you are what you eat
Jumua Mubarak to all my readers!
Its a big friday lunch for us, Mutton Curry, with a sweet dish to start. I have always wanted to try out a low sugar alternative to the usual full fat full sugar Sev. For a while i would reduce the ghee when braising the sev, but today I really took on the challenge.
I have reduced the ghee to 1 tablespoon, as you can see (the evidence) and I have substituted the sugar for 4 sachets of equisweet sucralose. The reason for trying the ‘equisweet sucralose’ is because I know that it is one of the sweeteners that can be used hot or cold. And will not leave you with a bitter after taste when cooked. It is also aspartame free.
1 sachet equisweet is equal to 2 teaspoons of normal table sugar.
The recipe is very easy and quick. The finished dish tasted just right to me but the true test will come at lunch.
Melt the ghee in a wide pan, once heated add 1 cup of crushed vermicelli (Sev) (you can crush it in your hand) and braise until golden brown. Sprinkle over the hullers ‘equisweet’ and add 1 cup boiling water (add a pinch of saffron to the boiling water). Stir with a fork, reduce the heat and close the pot. Let it steam for 2 minutes before opening again.
Open to test if the sev is cooked. Pinch a strand between two fingers. If its still hard, add a little bit more water and steam again. I added another half a cup until done.
Once cooked, transfer to a bowl. Sprinkkle with nuts of your choice.
Because i have reduced the sugar, I have added chopped dates.
Have a wonderful Jumua!
Sweetener Low Down:
What is sucralose?
Without adding calories or carbohydrates sucralose adds sweetness to foods and beverages. It is a safe alternative to sugar and other calorie-containing sweeteners and plays a role in weight management programs that combine sensible nutrition and physical activity.
Although the the process to make sucralose begins with sucrose (table sugar), the final product is different from sugar. Sucralose is made by replacing three select hydrogen-oxygen groups on the sugar molecule with three chlorine atoms, resulting in an intensely sweet, no-calorie sweetener.
Unlike sugar, the body does not break down sucralose into calories for energy but it still activates the same taste buds on your tongue. Most of the sucralose consumed is not absorbed and passes through the body, while the little that is absorbed is excreted in the urine, and doesn’t accumulate in the body.
Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than sugar, and it can be used in place of or combined with sugar in cooking and baking. So it is not odd if you need less sucralose compared to the amount of sugar in a recipe.
Sucralose has been studied extensively and has been found to be safe by experts and researchers around the world. Government agencies worldwide, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have also reviewed the science on sucralose and found it to be safe for human consumption.
How does sucralose fit into a healthful diet?
As a no-calorie/ energy alternative to sugar, sucralose-containing foods and beverages still allow people who are following a weight loss or weight management program to enjoy sweet, good tasting options. For example, a fat free plain yogurt containing sucralose can save 50 or more calories per serving compared to full fat sweetened yogurt, and a glass of iced tea sweetened with sucralose can save more than 100 calories compared to the same glass of tea sweetened with sugar.