Summers call for light food and even though one wants to indulge one’s guilty pleasures, fruity desserts with seasonal fruits in any form - slices, puree, compote, are preferred over other rich desserts as these are not cloyingly sweet. Chefs are going all out to make use of fruits in a varied manner and enhance the flavours of their desserts. Not only do fruits add colour to a dish but also impart interesting and diverse flavours. Restaurants in Mumbai thus offer some exciting and creatively crafted desserts where fruits have been cleverly incorporated.
Apple Raspberry Crumble at Kitchen Garden by Suzette
Apple and raspberry compote, light mascarpone cheese and hazelnut crumble is a combination, you cannot go wrong with. The fruity flavours in the well-made compote are distinct and enhance the flavour quotient of this dessert, while the creamy mascarpone cheese and hazelnut crumble offer the right bite.
Ras-e aam at Bombay Brasserie, Worli
Fruits can be skilfully used in Indian desserts too. Here, spongy rosgullas wrapped in luscious rabdi are topped with aamras, made with Alphonso mangoes, which envelop your taste buds with their natural sweetness.
Lemongrass Panna Cotta at The Fatty Bao, Bandra West
With tapioca pearls, passion fruit and raspberry meringue, this light pannacotta with subtle hints of lemon grass is appealing to the eye and proves to be refreshing for the palate too. The fruits used here in an unusual form, add texture to the dessert which gives it an edge.
Baked Yoghurt With Seasonal Fruits at A Bar called Life, Juhu
There can be nothing more welcoming in summer than simple and creamy baked yoghurt. Top this with fresh fruits and you have a winning combination. Chef Amninder Sandhu has created this light dessert that satiates your dessert cravings and yet, gives you the goodness of fruits in abundance, making you feel less guilty.
Mixed Fruit Rhubarb Crumble at The Pantry, Fort
The medley of colours from each fruit, add to the wow factor and appeal to you instantly. The textures of this dessert are what make it unique as the taste buds experience a roller-coaster ride. Of course the melange of fruits used with tart, tangy and sweet flavours, further enhance its taste, making you long for more with each bite.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.
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