Badam Phirni (Almond Phirni) • Gestational Diabetes – Fitness Club

Firstly, what is gestational diabetes?

Diabetes is caused by too much glucose (sugar) in the blood. The amount of glucose in the blood is controlled by a hormone called insulin.

During pregnancy, the body produces a number of hormones, such as oestrogen, progesterone and human placental lactogen (HPL). These hormones make the body insulin resistant, which means the cells respond less well to insulin and the level of glucose in the blood remains high.

To cope with the increased amount of glucose in the blood, the body should produce more insulin. However, some women either cannot produce enough insulin in pregnancy to transport the glucose into the cells, or their body cells are more resistant to insulin. When this happens, blood glucose levels remain too high. This is known as ‘gestational diabetes mellitus’. Gestational diabetes can also be defined as carbohydrate intolerance.

A smooth sweet almond pudding, very similar to Kheer (basmati rice pudding) but with much fewer carbs and eaten cold. Flavoued with cardamom, saffron or rosewater

Badam Phirni

A new recipe for Eid 2021, Badam Phirni (Almond Phirni). A smooth sweet pudding, very similar to Kheer (basmati rice pudding) but with much fewer carbs and eaten cold.

I’ve made Badam Phirni as opposed to Phirni as it uses chopped or ground nuts rather than just ground rice, meaning it is lower in carbs and contains more protein and fat, perfect for the gestational diabetes diet.

Here I have made two different flavoured Badam Phirni: saffron infused and rosewater.


If you cannot get erythritol, you can substitute this with xylitol instead. The brand that is available in most larger supermarkets to purchase is Total Sweet. Please note, xylitol is highly toxic to dogs so you must not let them ingest any. Xylitol if eaten in larger amounts may cause gastric upset if you suffer conditions such as IBS.
Other sweeteners can be used, but please note, they may leave a bitter aftertaste and some may raise blood glucose levels. 
Artificial powdered sweeteners such as sucralose (like Splenda) or aspartame (like Canderel) can be used but you need to use MUCH MUCH LESS (approx. 5 tbsp but please double check your sweeteners label as they can all differ)
For the best outcomes with this recipe, it is best to use the ingredients recommended and in the quantities stated.

Calories: 384kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 32g | of which saturates: 9g | Fibre: 5g | of which sugars: 1g

Nutritional info. is based per serving unless stated otherwise and is only a guide. The nutritional content will vary depending on the exact ingredients used

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