Monday, August 31, 2009

Low Fat Fruit Cream (Yogurt)

The name and idea for this dish comes from my neighbor/friend. There is this strange custom that you do not return someone's containers empty. Often apples or candies come in the containers while sometimes there are delicious goodies too. Just last week another friend brought over Thayir vadais and Lemon rice for Vinayaka Chaturthi when I had completely forgotten about the festival. So I am not complaining about it, no way.

The idea for this dish came out of this custom which had me and my neighbor exchange food for what seemed like an eternity, I reiterate am not complaining. It was interesting while it lasted. Like most North Indians I know her family was also fond of all things South Indian and in passing she mentioned that Bisi Bele Bhath was her husband's favorite. So the day I cooked Bisi Bele Bhath I took them some in a steel container. Disposable plastic containers work best but the food was piping hot so I used steel container instead. Days passed and I had completely forgotten about the container was surprised to see the container one cold winter night filled with fruits and another platter with doodh pedas. As I brought the platter inside I was wondering what would be a perfect dish to return the platter with. This went on for another 3 or 4 months.

In this series of give and takes arrived "Fruit Cream" in her Pyrex container. It had cubed fruit pieces mixed in I think whipped cream. It was delicious to say the least. The kids absolutely loved it. What is not delicious when slathered in whipped cream you ask?

I wanted to make the dish but without the whipped cream and substitute with something a little less fatty Oikos Greek Yogurt I had on hand came in handy. Honey can be used in place of the sugar or the sweetener completely left out. This is a sin fat free dessert to be enjoyed anytime of the day and it takes hardly any time to put together.

Pictures for this post were shot by DD.

Serves : 4
Low Fat Fruit Cream
1. Fruits cut into cubes (I used peach, apricot and apple - cored)
2. 1/2 tbsp of turbinado sugar
3. 1 tbsp of slivered almonds lightly roasted (substitute with pistachios)
4. 1/2 cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt (I used Oikos)

1. Toss the cut fruit with the sugar
2. Mix in the Greek Yogurt
3. Sprinkle the nuts on top and serve

Perfect dessert enjoyed by all in the house.

Picture Courtesy: DD


  1. What a lovely tradition, ISG -- and yet another way to delight us with that greek yogurt! The nuts on top are the perfect touch.

    I'm so happy to see more of DD's pics too -- I am getting inspired to take a photog class :)

  2. Oh yes, this is delicious. Try adding some jelly cubes as well!

    My neighbours, who sometimes give us stuff, are treated to some from us when we give them their containers back - they call it "return punishment" :-D Sometimes I take so long for the right treat to return it with, they tell me not to bother and reclaim their dish!

  3. Such a droolworthy cream!

  4. good custom...nice dessert

  5. Love this combination of fruit and nuts in creamy yogurt. I toss in some granola and this becomes healthy parfait.

    I too have this custom with my dear neighbor and both of us do not complain. :-))

  6. Ok, we are moving to MD :D

  7. Sounds like a healthy dessert heaven. apricot & peach has the best flavors in a fruit salad, atleast my favorite. DD is doing an awesome job with the pictures Indhu! how amazing that they start so early..

  8. ooohh... looks delicious... I sometimes have this for breakfast :)


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