Kavita Kapoor has been living In Jakarta, for the last 17 years. After, having worked as a professional in the exports industry for 12 years, and running a small chocolate business in Jakarta, she chose to hang up her boots to raise her kids. While raising her kids, she continued to experiment on her own.
With kids off to study, instead of going back to the corporate world, she decided to follow her passion. She is a trained chocolatier (Australia & Canada). And specializes in fine Belgian truffles, printed chocolates, 3D and made to order cakes and specialty breads. As she aptly puts it
“I enjoy challenges. They bring out the best in me. For me a block of chocolate or a freshly baked cake, is like a canvas with endless possibilities to express my creativity”
She shares her 7 tried and tested low calorie desserts to satisfy the sweet tooth without the guilt.
Kavita can be reached at [email protected]
1.Vegan Coconut & Pineapple Popsicles
Makes 6 standard Popsicles
Beat the heat with these refreshing Popsicle sticks.
1 cup coconut milk
1 cup canned pineapple chunks
1/2 cup syrup from the canned pineapple
Place all the above ingredients in your blender and blend on high speed, till it all comes together. Put into Popsicle moulds and freeze for at least 8 hours or overnight.
2. Vegan Date, Walnut and Coconut Laddoos
Makes 6 laddoos
1 cup dates
4 pieces of whole walnuts
1. Soak the dates in water, 2 hours minimum, to soften. Do seed the dates.
2. Run in the dry jar of your blender, to get a smooth paste. Scoop out the paste onto a flat plate.
3. Next, in the same jar coarsely grind the walnuts. Mix the walnuts into the dates paste. Now moisten your palms with some water, take about 1 tbsp of the paste and make a small laddoo by rolling in-between your palms.
4. Roll the laddoos in coconut flakes.
To serve: Garnish with silver foil.
Note: If needed, you may add some honey or artificial sweetener as per your taste. Some varieties of dates are so sweet that, no additional sweetener is needed.
3. Strawberry Pannacotta
Makes 4 ramekins
1 Tbsp strawberry pudding mix
1 cup skimmed milk
1 cup hung curd, preferable from whole milk for a smoother taste. Curd to be hung for at least 2 to 3 hours to get a creamy texture.
2 – 3 Tbsp honey or artificial sweetener
For The Sauce
2 cups red ripe strawberries, divided into 2 (you may set aside a piece or 2 for garnish)
3/4 cup water
- Mix the pudding mix and milk together in a pan.
- Bring to a boil and simmer for approx 3mins, till it thickens.
- Let it come to room temperature. It may set. In that case whisk with a balloon whisk.
- In a another big bowl, whisk together, the hung curd, the prepared pudding mix as above and honey to get a smooth mix. It will take you 1 or 2 mins for this quantity.
- Spoon equally into Ramekins and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
Note : You may use strawberry flavored Greek yogurt. In that case honey may not be required as both the pudding mix and the flavored yogurt are sweet.
- Bring the 3/4 cup of water to a boil. Take half, i.e., 1 cup strawberries, chop into small pieces and add to the boiling water.
- Simmer for about 5mins or till the strawberries are soft.
- When cool, place into your blender jar, along with the balance 1 cup of chopped fresh strawberries and blend to get a smooth sauce.
- If the strawberries are tart you may add some sugar /honey/ artificial sweetener at this stage.
- Refrigerate the sauce till ready to serve.
To serve: pour the sauce equally, over the dessert cups. Garnish with almonds and serve.
Note: For additional crunch, sprinkle a tsp of strawberry muesli over the pannacotta
4. Avocado Chocolate Mousse
1 large Avocado or 2 medium Avocados (use creamy Avocados)
1/3 Cup Milk
2Cups Dark Chocolate (set aside a small piece for garnish)
1Tbsp Cocoa Powder
1tsp flavor less agar-agar dissolved in about 2 Tbsp hot water
Grated chocolate about 2 pieces, Mint leaves.
- Chop the chocolate into small pieces.
- Microwave, the chocolate for 30secs, stir well. The chocolate will be semi melted at this stage. Repeat for another 20-30secs. Stir well. By now the chocolate should have melted. If your pieces are big you may need to microwave for another 20secs, to completely melt the chocolate.
- Cut the avocados and take out the flesh.
- Place all the ingredients, milk, honey, cocoa powder, and melted chocolate into the blender jar. Blend for approx 2mins or until the mousse comes together. At first it will look crumbly and separated. Gradually it will take on a mousse consistency.
- Pour, equally into small ramekins or a big bowl.
- Refrigerate for 5-6 hours till well set.
To serve: garnish with mint leaves, strawberries and grated chocolate.
5. Vegan Mango Coconut Pudding
Makes 3-4 servings
1 cup coconut milk
1 packet agar-agar
1 cup water
1 cup mango puree
1/2 cup mango juice
Honey / Maple syrup for vegans to taste if you require a sweeter taste.
- Mix the agar-agar with water and bring to a boil. Simmer till it looks thick and coats the back of the spoon.
- Place in your blender jar, the mango puree, mango juice, coconut milk and prepared agar-agar. Agar-agar should be in semi liquid stage.
- Blend all the ingredients well for approx 1-2 mins to get a smooth pudding like consistency. Pour equally into prepared ramekins or the into a big dessert bowl.
- Chill for 6-8 hours.
To serve: Garnish with Mango slices and mint leaves.
6. Vegan Lime Cheesecake
Ingredients (18-20 cms round tin)
1 cup mixed nuts pecans/ Walnuts /almonds (You may use just 2 types of nuts)
1 cup sweet dates
25 grams desiccated coconut
1tbsp VCO (if required)
Lime Cheesecake Filling
3 Cups raw cashews soaked overnight.
1 Cup Coconut cream. (Klatu)
1/3 cup coconut oil (VCO)
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup Maple syrup. (Non vegans can use Honey )
1tsp, vanilla extract
Drop of green color (optional)
Cheese cake base :
Blend the nuts in the dry blender to a crumbly texture. Take a small ball, press to check if it binds. If you find the mixture does not bind together, pulse it a little more. If it still does not bind, add 1tbsp of VCO.
Next take a spring form tin. Line the base of the tin with baking paper. Pour the mix into it and with the back of your spoon press firmly. Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30mins.
Prepare the filling:
Warm the coconut oil and the maple syrup/ honey in a pan over medium heat. Whisk with a balloon whisk to blend well.
Next in your blender jar, blend with all the above ingredients for at least 2-3mins, depending on the speed of your blender. If you find the mix liquidy, add some coconut cream. Pour onto the chilled base. Chill again for 8 to 10 hours.
To Serve : Demould from the pan. Using 2 spatulas, gently lift the base and place on your serving plate. Garnish with a slices of lemon or some lemon zest
7. Chocolate Pudding
Makes 4 ramekins
2 cups milk
1/2 cup Roselle cream
1/3 cup dark chocolate, finely chopped
1 tbsp rice flour
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3Tbsp honey (or more as per your taste)
- Combine all the flours together.
- Take milk in a pan. Add the combined flours and mix well.
- Now place on medium heat and cook to pudding consistency, or until the mixture thickens and coats the back of the spoon.
- Take off from heat and add immediately add the finely chopped chocolate. Stir well for the chocolate to melt and combine.
- Cool the pudding to room temperature.
- Next, whip the cream to soft peaks using a hand mixer or a balloon whisk. Add in the vanilla extract.
- Gently fold the cream into the pudding.
- Take out onto ramekins or onto a dessert bowl.
- Chill for 6 to 8 hours.
To Serve: Garnish with grated chocolate, chocolate wafers .
Note: Roselle cream and chocolate both are sweet. Hence no added sugar. Please feel free to add sugar/honey as per your taste.
Kavita has tested all these recipes and all the images in the recipes above are from her kitchen studio. Do try and share your comments below.
Kavita can be reached at [email protected]