Gone are the days when those following a gluten-free and vegan diet for health reasons had to bid goodbye to desserts, as, there was virtually nothing on offer for them. Today, with a plethora of dessert options at several restaurants and cafes in Mumbai, they do not feel as if they are missing out on anything. From a Flourless Chocolate Cake to a Fluffy Red Velvet Cupcake and a Lemon Cornmeal Cake to a Strawberry Panna Cotta, a host of exciting desserts are being created by pastry chefs to wow the palate of those wanting to skip gluten and yet, relish a sweet treat.
All The Honey In The World At The Looney, The Lover & The Poet, Khar
Fret not if you must opt for a gluten-free dessert like this, for this is as sinful and decadent as any other. Honey in several forms is used in this cleverly crafted dessert. The Pistachio Flour Cake is light and delicious and the accompanying Honey Comb Ice Cream compliments it perfectly. Honey acts as a natural sweetener here and is luscious all the way.
Blueberry Panna Cotta At The Sassy Spoon, Nariman Point
This creamy pannacotta with distinct tart flavours will never make you realise you are gorging on a gluten-free dessert. With clean ingredients, suited to a gluten-free diet, this quintessential Italian dessert is an absolute must-have.
Saffron, Lime And Coconut Cheesecake At The Pantry, Kala Ghoda
Whoever said Cheesecake is out of bounds for those following a gluten-free diet? This Cheesecake, made with special ingredients is full of flavours that will entice your taste buds and not let you miss out on anything. The saffron and lime add zest and zing to the otherwise creamy dessert.
Flourless Brownie With Coconut Cream At 212 All Good, Lower Parel
Chef Paul Kinny ensures you pamper yourself with this flourless treat, as he uses no wheat in this light and airy Brownie, but alternate ingredients instead. The Coconut Cream is safe for gluten intolerant diners and adds texture to this dessert.
Almond Orange Cake At Bombay Bizare Baker, Bandra
This popular place run by home baker 'Tara Bose Kapur' is a haven for those with special dietary needs. She offers a lip-smacking Almond Orange Cake, which you need not worry about tucking into if you avoid gluten. The dash of orange adds zest to this dense cake, enhances the flavours and is satiating all the way.
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.