Diwali Remedy For Binge Eating

Diwali Remedy For Binge Eating
Diwali Remedy, or Diwali Dawai or Diwali Medicine is highly recommended for the unchecked feasting on Diwali Day. Why is this remedy important? This is because this is a festival typically characterised by feasting on sweets. Also, Diwali happens to be the most important and significant festival in the calendar for Indians. Not only is it an auspicious time, it is also a time to start fresh, clean up the household, get rid of the old and ring in the new. For many cultures – for example Gujaratis, Diwali is the start of their New Year – and they greet each other with “Saal Mubarak “ (Greetings for the New Year).  New clothes, freshly painted houses, brand new furniture and appliances – these are some unmistakable visual signs of Diwali.

Diwali Sweets – The Endless Array

The other feature about Diwali, which, frankly, will never go away are the array of Diwali sweets you get to feast on. Sweets come to you as gifts, they are made at home, you seek them at your roadside Mithaiwala (sweet shop). There is no escaping sweets this season, and of course, there is no end to binge eating on sweets these few days. You may resist for a while but your resistance is likely to give away on the face of soft Gulab Jamuns – extremely soft dough balls soaked in sugar syrup, the colourful Jalebis –  a sweet in the shape of a maze, made of flour, deep fried and soaked in sugar syrup,  the perfectly-stacked Soan Papdi – a gram flour and Ghee (clarified butter) based sweet, decorated with almond slivers,  the very-inviting Motichoor Laddoos- orange colored, gram flour and ghee-based sweet, and milk based sweets like Milk Cakes, Kheer – a sugar and cooked rice based pudding. And these are just a few of the many, many, sweets that you get to indulge in.

Diwali Remedy – The Best Medicine

So at the end of the festivities, guess who is going to be complaining the most? Not you, for sure – but your tummy. Faced with a relentless onslaught of high-calorie sweets, snacks and foods -a result of your unhindered indulgence during these festivities, your digestive system will take a hit, without a doubt. But should you fear that? No, you shouldn’t.

Because – there is something called Diwali Dawai or Diwali Remedy, known as Diwali Marunthu (Diwali Medicine) in Tamil  – specifically meant to aid digestion on these indulgent days of binge eating. Amma, my mother, used to make this preparation right at the start, before she got on to preparing the rest. What this medicine does is, prepares your digestive system for the high calorie sweets and snacks you will consume. In fact, you can keep this medicine for a long while in the fridge and use it as a remedy for digestion issues at any time.

How To Have The Diwali Dawai

On Diwali day, have one teaspoon of this preparation before you have anything else. This sets up your digestive system for what is coming later. At the end of the day – when you have finally had your fill of eating all that you see, you can have one more teaspoon of this Diwali Dawai. Rest assured, your tummy will be in great spirits the next day! So, on Diwali day, don’t hold back on your eating – just make sure that you get the Diwali Dawai protection. Here is how you make it:


This preparation is the best remedy for the days of unhindered feasting on sweets, snacks and other high-calorie food. Ideal for aiding digestion and addresses all digestion-related issues
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Course Medicinal Food
Cuisine south Indian
Servings 5 people


  • 250 gms Jaggery
  • 100 gms Dry Ginger Powder
  • 2 tbsp Ground Plack Pepper Powder
  • 2 tsp Ground Cumin Powder
  • 1 cup Ajwain / Carrom Seeds Water (Optional)
  • 3-4 tbsp Ghee or Clarified Butter
  • 1 tbsp Organic Honey
  • 1 cup Water


  • Mix all the spice powders well. Sieve this mixture to get a fine, powder without small lumps
  • Heat a pan. Add Jaggery and water
  • Cook till the jaggery melts and dissolves completely
  • Add the sieved spice powder into this mix. Add the Ajwain Water
  • Cook for a while, till the entire mixture thickens into a pasty consistency
  • Add the ghee or clarified butter now. Keep stirring it till it becomes a soft mushy consistency
  • Let it cool, and add the honey at the end, after cooling
  • Your Diwali remedy is ready!
Keyword Diwali Dawai, Diwali marunthu, Diwali medicine, Diwali remedy

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