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Ayurveda says that the body experiences an increase in Pitta during this ( Diwali) season.
Sesame oil helps reduce the Vata and Kapha doshas in the body and protects the skin from dryness, applying sesame oil before the sun rises prevents the increase of Pitta. Similarly, ubtan powder (a mixture of besan, turmeric and sandalwood) mixed with sesame paste, oil and milk, helps in exfoliating the skin, making it soft, smooth and healthy.
While it is generally a good practice to avoid foods higher in fats, particularly in the early part of the day, the season’s increase in pitta results in better digestion and increased hunger. That is why sweets are made with cane sugar and jaggery, and cooked in ghee, in order to balance the increased Pitta. And that’s why Diwali snacks are made of flour such as jowar, bajra and rice flour, along with ground pulses that are Madhura (sweet) and Kashaya (astringent), as they are perfect for balancing out Pitta.
One of the most interesting dietary specialties of the festival of lights is the Deepavali leghiyam/marundhu.
Eaten along with the variety of sweets and snacks, the marundhu is made up of a mix of coriander powder, carom seeds (ajwain), black pepper, nutmeg (jathikai), dry ginger, jaggery and ghee.
This prolific mix of spices provides the body with the whole range of important tastes and helps digest all of the heavy food eaten during the festival. Again, the use of jaggery and ghee helps balance the increased pitta.