Quick Low-Calorie Indian Desserts to Satisfy Your Sugar Cravings

by Apoorva Malhotra
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This quarantine period has been an opportunity for us to hone our culinary skills. Whether you are trying something convenient like 3-ingredient recipes or something more elaborate, there is always room for desserts. But how do you treat your sweet tooth and pamper yourself without adding inches to your waistline? Through low-calorie Indian desserts!

Following are some of the best low-calorie Indian desserts that you can enjoy even on a diet:

Overnight Oats

Overnight oats are not your traditional low-calorie Indian dessert, but they are incredibly healthy! All you need to do is soak some oats and chia seeds in a bowl and place them in your fridge overnight. The following day, you can drizzle some honey, top them with summer fruits, and dig in!


Take some fresh Greek Yogurt (or hung curd) and whip it until it has a silky consistency. Sprinkle in a teaspoon of sugar, saffron-infused milk, and some cardamom powder to this and whip it again. You may even incorporate some fresh mango pulp for an exotic mango dessert of Amrakhand!

Ragi Malpua

Ragi Malpua is one of the healthiest low-calorie Indian desserts. The batter for these sweet pancakes is prepared by combining finger millet flour, whole wheat flour, and oats flour in a 4:2:1 ratio. Add in a few tablespoons of milk and honey to it. Cook them over a low flame. Soaking them in a sugar-free syrup is optional. Garnish it with dry fruits and nuts.

Fresh Fruit Popsicle

A fresh fruit popsicle is a reasonable substitute for your sugar-laden kulfi. Simply puree the fruit of your choice (strawberries, mangoes, or even watermelon). Transfer it into an ice cream mold and pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours! Delicious and healthy low-calorie Indian desserts at your service!

Carrot Kheer/Payasam (Pudding)

Carrot kheer is a comfort dessert for any time of the day. You can have it warm or chilled; regardless, every bite will be a delight! Simply start by sauteeing grated carrots in some clarified butter (ghee). Add some milk and drop a few threads of saffron in the mix. Bring the mixture to a boil and let it simmer until it thickens. Now stir in some sugar or condensed milk and allow it to simmer a little more. Garnish with chopped dry fruits and some cardamom powder.

Apple Rabri

Boil some milk in a heavy-bottomed pan, let it simmer for about 10-12 minutes while stirring it constantly. Add some grated apple and continue to simmer and stir for another 2-3 minutes. Take it off the heat and sprinkle a dash of cardamom powder and nutmeg powder. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

While most low-calorie Indian desserts listed above make use of fewer quantities of honey or sugar, you can replace it with a healthy sugar substitute or jaggery for an even healthier twist.

Which is your go-to low-cal dessert? Let us know.

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