How to manage sugar cravings

I discovered this week, not once, but twice, an effective way to control your cravings for good stuff like “mysore pak” – that traditional, melt-in-your-mouth South Indian heart attack in diamond-shaped pieces.  My mother’s recipe is simple: 1, 2, 3 – 1 measure of besan (chickpea flour), 2 meausres of sugar, to 3 measures of clarified butter (ghee).  Simple, right?


Unsalted butter, sugar, chickpea flour (besan), broom, paper towels – 4 rolls, swiffer, cleaning products for floor, cabinets, countertops

So here’s what you do:

  1. Make fresh ghee.
  2. When it’s cooking, (you would have turned it to low after the butter melts),  increase the heat to speed it up and go away from the range.
  3. Within seconds, you should hear a pop.  There will now be ghee splattered on every surface in your kitchen.  Cabinets, floor (which becomes slick enough to slide), light fixtures, counter top.  You name it, ghee got it!
  4. Now take the besan.  Sprinkle all over the ghee-splattered surfaces.  But first, make sure you turn off the stove.  This is very important.
  5. For the next two hours, spread the besan with a clean broom, or paper towels.  It absorbs grease like magic.  My friend here tells me atta (wheat flour) works just as well.  Good to know in case you run out of besan.
  6. Sweep up the kitchen, clean the countertops, wipe down cabinets, clean the range – which should, by now, be cool enough.
  7. When everything is dry, add the final touch – mop, wipe, polish, etc etc.

For steps 4 through 6, if you have another person helping you, it is more efficient and quicker.

Now put the sugar away.  Pick up the phone.  And order pizza.

Not only did you save yourself from eating mysore pak that’s easily 1000 calories a pop, but your kitchen is sparkling.  That’s two mangoes with one stone!


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vtkbhoopers
    Jul 09, 2012 @ 23:51:07

    Following my reading of this post, i have determined pledgism. This article is almost identical to a post of mine from 2010, my most recent post. Very disappointed, Middle-Aged.

    Coldest regards,



  2. sri
    Jul 10, 2012 @ 11:43:46

    Bhoopathi Saar, I have been very much missing you – nandri nandri.



  3. sandhya
    Aug 05, 2012 @ 22:59:11

    hahahahah. what’s pledgism?



  4. sri
    Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:50:23

    Read vtk blog at – hilarious!



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