If you have a sweet tooth and have tried almost all the different types of Indian sweets, you’ll know that 80% of them are deep fried. With Diwali upon us, naturally everybody is planning to cheat their diets and indulge in a little bit of festive Crème de la crème. Our Indian mithai is highest on its sugar and flour content which is really unhealthy for the body. But nevertheless, we all know we’ll still eat them. But just so you keep a tab on how much you eat and how many calories you consume, here’s a roundup of what goes in your favourite sweets.
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This is a favourite with most of us, but do you know how much sugar are you eating with each bit that you take? Kaju katli is made of ground cashews, ghee and lots of sugar and is topped with edible silver foil. One small piece of this barfi contains 58 calories.
BURN IT: Cycling (at a good pace, of course) for seven minutes will burn 50 calories, but that’s only if you’ve had just one piece.
This is again a popular dessert which is basically balls of deep fried dough, dipped in chilled sugary syrup. As yummy as it seems, two balls of gulab jamun contain no less than 387 calories. And yet somehow no one can stop at two.
BURN IT: Jump rope for 53 minutes to burn around 400 calories. Running for about an hour or more will also burn equal amount of calories.
Squiggly, swirly dough that’s deep fried and drenched in sugar syrup. Mostly yellow or orange in colour, one piece of jalebi consists of 150 calories.
BURN IT: Dancing on Bollywood songs for 34 minutes will help you burn up to 150 calories. No wonder, those actors are so fit!
This is my weakness! But at least it’s not deep fried and has milk which is healthy, right? But I’m told ras malai isn’t healthy. It’s made of thickened milk, eggs and flour, rolled into balls and left to float in a concoction of milk, dry fruits and sugar. It has 180 calories per piece.
BURN IT: A 40-minute brisk walk can burn up to 190 calories. (Okay, I need to walk… a lot.)
This is the Indian version of pastry dough. Again dough, again sugar, but this time also some grated coconut. One serving of karanji has more or less 224 calories.
BURN IT: A combination of steps, toe-taps and mountain climbers for 20 minutes can burn off 225 calories.
Malai Chum Chum
This sweet dish screams BENGALI and is made of flour sugar and coconut flakes. Lined with silver foil on top. And although it’s one of the most delicious Bengali sweets, one piece of Malai Chum Chum has 175 calories.
BURN IT: A 25-minute kick-boxing session will help you burn off 175 calories. Remember to stretch before and after workout (if you plan to do it).