 

It's a rich source of vitamin A and potassium, and it's frequently fortified with vitamin D. Almond milk contains calcium naturally and is fortified with it, making it a significant source of calcium. 

Almond milk can also be used in a  1:1 ratio in place of 2% milk and whole milk when baking. It can also be used to make sweets and kheer during Diwali. 

Coconut milk 

The white flesh of a coconut is pressed to get coconut milk. It has a lovely flavour and is a wonderful non-dairy milk replacement for those who are allergic to tree nuts. 

The majority of coconut milk sold in cartons is mixed with water to make it comparable to cow's milk. Although it has less protein than almond milk, several kinds are enriched with vitamins and minerals. Canned coconut milk, on the other hand, is often used in cooking. It's heavier in fat, unfortified, and has a stronger coconut taste. 

Coconut milk can also be used to make coconut laddus, Panna Cotta, Kheer or that scrumptious gajar ka halwa that you have been craving to have for months. So do try to cook these dishes with coconut milk this Diwali. 

Oat milk 

Oat milk is a popular vegan-friendly dairy-free milk alternative. It's created by soaking and mixing steel-cut or rolled oats with water, then separating the milk from the oats using cheesecloth. Oat milk isn't as healthful as whole oats, of course. As a result, it's fortified with vitamins A and D, as well as calcium, potassium, and iron. Oat milk is different from other forms of milk in that it is devoid of numerous allergies. It also includes beta-glucans, a soluble fibre that may help with heart health Because of its expanding popularity, oat milk is now available in most grocery shops and on the internet. You can prepare it at home as well and use it in your kheers this year. 

Soy milk  

Nutritionally this milk comes the closest to natural cow’s milk, and in cooking too it can totally be used in multiple ways to make kheers and other dishes on Diwali to make your Diwali a healthier one this year. Some of the soybeans raised in India is genetically modified to resist Glyphosate so try to go for organic Soybeans if you want to make dishes out of soy milk also be forewarned if you are allergic to soy and avoid drinking soy milk. The suspension of soybean flour in water produces soy milk. This popular plant-based milk substitute is enjoyed by both vegetarians and lactose-intolerant people. 

It's high in protein (as much as cow's milk) and low in calories compared to whole milk (it has about the same calories as reduced-fat milk). It also has a low saturated fat content. 

Soy milk is high in vitamin A, potassium, and calcium and vitamin D, and is typically supplemented with these nutrients. 

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