When it comes to Asian foods, desserts are the most famous among all meal options. Typically, no meal is found to be complete if it is not followed by the dessert at the end, and this is 100% true for Asians, who love to indulge on delectable food items throughout the year. Festivals are typically more related with various dessert preparations, and with Christmas and New Year around the corner, not only Asians but almost everyone all over the globe, is busy finding out recipes, especially dessert ideas, that they can cherish this festive season.
Being an Asian, me and my family, also would love to enjoy the delightfully delicious sweet treats, irrespective of the season or time. But, as you know, desserts are rich in calories and you don’t want to end up gaining some extra pounds this festive period of the year. Rather, you should concentrate on making a new year resolution of kick starting your long-term weight loss plan.
So, for all those sweet lovers who can’t resist the sweetness of the season, but still are concerned about health and wellness, I am sharing a low-fat healthy Chinese dessert recipe. Try making this recipe before the beginning of the festivities, so you can adept yourself with the taste of the dish. I am sure you will start loving this simple and healthy Asian dessert recipe in no time, or maybe there is a possibility that you start liking it at once.
Barley and red beans dessert is a renowned Chinese dessert (“tang sui” or “tong sui” in Chinese) that basically contains barley, red beans, milk and sugar. You have the freedom of serving this dessert either hot or chilled. By that, you can enjoy this treat in 2 different ways. The dish is easy, but it takes a little time to get the barley and red beans boiled enough till soft.
The ingredients you need to prepare this recipe are:
1/4 cup of barley (soaked in water overnight), 1 cup of red beans (soaked in water overnight), 1/2 cup of brown sugar, 1 skrewpine leaf (tied like a knot), 2 cups of normal water, and 4 cups of milk.
Boil beans, barley, and skrewpine leaf in 2 cups of water. Simmer the preparation till the beans and barley are soft, approximately for 2 hours. You can alternatively use a pressure cooker if you want to quicken up the cooking process. Once, the cereal and the beans are cooked well, add 2 cups of milk and 1/2 cup of sugar and stir till the sugar dissolves completely. Switch off the heat and cool the contents for about 10 minute or so. You can either serve it hot or let it cool down for 10 more minutes and put it in the refrigerator, if you want to served it chilled.
If you don’t find skrewpine leaf, replace it with dried orange peel. If you have lactose intolerance, replace milk with water, and enjoy this super simple, healthy yet delicious recipe this festive season.