Celebrate Sweetness without Sugar

What to cook, what to eat? These questions often disturb me. We keep hearing so much of ‘Cut the sugars. cut the cholesterol’. There’s so little left to eat then 😦 Especially the sweet savouries we’ve been relishing since ages! Now, at the age of sixty, refraining from having nice sweets is difficult.

I’ve been reading about rock candies and sugar free substitutes. I tried one of our favourite family sweet dishes with Sugarfree Natura. Here’s the recipe:

Semiya (Vermicelli) Kesari

All semiya recipes are, in general, easy to prepare, Semiya upma and semiya payasam are the most common dishes that are prepared using vermicelli. Semiya kesari is seldom popular. For once I replaced Rava (suji) with semiya in preparing kesari and also substituted white sugar with Sugarfree Natura. This recipe requires very less ghee; so overall, it makes a healthy and yummy kesari!



Semiya (Vermicelli) – 1 Cup

Sugarfree Natura – 1/2 Cup

Water – 2 Cups or required quantity

Ghee – 2 tsp

Cardamom – 3 pieces

Cashew nuts – 5 nuts

Kesari powder (Orange) – A pinch


  1.  Heat 1/2 teaspoon of ghee in a pan. Roast the cup of semiya in heated ghee for two minutes or until it turns golden yellow.
  2. Add two cups of water in another pan. When the water comes to a boil, add the roasted semiya and wait till it gets cooked. You can wait till all the water is evaporated and semiya becomes soft. If the semiya seems to be uncooked, add more water and let it boil for some more time until completely cooked.
  3. Add sugar Free Natura to the cooked semiya, mix well. Add a pinch of orange, kesari powder, stir well.
  4. Add a spoon of ghee and stir continously until the semiya mixture comes out of the sides of the pan.
  5. Finally, roast cashew nuts in heated ghee separately and add it to the semiya kesari along with ground cardamom.

For Your Information

Sugar Free has two variants:

  • Sugar Free Natura, made of Sucralose
  • Sugar Free Gold, made of Aspartame

This table, adopted from the Sugar Free official website provides information about the two and how they are different from the regular, white sugar.

Sugar Free



Author: vedvyash

Writing is something that helped me discover the creativity and the expressionism that was hidden under the deep layers of my soul. And me!

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