Health Bits

Sandesh-The Low Calorie Indian Sweet

Posted on: October 10, 2008

Are you looking for a diwali mithai that satisfies your taste buds but doesn’t add inches to your waist? Well then try Sandesh. This Bengali sweet is perfect for those who want to indulge a bit on festivals but are conscious about their weight too. Apart from being low in calorie, sandesh is also rich in calcium and extremely light. Sandesh is a traditional Bengali sweet made with paneer (cottage cheese) and sugar. I have made some changes in the recipe to cut down the calories further. Try it out.

 Ingredients

 1 cup skimmed milk paneer (homemade)

¼ cup sugar (grounded)

¼ teaspoon eliachi powder

2 tsp skimmed milk

 Method

Mix paneer with sugar and mash well, till all the lumps are gone. Put the mixture in a kadai with 2 tsp milk and cook on very slow flame. The mixture will first become liquidy, then a bit grainy and finally creamy. Keep on stirring the entire time. Once the mixture leaves the sides of the pan it is done. Add eliachi powder and mix well. Spread on a lightly greased tray and refrigerate for an hour. Once set, cut into desired shapes.

 Makes 6-7 pieces

 Calories per piece- 40

Tip– You can further cut down the calories by adding a low calorie sweetener like Setvia or Equal. Another variation would be to use fruit pulp like strawberry or mango instead of sugar.

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