For the second day of BM#66, Diabetic Sweets I have a Kesari made with Samai and Panankalkandu. Little Millet or Samai is a healthy option to indulge when you want to make a Kesari or a rice version. Palm Sugar makes a great substitute for White Sugar. Glycemic Index, (GI) of Palm Sugar is 41.
I am only going to give the details as given on the different sites, I urge one should verify this again before consuming this. However on a general note, this sugar is considered healthy. I remembered Veena's making a samai kesari and adapted it with how I wanted.
Samai / Little Millet - 1/2 cup
Panankalkandu / Palm Sugar - 3/4 cup + 1/2 cup water
Water - 1 1/4 cup - 1 1/2 cup
Ghee - 2 tsp
Almond - handful
How to make Samai Kesari
Heat a nonstick pan with 1 tsp ghee, roast the millet for a minute.
Next add water and simmer till the millet gets cooked This takes about 10 mins.
Meanwhile, crush the palm sugar and dissolve in 1/2 cup water. Cook on high flame till the sugar is all melted and the sugar thickens.
Once the samai is cooked and water is all absorbed, add the palm sugar water. Mix well and simmer again.
When the kesari is well mixed, heat a pan with ghee and roast the chopped almonds. Add this to the Kesari.
When I started this blog, one of my main focus was to bring awareness to Diabetes and the Diet required to have a balanced life after being identified with this Type 2 Diabetes.
The push and the inspiration for this series were because of the contribution that Daddy did for this topic. He contributed series of articles bringing awareness to this in a layman language. I have received many emails and feedback on how well these articles and the recipes helped many.
I was quite sad that I couldn't do much to continue this series. That's when I thought of Diabetic Sweets. I have seen how fond most diabetics are of sweets and how they are mostly unable to avoid the frank sugar or white sugar.
Diabetes is a case to case everyday study. What works for one may not work for other diabetics. However as with all, there are some guidelines that most are expected to follow. Glycemic Index is one of the major aspects that's considered why planning on what to eat and what to avoid.
The glycemic index measures how fast a food is likely to raise your blood sugar. The index is measured with taking sugar as 100 and all other food ingredients are compared to this.
So check the chart and plan what to do on a daily basis.
While planning on what to make for this series, I picked up these Ragi Oats Ladoo that seems to have used dates instead of white sugar. Unfortunately, I failed to check out that Dates has a GI of 103. By the time I realized I had made this and offered to Dad. Since he has to approve this, I was waiting for his feedback. He said Dates are the number one food to avoid for Diabetics. I was so sad knowing that the internet can be so misleading.
Just to ensure I had my facts right, I read through a couple of popular sites on Diabetes and found contradicting information. While one claims that Dates has a GI 43, few other claim it is 103 as what Dad said. I conveyed this to Daddy and he checked for himself. He said some sites say Dates has GI 43, while some say otherwise. He said finally even though as per his knowledge, Dates have a high GI, however, it is a highly recommended food for nondiabetics based on the minerals and other nutrients available. So based on that he says he won't mind recommending a single serving of these ladoos to Diabetics.
On that matter, most sweets have to be consumed in very small quantity, even if made with artificial sweetener. As he said one must lead a very active life with planned meals and proper exercise to have a control on their sugar levels.
So with that quite a lesson in knowing our ingredients, I present you BM#66, Diabetic Sweets. Dates which might be high in GI than Sugar is still beneficial as it has other goodness.
Some sources read while doing this post are this this this I was inspired from a NDTV recipe and made it very simple.
No Sugar Dates Ragi Oats Ladoo
Ragi flour - 1/4 cup
Oats - 1/4 cup
Dates - 6 to 7 nos
Cashews - 4 to 5
Ghee - 1 tsp
How to make the Ladoo
Dry roast the oats till crispy, powder it when it cools down. Roast the ragi flour for a couple of minutes. Remove and allow to cool.
Chop the dates into tiny pieces and take it in a mixer along with the oats and ragi flour. Pulse it a couple of times and then continue till the mixer combines together.
Transfer to a bowl. Heat a Kadai with ghee and roast the cashews and add the oats mix and combine well. When the heat is bearable, knead well and make into small balls of 1 inch balls.