Diwali sweets are too tempting to be denied! But those with a sweet tooth could easily go overboard consuming the calories. Well, eat your Diwali sweets in moderation and try these following tricks if everything else fails. In fact, these tricks do allow you to have the any calorie dense dessert and not worry too much about weight gain. Dessert or a sweet at the end of a meal signals to your brain that the meal is over. Without it you may not feel full.
1. Take a bite. But don’t swallow it. Hold it in your mouth, let it slowly melt on your tongue. Enjoy it. Slowly savour all the flavours. Go really slow. Really taste it. Then have two more bites exactly the same way. That’s ‘The End’ for the dessert course! Does this work? Yes, it does. How? The first two or three bites are the best bites of anything. After that your taste buds focus back onto the original bite. The taste buds then operate on memory of the original bite. According to nutritionists, it always helps to pick whatever you want because it satisfies you more. Then limit the portion size.
2. Reject all the deep fried mithais like gulab jamuns. Try rasgullas – a version like Small Rasgulla with Fresh Fruit Rabdi. From these you can squeeze out the excess sugary syrup.
3. Or make your own mithai like Gaurpapdi using jaggery. This can be made using less amount of ghee if you use a nonstick kadai. Add nuts for better nutrition. You can also serve a dessert like Gur aur Badam ki Phirni instead of rich basundi or rabri.
In case you want something very different for your collection of Diwali sweet recipes, make a note of this Sweet Potato and Sago Kheer: Peel 500 grams sweet potatoes and cut into thin slices. Cook them with two tablespoons of soaked sago in two cups of water till sweet potatoes become soft. Add one cup grated jaggery and mix. Grind four cups scraped coconut with four cups of water and extract three cups of thick coconut milk. Add to sweet potato mixture. Continue to cook for five minutes. Add half teaspoon green cardamom powder and a pinch of salt. Stir and remove from heat. Serve warm.