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Four calorie-laden Asian desserts to avoid

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Asia can be a great place for indulging a sweet tooth, with every country offering a great variety of traditional desserts. For some of them, however, their tastiness is matched by their high calorie count. Here are some of the worst offenders, and how to reduce their impact on your waistline.

 

Bubur Cha Cha (Malaysia)

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Ease off the coconut milk in Bubur Cha Cha and you can still enjoy the flavours in this dessert while worrying less about its calorie count.

A soupy dessert made with coconut soup, sweet potatoes, sago tapioca pearls, yam and sugar, the ostensibly healthy Bubur Cha Cha boils up 544 calories in one bowl. Consider that the dish is also high in sugar, fats and carbohydrates, and you’re looking at one long jog to work it off.

For a healthier Bubur Cha Cha, use evaporated milk instead of coconut milk. The latter is high in calories and saturated fat, and makes up the bulk of the dessert’s dietary deficiencies.

Use the Electrolux Brio hob to boil up a quicker Bubur Cha Cha, as the hob’s Aerated Penta Jet design reduces boiling times by up to a third. The Dual Valve control allows you to instantaneously turn the heat down to a steady, controlled simmer.

 

Che Chuoi (Vietnam)

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Use less sugar in the making of Che Chuoi if possible for a healthier Vietnamese dessert. 

This pudding is made with bananas, tapioca pearls and sweet coconut milk. A single 500 gram serving can scoop about 600 calories right out of your daily calorie budget, thanks to the coconut milk and high sugar content.

As with Bubur Cha Cha, the coconut milk combined with sugar contributes to much of the calorie and fat content. You can reduce the use of coconut milk in this dessert by mixing evaporated milk with coconut cream to achieve a slightly thick texture. The amount of sugar used can also be reduced to make this a healthier end to a meal.

 

Mysore Pak (India)

Thanks to being mostly made from ghee (clarified butter), sugar and chickpea flour, a single piece of Mysore Pak can compact up to 195 calories in a single 50 gram piece. As the ghee and sugar is used in equal proportions to the flour to achieve its unique texture and flavour, those watching their diets may wish to look to the barfi confectionary. Burfi can be made without ghee, with less sugar and with healthy ingredients like walnuts added. It can also be baked in an oven like the Electrolux EOB305X instead of fried.

 

Orh Ni (China)

A thick yam paste made from taro, sugar, coconut milk and onion oil or lard, every 100 grams of orh ni can contain about 237 calories. A healthier version can be created with the use of olive oil instead of lard and dropping the coconut milk from the dessert. Diced pumpkins can be used as a topping for extra flavour and fibre.

If you’re cutting down on the oil and coconut milk, use an electric mixer like the Electrolux EHSM2000 to better mix the sugar into the yam paste.

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