The Diabetes -Friendly Dessert Series with Aster Medical Centre – Rose Sandesh


Until 6 weeks ago, I was suffering from a serious delusion. I thought my life was perfect and that everything was just right whether it was my health, work, family, friends and so on. Delusion is dangerous. It makes you believe what is not true. It feels good to remain in  that make-believe world but an intervention becomes necessary. Being a border -line diabetic came as a shock to me. It felt like I was living in a bubble, thinking I was healthy but that wasn’t true. I was pushed to take the test just because a doctor friend was shocked when I confessed about not able to recall when was the last time I got a health check up done. He literally forced me into and I am glad that he did. The result was not the one I preferred but atleast it was a wake up call which is important because only now I was in a position to do something about it.

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When I first got to know that I was a border-line diabetic, I began to analyze why it happened? There could be several reasons –

  1. My irregular and sometimes extreme diet patterns leading to long hours of starvation or eating heavy meals together
  2. the stress levels which I was unable to control

Did I feel any symptoms that I ignored? Well, I felt an unnatural craving for sugar where one morning I woke up to have a big cup of milk with 4 tablespoons of Horlicks and plenty of extra sugar and still it felt like it wasn’t enough! I ate a chocolate every few hours and felt my energy crash several times in a day.

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I started reading up on diabetes and asked my parents who have been diabetics for so many years for their guidance. Obviously, a lifestyle shift was in order and that is what I did. I started eating my meals more regularly. I tried to work out with discipline and started going for walks. I limited my sugar intake and replaced it with more natural sugars from fruits and dates. Ofcourse I have days where I end up eating more than that is necessary but I compensate it by eating light later. Skipping meals was the most difficult habit to overcome and I still struggle with it. But with the encouragement of my family and friends, I manage to stay disciplined. 

IMG_7333This is my last dessert that I developed as a part of the 7 diabetes friendly recipes for Aster Medical Center. It has been absolutely wonderful doing this as it is so close to what I am going through in life. Thank you Aster Medical Center for this opportunity and for running this successful campaign called #AsterAgainstDiabetes. If you have been falling back, here’s your chance to know what Aster Medical Center has been doing this November on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram. You can also get yourself checked for diabetes at their FREE camp happening at Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park on the 4th and 5th of December (4-7 PM)

This dish is a Bengali dessert called Sandesh. I made a rose sandesh using stevia which makes it suitable for diabetics. It is low calorie and is quite healthy without the processed sugar. I also made the paneer at home, which makes this dessert healthier. To make paneer, you can opt for low fat or full fat milk and allow it to heat until it boils. Once it boils, add vinegar to it so that the milk curdles. Take it off the heat and add ice cubes so that the cooking process stops. Place a colander over a pot, layer it with a thin muslin or cotton cloth. Pour the curdled milk into the colandar. Bring the muslin or napkin together and while doing so squeeze the curdled milk. Take a plate and keep the muslin with the curdled milk on it and place a heavy weight on top of it to drain off as much water as possible. It is as simple as that!

For the rest of the recipe –

Rose Sandesh
Yields 10
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  1. 2 litres milk
  2. 3-4 tbsp of vinegar
  3. 2 tbsp stevia
  4. few drops of rose essence
  5. crushed rose petals
  1. Once the paneer is drained off all the water, open the muslin cloth and take it out of it in a bowl or a plate. Mash the paneer with your fingers and make it very smooth
  2. Add stevia and rub it well into the paneer. Add rose essence and the crushed rose petals.
  3. Knead well to bind and get rid of all the lumps
  4. Make small 10 round portions and if you have a sandesh mould, place it in there. I did not have a mould so I simply shaped them oval with my hands
  5. Garnish with more rose petals and store it in the refrigerator
  6. Serve chilled
  1. Adapted from Tarla Dalal
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The Diabetes -Friendly Dessert Series with Aster Medical Centre – Stuffed peaches with warm orange sauce

There is so much debate and confusion going on about what fruits are safe to eat if you are a diabetic. It seems very unnecessary because how can something natural like a fruit be harmful. We have enough of such harmful processed food that we ingest on a daily basis. All kinds of fruits are safe to eat for a diabetic. It is recommended that with fruits with high fructose should be consumed in limited servings – 1 serving to be precise. On the whole, it is absolutely fine to eat 3-4 servings of fruit each day but spread out through the day.



With the winters setting in which means it is a  cobbler, pudding season. There are beautiful peaches, plums, berries of all sorts that can be used to make amazing bakes. A friend bought home these lovely peaches the other day and I felt compelled to do something new with them. 



IMG_7240This is a part of the 7 diabetes friendly dessert series I developed for Aster Medical Center. Aster Medical Center is doing a campaign against diabetes this November and all the desserts that have been developed can be enjoyed by diabetics and non-diabetics alike. Follow Aster Medical Center on #AsterAgainstDiabetes on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram. You can get yourself checked for diabetes at their FREE camp happening at Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Park on the 4th and 5th of December (4-7 PM)


As for the recipe, here you go-

Stuffed peaches in warm orange sauce
Serves 6
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  1. 6 fresh peaches, deseeded and cut into halves
  2. 2 tsp stevia
  3. 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  4. For the stuffing
  5. 1 cup paneer/ cottage cheese ( crumbled)
  6. 3 tbp low fat milk
  7. 2 tbsp stevia
  8. 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
  9. Orange sauce
  10. 1.5 cups orange juice ( freshly squeezed)
  11. 1/2 tsp stevia
  12. 2 tsp cornflour , dissolved in 1 tbsp water
  13. 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  1. Heat 2 cups of water, stevia and lemon juice in a heavy bottom pan
  2. Add the peach halves and let them poach on slow flame. Stir them in between
  3. Take them out of the pan when the peaches soften and let them cool
  4. For the stuffing
  5. Mix the paneer/ cottage cheese with all the ingredients and stuff the cooled peaches.
  6. Refrigerate the peaches & the stuffing
  7. For the Orange sauce
  8. Mix the freshly squeezed orange juice, sugar substitute and cornflour in a pan and cook on slow flame until the mixture thickens
  9. Add the lemon juice, mix well and keep aside.
  10. To serve - Take a chilled stuffed peach and place it in a small serving bowl and pour some warm orange sauce and serve immediately
  1. Adapted from inspired from a recipe by Tarla Dalal
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The Diabetes -Friendly Dessert Series with Aster Medical Centre – Dates & Almonds raw balls

It has been raining desserts on my blog.  That is what I call living a sweet life ( that is low -calorie, sugar-free, natural and delicious). For this post, I have a very simple – 2 ingredient pick-me-up dessert that can quell the monstrous sweet cravings that you have while you are on your coffee break in office or as a pre-work out snack that fuels you with energy. Dates are such versatile ingredients and we have the privilege to enjoy the best variety in the Middle East. You can use any variety of dates you like and the result will be just as delicious. These raw balls are gluten- free, dairy- free and processed sugar -free. If you have a nut allergy, you can use seeds such as sunflower or even pumpkin seeds instead of almonds. If you are not an almonds fan, you can swap it with cashews or even pistachio. Everything  tastes amazing with dates.



I am doing this 7-diabetes friendly dessert series for Aster Medical Center’s campaign against diabetes. Simply follow  #AsterAgainstDiabetes to know more. Has anyone been to the free camps that Aster Medical Center has been conducting at all the prominent super and hyper markets in Bahrain? If yes, you should certainly share your experience by following Aster Medical Center on social media – #AsterAgainstDiabetes on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram 


I find that most of my friends who are in their mid -to-late thirties are very reluctant to go and get a diabetes check up done. On probing, I found out that they feel, the results won’t be in their favour and it is better that they don’t get it checked at all. I feel it is preposterous to think like this. Just because you don’t get it checked, doesn’t mean the anomaly is going to go away or cease to exist. But if you get it checked, there’s a chance to slow it down and even reverse the condition. I say this with confidence because, I got my health check up done and found out that I am a border -line diabetic. It was shocking because when it came to diet and exercise, I was better off than most. But the human body is complex and it is affected by the food we eat and the lifestyle we lead. A little introspection told me that the stress of being an entrepreneur was taking a toll on my health. I had to stop worrying so much and let things be especially the stuff that was not in my control. After I got over my initial shock, I thought of cutting out processed sugar as much as possible if not entirely and practice portion control. It is not easy but it is definitely worth a try because my health is my most important asset.


There are several different types of blood glucose tests. Common among them are:

Fasting Blood sugar test (FBS): When fasting the hormone glucagon is stimulated and this increases plasma glucose levels in the body. If a patient doesn’t have diabetes, their body will produce insulin to rebalance the increased glucose levels. However people with diabetes either don’t produce enough insulin to rebalance their blood sugar (typically in type 1 diabetes) or their body is not able to use the insulin effectively enough (typical of type 2 diabetes). Consequently when blood glucose levels are tested, people with diabetes will have blood sugar levels significantly higher than people who do not have diabetes.

A postprandial blood sugar test (PPBS) is a blood glucose test that determines the amount of a type of sugar, called glucose, in the blood after a meal. Glucose comes from carbohydrate foods. It is the main source of energy used by the body.

Normally, blood glucose levels increase slightly after eating. This increase causes the pancreas to release insulin, which assists the body in removing glucose from the blood and storing it for energy. People with diabetes may not produce or respond properly to insulin, which causes their blood glucose to remain elevated. Blood glucose levels that remain high over time can damage the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and blood vessels.

A 2-hour postprandial blood sugar test measures blood glucose exactly 2 hours after eating a meal, timed from the start of the meal. By this point blood sugar has usually gone back down in healthy people, but it may still be elevated in people with diabetes. Thus, it serves as a test of whether a person may have diabetes, or of whether a person who has diabetes is successfully controlling their blood sugar.

So the Aster Special Package for World Diabetes Day includes FBS, PPBS and then a consultation with Internal Medicine Specialist, to interpret the results. All these for only BHD 5.

(source : Aster Medical Center)

So do not hesitate and be promptly get your check up done. You could visit Aster Medical Center’s free camp at Adliya Garden on the 22nd & 23rd of November between 4pm to 7 pm. 

IMG_7203Now for the recipe-

Dates & Almonds raw balls
Yields 20
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 1 cup fresh dates
  2. 1 cup almonds
  3. salt ( optional)
  4. vanilla essence /almond essence(optional)
  1. Process all the ingredients in a food processor until its a one, good homogeneous mix.
  2. Roll out balls and place them on a plate
  3. Roll the balls in cocoa powder, roasted sesame or even desiccated coconut.
  4. Enjoy at room temperature. They store well in a fridge if you do not plan to use them in 5-6 days. Mine are gone already.
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