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As the festive season approaches, celebrity chef Kunal Kapoor has loads of good news for those who complain that Indian mithai is overly sweet and high on calories. He's been able to eliminate the sugar and yet keep the taste and the science involved in preparation intact. "The Sweet BreakUp", a five-part web series, went live on YouTube on Friday. "We all love our food and the sweets take a special place in our hearts. We have advanced in every aspect of our lives, including our food. But somewhere the halwai is left out. "It is still the same and almost everyone complains it to be overly sweet and high on calories. So we took it as a challenge to recreate the Indian mithai with the same taste but without the sugar and with much less calories. I am confident it will be as fun for everyone to watch as it was for me to make them," Kapoor, who wears multiple hats of restaurateur, author and TV judge and presenter, told IANS in an interview.
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The series revolves around Kapoor, and Rocky and Mayur from the cult show "Highway on my Plate" and a desert truck that travels to five iconic Indian cities where the chef interacts with halwais and explains how they can replace sugar with artificial sweetener and still retain the original flavour. "The series has attempted to capture our journey to rediscover some of the iconic mithais of India. We have interacted with fifth-, sixth-generation halwais with a legacy hundreds of years old. We have tried to explore the story and origins of these legendary Indian desserts recipes. "There is a lot of interaction with locals in every city, we have literally heard it from the people, for the people. And once I create the mithai with Sugar Free we take it to the people of the city for tasting, which is the most exciting part. All in all, I, along with Rocky and Mayur, had tonnes of fun making 'The Sweet BreakUp'," Kapoor elaborated.